Where is Michelle Carter now? Update on the topic “The girl from Plainville”
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Michelle Carter, then 17, made headlines in 2014 when it was discovered that she had texted her boyfriend, Conrad Roy III, 18, who was suffering from depression, urging him to suicide.
Since then, Carter’s case has sparked debate and several media projects, including Hulu’s eight-episode drama “The Girl From Plainville,” “in which Elle Fanning plays Carter. In 2020, Carter was convicted of homicide involuntary.
Here’s what you need to know.
Michelle Carter’s case hit the headlines in 2014
Conrad Roy III died by suicide in July 2014. Authorities discovered Roy’s body in his van, which he had parked in a Kmart parking lot in Fairhaven, MA, and inhaled carbon monoxide.
Later, investigators discovered texts sent by Carter to Roy that reframed Roy’s death. Although the Massachusetts teens only met a handful of times in real life, starting with their first meeting while vacationing in Florida in 2012, they frequently communicated via text.
According to evidence presented during Carter’s trial in 2017, according to the New York Times, Roy confided his feelings of suicidal ideation to Carter in October 2012. At the time, she wrote, “You have so much to live for, please don’t,” he told him. she says. Roy had made other suicide attempts, as “The Girl from Plainville” notes.
In June 2014, Carter wrote to a friend, “Basically keeping him alive,” according to the lawsuit. But in July 2014, the tenor of his lyrics changed: Carter began encouraging Roy’s self-harm schemes. Dr. Peter R. Breggin, a psychiatrist who testified for the defense, said at trial that Carter may have thought it was “a good thing to help (Roy) die,” according to the New York. Times.
Michelle Carter sent Conrad Roy more than a thousand text messages the week before his death
According to court testimony, per NBC Boston, Carter sent Roy a significant number of texts, including more than a thousand in the week before his death. Most of the posts this week encouraged him to take his own life, even when Roy expressed doubts or took the conversation in a different direction, according to the court filing.
Carter was also on the phone with Roy just before he died and, according to text messages she sent to another friend, told him to “get back” in the truck, filling himself with carbon monoxide fumes, after having expressed doubts, by texts read during the trial.
Michelle Carter has been charged with manslaughter
Carter was accused of manslaughter in February 2015, several months after Roy’s death. She was 17 at the time of her trial and accused of “young offender” instead of a minor, which meant she could be sentenced as an adult.
Carter’s trial began in June 2017, when she was 20. Carter waived his right to a jury trial and instead asked that the case be decided by a judge. Judge Lawrence Moniz ruled June 16 that Carter was guilty of manslaughter.
Michelle Carter was diagnosed with depression
Before the trial, Carter was being treated for depression. Carter also told a friend that she had an eating disorder, as revealed in the lawsuit, per NBC News. fixed supply
CNN reported that during the trial, Dr. Breggin, a psychologist testifying for the defense, said Carter may have been affected by switching from Prozac, an antidepressant she had been taking since age 11, to Celexa , another depression medication, in April 2014.
Michelle Carter released from prison in 2020
Although Carter faces up to 20 years in prison, she was sentenced to 15 months in prison and five years probation during her trial in 2017. She was not jailed until she exhausted her appeals and, in February 2019, she began her sentence.
In an April 2022 interview with “20/20,” Roy’s mother, Lynn St. Denis (née Roy), said Carter’s sentence was too light. St. Denis sued Carter for $4.2 million in a 2019 wrongful death lawsuitbut the suit was dismissed.
“15 months go by in the blink of an eye and I have a whole life without my son,” she told 20/20.
Several projects have been carried out on the Michelle Carter case
In addition to the eight-episode Hulu miniseries “The Girl From Plainville,” two other media projects have been done on the case.
In 2018, Lifetime premiered a movie called “Conrad & Michelle: If Words Could Kill,” which starred Austin P. McKenzie and Bella Thorne as the titular characters.
In 2019, HBO released a two-part documentary called “I Love You, Now Die: The Commonwealth vs. Michelle Carter”, created by filmmaker Erin Carr.
NBC News reported that Carter was not allowed to profit from her story, per the terms of her release.
Where is Michelle Carter now?
Carter has not made any public appearances since his release from prison in 2020. There is no public information regarding his fate or life after prison.