Michelle Carter/Conrad Roy text messages

Uploaded: 2021-10-07
Languages: English
Collected from: 2014-06-01
Access category: Open
To: 2014-09-21


The series of text messages between Michelle Carter and Conrad Roy as submitted in evidence in the 2015-2017 trial 'Commonwealth v. Michelle Carter'. Carter was convicted of involuntary manslaughter. The dataset is publicly available online as "Exhibit 30" in the trial.

Subject keywords: suicide, text messages, conversation
Data types: Written
Funders: N/A
Associated AIFL centres: Forensic Linguistic Databank (FoLD)
License: Non-Commercial Government Licence for public sector information


Please be advised that the present dataset includes references to suicide. The messages total 184 pages over 112 days (1st June 2014 to 21st September 2014). The table indicates the date/time that each message was sent; who it was being sent to; the phone that it was sent from; the message contents; the phone from which the message was extracted; and the type of message (i.e. SMS). The data consists of 451,527 characters and 93,409 words. Roy died on the 13th July 2014, so any messages after this time are sent from Carter's phone and not replied to.

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