In 2014, SouthCoast mourned the loss of Mattapoisett 18-year-old Conrad Roy after his then 17-year-old girlfriend, Michelle Carter, encouraged him through text messages to die by suicide.

Carter was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and served 11 months in Bristol County House of Correction before being released in January 2020 for five years of probation.

It was a devastating story that caught national attention, and was the subject of an HBO Documentary as well as a Lifetime Original Movie. Now, the story of Conrad Roy will be the subject of a new Hulu miniseries, premiering March 29.

The Girl From Plainville stars Elle Fanning as Carter and Colton Ryan as Roy. Hulu reported:

“Based on the Esquire article of the same name by Jesse Barron, the limited series explores Carter’s relationship with Conrad Roy III and the events that led to his death and, later, her conviction of involuntary manslaughter.”

This morning on Michael and Maddie, we discussed the Catch-22 of the horrifying retelling of this traumatic incident that just doesn’t seem to end.

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“On one hand, you see a production company trying to capitalize on a horror story to make money, but on the other hand, it’s almost like this story needs to be told," I told Michael.

Cyberbullying remains a huge problem in society, and Commonwealth v. Carter was a gruesome example of its catastrophic effects.

Michael Rock agreed and posed a tough but valid question as to why this case has garnered so much buzz on- and off-screen.

“This could have easily turned into a Supreme Court case, where, as evil as it was, is saying words a crime?” he asked. “If you remove the emotion from it, it’s an interesting case, and I think that’s why it gained interest across the country and it’s also just so horrible of a case.”

The Girl From Plainville premieres Tuesday, March 29, on Hulu, and the official trailer is out now.

If you are struggling with thoughts of suicide, help is available any time by calling the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 800-273-8255.

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