A Massachusetts judge recently found 20-year old defendant Michelle Carter guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of her “boyfriend,” Conrad Roy III. The case had attracted national attention due to the unusual circumstances surrounding Roy’s death. Media commentary focused on the fact that Carter’s role in Roy’s death revolved around the huge volume of text messages she sent him before and during his suicide. Many voices wrongly saw this case as some sort of “free speech” issue; but closer examination of the facts paints the case in a very different light. This was the act of a malevolent puppetmaster who manipulated a sick man right into his own grave.
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