Last week, we wrote about Michelle Carter, a twenty-year-old Massachusetts woman on trial for sending texts to her boyfriend that urged him to kill himself. You can read more about her here, but the long and short of it is: She’s evil. She bullied, shamed, and manipulated her boyfriend into killing himself, and on a couple of occasions when her boyfriend tried to talk himself out of committing suicide, she convinced him to follow through with it. In fact, she was texting him when he got out of his truck — where he was trying to kill himself by inhaling carbon monoxide — and she texted him to “get back in.”
Today, the woman was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter.
This wasn’t a finding by a jury — because there’s no doubt in my mind that a jury would have convicted — but a judge, after Carter waived her right to a jury trial. This suggests that it’s got a better chance of withstanding an appeal. It could very well set a new precedent in Massachusetts for actions committed via text from 30 miles away from the victim.
In her defense, Carter claimed that she was on anti-depressants, which contributed to her behavior. She also claimed that her boyfriend, Roy Carter, was already suicidal and had made several other attempts to kill himself, which she had apparently talked him out of, up and until she decided that maybe killing himself was a good idea. Carter also claimed that she was suffering from her own mental issues, and that she felt overwhelmed by her relationship.
Kids: if you ever feel overwhelmed by a relationship, break up with the person. Do not, instead, coerce your boyfriend or girlfriend to kill him or herself, and then do not — as Carter did — use that person’s death as an opportunity to bring attention upon yourself by, say, holding his memorial service in your hometown instead of his. That’s evil.