Pre-Teens Attempt Murder to Prove Slenderman’s Existence

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It’s only been a few hours since the news broke, and I’m already receiving e-mails from friends and family blaming horror for these pre-teens horrific actions. Why me? I guess they don’t approve of Bloody Disgusting, or something?

Firstly, horror movies have nothing to do with the following story, and furthermore, this is the result of poor parenting and/or mental illness. Blaming the horror genre or some mythological creature is just an easy scapegoat.

With that said, many of you may be aware of the Slender Man memes. They’re incredible. They’re fun. They’re scary. And anyone who knows how to use a search engine will also learn that they were created by Eric Knudsen (“Victor Surge”) of the Something Awful forum back in 2009. Apparently, these two pre-teen girls believed the legend to be true and hoped to prove their worth by murdering one of their friends.

JSOnline shares this terrifying story about two 12-year-old girls plotting the murder over the course of a few months.

Morgan E. Geyser was allowed to have two friends over each year for her birthday. This year, she’d celebrate on May 30. That is the day she and Anissa E. Weier would try to kill their friend during a sleepover.

On Monday, the two Waukesha girls were charged in Waukesha County Circuit Court as adults with attempted first-degree intentional homicide, each facing up to 65 years in prison. Their victim, another 12-year-old from Waukesha, was stabbed 19 times by either Geyser or Weier or both, according to a criminal complaint. All three attend Horning Middle School in Waukesha.

Both suspects explained the stabbing to police referencing their dedication to Slender Man, the character they discovered on a website called Creepypasta Wiki, which is devoted to horror stories.

Weier told police that Slender Man is the “leader” of Creepypasta, and in the hierarchy of that world, one must kill to show dedication. Weier said that Geyser told her they should become “proxies” of Slender Man — a paranormal figure known for his ability to create tendrils from his fingers and back — and kill their friend to prove themselves worthy of him. Weier said she was surprised by Geyser’s suggestion, but also excited to prove skeptics wrong and show that Slender Man really did exist.

The suspects believed that “Slender,” as Weier called him, lived in a mansion in the Nicolet National Forest in northern Wisconsin. The plan was to kill the victim and walk to Slender’s mansion.

JSOnline carries the full break down of these girls’ evil intentions, and what happened to the victim who thankfully survived the attack. You can talk about it below and share your thoughts in regards to the influence of horror on children, too.

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  • Chrissie-Watkins

    I certainly don’t want to make light of the situation, but isn’t this the explaination that is quickly dismissed in every horror movie, only to turn out to be true?

  • brewers_rule

    From the CA shootings to this, I wish people would wake up to the fact that mental illness is the problem in this country. Not guns. Not music or movies. Until people wake up to that fact and psychology as a whole ends the “be nice” stage they progressed themselves into by attempting to treat people voluntarily that clearly isn’t being enforced in any way, shape, or manner and comes to grips with the idea of containing people who are clearly dangers to society & making them use their meds, none of this is going to change. It’s only going to repeat and escalate with each incident.

    • a very British hamster

      Majority of people who suffer from mental illness are not dangerous and when I say majority I mean like literally 95%
      What you suggest is “quarantining” people with mental illness and forcing them to take meds is completely disgusting.
      And you really think guns aren’t the problem?
      How about make it harder for people with a history of mental illness to purchase and own guns as background checks are basically non existent especially when it comes to psychological conditions. It is so easy in the united states, you go to walmart and buy a shotgun in under 10 minutes in most states. THAT IS THE PROBLEM!
      Yes mental illness is a problem, but your suggested method of “take these people and force them out of society and into prison facilities is just going to make people deny that they have a mental illness, there is no way to 100% diagnose someone. it’s going to make people hide it if any and all people suffering from mental illness are treated as potential criminals. The better idea is to “be nice” and let people know there is help for mental illness and there are people you can talk to and make it as easily accessible and affordable as guns are and there would be a huge improvement.
      People like you are a big part of the problem.

      • huntermc

        It’s true that guns don’t kill people, but they certainly make it a lot easier to kill a fuckload of people in a very short amount of time.

      • brewers_rule

        My suggestion would be to go look at the Brady rankings of state gun laws and see where these tragedies are happening. California and Connecticut, 2 of the most recent ones, are ranked as the most stringent in gun laws in the ENTIRE NATION. California is the ONLY state that receives a 4 star ranking from them in terms of laws and safety and yet the gun violence there is still startling. Look at Chicago, one of the most violent cities in the US, and see that Illinois is highly ranked on their list. Same with New York. More gun laws do NOT solve the problem of keeping them out of the mentally ill’s hands, PERIOD. Your Walmart claims aren’t supported by any facts whatsoever and sound like they were plucked directly from a Sheryl Crow song.
        I’m not saying lock everyone up that’s mentally ill. I’m saying that those that show true sociopathic disorders in therapy (the CA guy was in therapy since 8yo or whatever and NO ONE raised that alarm by now? the CT guy clearly had problems WAY before that as well) need to be monitored and made to take their meds, PERIOD. When they don’t, they relapse and endanger all of us. My ex wife worked directly with the mentally ill that were a lot like this & she did so in progressive New York where she openly admitted there was no physical way to make them stay on their meds, which normalized them. That IS the problem you’re seeing here, not Walmart’s gun policy. These 2 girls didn’t USE a gun, by the way, so where was the watchdog in their life to see this mentally going off track?

    • http://www.southernskin.co.nz Tyra Adlam

      As a non American, I know there is a lot of sensitivity around the whole issue of gun safety. All I will say, as an outside observer, is that there seems to be easy access to firearms which create maximum carnage for minimum effort.

    • WalkingDeadGuy

      Mental illness is certainly the problem, however, until the day arrives where we can spot people with such illnesses from a crowd, we have to remove assault rifles and strengthen handgun laws. Lets not make it easy for these psycho’s to hurt people.

  • Kagutaba

    This headline is trending on facebook directly below the announcement of Mortal Kombat X headline.

    • Kagutaba

      Update: They changed the name of the town as the headline to “Slender-man” as the headline

  • diapers

    Lapse in parenting, straight up.

  • http://interrogatingideologywithachainsaw.blogspot.com/ izombiheartzoey

    The media is great at fear mongering in a way that inspires its audience to repeat the gesture. As far as I am concerned, social control tacit in order to control society buy keeping their reactionary. If they are easily emotional stirred by every trigger, then they won’t take a step back and really look at the problems in the world. If people start identifying problems they might start doing something about them. For me it comes down to a systemic failure in these two children’s family and educational systems to provide the kids with an functional education, specifically, around critical thinking. People need to take a step back and think.

  • Krug09

    Its more than mental illness though. For 12 year olds to try to kill someone to see Slenderman? It sounds like they have the mentality of 4 year olds. You can’t blame anything for actions like this but everyone needs an answer, right? Can’t we just be unsure why people go this far? Regarding horror… movies and games. I have given up on defending them because people will always blame them,

  • lovezoid

    In all fairness, it is probably likely that violent media imagery does inspire the mentally ill to commit crimes. But so does the Bible, and that’s considered a holy book. I’m sure a lot of people have been empowered to kill because they drunk too much beer, but I see it advertised and celebrated every day.

    There are 411,124 fans of this website. I don’t know how many of us are convicted murderers, but I’d wager it is a pretty low number. Maybe we should all stop watching horror films and try and come to terms with the violence in human nature some other way, or just pretend that it goes away when you turn the TV off. I’m sure that’ll solve murder.

    • http://moviepilot.com/desolateearth K. Lee Adams

      “Movies don’t create psychos, movies make psychos more creative!”. – Billy Loomis

  • Ruben

    In elementary school and middle school they would say something was wrong with me because I would draw my own horror movie posters and death scenes. My mom fought with my school because she was offended that they said I needed a psychologist when in fact I loved the art of horror. I turned out quite alright watching horror films since the age of 4 so that alone proves to me that horror doesn’t make you want to do cruel things to others. Violent cinema can’t be blamed its so hypocritical because the USA was built on violence and murder.

  • http://www.southernskin.co.nz Tyra Adlam

    From a very young age I was drawn to the darker side of life, and my parents embraced my fondness for monsters and horror. At age 4, I wanted to be a vampire, by age 7, I was watching horror films on a regular basis.Never had any problem with other kids.
    As a teenager though, I was considered “weird” and was picked on, spat on, beat up.
    At age 14, I was assaulted physically and sexually by 8 classmates. And all I know, with an certainty, is that as someone who watches horror and has survived both bullying and sexual violation, I have never in my life even thought about killing anyone – not even for revenge. So tell me again how horror films warp the minds of regular people and turns us all in to psyhcopaths.

    • Werewolf

      Very true. That story took guts to tell. If no one else will applaud you for it, I will.

      • http://www.southernskin.co.nz Tyra Adlam

        Oh wow… thank you!
        In all fairness it’s just part of my story, it’s not what defines me or makes me who I am today, it’s just something that happened along the way. xx

        • Werewolf

          Not at all. I only assess people based on the strength of their character. I am no material to judge anyone from their past…I have one too :-)

    • http://moviepilot.com/desolateearth K. Lee Adams

      Yeah, you’re very brave. Much respect to you for overcoming such horrors and staying a good person. But because your story upset me I hope the people who caused you harm get fucked in hell. :)

      • http://www.southernskin.co.nz Tyra Adlam

        Thank you! ^_^

    • HD THE TOOLETTERMAN

      Heaux, be quiet. You wanted to be sexually assaulted. When dudes ran up in the poop chute with no condom, did you tell anyone? Probably not. Ugly white b1tch.

    • Drunken_Nubian

      How do you feel about drunk black dudes?

    • Harley Wartooth

      I had a very similar experience to you. My mother loves horror but was too afraid to watch alone. She took me to every horror the theater was showing for as long as I could remember.
      In elementary school, because of my love of horror, I was labeled a freak. No one would talk to me or play w/ me on the playground & it stuck w/ me all the way through high school. I even had ppl try to stake me since 1 of the rumors about me was that I’m a vampire.
      My son is 8 y/o & watches the horror movies/TV shows I feel he is ready for. He knows it’s al just story telling & costumes. So you’re telling me my 8 y/o is smarter than these 12 y/olds?
      It’s not video games, heavy metal, horror movies, etc. It’s the dumbass kids, their even dumber choices, & not enough parenting.

  • Chandler Of-Adelaide

    inb4 FOX News ties this to video games and heavy metal.

  • ThunderDragoon

    I read about this yesterday. I can’t believe there are people stupid enough to do something like this. I’ve been a horror fan since I was a little kid and I’ve never even thought about killing anybody. Even if something like Slenderman existed, why do you want to kill your supposed friend? Just to see it? Their stupidity outweighs their mental illness. I’m so happy that poor girl survived.

  • Charlie Kelly

    as a wise person, unfortunately once said:

    “you can’t cure stupid.”

    this is the reason why I hate stupid people. but those folks must be a new breed to stupid.

  • Werewolf

    More parentless, soulless aberrations.

  • HD THE TOOLETTERMAN

    Of course the kids are white. There’s definitely a connection between white people and their wanting to commit atrocious murders for the sake of proving something. Disgusting cave dwellers.

  • Seal_Clubber

    Let’s remember that the girls are 12. This is not an excuse, but at that age their brains are not fully formed and yes, they are going to believe some crazy stuff. They don’t understand fully what they are doing. So to call them stupid, or mentally ill, might not really be true …. they are kids.

    Kids have delusional thoughts all the time. We don’t think that 4-year-olds who talk about fairies are stupid, or that 7-year-olds who believe in Santa dumb – they are kids. Remember, Kids believe there are real monsters in the closet. They are scared of the dark. That’s just the way they are.

    None of this is to excuse what they did for a second – it was a horrible, evil thing. But for kids monsters are real.

    What should they do with these girls? I don’t know. I really don’t. Maybe with counseling they will grow into well adjusted, normal adults. The parents should be questioned HARD.

    Yeah, I don’t know where I am going with this. Rambling I guess. Let’s just remember that everyone involved – including the victim – are children. Something needs to be done but I doubt seriously that incarceration is the answer.

  • Shelley Watt

    Omg i have a 12 yr old daughter and she knows better, if she didnt there would be something mentally wrong by this age. Tragic.

  • ATL12

    My dad used to take the family to horror movies and I turned out fine. I never worshipped any of the serial killers. But, my dad has always been in my life and taught me right from wrong.

  • Werewolf

    Now they are attempting to tie Las Vegas shooter Jared Miller to Slender Man because a neighbor saw him dressed up. Also as the Joker. Why can’t people just blame the damn people responsible and leave what’s left of our culture alone?