Michelle Carter is a 23-year-old who is currently behind bars for what she so cruelly did…but she won’t be for long.
When Michelle was just 8-years-old, she ended up developing an eating disorder. By the time she was 14, she was put on prescription psychiatric medication.
Facebook; Michelle smiles in the photo above
Two years later in 2012, she met her would-be boyfriend Conrad Henri Roy III while on vacation in Florida. They ended up realizing they both lived pretty close to one another in the suburbs of Boston, Massachusetts.
They emailed one another. They texted. They met in person a few times. They kept in touch.
Sadly enough, Conrad tried to take his own life after meeting Michelle in 2012, and he attempted it again in 2014.
1 week before Conrad passed away, Michelle sent him more than 1,000 text messages. An overwhelming number of these texts were Michelle encouraging Conrad to end his life.
Facebook; Conrad is pictured above on a boat
3 days before he finally succeeded in ending his life, police say that Michelle was calling and texting people, saying that Conrad was missing…even though she knew he was not and was in contact with him.
An affidavit from the police states, “It is believed that Carter acted in this way because she was planning to continue to encourage Conrad to take his own life, so as a result she was beginning to put together a plan to get sympathy from her friends, which was evident because at this point she already started explaining that it’s her fault that Conrad is dead, even though he was still alive and speaking and texting with her regularly.”
The Sunday that Conrad did take his own life, he sat in the parking lot of a Kmart and connected a hose to the exhaust pipe of his truck. It was July 13th, 2014. He passed away from carbon monoxide poisoning.
The following day, Michelle posted quite a lengthy message on Conrad’s Facebook page.
“No one will ever understand our love story, but they don’t have to. I know how it was supposed to end, he did too; we were endgame,” she put at the beginning of the post.
“I’m sorry I couldn’t save you, I’m sorry I let you do this,” Michelle said in the ending.
Bristol County Juvenile Court Clerk’s Office; pictured above is Michelle’s Facebook post
On June 16th of 2017, Juvenile Court Judge Lawrence Moniz found Michelle guilty of involuntary manslaughter for her role in Conrad’s death.
Michelle was sentenced on August 3rd, 2017, to two and a half years in prison and five years of probation. Her sentence was reduced down to just fifteen months, which Michelle started serving on February 11th, 2019.
Michelle’s lawyers have unsuccessfully attempted to repeal her sentence, claiming that her being found guilty with the text messages she sent is a violation of the First Amendment.
Now, Michelle is being released early (next week to be exact, on January 23rd) for good behavior. She will still have to complete her five years of parole.
She apparently was polite to the prison staff, followed the rules, and didn’t get into any trouble.
If you are struggling with suicide, please reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255).
You can also reach out to the Samaritans Statewide Hotline 877-870-HOPE (4673) via a phone call or text message.
If you or someone you know is at risk immediately, please call 911.