An 18-year old girl is currently on trial in Massachusetts after text messages showed that she pressurized his suicidal boyfriend for months to take his own life.
On July 12 2014, 18-year old Conrad Roy III killed himself by placing a gas-powered water pump in his father’s truck and inhaling the carbon monoxide. His girlfriend Michelle Carter, who was 17 at that time. then started a fundraising tournament in his honor and declared herself an advocate of mental health, saying on Facebook, ‘Even though I could not save my boyfriend’s life, I want to put myself out here to try to save as many other lives as possible.’
But according to prosecutors, Carter was the trigger that spurred Roy – who had tried committing suicide several times before – to kill himself. They presented as evidence a series of text messages they exchanged, which proves without any doubt that she was the catalyst.
Below are some of those texts Carter sent to Roy, courtesy of Washington Post:
‘You always say you’re gonna do it, but you never do. I just want to make sure tonight is the real thing.’
‘You can’t keep pushing it off, though. That’s all you keep doing.’
‘There isn’t anything anyone can do to save you, not even yourself.’
ROY: How was your day?
CARTER: When are you doing it?
Even when Roy told her that he had a good day:
CARTER: That’s great. What did you do?
ROY: Ended up going to work for a little bit and then just looked stuff up.
CARTER: When are you gonna do it? Stop ignoring the question???
Eventually, the conversation progressed to the method Roy would use to end his life. Roy chose carbon monoxide poisoning, but expressed doubts that it might not work. The next thing Carter did was shocking.
From Washington Post:
Roy thought about using a tube to channel the exhaust from his truck’s tailpipe into the vehicle but realized that the diesel engine emitted lower levels of carbon monoxide that might make failure more likely.
Carter was confident that it would work and told him why.
“If you emit 3200 ppm of it for five or ten minutes, you will die within a half hour,” she told him. “You lose consciousness with no pain. You just fall asleep and die.”
Translation: Carter actually researched on Roy’s suicide.
It gets worse.
When Roy decided to use a generator instead, Carter was impatient.
“Do you have the generator?” she asked him.
“Not yet LOL,” he replied.
“WELL WHEN ARE YOU GETTING IT?” she wrote.
Eventually, Roy did find a generator — his father’s — but it was broken. Carter told him to take it to Sears for repairs.
And if Roy couldn’t find a way to use carbon monoxide, Carter suggested alternatives: “I’d try the bag or hanging,” she told him. “Hanging is painless and take like a second if you do it right.”
The day of Roy’s death — July 12, 2014 — he and Carter exchanged texts in the early morning hours.
“You can’t think about it. You just have to do it,” Carter said, telling him she didn’t understand why he was hesitating.
“I’m gonna eventually,” he replied. “I really don’t know what I’m waiting for but I have everything lined up.”
She suggested that he take medication to fall asleep and allow the fumes to work.
She worried that he wouldn’t go through with it because the sun would soon be coming up.
She suggested that he go to an empty parking lot.
They texted throughout the day about the plans, about Roy’s doubts, and about Carter’s insistence that “the time is right” and that he was ready.
Before he died, Carter asked Roy to delete their conversations, knowing that if police found them, ‘I’m done. His family will hate me and I can go to jail.’ She confessed this to a friend named Samantha, to whom she also admitted that she could have stopped Roy from committing suicide:
“Like, honestly I could have stopped it,” Carter texted Samantha months later. “I was on the phone with him and he got out of the car” because the carbon monoxide was working, she said. She added that she “told him to get back in.”
Carter’s defense attorney is arguing that his client was ‘brainwashed’ by Roy into ‘endorsing his plan.’ ‘He ultimately persuaded a young, impressionable girl,’ he said.
But with the texts, that claim now is obviously bogus.
Carter is facing manslaughter charges in a juvenile court.