Slenderman “Servant” Sentenced to 40 years in a Mental Insitution

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Yesenia Vizguerra, Reporter

      A case that brought a rude awakening to the metropolitan city of Waukesha, Wisconsin. The tale of two teenage girls trapped in a sickening story of an internet sensation “Slenderman” who brought the story of this character to real life, by stabbing their friend in hopes to kill her. If they were to succeed, they would gain the favor of this internet fictional character and “live” with him in his mansion which was said to only be a house to the most dedicated to “Slenderman” and those who he trusted most.

      Both of the girls told detectives that they felt the need to kill their friend in order to become Slenderman’s “proxies,” or servants, and protect their families from him.

      Morgan Geyser, of one the girls who participated in the stabbing alongside Anissa Weiser, both 12 at the time of the stabbing, lured their friend into a nearby wooded area where they stabbed her 19 times. Afraid of what they just did the two girls left the victim in the woods while they ran off. The victim eventually would crawl to safety where a nearby biker found her.

      This case which occurred back in 2014, has had an ongoing trial on whether to charge the teens as adults in first-degree murder.

      “The fact that they were all in their preteens and the girls had this wicked idea to stab their friend so that could be an imaginary character’s servant for life is unexplainable on how bizarre and crazy it is. But you obviously know there was something wrong with the girl because she was mentally ill, as discovered later,” said Yasmin Vizguerra (‘20).

      Geyser, pleaded guilty in October of 2017 to first-degree murder in order to avoid jail time. Geyser’s sentence came after a day of testimony from expert witnesses about her progress in psychological treatment. While she did make progress, Waukesha County Judge Michael Bohren determined she needed further treatment.

      “We can’t forget what we are dealing with. And we can’t forget that this was an attempted murder,” Bohren said when coming to a decision. He also noted the crime was premeditated as both girls confessed to knowing their plan to stab the victim. Geyser, being the principal was said to have lured Weiser to commit this crime with her as she hooked Weiser on the tale of “Slenderman”.

      Although Geyser did apologize to the victim and her family, Geyser was sentenced to up to 40 years in a mental institution as she was diagnosed with schizophrenia just two months after the attack. From this and reasoning of mental disease or defect, she was not be criminally charged with first-degree murder.

      “Slenderman” started with an online post in 2009, image people edit into everyday scenes of children at play. He is depicted as a spidery figure in a black suit with a featureless white face. He was regarded by his devotees as alternately a sinister force and an avenging angel.

      “In my opinion, because social media made this story real, that people started to believe it was real. And I think kids thought they thought of paranormal activity as that, and that they probably weren’t in the right state of mind to believe in something that extreme,”   said Yaratzen Avila (‘20).