Taunton, MA — In the Land of the Free, you can and will be charged and convicted of manslaughter for texting your teenage boyfriend and telling him to kill himself. No physical action was needed on the part of Michelle Carter, then 17, to be complicit in her boyfriend’s death other than sending text over the digital either to be read by the troubled teen.

According to the AP, Juvenile Court Judge Lawrence Moniz found that Michelle Carter caused the death of Conrad Roy III, who intentionally filled his truck with carbon monoxide in a store parking lot in July 2014. Carter cried and clutched a handkerchief to her face as Moniz detailed her conduct in explaining how he reached his verdict, but she was stoic when it was formally pronounced.

The court based their case on the fact that as 18-year-old Roy climbed out of the truck as it filled with the poisonous gas and told Carter he was scared, she told him, via text message, to “get back in.”

“This court finds that instructing Mr. Roy to ‘get back in’ the truck constitutes wanton and reckless conduct by Ms. Carter,” the judge said.


As the AP reports, Carter’s lawyer, Joseph Cataldo, argued Roy had a history of depression and suicide attempts and was determined to end his own life. He said Carter initially tried to talk Roy out of it and urged him to get professional help, but eventually went along with his plan.

However, the judge disagreed. He refused to take into account in his verdict any of Roy’s previous suicide attempts.

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While it was certainly careless of Carter not to call the police and inform them of Roy’s attempt at suicide, she was a 17-year-old child when it happened. Also, according to Dr. Peter Breggin, a psychiatrist testifying for the defense, Carter was taking Celexa at the time — a drug that targets the brain’s frontal lobe which controls empathy.

Breggin explained, noting the seriousness of the text messages, that Carter was under the impression that she alone could guide Roy to heaven and she would care for his family.

“I thought you wanted to do this. The time is right and you’re ready, you just need to do it!” Carter wrote in one message.

“You can’t think about it. You just have to do it. You said you were gonna do it. Like I don’t get why you aren’t,” Carter wrote to Roy the day of his suicide.

Although prosecutors argued that the above texts support their erroneous claims that Carter is responsible for Roy’s death, they appear to be based more on concern than malicious intent. However, that is irrelevant.

Even if Carter was sending texts to Roy every hour on the hour telling him to ‘kill himself’ — over and over again — she would still never be complicit in harming a single hair on Roy’s head.

The court, in this case, would do well to review the old children’s adage, “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” They would also do well to remember what their mothers asked them when they tried to blame someone else for their actions as a child, “If someone tells you to jump off a bridge, are you going to do it?”

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Luckily, the ACLU agrees.

The American Civil Liberties Union denounced the conviction, saying it “exceeds the limits of our criminal laws and violates free speech protections guaranteed by the Massachusetts and U.S. Constitutions.”

As the AP reports, Matthew Segal, the ACLU’s legal director for Massachusetts, called Roy’s suicide tragic but said, “It is not a reason to stretch the boundaries of our criminal laws or abandon the protections of our constitution.”

The dangerous precedent set in this case is a de facto attack on the freedom of speech and this ruling should be appealed immediately.

After the verdict, the judge ruled that Carter, who is now 20, can remain free on bail until her sentencing on August 3. For sending a text message, she now faces up to 20 years in a cage.

Matt Agorist is an honorably discharged veteran of the USMC and former intelligence operator directly tasked by the NSA. This prior experience gives him unique insight into the world of government corruption and the American police state. Agorist has been an independent journalist for over a decade and has been featured on mainstream networks around the world. Agorist is also the Editor at Large at the Free Thought Project. Follow @MattAgorist on Twitter, Steemit, and now on Facebook.
  • I think it falls into the jurisdiction of karma. Let karma sort her out. Charge the drug company.

  • David Daisy May Boldock

    I remember this nasty piece of work. A job awaits her with the police when she comes out of the slammer.

  • Liz O’neill

    she was 17, plenty old enough to know better, that boy had changed his mind, was out of the truck, and she told him to get back in, and that was after weeks of her urging him to kill himself over and over. jail is the right place for her, and it will send a message to anyone else, who thinks it is ok to tell someone to kill themselves.

    • IceTrey

      I tell people every day to f**k off and die. Should I be in jail?

      • Damiana

        Don’t be obtuse – if you do what she did, then YES… you should be in jail.

        • Liam

          I concur 100%.

      • Bruce_Mitchell

        No matter how one feels about this particular case and the defendant, this ruling sets a very dangerous precedent that could easily get out of hand by being used in all manner of cases involving every form of communication. Bravo to the ACLU for taking a stand against it.

      • David Daisy May Boldock

        Electric chair would be more beneficial.

  • Gordon Klock

    If she was sick of dealing with his depression, she could have ignored him, & moved on, instead, she actually goaded him into completing his last attempt,(& after he had a ‘change of heart’ no less), so she’ll get no sympathy from me…
    (I’ve had several friends do themselves in, & every one was traumatizing, & left me feeling somewhat guilty, that I could not do more, or find some way, to change their perspective on being alive)….
    ((Many modern, pharmaceuticals seem have a lot to do with suicidal thoughts, & lack of empathy, & it possibly may apply here, to one, or both ?))

  • Damiana

    Fuck this cunt – I don’t want to live in a land so free that nasty bitches like her can just goad vulnerable folks into suicide without consequence. I hope she has to serve actual TIME, enough of it for her to want to stay the fuck AWAY from suicidal people in the future.

    • Fast food and tobacco companies goad me into suicide daily.

      • Damiana

        No, actually… they don’t.

      • billdeserthills

        That’s big pharma and the bankers
        do we count the insurance companies as bankers?

    • Guy

      Hard to know what way to lean on this one Cat. But I will remind folks that suicide bombers are 17 year old teeenagers too, that don’t hesitate to blow themselves up in a children’s hospital or Jewish Synagogue. So to me age has nothing to do with it.

    • Guy

      Now that I ‘ve had a chance to think about it. Your right ! This young woman needs to learn the consequences of her actions, no matter the innocence of her original reasons, as I believe that she was somehow convinced that he would not have done as she said to do. But once she did, then she became the perpetuator of this young man’s death by suicide as surely as if she put a gun to his head and pulled the trigger.

  • IceTrey

    I’m taking bets it’s overturned on appeal.

    • Liam

      Yeah, her vag and tits will get a free kill.

  • John C Carleton

    Cold hearted B!

  • Bad ruling, I’m with the ACLU on this one. Why is it manslaughter and not incitement to violence?

  • billdeserthills

    Part of the problem is the gov’t has made indicting criminals a profitable business in so many ways

  • Herve Jaubert

    Double standards. Why muslims clerics are never prosecuted for texting their muslimist followers to blow themselves up.

  • Bob Btme

    whoa, totally disagree with FTP here. If you read all the details of the case it’s obvious this guy would still be alive today if not for this girl.

    It’s not just words she used on him, don’t forget – she used her vagina to kill him as well. Sorry, but only direct exposure to that 17-year-old vagina over time would cause a man to obey her command to get back in a car full of CO. Absolutely yes involuntary manslaughter is a crime and is totally appropriate for this woman.

  • Kweden

    Is this correct? She was charged as an adult for sending one text; only the last text she sent to him? Having dealt with too many suicidal teenagers (most were not suicidal and only repeatedly attempted suicide for attention) at some point one has to stop trying to talk them out of it, and get them to realize why they are not actually doing it. So, “why don’t you get back in?” Would be a logical and reasonable question. He probably thought most the gas was out and he would not die. That judge is probably guilty of more manslaughter or even 2nd degree murder (using same standard, but moreso) for all the killer cops he lets off.

  • Hubert Harrison

    “Even if Carter was sending texts to Roy every hour on the hour telling him to ‘kill himself’ — over and over again — she would still never be complicit in harming a single hair on Roy’s head.”

    So, it is okay to harass a girl who was in video having sex with other people until she committed suicide. That actually happen many times where young girls have sex with someone on video, the video is uploaded online, and the girl classmates react by harassing them. Eventually, the young girls can’t take it and commit suicide. According to this guy, either those young girls should have grown. thicker skin or the girls’ classmates was taking medication that hinder their empathy skills.


    So, if I tell someone to go jump in a lake and they do it and drown…I’m guilty of manslaughter?

  • The dude killed himself. Put HIM in prison! The girl may be a bitċh, but absolutely NO ONE was forced to follow her instructions.