I Love You, Now Die: The Commonwealth Vs. Michelle Carter: Miniseries (2019)


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I Love You, Now Die: The Commonwealth Vs. Michelle Carter

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Director Erin Lee Carr expertly blends journalistic edge and empathy in I Love You, Now Die to create a concise, compelling, and refreshingly exploitation-free exploration of a complicated crime.

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Air date: Jul 9, 2019

In 2012, teens Michelle Carter and Conrad Roy fell in love; even though they lived hours apart and met in person no more than five times, they exchanged thousands of texts over a two-year period. Then on July 13, 2014, 18-year-old Conrad was found dead in his car in a parking lot. What appeared to be a standard case of suicide by carbon-monoxide intoxication took a shocking turn when investigators discovered alarming text messages in which Michelle, 17, relentlessly encouraged Conrad to kill himself, even after Conrad had second thoughts and removed himself from his car. Michelle was arrested for involuntary manslaughter, sparking a controversial case that grabbed national attention. Though the Roy family admits Conrad suffered from depression, they maintain that he was doing well before his death and lay the blame solely in Michelle's hands. As the trial begins in June 2017, with Michelle waiving her right to a jury, the prosecution paints a picture of Michelle as a lonely and needy girl who orchestrated her boyfriend's death to get attention from a group of girls at her school.

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Air date: Jul 10, 2019

In an attempt to prove that she was not solely responsible for boyfriend Conrad Roy's suicide, Michelle Carter's legal team begins their defense by focusing on Conrad's relationship with his parents. They next call to the stand clinical psychiatrist Dr. Peter Breggin as an expert witness to speak to Michelle's own mental-health issues and her prescribed medications that may have influenced her perception of reality. A deeper dive into texts between the teenagers reveals a more complicated relationship than meets the eye; the defense argues that Michelle took Conrad's lead when encouraging his suicide and looked to pop culture for inspiration in building up a fantasy around her troubled romance. As the surrounding community remains split on whether Michelle is a murderer or a victim, the judge reaches a verdict in a complex case that could have significant legal consequences.

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After 18-year-old Conrad Roy killed himself in his car in Fairhaven, Mass., police discovered text messages in which his girlfriend, 17-year-old Michelle Carter, seemed to encourage him to commit suicide. The case sparked sensational headlines nationwide, leading to a trial that raised difficult questions about technology, social media and mental health, while asking if one person can be held responsible for the suicide of another.

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Carr, in what feels like a revelatory move for a documentarian investigating a true-crime case, never comes down on one side or offers up a finite conclusion.

Jul 11, 2019 | Full Review…

Carr's two-part doc dives deep with limited time, but the story of Conrad Roy and Michelle Carter is readymade for a longer exploration.

Jul 9, 2019 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

The terrible truth this doc suggests is that suicide and misery is not so easy to solve, no matter how many girls we make sacrificial lambs to our outage.

Jan 21, 2020 | Full Review…

I Love You, Now Die is a superbly perceptive study of the endless convolutions and complexities of the human mind - and the proliferation of both when two people in a desperately unhappy state meet.

Oct 7, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Aficionados of true crime, take to your sofas: here comes another classic of the genre.

Oct 4, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

A terrific account of a tragedy that should have never taken place. [Full review in Spanish].

Mar 3, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Challenging, unbiased docu about disturbing bullying case.

Feb 26, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Is it a crime to encourage a person to kill himself? There are multiple sides to every story. I Love You, Now Die is a thought provoking documentary that raises all of the right questions.

Aug 3, 2019 | Full Review…

It's a two-parter, the first being the prosecution's case, the second, the defense. This approach is clever; as soon as you think you know how you feel, you realize you may be wrong.

Aug 1, 2019 | Full Review…

A compelling and crucial piece of journalism related to freedom of speech but also to how we adjudicate mental health in America.

Jul 17, 2019 | Full Review…

As good as it is at examining the relationship of two disturbed teens, it only lightly touches on the forces that made them the way they were.

Jul 17, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Layered with the complexities of modern life, I Love You, Now Die is one of the best documentaries you'll see all year.

Jul 11, 2019 | Full Review…

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