Girls charged in Waukesha stabbing motivated by 'Slender Man' character

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Girls charged in Waukesha stabbing motivated by 'Slender Man' character

By Jermont Terry, Michele Fiore, and James Kust. CREATED May 31, 2014 - UPDATED: Jun 3, 2014

WAUKESHA --The two 12-year-old girls accused of holding down and stabbing their 12-year-old friend 19 times may have been motivated by a fictitious character named "Slender Man", a criminal complaint revealed Monday.

Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier were both charged as adults with attempted first-degree intentional homicide, as a party to a crime. If convicted, they could each serve 65 years in prison. 

All three girls attended the same middle school, according to police, and were together at a sleepover over the weekend. Saturday morning, police say, the girls lured the victim into nearby woods to "play a game". One suspect held the victim down and the other stabbed her 19 times in the arms, legs and torso.

The victim is at the hospital where she is said to be in stable condition.

The girls could face up to 65 years in prison.

Slender Man is a character thought to have originated as an Internet meme around 2009. He is often depicted as a tall, thin man wearing a suit with a blank face.

According to the criminal complaint, Weier stated that "many people do not believe Slender Man is real," and she "wanted to prove the skeptics wrong." Their goal may have been to become a "proxy of Slender", which required the girls to "physically kill someone," the complaint says.

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Slender Man stories started about five years ago online, but never encouraged readers to kill on his behalf. Since then, the character's also shown up in video games. Deangelo Stewart's friends urged him to try.
"They were saying like it's a new scary game and just try it out. They were trying to see who could play the game the longest in the dark without being scared," said Stewart.
"It's just an old wives tale type of thing, said UW - Milwaukee student Austin Baldwin. "Not real obviously."
The creator of the Creepypasta Wiki website, one of many that houses Slender Man stories, extended his condolences to the families of all three 12-year-old girls in Waukesha.  He doesn't believe the website is responsible for the stabbing.  
"Unless you're okay with blaming the world's ills on Stephen King or H.P. Lovecraft," the statement reads in part, "I don't believe that it makes sense to say paranormal writing or an interest in the macabre should be blamed or even used as an indicator of a 'sick' person."
Creepypasta will not be posting any new stories for some time out of respect for the victim, and the website creator encourages followers to pray for the victim.

A man noticed the  victim stumbling from the woods around 10:00 a.m. Saturday near Rivera Drive and Big Bend Road in Waukesha and was able to contact law enforcement.

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"The Waukesha Police Department is deeply saddened that this 12-year-old girl had to suffer through this horrific crime," said Police Chief Russell Jack. The girls will be back in court later this month.