Michelle Carter was only 17 years old when her boyfriend, Conrad Roy III, committed suicide in a parking lot by carbon monoxide poisoning. And after police searched her phone and discovered lengthy texts convincing Conrad to take his own life, she was charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection to his death. The case seemed like a first, and it’s caused a lot of conversation due to the controversial nature of the sentencing. And it’s now been made into a two-part documentary on HBO, titled I Love You, Now Die, and the second part airs tonight.
First things first, who is Michelle Carter?
Michelle is a now-22-year-old woman from Massachusetts who met Conrad when both families were on vacation in Florida when they were teenagers. The two kept in touch after, and they were kind of in a long distance relationship. She she was from Plainville and he was from Fairhaven, which are an hour apart from each other.
After Conrad’s suicide, the police uncovered disturbing texts from Michelle that connected her to his death. She had sent him exact instructions on how to commit suicide and even instructed him to get back in the car when he got out and tried to stop the attempt.
Michelle and Conrad had both suffered from depression in the past, and Conrad had previously attempted suicide before. Michelle suffered from anorexia and had gotten out of a psychiatric hospital one month before she urged Conrad to kill himself.
Okay, so was she convicted?
Michelle was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in 2017 and given 15 months in prison, which she is currently still serving.
The judge ruled that she wasn’t responsible for her boyfriend’s suicide planning or his actual attempt, but the conviction lies in her telling Conrad to get back inside the car while it was being filled with carbon monoxide.
Interestingly enough, she actually just filed an appeal to the Supreme Court on Monday.
Michelle filed the appeal with the argument that her right to free speech was violated by her conviction.
The appeal states that no other person has been found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in a suicide without physially aiding the person or participating in the act. The Supreme Court will now decide if it will take the case or not, and Carter will continue to serve her sentence until further notice.
Alright, where can I watch the doc?
The second part of the doc airs on HBO on Wednesday night (tonight!) at 8 p.m.
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