A police criminal complaint filed against two 12-year-old girls who allegedly stabbed their 12-year-old friend 19 times this past weekend offers dark reading about the vicious attack and the girls’ alleged motive — to prove the existence of a fictional creature named “Slenderman.”
“Many people do not believe Slenderman is real [and we] wanted to prove the skeptics wrong,” one of the girls said, according to the complaint filed by the Waukesha Police Department in southeastern Wisconsin.
On Monday, the two suspects were charged as adults in Waukesha County Circuit Court with attempted first-degree intentional homicide. Their victim, another 12-year-old from Waukesha, is hospitalized in stable condition.
The suspects in the case are identified in court documents as Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier. The Huffington Post is naming the suspects because they are charged as adults and their names have been made public.
The complaint alleges that Weier told police she learned about Slenderman on a website called CreepyPasta and then introduced Geyser to the site.
According to James McCann, co-founder of A Paranormal Group, Slenderman appears in crowd-sourced fiction about a demon-oriented character who stalks, traumatizes and abducts children. “It’s believed to reach his realm level, you have to kill somebody,” McCann said.
At least one of the girls said that she believed she would need to “physically kill someone” in order to “become proxies of Slender,” the criminal complaint alleges.
– Huff Post