At one point of time, many of us have been or presently are, in a relationship. And while we are at it, the only thing that occupies our mind is the well-being of our respective partners. But what Michelle Carter did to her long-distance boyfriend, Conrad Roy III, will shock you beyond words.
She Encouraged Him To Commit Suicide
Roy, a marine salvage captain from Massachusetts, was suffering from social anxiety and depression and he had been seeking counseling from various therapists. His last session was conducted a few weeks before his death. He had been hospitalized for an acetaminophen overdose at the age of 17, but was saved in the nick of time when his then girlfriend had called the police.
However, when Roy(17) met Michelle Carter(16), from Boston, in 2012, they fell for each other when they were both visiting relatives in Florida. After that they met once or twice in the course of three years. But they chatted with each other regularly. Overall, their was an on-and-off relationship. Carter egged him to end his life, so that he could escape all the pain and suffering in this world.
Why did Roy feel so close to Carter?
Michelle Carter, like Conrad Roy was suffering from psychological disorders. At the age of 8 or maybe 9, she had developed an eating disorder and had had made self-inflicted wounds by slashing her wrists. As a result, she was on prescription psychiatric medication from the age of 14, and she attended counseling at McLean Hospital, Belmon.
After interacting with Roy for some time, Carter learned that he was planning to commit suicide. Carter even foiled tow of his attempts by repeatedly discouraging him from committing suicide, once in 2012, and the second time in 2014. She even requested him to seek professional help.
However, in July 2014, her attitude towards him underwent a change, and she thought that it would be relieving for Roy if she helped him to die.
A month earlier, in June 2014, Roy had texted Carter suggesting that they act like Romeo and Juliet by committing suicide together.
What Happened On That Fateful Night
On the night of July 13, 2014, Sunday, after exchanging several text messages with Carter and then while calling his family via a video call, Roy committed suicide by poisoning himself with carbon monoxide fumes in his truck. He chose the now-closed Kmart parking lot in Fairhaven, Massachusetts, so that he wouldn’t attract any attention.
Given below is a series of text messages exchanged between Roy and Carter, after which he committed suicide –
She Even Told Her Friend’s About Conrad’s Death
After encouraging Conrad to end his life, and actually hearing him breathe his last, Michelle texted to one of her friends,” His death is my fault like honestly I could have stopped him I was on the phone with him and he got out of the car because it was working and he got scared and I fucking told him to get back in *** because I knew he would do it all over again the next day and I couldnt have him live the way he was living anymore I couldnt do it I wouldnt let him. And therapy didnt help him and I wanted him to go to McLean with me when I went but he would go in the other department for his issues but he didnt wanna go because he said nothing they would do or say would help him or change the way he feels. So I like started giving up because nothing I did was helping and but I should of tried harder like I should of did more and its all my fault because I could of stopped him but I fucking didnt all I had to say was I love you dont do this one more time and hed still be here and he told me he would give me signs to know he is watching over me but I havent seen any and I just idk I’m sorry about this rant I just needed to get that off my chest and its finally all sinking in.”
Now She Is Serving Prison Time
After these barrage of texts came to light, a full-scale investigation ensued. Carter was indicted with various charges including involuntary manslaughter. The trial went on for five long years, until the court asked Carter to serve jail time.
The major hurdle while pressing the charges on Carter was that both she and Roy were juveniles at that time and she could not be tried as a culprit. During the entire course of the case, Carter was not arrested, owing to her age. Roy’s family tried their best to get her a maximum sentence, but she will just be doing 15 months at present.