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Parents Of Conrad Roy III, Former Boyfriend Of Michelle Carter, Speak Out About New Series
Lynn St. Denis, the mother of Conrad Roy III, says she hopes that Hulu's “The Girl From Plainville” does not defend what she describes as Michelle Carter's “needless and evil actions."
Lynn St. Denis, the mother of Conrad Roy III, told People that she fears that “The Girl From Plainville,” which debuts on March 29, may “attempt to defend” some of what she describes as Carter’s “needless and evil actions."
Carter, now 25, was sentenced to serve 15 months after being convicted in 2017 of involuntary manslaughter in Roy's death three years earlier. A judge determined that Carter, who was 17 at the time, was culpable in 18-year-old Roy's 2014 death after she encouraged him to die by suicide in text messages. She was released in January of 2020 on good behavior.
St. Denis, who has been working with Massachusetts lawmakers on a bill that would criminalize suicide coercion in the state, hopes that the series draws some attention to that proposed law change.
Conrad's father, Conrad Jr., told People that the legislation, called “Conrad’s Law,” would hopefully act as a deterrent to keep others from encouraging suicides.
"No parent should go through this,” he told People.
St. Denis also reflected on the day that her son took her life. She said they walked along a beach and talked about his hopeful future.
"There was a bunch of people flying kites, and it was just a beautiful day," she told People. Roy had recently been accepted to attend Fitchburg State University and earned his sea captain's license. That day, he expressed that he wasn't sure which of the two paths to take.
"You don't have to make that decision now," she said she told him. "It's not an urgency."
Hours later he was found dead inside a truck, filled with carbon monoxide, in a Kmart parking lot. Carter, who was portrayed by prosecutors as having a strong desire to be known as Roy's mourning girlfriend, urged him in phone call to get back in his truck, which he'd exited midway through the process. He was dead soon after.
"He was just a vulnerable teenager that suffered from social anxiety and depression," his mom told People.
She said that Carter’s conviction, and the 11 months she served, “doesn't matter” because it doesn’t bring her child back.
“The Girl From Plainville” is based primarily on the Esquire article of the same name by Jesse Barron, aims to “explore Carter’s relationship with Conrad Roy III and the events that led to his death and, later, her controversial conviction of involuntary manslaughter," Hulu stated in 2020.