In 2014, two preteen girls stabbed one of their classmates in the Wisconsin woods to appease the fictional internet character Slender Man. Now, four years later, the second of the girls involved in the Wisconsin “Slender Man” stabbing case has been sentenced to spend time in a mental health institution.
Morgan Geyser, now 15, will spend 40 years under the supervision of a psychiatric hospital. Geyser will be able to petition for her release throughout the duration of her sentence.
In May 2014, Geyser and Weier lured Leutner to a forest outside of a Milwaukee suburb. There, Geyser stabbed Leutner 19 times while Weier watched and encouraged her. The two girls left Leutner in the woods but, luckily, the victim managed to get help from a passerby.
In October 2017, Geyser pleaded guilty to a charge of attempted first-degree homicide. Her doctors said that when Geyser attacked her classmate she was experiencing symptoms of schizophrenia and psychotic spectrum disorder. Anissa Weier, the other girl involved in the stabbing, pleaded guilty to attempted second-degree homicide and received a sentence of 25 years in a mental health institution.
Slender Man (sometimes spelled “Slenderman”) was created on the internet and is depicted as a tall, thin man with no face. According to the urban legend, Slender Man lures young girls into the woods to kill others in his name. In explaining their motives for the attack, Weier and Geyser explained that they wanted to please Slender Man and become his “proxies,” meaning that they would be protected from his attacks and able to live with the monster in a mansion in the forest. The stabbing was chronicled in a 2016 documentary called Beware the Slenderman.
We’re relieved that Leutner managed to survive this horrifying attack. The 2014 “Slender Man” stabbing was an unspeakable tragedy, and we hope that this intangible monster doesn’t inspire any more attacks in the future.