The Slender Man Stabbing

The Slender Man Stabbing

Claire Payne, Reporter

Two 12-year old girls are facing murder charges for stabbing a classmate 19 times in the woods in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Their reasoning was to please the fictional character, “Slender Man.”

In late May, the two girls lured their “friend” out into the woods where she was attacked. The victim was able to reach the street where a bicyclist found her with stab wounds in her arms, legs, and torso with blood soaking her jacket.

When interviewed about their motives, the girls said they wanted to deem themselves worthy of the evil “Slender Man.” “Slender Man” is a fictional character that originated as a meme on an internet forum, a tall, thin spectral figure wearing a black suit. Then, adding captions, telling the story of “Slender Man” abducting these children. Soon afterwards, many had written fictional entries about this evil demonic-like figure featuring him stalking, abducting, or traumatizing people, particularly children.

One of the girls said “Slender Man” watches her, can read minds, and teleport. Experts testified in court that she also said she conversed with Lord Voldemort and one of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. On August 1, 2014, she was found incompetent to stand trial and her prosecution was suspended until her condition improved.

The other suspect returned to the courthouse to determine whether she was competent enough to stand trial. “She presently lacks substantial mental capacity to rationally and factually understand her charge and be a meaningful assistance in her defense,” testified Dr. Brooke Lundbohm. This concluded in the judge ordering a 30-day deadline for an independent psychological evaluation of the girl, according to public court case files.

Interestingly, this is not the first “Slender Man” attack. In Hamilton, Ohio, after hearing the story, a woman reported her 13-year-old daughter had attacked her with a knife, and had written some fiction involving “Slender Man,” who the mother said motivated the attack.

Similarly, on September 4, a 14-year-old girl in Florida set her family’s house on fire while her mother and brother were inside. Police reports show that she had been reading online stories ­­­­about the mysterious “Slender Man.”

The victim was released from the hospital June 9th and returned to school earlier this month.