It’s been two years since 18-year-old Conrad Roy III committed suicide by connecting a generator to a truck’s exhaust and dying of carbon monoxide poisoning in his garage.
The story turns from tragic to downright inconceivable when news broke that Conrad spoke with his long distance girlfriend, Michelle Carter, for 47 minutes on the phone while he sat in his car. Instead of trying to save her boyfriend, the then 17-year-old encouraged Conrad to kill himself, even telling him to “get back in” when Conrad was doubting the ultimately fatal decision.
When BroBible editor Chris Illuminati posted about this story last year, he pointed out that on the day of Conrad’s death, Carter was quick to tweet for attention, tweeting things such as “Such a beautiful soul gone too soon.” and “I’ll always remember your bright light and smile. You’ll forever be in my heart, I love you Conrad.” She even went as far to organize a suicide prevention fundraiser in Conrad’s name in an attempt to play the grieving hero.
Michelle, now 18, is currently being tried for involuntary manslaughter in a Massachusetts’ court and Carter and her attorneys are asking the judge that the text messages she sent to Conrad be inadmissible.
According to Inquisitr,
[Carter and her attorneys] filed a motion to suppress evidence on Friday, stating that Carter had been unlawfully searched and interrogated on October 2, 2014, in a violation of her Fourth Amendment rights. They claim that while Carter was at school on that date, two detectives questioned her without an attorney present and while she was not under arrest.
Even if the judge grants the request, this case has been so highly publicized that there likely won’t be one member of the jury who hasn’t been exposed to the damning text messages Carter sent to Conrad the week leading up to the tragedy.
Here are some notable ones, as collected by LADbible:
“I think your parents know you’re in a really bad place.
“I’m not saying they want you to do it but I honestly feel like they can accept it.
“They know there is nothing they can do. They’ve tried helping.
“Everyone’s tried, but there is a point that comes where there isn’t anything anyone can do to save you, not even yourself.
“And you’ve hit that point and I think your parents know you’ve hit that point.
“You said your mom saw a suicide thing on your computer and she didn’t say anything.
“I think she knows it’s on your mind and she’s prepared for it.
“Everyone will be sad for a while but they will get over it and move on.
“They won’t be in depression. I won’t let that happen.
“They know how sad you are, and they know that you are doing this to be happy and I think they will understand and accept it.
“They will always carry you in their hearts.”
When Conrad expressed doubt, Michelle laid the manipulative encouragement on thick.
“I thought you wanted to do this. This time is right and you’re ready. You just need to do it. You can’t keep living this way. You just need to do it like you did the last time and not think about it and just do it, babe. You can’t keep doing this every day.
Court records also show that Michelle texted her friend after the incident, admitting she could have stopped it.
“Like, honestly, I could have stopped it. I was the one on the phone with him and he got out of the car because [the carbon monoxide] was working and he got scared. I fucking told him to get back in.”
Just a really confusing, depressing story. It hasn’t yet been released what Michelle’s motive was for being a cheerleader for such a heinous act–maybe to play victim or garner sympathy for her connection to him–but it’s tough for a reasonable human to see any sort of rational payoff.
Regardless, if you or someone you know is battling depression and considering suicide, it will get better. Please contact the National Suicide Prevention Hotline, anytime day or night, at 1 (800) 273-8255.