“You like kids? Me too! Can I buy you a Jagermeister?”
Former father, and current Christian-singles sleaze-bag, Rusty Yates is getting on with his life. Some choice tidbits:
Attorneys for Andrea Yates, the Houston woman who drowned her five children, can now proceed with her appeal. An anonymous donor last week agreed to pay the roughly $50,000 cost of preparing a transcript of her trialâ€”the first step in launching her appeal.
ATTORNEY GEORGE PARNHAM wouldnâ€™t identify the donor. But Debbie Holmes, a close friend of Yatesâ€™s, questioned why Rusty Yates couldnâ€™t come up with the cash himself to help free his wife. She noted that he recently moved out of the family home into a nearby luxury-apartment complex that boasts a stocked fishing pond, white-sand beach, resort-style pool with cabana and gym. One-bedroom units in the pink Mediterranean-style complex rent for nearly $1,000 a month.
Rusty made his wife and 5 children live in a converted Greyhound bus during his old “ball and chain” days. Which leads to this:
For his part, the NASA shuttle engineer told NEWSWEEK that he moved out of the house where his children died because he wanted to simplify his life. â€œI donâ€™t want to spend my time cutting tree limbs,â€ he says. As for the appeal, which he gives only a 30 percent chance of success, Rusty says heâ€™s paid all heâ€™s going to pay. â€œWhat I spend on food and lodging is nothing compared to what Iâ€™ve paid in legal expenses,â€ he says. â€œIâ€™ve lost money in this, not made it. Iâ€™ve given all that I want to give.â€ His pastor, the Rev. Byron Fike, says he remains involved in the church: playing basketball, attending menâ€™s prayer sessions and becoming involved in the singles group.
â€œBeing apart from Andrea has been an extreme struggle,â€ he says, adding that he is allowed to hug her only once a month. â€œAndrea and I need to sit down and work out where weâ€™re going from here.â€
Andrea Yates sits in a cell while Rusty Yates ponders which is better ‘seduction’ music: Enya or Jars of Clay.
(Side-note: What kind of singles complex has a “stocked fishing pond”? Oh wait…we’re talkin’ Texas here, aren’t we?)