Michelle Carter is the girl at the center of HBO’s latest true-crime doc, I Love You, Now Die. After her boyfriend committed suicide back in 2014, Michelle was indicted on charges of involuntary manslaughter. Why? Police discovered text messages she sent Conrad Roy III coercing him to take his own life, even outlining how to do it.
Interestingly, although the case was notoriously divisive—many claimed Michelle’s actions did not make her a killer—Michelle’s own parents were pretty quiet during the trial and in the new documentary. So, who are they?
Their names are David and Gail Carter
Michelle’s parents are David and Gail Carter from Plainville, Massachusetts. David is the sales manager at a forklift company, while Gail works for real estate agents designing and staging the interiors of for-sale properties.
They say their daughter is “not a villain”
The couple has declined to comment when leaving court, but they’ve released public statements regarding the case.
“Our hearts have and remain broken for the Roy family,” the parents said in 2015. “For everyone that does not know our daughter, she is not the villain the media is portraying her to be. She is a quiet, kind, and sympathetic young girl. She tried immensely to help Mr. Roy in his battle with depression. We know that once all of the facts are released, our daughter will be found innocent.”
David even wrote to the judge, saying Michelle was a “troubled, vulnerable teenager.”
Once she was found guilty, David urged Judge Lawrence Moniz to have mercy. “I pray to God you will take into consideration that Michelle was a troubled, vulnerable teenager in an extremely difficult situation and made a tragic mistake. I am 100 percent sure she was only trying to do what in her mind was right for Conrad.”
They don’t really appear in I Love You, Now Die
Conrad’s family members do though. They haven’t been silent over their opinions of Michelle.
Conrad’s parents, Conrad II and Lynn Roy, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Michelle in 2017 after she was convicted.
Roy’s aunt Becky Maki spoke for the family, saying, “It’s been four and a half years since Conrad passed. Our heart has been broken this whole time. It’s been hard to live out the details of his death over and over again….I hope that no one else ever has to feel this pain.”
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