Should You Be Prosecuted For Encouraging Suicide?

"When are you gonna do it?"

"Stop ignoring the Question.????"

"If you want it as bad as you say you do it's time to do it today,"

Conrad Roy grew up in Massachusetts. He had some anxiety and struggled with depression. He even had a suicide attempt when he overdosed on acetaminophen but things seemed to brighten up for him when he began to date Michelle Carter,

“Good because it’s time, babe,” she wrote back. “You know that. When you get back from the beach you’ve gotta go do it. You’re ready. You’re determined. It’s the best time to do it.”

Roy had been accepted into college and things were looking up, however, he found himself in his car, texting his girlfriend about his impending suicide. 

“Okay. You can do this,” 

He sent the message at 6:25 p.m., then told his mother he was leaving the house to visit a friend and not to expect him home for dinner. He made a short drive to a remote corner of the Fairhaven Kmart parking lot. At 6:28 p.m., he called Carter and talked to her for 43 minutes. At 7:12, she called him. The call lasted 47 minutes. During that conversation, as the cab of the truck filled with gas fumes, Roy decided to get out, Carter later told a friend. In a message she probably didn’t expect to ever become public, she wrote: “I fucken told him to get back in.”

The following day, police found Roy’s body in his truck at the Kmart parking lot, a combustion engine next to him. Roy was dead from carbon-monoxide poisoning.
Michelle Carter faces up to twenty years for involuntary manslaughter. However, there is evidence to show that Carter has suffered from mental health issues herself. 

Should she face charges at all? Going through the text messages, it was clear that she was there to make sure he went through with the deed. However, the question is should she be liable for his actions? She faces the charge of involuntary manslaughter however, the fact that she suffered from mental illness should be a mitigating circumstance in this case.

People should be held accountable for their own actions. There is no way that the law can determine, in my honest opinion, just how vulnerable another person is and the sway that they hold over another. When mental illness comes into play on both ends of the equation, this case gets even muddier.

I get asked all the time, “Who am I to stand in the way of someone wanting to kill themselves?” Especially with my post on How to make a suicide cocktail. I get a lot of angry letters and comments that I brush off. I tell them that I don’t stand in your way. Taking a cocktail is not the only way to take one’s life and I don’t hold the gateway to that. I owe you nothing...especially a recipe to take one’s life when everyone is very different. What works for one, won’t work for another.

This trial will start soon and it will be interesting to see how things play out. However, it will set a precedent of future cases to come along. 


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