A psychopath girlfriend seems to have convinced a boy to go ahead and kill himself—a valuable skill in the future.
Conrad Roy III was a depressed eighteen-year-old who contemplated suicide.
He also had a girlfriend who was around a year younger. Michelle Carter knew of Roy’s morbid thoughts of death.
And she did all she could to get him to take action.
From the Washington Post story:
Roy had a history of depression and had attempted suicide in the past, but his family was hopeful that he would get through it.
“He seemed to be pulling out of it,” his grandmother Janice Roy told WBZ.
Text messages recovered by police, however, suggest that by 2014, Carter had gotten tired of Roy’s idle talk of suicide and she wanted him to go through with it — now.
“You always say you’re gonna do it, but you never do,” Carter complained. “I just want to make sure tonight is the real thing.”
Another time, she texted: “You can’t keep pushing it off, though. That’s all you keep doing.”
Carter was insistent, even when Roy steered the topic to other things:
ROY: How was your day?
CARTER: When are you doing it?
Roy said he was having a good day, but Carter wasn’t satisfied.
CARTER: That’s great. What did you do?
ROY: Ended up going to work for a little bit and then just looked stuff up.
CARTER: When are you gonna do it? Stop ignoring the question???
Roy had doubts, and he was scared, according to his texts. What if it didn’t work and he ended up injured for the rest of his life? How would his family cope with the loss?
Carter had answers.
He would be her guardian angel in heaven.
She would comfort his family and they would move on.
If he followed the directions he had found online for killing himself with carbon monoxide, it would “100 percent work,” she said.
“There isn’t anything anyone can do to save you, not even yourself,” she told him.
And on and on it goes. She cajoled, prodded, and insisted that he kill himself. She did research and provided guidance and lied to cover for his absence with family and friends.
The story is horrific, right?
But the media covers this kind of story all the time, especially in European nations, and never makes it sound so bad. For all we know, if Roy had been older, or had some illness, our own newspapers might have spun the story differently.
In Belgium it seems that, if you’re old enough (how old?), suffering depression is not a malady to be solved but a reason you should be allowed to legally kill yourself. In fact, virtually all the countries that were praised as models of government-run healthcare, and the reason we should want Obamacare, are pushing for encouraging early death. Already Medicare is being pushed to finance “end-of-life counseling.”
I suspect soon there will be big demand for the skills of Michelle Carter as well as for her single-minded commitment.