Many people are still baffled by the question: why did Michelle Carter want Conrad to die? Examining the intricacies of mental health and individual challenges, the case highlights the tragic convergence of young lives beset by suffering.
In 2015, the nation became engrossed in the disturbing case of Michelle Carter, who encouraged her boyfriend Conrad Roy to take his own life.
The two teenagers’ thousands of text messages were central to this extremely unsettling situation.
Why Did Michelle Carter Want Conrad to Die?
With the debut of the Hulu limited series “The Girl from Plainville,” the investigation and Carter’s role are once again in the public eye. In 2017, Roy’s aunt, Kim Bozzi, said on ABC News’ “20/20,” “I don’t think that she helped him kill himself.” “I think she forced him to kill himself.”
On July 12, 2014, Roy, then 18 years old, passed away from carbon monoxide poisoning while inside his truck, which was parked outside of a Walmart in Fairhaven, Massachusetts.
In a note he left for his family, Roy expressed his regret and urged them to “live life to the fullest.”
According to Bozzi, Roy experienced depression, and his family made an effort to support him in addressing his mental health problems.
Based on information gathered by investigators, Roy disclosed his inner struggles and ideas to Carter, with whom he had an online relationship.
According to the prosecution, Carter, who was 17 at the time, had been messaging Roy for months about his depressive episodes and had even encouraged him to carry out his suicide in certain texts.
Carter was found guilty on June 17, 2017, of involuntary manslaughter in connection with Roy’s demise. She cried as Judge Lawrence Moniz spoke to her at the defense table.
“Carter’s actions and also her failure to act where she had a self-created duty to Mr. Roy since she had put him in that toxic environment, constituted each and all wanton and reckless conduct,” Moniz stated.
“She [instructed] Mr. Roy to get back into the truck, well-knowing of all of the feelings that he [had] exchanged with her: his ambiguities, his fears, his concerns,” Moniz stated. In a letter to the judge before the sentencing, Bozzi requested that Carter receive a 20-year sentence.
“She must spend the remainder of her life as herself, in her skin. After the sentencing, Bozzi told “20/20,” “One of the most hated people in the country, so good luck with that.”
Carter started her sentence in 2019 and was released early in January 2020 due to good behavior, following nearly two years of unsuccessful court appeals.
Please call the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline at 988, text “STRENGTH” to the Crisis Text Line at 741741, or visit 988lifeline.org if you or someone you know is thinking about taking their own life.