April 08, 2005
On the market again

I've tried and failed to come up with a snarky-but-not-tasteless way to describe this story, so I'm just going to present it without comment. I'm not sure it needs comment anyway.

Newly divorced Russell Yates said in a newspaper interview that he is ready to move on with life and might like to start another family.

Yates finalized his divorce last month from his wife, Andrea, three years after she was sentenced to life in prison for drowning their children in the bathtub of their Clear Lake home.

"We still care about each other ... (but) I couldn't live that way," Yates, 40, said in an interview in today's editions of The Dallas Morning News.


"I'm kind of in a phase where ... I'm through, I think, a lot of the healing and at a point where I'm starting to look more to the future," Russell Yates told the newspaper.

Yates, who has a new assignment with NASA as project manager for development of a sensor to detect damage on the space shuttle, talks of earning a master's degree in software engineering.

He's dating, though he declined to give details. He said he might eventually remarry and have more children.

"I have the freedom now," he said. "I'd like to do that someday and possibly have a family again. ... But I'm not 20. I'm 40. So I have to reassess where I'm at, what I have to offer."


"I've never put a lot of blame on myself," he said. "There's certainly some things I'd do differently (but) the same way I'm able to forgive others I forgive myself for things I may have missed."

Some of Andrea Yates' relatives have also placed blame on Russell Yates, holding him partly responsible for his wife's deterioration. But her brother, Patrick Kennedy, says he wishes Yates well.

"I'm a Christian, and so is Rusty," Kennedy said. "I forgive whatever shortcomings he had towards my sister, and I hope my mom does to."

Like I said, no comment. Via Ginger.

Posted by Charles Kuffner on April 08, 2005 to Crime and Punishment | TrackBack

I can't imagine being in Rusty Yates' shoes. How would one live with such a horror in your past, knowing that you failed to recognize and adequately deal with her mental condition - and that everyone else who was supposed to help Andrea apparently failed her, as well. If her family can forgive him, it isn't up to any of us to do otherwise.

Posted by: Dennis on April 8, 2005 7:43 AM

He'll be on The Bachelor. Trust me.

Posted by: Laurence Simon on April 8, 2005 8:42 AM

Apparently, you do it by diving deep into denial.

That is the kindest thing I can say about Rusty Yates.

Posted by: Boadicea on April 8, 2005 10:11 AM

Why any sane woman would want that man, I do not know. He certainly contributed to his wife's insanity by forcing her to live in a bus and deal with his fanatical religious issues.

Posted by: amberlynne on April 8, 2005 12:25 PM

Laurence is too modest to post to his own blog:


Posted by: B. K. Oxley (binkley) on April 8, 2005 3:26 PM