A femme fatale is defined as a woman who relies on beauty, charm, and sexual allure on a man in order to get what she wants, usually resulting in death or ruin for the man. In the following two cases, it is debatable if the women involved qualify as femme fatales. But one thing is clear, in both cases the result was death.
The first case involves Michelle Carter, a Massachusetts teenager who is being charged for involuntary manslaughter for sending her boyfriend Conrad Roy III a series of text messages encouraging him (in fact, practically ordering him) to commit suicide. Conrad, who was suffering from depression and supposedly contemplated suicide in the past, was found dead in his truck as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning (via hooking up a combustion engine). He did have second thoughts, and left his truck for a short period (informing his girlfriend that he could not go through with it). She texted him back, telling him to get back in the truck. He complied, thus sealing his fate.
This could very well be the most bizarre suicide case of all time — definitely a case for Dr. Phil to investigate. What kind of girl encourages her boyfriend to kill himself? One must also take the following details into consideration: 1) she said she loved him in the text messages and 2) she was an honors student and not some girl from the other side of the tracks. And what was her motive? What did she have to gain from his death? Was she in love with someone else, and aware of his depression, and decided that pressuring him to commit suicide would be the best way to get him out of the picture? Did she see it as some sort of game?
The second case involves Shayna Hubers, a twenty-four-year-old Kentucky woman who was convicted for the 2012 murder of her boyfriend Ryan Poston, in which she shot him six times during a fight they had. Shayna claimed the shooting was in self-defense, but the jury was not convinced. She was sentenced to forty years in prison.
But now there is a legal twist in the case: it was recently discovered that one of the jurors was a convicted felon, and Kentucky law forbids convicted felons from serving on juries. Thus, there is a chance that Shayna could get a new trial.
It is still unclear if the shooting was indeed self-defense.
Will Michelle Carter be convicted of involuntary slaughter? What was she thinking when she pressured her boyfriend to kill himself?
Did Shayna Hubers kill her boyfriend in self-defense? And will she get a new trial?
Time will tell.