22 Agosto 2017 11:52
The eery case has sent shockwaves around the worldHe hides in the shadows. He abducts, hurts and traumatises children. He is the Slender Man. A creepy internet meme about a fictional man who roams the darkness looking for children resulted in a horrific crime in 2014, when two girls brutally stabbed their friend to please the ‘Slender Man’. One of the teenage girls, Anissa Weier, now 15, pleaded guilty on Monday to a lesser charge for her involvement in the incident. Weier and her friend, Morgan Geyser, are accused of stabbing their classmate, Peyton Leutner, 19 times for the sake of a viral online boogeyman, with Weier being initially charged with attempted first-degree intentional homicide for the attack in Waukesha, Wisconsin on 31 May 2014. She has now pleaded guilty to attempted second-degree homicide.
[caption id="attachment_6288" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Anissa Weier in 2014[/caption]Prosecutors argued that the attackers tricked Leutner into entering the woods with them, before stabbing her repeatedly. Leutner survived the ordeal by crawling onto a path where she was found by a cyclist. All the girls involved were 12 years old at the time. In court, Buzzfeed News reported that Weier said, ‘I didn't want to hurt Peyton. I wanted to prove Slender Man existed, but I thought there were other ways.’ She then said Geyser told her killing someone was the only way to prove the Slender Man existed. According to Weier, once the girls had reached the woods Geyser asked whether she should stab Leutner. ‘I wanted it to be over with, so I said "Go berserk, do what you have to do",' she added, after which Greyser allegedly jumped onto Leutner, stabbing her multiple times. She told the court: ‘I believed if I didn't go through with the plan, Slender Man would come and attack and kill myself, my friends, and my family, those that I care about most.’ Weier previously pleaded not guilty by reason of mental illness or defect, but now her trial, starting next month, will only question whether her mental illness makes her legally responsible for the crime. If an insanity ruling is not reached by the jury, prosecutors will push for her to spend 10 years locked up, with 10 years extended supervision.
If found guilty of mental illness or defect, she will spend at least three years in a mental institution.