As the history of true crime has proven, there are many ways that people can be lethal to others — from guns to knives, even automobiles — but texting is a pretty unique one. Yet this past February, Michelle Carter began serving 15 months in prison for involuntary manslaughter. Back in 2014, she convinced Conrad Roy, via text, that killing himself was the right decision to make, which led him back into his truck which he had been filling with carbon monoxide. He was 18, she was a year younger. Now the case has been turned into a two-part documentary for HBO called I Love You, Now Die: The Commonwealth vs. Michelle Carter.
It’s officially described as follows: “This documentary about the texting suicide case that captured national interest raises difficult questions about technology, mental health, and whether or not one teenager can be held responsible for the suicide of another. While many believe that Michelle Carter’s texts urging boyfriend Conrad Roy to end this own life are immoral, the film asks is it criminal? With unprecedented access to the families, friends and communities that were forever changed by the Commonwealth vs. Michelle Carter case, this series follows a story that has wider implications for society at large, online and IRL.”
Little comfort came from a number of texts that had been written by Michelle. On the day Roy died, she wrote to him, “The time is right and you’re ready, you just need to do it.” The next morning and over the next few days, she sent a number of texts that were assumed to be her way of telling the story from her own point of view. On the morning of the day after, she wrote, “Did you do something??! Conrad, I love you so much much; please tell me this is a joke.” Days later she wrote an apology of sorts, claiming she was so sorry for everything and adding, “I read this thing online about trying to agree with the person and that would make them change their mind because they see how stupid they’re being. But it didn’t work for you and I did it for too long. You probably thought I was okay with it and you talked about being in heaven and being my angel and at the time I went along with it, because I knew you weren’t gonna do anything. But you f–king did it and I’m so sorry I didn’t save you.”
It’s an incredible story, with so much more to be revealed in the documentary. No air date has been announced yet.
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