Saturday, August 05, 2017
ABC 20-20 and CBS 48 Hours both air "Death by Text" of a suicide of a Mass. teen, who seemed gifted
ABC 20-20 aired a report “Can Words Kill: Death by Text” Friday night, about the suicide of Conrad Roy by carbon monoxide in his car, as he was receiving text messages from a former girl friend Michele Carter.
She was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in a bench trial by a Massachusetts Judge.
The case breaks through legal boundaries of whether encouraging someone to commit suicide by texts or social media is actually a crime.
It could one day have some implications in the downstream liability issues, where Section 230 is already under threat of erosion over the Backpage scandal. ‘
But the case is also disturbing because Conrad seemed to develop mental illness in his late teens, despite being a good athlete and student (July 16).
CBS 48 Hours aired a similar show with Katie Couric called “Death by Text”.