When Michelle Carter was 17 she constantly complained about being alone and without friends. She described herself as a social outcast, a teenager with problems of eating disorders, who was never invited to a party and who stayed home on Friday nights crying. Even so, Carter had a boyfriend, an 18-year-old boy named Roy Conrad, who made her feel like the luckiest girl in the world.
Sadly, when Roy committed suicide in 2014 from carbon monoxide inhalation produced by his truck, Carter sent a message to his many friends, saying that she was talking on the phone with him when he died, that he heard his screams and that it was his guilt because he told him to go back to the truck. Now Carter is 20 years old and is being tried for allegedly pressuring Roy Conrad, through text messages, to commit suicide in 2014. This is his story.
She is Michelle Carter
Prosecutors accuse Carter of pressuring her boyfriend Roy to commit suicide and then using his death to attract attention and have the sympathy he always craved from his colleagues.
Carter is now 20 years old and is being charged with involuntary manslaughter, which can make her spend 20 years in prison if she is found guilty by a judge. His lawyers argue that Roy's suicide was his own choice and that Carter was not present when he decided to take his own life.
These were some of the messages that Carter sent
In a message after Roy's death, Carter told his school friend, Samantha Boardman, that she told Roy to get back in the truck, even though he mentioned that he was scared of what he was about to do. of doing.
Sam, his death is my fault, I honestly could have stopped him. I was talking to him on the phone and he got out of the truck because he was scared, I told him to come back because I knew he would do it one more time the next day and I could not see him live the way he did, no longer I would leave.
Samantha testified on Wednesday and showed the conversations she had with Carter
Her friends stated that she sent them a message in which she talked about her eating disorders and the injuries she was doing to herself. However, another friend told the Court that he had never observed any injuries in Carter.
If I have friends from school, they all say they love me, but that does not mean anything when nobody wants to hang out with me. Nobody calls me or sends me messages, it's always me who has to do it. So when someone makes an effort to talk to me and then we get together, it makes me so happy that I feel important, like I'm worth something.
I do not even remember the last time someone asked me if I wanted to hang out with me. I press people to talk to me and send me messages and at the end they leave. Each and every one and then I stay crying in bed at night because I have no one, no friends. I just and live with the family that I have and I do not have plans for the future. I'm nothing, they just have no idea what I'm doing.
The messages between Carter and Roy showed that she knew of his plans to commit suicide
Roy planned to use a portable power generator to inhale carbon monoxide and thus commit suicide. Carter was aware of all the plans, even scolding him when he said he had not bought it yet.
- Carter: You're going to have to prove that I'm wrong because I do not think you really want to kill yourself, you always say it and postpone it one more night, but you never do it. I bet it's going to be like: oh, it did not work because it was not turned on or something like that. I bet you're going to say an excuse like that.
- CARTER: Do you already have the generator?
- Roy: No, not yet
- CARTER Well, when do you plan to get it?
These were the other messages that could motivate Conrad's suicide
- In heaven you will be happy.
- You will go to heaven. There will be no more pain. It's okay to be afraid and it's normal, I mean, you're about to die.
- You are ready and prepared. All you have to do is start the engine and you will be free and happy.
- I thought you wanted to do this. It's the right time and you're ready. Just do it, baby.
- I guess your parents know you're in a bad time. I'm not saying they want you to do it, but I'm sure they can accept it.
- They know there is nothing they can do. They have tried to help, everyone has tried but there is a point where there is nothing that someone can not do to save you, not even yourself.
Carter also talked about a note that Roy had left
Apparently Carter was the only person to whom Roy left a beautiful suicide letter.
I go to Roy's house to pick up some things with his mother and get a suicide letter he wrote for me.This means so much, because that means that I was special to him. His mother told me that I was an important person in his life.
He told a friend.
Roy's mother testified that she did not ask Carter to come to her house and that she had given the letter to the authorities.
Carter also told her friends that she hoped to get some of Roy's ashes
He was cremated so it will be easier because we do not have to bury him. I'll have some of his ashes, that's nice.
In other messages, Carter said she was tired of helping her boyfriend
I started to give up everything, because nothing I did seemed to help him. I could have stopped him, but Roy did not want to change his mind.
He was going to graduate from Fitchburg and then, when I graduated from college, we would go live together, happily ever after in the ocean or somewhere in the world, together with our son. Now it's going to be very different, Maybe someone will come better, but I do not think so. He was my soul mate.
Judge Robert Cordy declared the decision of the Grand Jury
We conclude that with the evidence presented to the grand jury, verbal conduct was sufficient and since a conviction for imprudent homicide is punishable in state prison and inherently involves inflicting serious bodily harm, the grand jury issued an accusation under the juvenile offender statute.
Now the young woman's lawyers will try to appeal this decision, justifying that the messages are not enough to prove her guilt.