Suzanne O'Malley has written a book about this tragedy by using her skills as a journalist. She has interviewed everyone she could find who had any relationship to the case, including Yates's family members, friends, attorneys, and current and previous mental health providers. O'Malley has also had an ongoing mail correspondence with Yates. The result is a detailed chronologic account of what happened, an attempt to balance many points of view. Andrea Yates apparently suffered from unrecognized bipolar illness, although she had been treated intermittently for diagnoses of depression, postpartum depression, and schizophrenia. There were many missed opportunities to help her. The real villains in this story appear to be ignorance and poor communication. Even Rusty Yates, the much-maligned husband, is portrayed in the book as a three-dimensional character, and background information is provided to show how he became the kind of person he is. O'Malley also tracked down and visited the psychiatrist who last treated Yates before the tragedy. It was a bit disconcerting to read that O'Malley pretended to be a patient in order to meet with this psychiatrist; however, her conclusion was that he was a seemingly decent man who appeared to know something about medications and prescribed conservatively.