Michelle Carter is a 17 year old girl from Taunton, Massachusetts. Carter’s boyfriend, Conrad Roy, was 18. As the story goes, Ms. Carter, who apparently wanted to flaunt herself as an aggrieved victim of a tragedy involving the suicide of her boyfriend, repeatedly cohereced Roy into committing suicide.
At the final stages when Conrad Roy sat in a parked truck as carbon monoxide slowly pumped into his vehicle, Roy attempted to back off the idea entirely. When Roy contacted Carter saying he had changed his mind, she convinced him to go through with it and to get back into the truck.
Carter reportedly texted a friend about what she had done saying: “I was on the phone with him and he got out of the car because it was working and he got scared and I [expletive] told him to get back in.”
Michelle Carter was convicted of involuntary manslaughter for encouraging Roy, through text messages and phone calls, to commit suicide. Carter was sentenced on Thursday to 15 months.
Carter could have been sentenced to as much as 20 years. The judge sentenced her to two and a half years in a county jail, suspending 15 of those months. The judge stayed the sentence while an appeal goes through the state courts. Which means that Ms. Carter will not immediately go to jail.
What disturbs me the most is the fact that Michelle Carter, obviously had the nefarious motive of using her boyfriends death as a source of sympathy from others. Such a thing is derived from a sick and criminal intent and justice has not been served by only giving this girl two and half years in jail. In the end it won’t even be that long.
“You said you were going to do it. I don’t get why you aren’t.”
“I don’t get it I feel played and just stupid that you aren’t doing it.”
“You’re just going to have to prove it. Cause I just think you really don’t want this.”
“Jump off a building.”
“I don’t know. There’s a lot of ways.”
These were text messages sent by Michelle Carter to Roy. Monstrous and sinister these comments urged a young man, suffering from depression, to take the final steps into killing himself.
These are just a few of the many texts she sent this troubled young man who’s story is becoming far too familiar. The sickness of sinister is as prevalent as the sickness of the saddened in our society. When two of these types of people interact nothing but heartache follows. Roy’s family is devastated and a community is shocked.