"I would love to be your Juliet :)."
It seems like a sweet text any lovestruck high school teen would send their long-distance boyfriend, but in actuality, it was one of the many, many text messages used as evidence of the twisted, deadly bond that existed between Michelle Carter and Conrad Roy, as shown in HBO's new documentary, "I Love You, Now Die: The Commonwealth v. Michelle Carter."
Carter was infamously convicted of involuntary manslaughter in 2017, although she had been nowhere near 18-year-old Roy when he died by suicide in 2014 after filling his truck with carbon monoxide. However, her numerous texts, all encouraging the severely depressed Roy to kill himself, were used to find her guilty of pushing the young man into suicide — particularly a text the night of his death when she told him to get back into the car after he told her he was having doubts.
The new two-part documentary, airing July 9th at 8 p.m., will focus on Roy and Carter's story and the many ethical questions Carter's legal battle prompted: Did Carter truly want Roy to die or was she just suffering from mental illness, convinced it would end his suffering? Can someone be held responsible for the suicide of another? Is this a tragic "Romeo and Juliet"-type tale, or something more sinister?
Watch the trailer, below.
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