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'I Love You, Now Die' Viewers Left Doubting Michelle Carter's Guilt

'I Love You, Now Die' Viewers Left Doubting Michelle Carter's Guilt

Viewers of new Sky Crime documentary I Love You, Now Die: The Commonwealth v. Michelle Carter have taken to social media to reveal that they've changed their mind about her guilty verdict.

The two-part series, which aired in the US on HBO in July, followed the case of Michelle Carter, who allegedly encouraged her 18-year-old boyfriend Conrad Roy to commit suicide through a series of texts in 2014.

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Credit: Netflix/Sky Crime
Credit: Netflix/Sky Crime

Although they lived hours apart, the couple began dating in 2012 and had only met in person five times during their long-distance relationship.

The true crime show, which currently airs on new channel Sky Crime, covers the teens' relationship in the lead up to Conrad's untimely death, and delves into the thousands of text messages they sent each other over two years.

Following the fatal texts, Conrad was found dead in Fairhaven, Massachusetts after an apparent suicide by carbon-monoxide intoxication.

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However, Michelle soon found herself in the centre of a criminal case when her texts instructing Conrad to go through with it even after he had second thoughts came to light.

The Erin Lee Carr-directed docu-series also includes footage from the trial, in which Michelle was charged with involuntary manslaughter.

The case eventually found that Michelle had caused his death after urging him to get back into his truck, which was filing with toxic gas, and though she appealed the charges, was found guilty in August 2017 and was ordered to begin serving her sentence earlier this year.

The trial gripped the US at the time and in the documentary film maker Carr gives a deeper insight into the tragic events, which changed the lives of those around the teens forever changed.

Despite her portrayal in the media as some kind of 'black widow', the series reveals that Michelle had her own mental health battles - she had been on anti-depressants from a young age.

Credit: HBO/Sky Crime
Credit: HBO/Sky Crime

She had long tried to show Conrad, who had tried four times already to take his life, that there was a better option then suicide - something which the defence psychiatrist said in court, arguing that she thought she was helping him.

One viewer, who watched it when it was released in the US, tweeted: "I just watched I Love You, Now Die: The Commonweath vs. Michelle Carter on HBO & I'm sorry but no.

"This case NEEDS a retrial! There is absolutely zero reason why this girl is serving 15months or anytime at all for this guy's personal decision to take his own life. Nope! RE-DO!"

"Having just watched both episodes of I Love You, Now Die on @SkyCrimeUK, this case certainly wasn't as cut and dried as I first thought and press made out. A story of love and two f*cked up kids. It's actually very very sad.#ILoveYouNowDie", another penned.

A third wrote: "Has anyone else watched that I Love You, Now Die documentary? Michelle Carter should've been found not guilty, and I'm ready to take on all challengers."

"If you have even a minor interest in criminal law, I would highly recommend I Love You, Now Die, a documentary about the case of Michelle Carter," a viewer posted. "Regardless of where you fall on the verdict, it serves as a stark reminder to withhold judgment; things aren't always as they seem."

Another said: "Watching the doc 'I Love You, Now Die' about Conrad Roy and Michelle Carter. I still think she's innocent."



"Ugh I Love You, Now Die *slightly* changed my mind about Michelle Carter," a sixth shared.

However, not everyone agreed with one writing: "Just finished watching I love you now die can honestly say this is the first documentary I've watched in a while that actually broke my heart. Sh*ts so sad.

"I have no sympathy for Michelle what's so ever she deserves a damn longer prison sentence than she got".


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Watch I Love You, Now Die: The Commonwealth v. Michelle Carter on Sky Crime now

Featured Image Credit: Sky Crime / HBO

Topics:  now die, HBO

Lisa McLoughlin

Lisa is a freelance journalist working for Tyla. She has worked for MailOnline, The Sun Online and Ireland's national broadcaster RTÉ. Please contact her on [email protected]

 

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