The Cellphone Crime of the Decade: Michelle Carter and Conrad Roy

We’re all quite used to our cell phones at this point. But who could have predicted that one day, something as normal to us as a text message could get someone convicted of involuntary manslaughter?

Here are the top takeaways of the Michelle Carter case, the woman who was sent to prison for encouraging her then-boyfriend, Conrad Roy, to commit suicide.

Carter Discouraged Roy at First

From 2012-2014, text messages evidence shows Carter telling Roy he shouldn’t indulge his suicidal thoughts. Court evidence showed Roy suffered from parental abuse and mental health issues. In 2014, Carter started to believe it would be good to help him die the way he wanted to. Her new phone plan was to encourage him through her texts.

The Michelle Carter Case Changed Crime Law

In this particular case, the jury did find that it is possible to put someone in a toxic situation through text message. This could set a precedent for dealing with cyber crime in the future. If similar cases happen in the future, it’s highly possible that the defendant will meet the same fate as Carter.

Roy’s Last Text Makes It Seem Like He Didn’t Want to Do Die

Conrad Roy’s final text messages with Carter right before he committed suicide are heartbreaking. He tells her he’s scared, and she tells him to do it anyway.

Carter was released from prison in January 2020 for good behavior.