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The Slender Man Case: Two Young Girls Accused of Murdering their School Friend

Morgan Geyser (left in 2014) and Anissa Weier (right in 2014) are being tried as adults for attempted first-degree intentional homicide
Morgan Geyser (left in 2014) and Anissa Weier (right in 2014) are being tried as adults for attempted first-degree intentional homicide
Morgan Geyser (left in 2014) and Anissa Weier (right in 2014) are being tried as adults for attempted first-degree intentional homicide.

by Mina Al-Droubi

The Slender Man stabbing occurred on Saturday, May 31, 2014, in Waukesha, Wisconsin, when two 12-year-old girls lured another girl of the same age into the woods and stabbed her 19 times, allegedly in order to impress the fictional character Slender Man.

After being stabbed, the victim crawled to a road and lay on a sidewalk where a cyclist found her and called the ambulance. She was rushed to a hospital, at which point she was “one millimeter away from certain death,” according to a criminal complaint. The victim was hospitalized for six days and has since recovered and returned to school.

One of two girls accused of trying to kill a 12-year-old classmate two years ago arrived in court and pleaded not guilty last Friday by reason of insanity. Morgan Geyser, 14, entered her plea to one count of attempted first-degree intentional homicide during a status conference in Waukesha County Circuit Court.

Morgan Geyser being led into courtroom
September 21, 2015 A hearing was held in Waukesha County Courthouse for the Slenderman case. Various motions were filed. Here Morgan Geyser is led into the courtroom. Here she looks toward where her parents are seated in the gallery. MICHAEL SEARS/MSEARS@JOURNALSENTINEL.COM

Judge Michael Bohren appointed two doctors to examine her. Experts have testified already that Geyser suffers from schizophrenia and oppositional defiant disorder and maintains relationships with imaginary characters. Bohren said he will look to schedule a trial in March or as soon as prosecutors and Cotton are ready.

If Geyser is convicted, the insanity plea necessitates another trial to determine her mental state at the time of the crime, Cotton said. If she’s found mentally deficient, she would be ordered confined to a mental hospital. If she’s deemed sane, she would serve up to 40 years in prison and 20 years on extended supervision.

The other girl in the case, Anissa Weier, who is now 14 as well, also faces one count of attempted first-degree intentional homicide. She pleaded not guilty last year. Bohren said he would look to schedule her trial for March as well.

It is known that anyone 10 years of age or older charged with attempted first-degree intentional homicide is automatically considered an adult under state law. A state appeals court, however, ruled last month that both girls’ cases should remain in adult court, saying the crime was planned and violent.

That leaves the state Supreme Court as the girls’ last hope of being moved into juvenile court, but Cotton said Friday he won’t ask the high court to take Geyser’s case because it doesn’t present a novel question of law.

Following the attack, both suspects were found walking near a local highway, and a knife was found in one of their backpacks, police said.

The girls had planned to stab their friend during a sleepover at Ms Geyser’s house where they had been celebrating her birthday. But instead they decided to commit the crime the next morning in a nearby park.

The two perpetrators planned to carry out the attack Saturday morning in a bathroom at a local park. However, they actually carried out the attack in a nearby forest while playing a game of hide-and-seek.

During the game, one of the perpetrators pinned the victim down, but there was a dispute about who would carry out the stabbing. Eventually, the perpetrator who had pinned the victim down ordered the other perpetrator to carry out the attack.

She complied and stabbed the victim nineteen times in the arms, legs, and abdomen with a large kitchen knife; two of the stab wounds were to major arteries. One of the two nearly penetrated her heart, but missed by less than a millimeter, and the other went through her diaphragm, cutting into her liver and stomach. After carrying out the attack, the two perpetrators told their still-conscious victim to be quiet and that they would get help for her.

The Slender Man
The Slender Man is a fictional supernatural character that originated as an Internet meme created by Something Awful forums user Eric Knudsen in 2009. The Slender Man character is often the subject of online horror stories written by teens

After the attack, they reportedly intended to walk to Slender Man’s mansion, which they believed was situated in Wisconsin’s Nicolet National Forest. The next court hearing is in October.

The Slender Man is a fictional entity created for a 2009 photoshop contest on Something Awful, an online forum, the goal of which was to create paranormal images. The Slender Man is depicted as a tall, faceless man in a black suit with tentacles growing out of his back. According to the Slender Man mythos, the entity can cause amnesia, abouts of coughing and paranoid behaviour in individuals. He is often depicted hiding in forests or stalking children.

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Mina Al-Droubi
Mina Al-Droubi is a researcher and contributor to The Majalla. Mina, an Iraqi–British journalist, graduated in International Politics from City University and received her master’s degree in Middle East Politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London.

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