In 2016, a girl named Michelle Carter had been having a text message relationship with her boyfriend, Roy. They had dated in person, but during the time of the suicide texts and Roy’s suicide, they were texting. The night of Roy’s suicide, he decided that he could not go through with it, but Michelle was relentless in trying to get Roy to follow through. He had even gotten out of his truck. He climbed back in and committed suicide. Michelle was arrested and tried on manslaughter charges.
Daily Mail, 1 August 2016 – … Roy (pictured) hadn’t seen Carter in more than a year when he died, even though they lived only about 50 miles apart in Massachusetts, Carter in Plainville, and Roy in Mattapoisett … Roy’s body was found in his pickup in Fairhaven on July 13, 2014. He died of carbon monoxide poisoning and police found a gasoline-operated water pump in the back seat.
Prosecutors say Carter and Roy communicated as he sat in the truck. ‘I thought you wanted to do this. The time is right and you’re ready, you just need to do it!’ Carter wrote in one message. Carter’s lawyer, Joseph Cataldo, has said that the texts are protected free speech and that Roy was depressed and had previously tried to take his own life The state’s highest court ruled earlier this month that a grand jury had probable cause to indict Carter based on evidence suggesting she engaged in a ‘systematic campaign of coercion.’
Carter was 17 at the time, but is charged as a youthful offender, making her subject to adult sentences. Carter’s lawyer had argued that her texts were free speech protected by the First Amendment and didn’t cause Roy to kill himself. But the court said Carter engaged in a ‘systematic campaign of coercion’ that targeted Roy’s insecurities and that her instruction to ‘get back in’ his truck in the final moments of his life was a ‘direct, causal link’ to his death.
Carter: ‘(D)on’t be scared. You already made this decision and if you don’t do it tonight you’re gonna be thinking about it all the time and stuff all the rest of your life and be miserable. You’re finally going to be happy in heaven. No more pain. No more bad thoughts and worries. You’ll be free.’
Carter: ‘I just want to make sure you’re being serious. Like I know you are, but I don’t know. You always say you’re gonna do it, but you never do. I just want to make sure tonight is the real thing.’
Carter: ‘When are you gonna do it? Stop ignoring the question’ Carter: ‘You can’t keep living this way. You just need to do it like you did the last time and not think about it and just do it, babe. You can’t keep doing this every day. Roy: ‘I do want to but I’m like freaking for my family I guess. I don’t know.’
Carter: ‘Conrad, I told you I’ll take care of them. Everyone will take care of them to make sure they won’t be alone and people will help them get through it. We talked about this and they will be okay and accept it. People who commit suicide don’t think this much. They just could do it.’
Published on Aug 3, 2017 A woman who encouraged her suicidal boyfriend to kill himself in dozens of text messages and told him to “get back in” a truck filled with toxic gas was sentenced Thursday to 15 months in jail for involuntary manslaughter. Michelle Carter was convicted in June by a judge who said her final instruction to Conrad Roy III caused his death. Carter was 17 when the 18-year-old Roy was found dead of carbon monoxide poisoning in July 2014