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'It's now or never' - Teen accused of pressuring boyfriend into suicide

David Kearns

Published 02/09/2015 | 14:23

Michelle Carter and her boyfriend Conrad Roy Credit: Facebook
Michelle Carter and her boyfriend Conrad Roy Credit: Facebook

A teenager is facing 20-years in prison after allegedly pressuring her boyfriend to kill himself in a series of text messages.

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Michelle Carter (18) has been charged with manslaughter after she was accused of manipulating boyfriend Conrad Roy (18) into committing suicide.

“You’re finally going to be happy in heaven. No more pain,” she told him in one message.

“It’s okay to be scared and it’s normal. I mean, you’re about to die.”

Many of her messages to him seemed to imply that Roy, who had previously attempted suicide, would be better off dead.

She also researched how he could kill himself, and sent him details about different ways he could do so.

Before he died, Ms Carter pretended to her friends that her boyfriend had gone missing, all the while exchanging hundreds of texts with him.

Michelle Carter in court in Juvenile Court in New Bedford Credit: Peter Pereira via AP
Michelle Carter in court in Juvenile Court in New Bedford Credit: Peter Pereira via AP

Prosecutors in the United States have said that the 18-year-old knew messages sent to Mr Roy’s phone were incriminating if found by police.

She had allegedly asked him in a text to delete her messages before he killed himself in a supermarket car park in Fairhaven, Massachusetts in July last year.

The messages were later found by investigators.

During the exchange, Mr Roy appeared to wavered in his resolve to commit suicide.

Carter replied forcefully, writing: “You always say you’re gonna do it, but you never do.

“I just want to make sure tonight is the real thing.

“You can’t keep pushing it off, though. That’s all you keep doing.”

The teenager allegedly texted a friend after Mr Roy’s death saying: “[if the police] read my messages with him I’m done. His family will hate me and I can go to jail,” according to the Washington Post.

Ms Carter, who was 17 at the time at the time of Roy’s death, has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in a juvenile court in Massachusetts.

Mr Roy’s grandmother told WBZ that although he was depressed he "seemed to be pulling out of it".

She said when she heard of the texts: “I felt like the blood drained out of me. I don’t believe this, it’s too horrific.”

The teens met in 2012 and struck up a relationship that was mainly conducted online and by text message.

After her boyfriend's death, Ms Carter became an advocate for mental health, writing on Facebook:

“Even though I could not save my boyfriend’s life, I want to put myself out here to try to save as many other lives as possible,” and organising events in memory of her late boyfriend.

A judge will decide on 2nd of October whether the teen will face charges for the death.

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