Investigators say teen coaxed friend to commit suicide, then tweeted how much she missed him

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BRISTOL COUNTY, Mass. A teenage girl is facing charges of involuntary manslaughter after investigators say she encouraged a fellow high school student to commit suicide in July 2014, Fox8 reports.

Conrad Roy, 18, committed suicide on July 13, 2014, Michelle Carter, 18, is accused of “strongly influencing” Roy’s decision to kill himself, according to Fox8.

Carter was allegedly aware of Roy’s suicidal thoughts and encouraged him to take his own life, rather than attempting to assist him or notify officials.

After Roy’s death, Carter posted several messages on her twitter account mourning him.

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6 comments

  • nenamatahari

    Why would anyone do that? She seems like a potential Munchhausen Syndrome by Proxy. She wanted her friend to kill himself so she can get attention and sympathy from others. Let’s hope she doesn’t have a child because she would be just the type to sicken and kill her child for sympathy and attention.

    • Avian

      That’s a good thought about Munchhausen’s by Proxy. This case wouldn’t qualify for the DSM definition of the disorder, because the symptoms of suicidality were real, and the victim was not under her care, but the psychological autopsy of her might indicate that there are similarities in her motives and behaviors. This is such a rare event that it would not be categorizable, since she fell upon a rare opportunity that most would not have, but she might have ended up as a case of factitious disorder under other circumstances.