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Slenderman Web Site Says It
Slenderman Web Site Says It's Not at Fault for Girl's Stabbing

By Matt Pearce
June 5, 2014 9:30AM

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A fictional horror character known as Slenderman that two Wisconsin girls say motivated them to stab a friend has been popularized on a website that is adamant that the attack was an isolated incident. According to the Internet sleuths at Know Your Meme, the character was created in 2009 as part of a Photoshop contest on a web message board.

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The website that officials said helped inspire two Wisconsin girls accused of stabbing a classmate brushed off criticism on Tuesday, condemning the attack as an "isolated incident."

A 12-year-old Waukesha [Wisconsin] girl who survived being stabbed 19 times was found Saturday by a bicyclist, police said. Shortly afterward, two 12-year-old classmates were arrested and told police they were inspired by a creepy, fictional character known as Slenderman on the website Creepypasta Wiki, authorities said.

According to the website, "a creepypasta is a short story posted on the Internet that is designed to unnerve and shock the reader," and Creepypasta Wiki is a user-edited database of those stories, similar to Wikipedia.

"I'm going to make myself loud and clear: ALL WORKS PRESENTED ON THIS WIKI AND OTHER SITES (INCLUDING SLENDERMAN ... ) ARE FICTIONAL STORIES AND CHARACTERS," a site administrator identified as Sloshtrain wrote Tuesday after the attack drew national attention to the website.

"This wiki does not endorse or advocate for the killing, worship, and otherwise replication of rituals of fictional works," the administrator wrote, also offering condolences to the families affected by the attack. "There is a line of between fiction and reality, and it is up to you to realize where the line is. We are a literature site, not a crazy satanic cult."

Both alleged attackers have been charged as adults with attempted murder. Police said they had been plotting the attack against their classmate for months. The victim was found by the cyclist after crawling for help.

An attorney for one of the suspects said he was concerned about her mental health and would repeat his request for the court to move her from juvenile detention to a mental health facility, the Associated Press reported.

Anthony Cotton said Tuesday that he would meet with his client later in the day, but that based on what he knew thus far he believed she has serious mental health problems and should be in a hospital, the AP reported. He said a judge rejected his request to move the girl Monday.

The affidavit for the charges was not immediately available, but the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel obtained a copy, which included a description of one of the girl's statements to police:

"[Suspect Anissa E. Weier] told police that Slender Man is the 'leader' of Creepypasta, and in the hierarchy of that world, one must kill to show dedication. Weier said that [fellow suspect Morgan E. Geyser] told her they should become 'proxies' of Slender Man -- a paranormal figure known for his ability to create tendrils from his fingers and back -- and kill their friend to prove themselves worthy of him. Weier said she was surprised by Geyser's suggestion, but also excited to prove skeptics wrong and show that Slender Man really did exist." (continued...)

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Posted: 2014-06-05 @ 1:38pm PT
@Finn: Not just crackpots... but incredibly violent, malicious and dangerous. It's hard to imagine how they could have done such a horrible thing like stabbing their so-called 'friend' almost to death. However... I think sites like Slenderman are horrible too. Where's the social responsibility? I'm not saying the person or people behind the site should go to jail for life, the way these girls should, but the site-makers also need to take responsibility and hopefully will change their ways.

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Posted: 2014-06-05 @ 1:33pm PT
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