I Love You, Now Die: The Commonwealth vs. Michelle Carter (HBO, 2019)
Directed by Erin Lee Carr, I Love You, Now Die is a two-part documentary film that looks into the death of Conrad Roy. Conrad fell in love with fellow teenager Michelle Carter. Though they only met in real life about five times, they shared many text messages over a period of two years. On July 13th, 2014, Conrad was found dead in his car. His death was initially found to be a case of carbon-monoxide intoxication, but when investigators discovered the text messages between the two teens, they learned that Carter had encouraged Roy to kill himself. Carter was then arrested for involuntary manslaughter.
I Love You, Now Die presents a balanced examination of the prosecution’s point of view and the defense’s side of the story. Interviews with family members and friends are interwoven with the teenage couple’s messages and the public’s reaction to the case, which is further complicated by mental illness and technology. Carr’s journalistic edge, paired with her empathic storytelling, results in a concise, compelling, and exploitation-free exploration of a complex crime.