A 12-year-old girl is still fighting for her life in a Waukesha, Wisconsin hospital today after she was stabbed 19 times by two of her friends, also 12 years old. When asked why they had committed such a terrible crime, the girl’s attackers claimed they were simply obeying the will of the Slender man.
While his biggest surge in popularity came in the digital age, tales of the Slender Man reach far back into the myths and legends of the old world. He is tall, between six and eight feet, with unnaturally skinny arms and legs and no eyes, nose or mouth. Most often depicted wearing a pristine, black suit, the Slender Man has been known to wear the guise of the higher class since his origins in Germany.
Unlike more widespread monsters, the creepiest part of the Slender Man’s legend is that several people truly believe he exists. Witnesses claiming to have seen the Slender Man are widespread in the darker parts of the Internet, as are purported photos of the demon (which you can check out here and here).
Throughout history, the Slender Man has most often been “sighted” in wooded areas, and mostly to children under the age of 16. An old German legend tells of Der Grossman, “the tall man,” a spirit who haunted the Black Forest and hunted down naughty children. These tales are particularly chilling when you consider the details of the Waukesha stabbing.
The two young girls, Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier, were frequent visitors of the Creepypasta Wiki, a horror fiction website they believe was run by the Slender Man himself. They believed that they could escape their lives and live with the Slender Man in the Nicolet National Forest in northern Wisconsin. All they needed to do was prove their willingness to kill.
After having planned the murder for months, the girls invited a third friend over to Geyser’s house for a sleepover. Originally, the plan had been for Weier and Geyser to wait for their friend to fall asleep so they could stab her in the neck and then flee into the night to find the Slender Man’s mansion in northern Wisconsin. This didn’t happen, thankfully, most likely because the young girls were too nervous to commit the crime.
The next day, though, Saturday, Geyser and Weier led their friend into the woods. Hesitant to begin the crime, Geyser and Weier passed the knife back and forth between them several times until Geyser got up her nerve. The 12-year-old leaned over her fallen friend and plunged the knife into her legs, arms and torso a total of 19 times. A full account of the crime can be found here. After the attack, the two girls left their friend to die alone in the woods. Geyser later told police, “It was weird that I didn’t feel remorse.”
Thankfully, the 12-year-old girls were unsuccessful, as their victim, who remains unnamed, crawled heroically through the woods and onto a road where she was discovered “lying on the sidewalk and covered in blood,” by a passing bicyclist. She is currently in stable condition.
Due to the heinous nature of the crime, both assailants were charged as adults on Monday morning in Waukesha County Circuit Court. If convicted, they could face as much as 60 years in prison.