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 (Last accessed 26th October, 2021: https://htv-prod-media.s3.amazonaws.com/files/carter-exhibit-30-1497356322.pdf)

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. Use of the dataset: The Aston Institute for Forensic Linguistics at Aston University hosts the Forensic Linguistic Databank (FoLD). FoLD is a data repository hosting third-party material for research, training and educational purposes. The information contained within the material does not necessarily reflect views of the Aston Institute for Forensic Linguistics at Aston University and users should be aware that sensitive and potentially distressing information is contained therein. Although every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the material, no guarantee is given that the material stored in FoLD are correct, complete, or up-to date. Some material in FoLD may therefore create a risk for users who choose to apply or use the data in their own activities. None of the authors, contributors, administrators or any employee of Aston University can be held responsible for your use of the information contained within FoLD. The Aston Institute for Forensic Linguistics at Aston University is not responsible for, and expressly disclaims all liability in respect of, damages of any kind arising out of use, reference to, or reliance on any material contained within FoLD including losses suffered by any person or organisation relying directly or indirectly on material published in FoLD.

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