On July 13, 2014, Conrad Roy III was found dead from carbon monoxide poisoning inside his truck, parked in the parking lot of a K-mart in Bristol County, Massachusetts. Conrad was 18 years old and was known to have struggled with mental illness and depression. As if the suicide and loss of their son was not already devastating enough for Conrad’s parents, they discovered within a few months the shocking role that his girlfriend played in their son’s death. The following conversation contains words shared between Conrad and and his girlfriend, Michelle Carter, just hours before he committed “suicide” - or did he?
CONRAD: I'm determined.
CARTER: I'm happy to hear that.
CONRAD: I'm ready.
CARTER: Good because it's time, babe. You know that. When you get back from the beach
you've gotta go do it. You're ready. You're determined. It's the best time to do it.
CONRAD: Okay, I will.
CARTER: Are you back?
CONRAD: No more thinking.
CARTER: Yes. No more thinking. You need to just do it. No more waiting.
CONRAD: On way back. I know where to go now.
CONRAD: A parking lot. There is going to be no cars there at 9:00. So that's when I'll be found.
CARTER: Okay, perfect. When will you be home?
CONRAD: Ten minutes. Ha ha, that's perfect.
CARTER: Okay. And, well, yeah, I don't know.
CONRAD: Like, I don't want to kill anyone else with me.
CARTER: You won't.
CONRAD: When they open the door they won't know it's odorless and colorless.
CARTER: You're over thinking. They will see the generator and realize you breathed in CO too.
CONRAD: So should I keep it in the back seat or front?
CARTER: In the front. You could write on a piece of paper and tape it on saying carbon
monoxide or something if you're scared.
CONRAD: I was thinking that but someone might see it before it actually happens.
CARTER: Well, wait, the generator is gonna be on because you'll be passed out, so they'll know
you used carbon monoxide. Dead. It's not loud is it?
CONRAD: Not really, LMAO.
CARTER: Okay, good. Are you gonna do it now?
5:08 PM, Conrad returned from the beach and wanted to back out
CONRAD: I'm home.
CONRAD: I don't know. I'm stressing.
CARTER: You're fine. It's gonna be okay. You just gotta do it, babe. You can't think about it.
CONRAD: Okay. Okay. I got this.
CARTER: Yes, you do. I believe in you. Did you delete the messages?
CONRAD: Yes. But you're going to keep messaging me.
CARTER: I will until you turn on the generator.
CONRAD: Okay. Well, I'm bringing my sisters for ice cream.
CARTER: So will you do it when you get back?
CONRAD: Yup, I'll go right there.
CONRAD: Love you.
CARTER: I love so much.
CONRAD: (Smiley face).
CONRAD: Ha ha. What are you doing?
CARTER: Nothing really. Just resting.
CONRAD: Okay. Ha, ha I'm procrastinating.
CARTER: Yeah, ha ha, I know. Are you back?
CARTER: So it's time?
CONRAD: Oh, it's been time.
CARTER: Are you gonna do it now?
CONRAD: I just don't know how to leave them, you know.
CARTER: Say you're gonna go the store or something.
CONRAD: Like, I want them to know that I love them.
CARTER: They know. That's one thing they definitely know. You're over thinking.
CONRAD: I know I'm over thinking. I've been over thinking for a while now.
CARTER: I know. You just have to do it like you said. Are you gonna do it now?
CONRAD: I still haven't left yet, ha ha.
CONRAD: Leaving now.
CARTER: Okay. You can do this.
CONRAD: Okay. I'm almost there.
6:25 PM, the last message was sent
(see the full conversation by going to the
page of this link, scrolling down and then clicking on their link “You can download the original
court document with the whole transcript between Michelle and Conrad from here [pdf].”)
Michelle Carter’s words of “encouragement” via text message to her depressed and suicidal
boyfriend Conrad shocked the nation, gaining widespread coverage from CNN, CBS, the Washington
Post, the Huffington Post and several other international publications. The
conversation above is actually only one of many conversations that the prosecution has as
evidence of Carter encouraging Conrad to take his own life in the days
leading up to his death. Michelle Carter is being tried as an adult for “involuntary manslaughter” and
Conrad’s parents are suing Miss Carter for “assisting” in their son’s suicide. However, the prosecution has
their hands full; according to Carter’s attorney, Joseph Cataldo, there is no precedent for a case like
this – “manslaughter by text”. . ‘where a person who is 30 miles away is charged with
committing manslaughter by text’,” (CBS News - Stephanie Slifer).
(Read more about CBS’s report on this at: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/is-it-a-crimetoencouragesuicide-unusual-massachusetts-case-of-conrad-roy-and-michelle-carter/)
February 5th, 2015, the Grand Jury of Bristol County officially indicted Michelle Carter for
“involuntary manslaughter”, setting a precedent in the state of Massachusetts that assisted
suicide involving the mentally ill will not be
condoned by the law and that a deceased victim has a right to due process.
Parents everywhere, particularly of mentally ill youths, should monitor their kids’ text messages
and other online activities to protect them from deadly influences like Carter admits that she
could have prevented and stopped Conrad’s suicide, she may have
been the only one capable of doing so.
Continue to follow our blog for a follow up update on what happens to Michelle Carter. Will
Massachusetts set a precedent for “assisted-suicide” cases? Or is she protected under the First
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