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Girl in 'Slender Man' Case Reaches Plea Deal

Morgan Geyser will go to a state mental hospital

(Newser) - One of two Wisconsin girls charged with stabbing a classmate to impress horror character Slender Man will plead guilty in a deal that calls for her to avoid prison time and instead receive treatment for mental illness, attorneys announced Friday. The deal calls for doctors to evaluate 15-year-old Morgan Geyser... More »

Verdict in Slender Man Case Rejected

Jury continues deliberating after judge's order

(Newser) - A Wisconsin girl who admitted helping her friend stab their classmate nearly to death to please online horror character Slender Man was lonely, depressed and descended into "madness," her attorney said Friday as she pleaded with a jury to send the girl to a mental hospital rather than... More »

After 3 Years, 'Slender Man' Trial Begins

Jury to decide if Anissa Weier suffered from mental illness at time of attack

(Newser) - It's been more than three years since Payton Leutner was stabbed 19 times by two friends in a Wisconsin park in the "Slender Man" stabbing, and this week a jury hears testimony to decide if one of her attackers was mentally competent at the time. Opening statements began... More »

Teen Pleads Guilty to Lesser Charge in Slender Man Stabbing

Upcoming trial will evaluate her mental health

(Newser) - One of two Wisconsin girls charged with repeatedly stabbing a classmate to impress the fictitious horror character Slender Man pleaded guilty Monday, but she still faces a trial in the case next month focused on her mental health. Anissa Weier, 15, pleaded guilty to attempted second-degree homicide as a party... More »

Parents of 'Slender Man' Suspect on the 'Surreal' Case

Anissa Weier's parents speak out

(Newser) - Anissa Weier, now 15, is one of the two girls accused of stabbing a friend 19 times in a 2014 attack that, the girls said, was an attempt to get in the good graces of "Slender Man," a fictional internet character. Her parents say that while they knew... More »

2nd 'Slender Man' Girl Will Plead Insanity

Both girls will be tried as adults

(Newser) - Both girls in Wisconsin's disturbing "Slender Man" case will now be pleading not guilty by reason of insanity. Attorneys for 14-year-old Anissa Weier signaled this week that they want to change her plea in the attempted murder case from not guilty to "NGI," meaning that she'... More »

Court Delivers Blow to 'Slender Man' Girls

Upholds lower court ruling to try suspects as adults

(Newser) - A Wisconsin state appeals court ruled Wednesday that two girls accused of trying to kill their classmate in an attempt to please the fictional horror character "Slender Man" should be tried as adults. The 2nd District Appeals court, in a pair of rulings, affirmed a lower court's determination... More »

Inside the Horrifying 'Slender Man' Stabbing

'New York' takes a close, compelling look

(Newser) - Anissa Weier and Morgan Geyser, the then-12-year-old girls accused of savagely attacking a friend last year because, they said, the Internet horror character "Slender Man" told them to, pleaded not guilty last week . In the latest issue of New York magazine, Lisa Miller offers up a compelling, in-depth look... More »

'Slender Man' Girls Plead Not Guilty

They face decades in prison over attack on classmate

(Newser) - Two 13-year-old Wisconsin girls accused of luring their friend into the woods to repeatedly stab her as a sacrifice to the fictitious Slender Man character pleaded not guilty today. The teens from the Milwaukee suburb of Waukesha are being tried as adults and face decades in prison if they are... More »

'Slender Man' Girls Get Bad News in Court

Two 13-year-olds will be tried as adults

(Newser) - Two 13-year-old girls accused of trying to murder a classmate when they were 12 learned today that they will be tried as adults—a decision that could make a difference of decades in prison. In what they told investigators was an attempt to please the fictional online "Slender Man"... More »

Slender Man Suspects Ruled Fit for Trial

Girls were 12 when they allegedly stabbed classmate

(Newser) - Two Wisconsin girls who allegedly stabbed a classmate 19 times to please the "Slender Man" fictional online character are competent to stand trial, a judge has decided. Both girls, who were 12 when they allegedly tried to kill another 12-year-old girl after a sleepover, have been charged as adults.... More »

Slender Man Costumes Cause Uproar After Stabbing

Stores in Wisconsin selling get-ups for Halloween

(Newser) - Wisconsin's Waukesha County was jolted earlier this year when two 12-year-old girls allegedly stabbed a classmate because they thought it would please a fictional character known as Slender Man . Now, some local stores are catching flak for selling Slender Man costumes in time for Halloween, reports the Milwaukee Journal ... More »

Cops: Teen Reads of 'Slender Man,' Tries to Kill Family

Lily Hartwell, 14, charged with attempted murder of mom, brother

(Newser) - A 14-year-old Florida girl admitted to setting her family's house on fire early yesterday after a "Slender Man" website got her riled up, police say. Lily Hartwell allegedly told police she was reading websites about the mythical online character that "made her upset about past bullying and... More »

'Slender Man' Suspect Won't Stand Trial—for Now

Judge decides that Morgan Geyser, 12, isn't competent just yet

(Newser) - One of the girls accused in the so-called "Slender Man" attack won't have to stand trial—at least not yet. After a psychologist's testimony, a judge ruled today that Morgan Geyser, 12, isn't competent to stand trial but probably will be down the road, the Milwaukee ... More »

'Slender Man' Victim Gets Purple Heart Medal in Mail

Anonymous donor sends it to Wisconsin girl who was stabbed

(Newser) - Since her release from the hospital in June, the 12-year-old girl from Wisconsin who was stabbed 19 times (allegedly by two friends) in a “Slender Man”-inspired attack has received gifts and cards from all over the world—many of them made out of purple hearts, the girl’s... More »

Doctors Judge Girl's Sanity in 'Slender Man' Stabbing

Morgan Geyser isn't legally competent to stand trial, they say

(Newser) - The prospect of an insanity plea loomed over a hearing in Wisconsin today for two girls accused in the "Slender Man" stabbing of a classmate, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. Two doctors (one for the defense, one prosecution) said that one of the 12-year-old girls, Morgan Geyser, isn't... More »

Mom: Daughter Attacked Me Because of 'Slender Man'

Girl was 'wearing a white mask'

(Newser) - Another brutal knife attack has been linked to the fictional "Slender Man." This time, the victim was a mother in Hamilton County, Ohio. The attacker: her teen daughter, who, the mom says, is fascinated with the Internet character . The mother speculates that the character may have inspired the... More »

Girl in 'Slender Man' Attack Out of Hospital

'I wanted to live,' says 12-year-old stabbed 19 times

(Newser) - A 12-year-old girl who got stabbed 19 times , allegedly by two friends said to be obsessed with the fictional "Slender Man" monster, is back home again, reports NBC News . The girl got released from a hospital in Waukesha, Wisconsin, about a week after the attack, and her parents issued... More »

'Slender Man' Suspects Should Be Tried as Kids

Because that's exactly what they are: Mel Robbins

(Newser) - It was a horrendous, premeditated attack, say prosecutors, which is why they're charging two 12-year-old girls in Wisconsin as adults in the brutal stabbing of a classmate. Bad move, writes Mel Robbins at CNN . "Wisconsin should transfer the case to juvenile court and try them as children, because... More »

Inside Dark Origins of 'Slender Man' Who Inspired Girl's Stabbing

Internet meme began on 2009 forum

(Newser) - Two 12-year-old girls who allegedly stabbed their friend in the woods of Waukesha, Wis., offered a chilling explanation for their actions: They'd been driven by "Slender Man," a mythical figure who's made the rounds on the Internet since 2009. But there are no deep, mysterious roots... More »

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