Signal Flare
Signal Flare

It’s like I am a signal flare
You shot straight to the stars
Though I burn up there miles from you
I know right where you are

And each time the phone shakes
It’s like a sucker punch
And though I still love to talk to you
Is that bad or good luck

Just give me one year
And I’ll be yours my dear

And I’ll stop buying cigarettes
Half ’cause you disapprove
But if it shortens our seconds one second
Then the last half will do

And if I took the bus
Straight on back to our town
Would it make us much happier,
Knowing I’d turned back around?
BREAKING: 20-year-old who repeatedly urged boyfriend to commit suicide sentenced to 2.5 years in prison
On June 16, 20-year-old Michelle Carter was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter for sending hundreds of texts encouraging her boyfriend to kill himself.
By Veronika Bondarenko

The young woman found guilty of sending hundreds of texts telling her boyfriend to kill himself has been sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison.

On June 16, a Massachusetts judge concluded that 20-year-old Michelle Carter was guilty of involuntary manslaughter for encouraging her boyfriend Conrad Roy III to kill himself when they were both were 17.

On Thursday, Massachusetts Judge Lawrence Moniz sentenced Carter to two-and-a-half years in prison for her crime.

“I have not found that Ms. Carter’s age or level of maturity or even her mental illness have any significant impact on her actions,” Moniz Said at Carter’s sentencing. He added that the court needed to strike a balance between punishing Carter for her actions and rehabilitation.

After meeting in 2012 while both were on family vacations in Florida, Carter and Roy started exchanging a string of text messages that went on for almost two years. When Roy started telling Carter that he was thinking of committing suicide, Carter responded by telling him his family “would get over it” and giving him suggestions on how he could do it.

On the day that Roy committed suicide by hooking up carbon monoxide gas to the cab of his truck, Carter stayed on the phone with him and, at one point, told him to “get back in” to the truck.

“There is not one day I do not mourn the loss of my beloved son,” Roy’s mother said in a statement read by prosecutor Maryclare Flynn.

Flynn asked the judge for a sentence of 7 to 12 years while Carter’s defense lawyer Joseph Cataldo asked for 5 years of supervised probation, due to Carter’s history of mental health issues, lack of criminal past, and young age at the time of Roy’s suicide.

“Knowing that Mr. Roy is in the truck, knowing the condition of the truck, knowing or at least having a state of mind that 15 minutes would pass, Ms. Carter takes no action,” said Moniz told the court before finding Carter guilty of involuntary manslaughter.

The unexpected manslaughter ruling caused waves in legal communities, with many legal experts arguing that it could set precedent for many future cases in which people tell others to kill themselves.

Daniel Medwed, a law and criminal justice professor at Northeastern University, told Business Insider on Thursday that it was unlikely that Carter would be sentenced to 20 years in prison due to her young age at the time of the crime and her history of mental illness.

He predicted a sentence of one to 5 years, saying that no matter what, it would be “a very difficult decision for the judge.”

“Some people think she should get 20 years because what she did was just so horrible,” Medwed said. “Other people think it’s unfair to make an example of her because she was a troubled teenager who doesn’t deserve to be sentenced to prison.”


How a chain of text messages led to one teen’s death and another one’s trial


20-year-old who repeatedly urged friend to commit suicide found guilty of involuntary manslaughter

I Do

Cataldo  ||  I Do

I’ve got furniture and pets
A steady job with pay
What do these things that i’ve accrued
From catalogs and stale showrooms
Mean anyway?
And I’ve heard you claim
“Don’t think you could bid it adieu”
But my god, darling

I do, I do, I do, I do, I do


Cataldo // Speak Softly Good Old Boys

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