Justice For Conrad Roy: Should His Girlfriend Be Jailed?

Murder By Text: Should Conrad Roy’s Girlfriend Be Jailed for Encouraging His Suicide?

Conrad Roy III and Michelle Carter of Plainville, Mass. may have seemed like any other two teens in love, but a series of recently released text messages revealed a one-sided, toxic love affair. As young Conrad wrestled with his inner demons, he turned to the one person he believed truly loved and understood him.

This decision just might have led to his tragic end.

Eighteen-year-old Conrad was found dead in his truck in a parking lot on July 14, 2014. The Huffington Post reports that Roy had rigged the “combustion engine to induce carbon monoxide poisoning”. Nearly a week later, Michelle Carter sent a panicky text to one of her friends. Conrad’s mother had just informed her that the police intended to examine his phone to determine if anyone else was aware of or involved in his suicide. Carter was terrified of what authorities might find.

“[If] they read my messages with him I’m done. His family will hate me and I can go to jail.”

What police allegedly found in Conrad’s phone was a sadistic series of conversations between himself and his then girlfriend. It was clear to authorities that not only was Carter very much aware that Roy intended to end his life, but that she spent a great deal of time actively encouraging him to do so. “You have to just do it,” she reportedly texted.

“You have everything you need. There is no way you can fail. Tonight is the night. It’s now or never.”

Heartbreakingly, at moments when Conrad expressed doubt or a lack of desire to end his life, the alleged texts from Michelle seemed to nudge him right back towards the void.

“You always say you’re gonna do it, but you never do. I just want to make sure tonight is the real thing.”

Authorities believe that Michelle intentionally coaxed Conrad into killing himself using carbon monoxide. If that didn’t work, a subsequent text suggested that suffocation with a bag or hanging himself would do the trick. Immediately after Conrad Roy successfully took his life, Michelle Carter set out to distance herself from any possible connection. She sent a concerned text to one of Conrad’s sisters, asking if she knew where he was. When he was found dead, Michelle took the opportunity to seek sympathy and recognition for herself.  

After Conrad Roy’s suspicious suicide, Michelle Carter sought sympathy and recognition for herself.

The Huffington Post said she put together a Facebook page suggesting a charity baseball game “in his honor” and wanted it known that the event was entirely her idea. Here’s their news report.

But in Michelle’s eagerness to paint herself as a sympathetic girlfriend, she let some crucial and potentially damning information slip. Given the fact that the family had access to the deceased teen’s phone, it was unavoidable that it would eventually come out that she’d called him at around the time of his suicide. Although Carter had insisted she had no idea Roy intended to kill himself, she admitted that she was aware that something was wrong with his truck and that even as it leaked the fatal carbon monoxide gas, she’d told him to get back into the vehicle. In September 2014, Michelle sent a text to a friend that came dangerously close to admitting she had a hand in encouraging Conrad’s suicide.

“I couldn’t have him live the way he was living anymore.”

According to the Sun Chronicle, Michelle was indicted on February 5, 2015 in connection with Conrad’s death. Carter, now 18, was charged with involuntary manslaughter. Defense attorney Joseph Cataldo, who is pushing to get the case dismissed, attempted to paint his client as a “young, impressionable girl” who was “brainwashed” by a darkly depressed young man. Cataldo has worked hard to demonstrate that it was Michelle who was in danger, that Conrad had inadvertently threatened her life. To back up this point of view, the lawyer brought up a text message where Roy suggested that the pair die together “like Romeo & Juliet”. Perhaps this move to throw the deceased under the bus is what prompted prosecutors to make the texts between Michelle Carter and Conrad Roy public knowledge. On Friday, documents containing the alleged texts between the teens were released and quickly went viral. As the story behind the death of Conrad Roy spreads, it becomes increasingly hard to see Carter as anything other than a cold, manipulative sociopath. Here are Michelle Carter’s Texts on Scribed. Even if she is viewed as a terrible person who drove a trusting young man to suicide, there is one major roadblock to the justice that supporters of Conrad Roy and his family seek. It was Roy who ended his own life. Regardless of what Michelle did or did not say, it was ultimately young Conrad who took the steps necessary to commit suicide. Had Michelle conspired with Conrad to end the life of another person, it would no doubt be easier to argue guilt and suitable punishment. The lack of direct involvement by Michelle Carter in the act of ending Conrad Roy’s life may help her defense and allow the teen to avoid any serious ramifications for any cruel behavior.


It’s sad to think that Conrad Roy turned to someone in his hour of need who apparently only wanted him dead.

As for Michelle Carter, she is set to return to court on October 2.

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Toni Matthews is a writer who often blends unapologetic bluntness with playful humor. If you are willfully ignorant of matters that affect disenfranchised citizens while often declaring yourself a good and proud American, she WILL hurt your feelings.

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Toni Matthews is a writer who often blends unapologetic bluntness with playful humor. If you are willfully ignorant of matters that affect disenfranchised citizens while often declaring yourself a good and proud American, she WILL hurt your feelings.

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