Prosecutors say two 12-year-old southeastern Wisconsin girls stabbed their 12-year-old friend nearly to death in the woods to please a mythological creature they learned about online.
Both girls were charged as adults with first-degree attempted homicide Monday in Waukesha County Circuit Court; they each face up to 60 years in prison if convicted. A court commissioner set bail at $500,000 cash per child. According to a criminal complaint, the girls had been planning to kill their friend for months and finally made the attempt in a park on Saturday morning, after a slumber party.
One of the girls told a detective they were trying to become “proxies” of Slender Man, a mythological demon-like character they learned about on creepypasta.wikia.com, a website about horror stories and legends. They planned to run away to the demon’s forest mansion after the slaying, the complaint said.
“I recognize their young ages but it’s still unbelievable,” Court Commissioner Thomas Pieper said during one of the girls’ initial court appearances Monday.
The victim suffered 19 stab wounds; one missed a major artery near her heart by a millimeter, doctors told police. She was in stable condition Monday. The court documents did not provide her name.
The Associated Press isn’t naming either girl who is charged because at least one of their attorneys plans to pursue moving her case into juvenile court, where proceedings are secret.
Both girls appeared in court wearing shackles and jail jumpsuits. They were surrounded by sheriff’s bailiffs, who towered over them. Family members of one of the girls wept openly as reporters snapped photographs. The other girl’s family sat stone-faced.
According to the criminal complaint, one of the girls told an investigator they began planning to kill their friend in December. The other girl told police they decided to kill her so they could become proxies of Slender Man, who would accept them and let them live with him in his mansion in the Nicolet National Forest.
The other girl said she sees Slender Man in her dreams. She said he watches her and can read her mind and teleport.
by Tracy Vanity
Listen kids and I’ll tell you a tale,
Of a tall, looming figure in the form of a male.
The best spooky legend is one of the Slender Man.
The creepiest tale in all of internet land.
Wearing all black with a blank, white face,
His unusually long arms and legs are his most famous trait.
Once noticed in a vintage photograph,
Lurking behind some playground children who were having a laugh.
A carefree kid on the playground slide,
Never knowing she was about to die.
Slender Man is always waiting,
Ready to pounce,
Ready to prey,
Creeping and sneaking,
To take you away.
And as you can tell from the 5 million views,
Slender Man’s story is very hot news.
That sound in the kitchen will give you a fright,
You should be scared to turn out the light.
And if you ever forget to look around,
That’s when your body is never found…