On the evening of May 31, 2014, a cyclist riding near a Wisconsin park came across a 12-year-old crawling out of a wooded area covered in blood. When questioned by the police, the two girls that attempted to kill her claimed that they were under the influence of a fictional character known as Slender Man. The following is the Slender Man Stabbing story.
When responding officer Dan Klein and first responders arrived at the scene, they discovered 12-year-old Payton Leutner near death and “lying, blood-soaked in the grass pleading for help.”
Payton Leutner was brutally stabbed 19 times in her chest, abdomen, arms, and legs.
A surgeon that helped save the life of Peyton told ABC News that “If the stab wound to the chest had been the width of a human hair deeper, she would not have survived.”
The attempted murder weapon was a 13 cm blade that Morgan Geyser had brought from her home’s kitchen.
The two attempted killers had lured Peyton to David’s Park in Waukesha, Wisconsin, under the guise of playing “hide-and-seek”.
Leutner told officer Klein that her best friend Morgan stabbed her Geyser
On the evening of May 30th Morgan Geyser, Anissa Weier, and Payton Leutner, all 12-year-old, were celebrating a birthday party sleepover at the Geyser home.
Little did Payton realize, both Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier had been planning this evening to kill their friend and actually “tried multiple times”, but could never find a splendid opportunity for murder.
For several months, the two girls discussed the murder, “using code words”, while riding the bus and at school.
As the evening approached, Morgan and Anissa got the idea of inviting Payton out to a nearby park for a game of hide-and-seek.
Payton tells police that Anissa pushed her on the ground and sat on top of her. She also stated that they told her to cover herself up with sticks and leaves.
Once Anissa Weier moves herself off of Leutner is when Morgan went “ballistic” stabbing their victim 19 times.
Bloodied and barely breathing, Payton begs her friends to go get help, which they said they were. In reality, the stabbing girls had no intention of getting help for their friend instead of planning to meet ‘Slender Man’ at his “mansion”.
She stated “they would become proxies of Slenderman [and] they would then move up and live with Slenderman in [his] mansion.”
Morgan and Anissa walked 5 miles before being picked up by the local police.
The two girls told police they stabbed Payton to appease a fictional Creepy Pasta character named ‘Slender Man’ or ‘Slindy” for short.
Slender Man is depicted as a tall man with a pale face, no eyes, no nose, no ears, nor a mouth. He is insanely tall with tall spider legs that are long, thin and spindly. Protruding from his torso was rubbery, and octopus-like tentacles.
This creepy man may scare children, but it is just a fictional manifestation of designer Eric Knudsen (alias Victor Surge) after he submitted it to the “Something Awful” website as a part of a 2009 competition.
Knudsen used a “mixture of Men in Black”, UFO lore, The Mothmen, HP Lovecraft, Stephen King, and other ghastly inspirations.
Perhaps unknown to Knudsen, the Slenderman is like an olden German urban legend of Der Grossman, “The Tall Man”.
The goal, Knudsen explained, was to create “something whose motivations can barely be comprehended and causes general unease and terror in a general population.” He certainly achieved his goal and way more (slenderman235, 2011).
In an interesting book, The Slenderman Mysteries, author Nick Redfern postulates that Slenderman and other Creepy Pasta characters affecting children could be described as an ancient Buddhist belief known as a Tupla or “thought-form”.
In a nutshell, Nick states that when enough people believe in something (even fictional) it could manifest itself in reality.
Psychiatrist diagnosed Anissa Weier with persistent depressive diorder and schizotypal, which “made her vulnerable in accepting the belief”.
The circuit court acknowledged that “Weier is diagnosed with a schizotypy disorder, it’s delusional, it may have some impact with [Geyser] in that subordinate situation. [Weier] has backed off from Slenderman, acknowledges the nonexistence, she has been more subject to expressing remorse and showing some shame for what has occurred.”
On August 1, 2014, they found Morgan Geyser incompetent for trial. They diagnosed her with schizophrenia and oppositional defiant disorder and would need long-term treatment.
Geyser remained in “the fictional world that she has operated in and has contact with the fictional characters that she’s had contact with in the past.”
Both girls are facing convictions for their parts in the stabbing.