Slender Man stabbing victim slept with scissors under her pillow, mother says

Elias Hubbard
December 22, 2017

A USA teen who pleaded guilty to trying to kill a friend to appease a fictitious internet character was sentenced to 25 years in mental hospital by a judge on Thursday.

Anissa Weier (ah-NEE'-sah WY'-ur) pleaded guilty in August to being a party to attempted second-degree intentional homicide, but she claimed she wasn't responsible for her actions because she was mentally ill.

The judge is expected to sentence Weier, who was 12 at the time of the attack, to at least three years at a facility. How long she ends up spending there will be up to a Waukesha County Circuit Court judge.

Anissa Weier and her friend Morgan Geyser were both 12-years-old when they stabbed classmate Payton Leutner 19 times in 2014, because they wanted to appease Slender Man, a sinister internet meme often inserted into the background of ominous black-and-white photos.

Weier and Morgan Geyser lured Payton Leutner into a wooded park in Waukesha, a Milwaukee suburb, in 2014.

Leutner concluded the letter by revealing that her family did not object to plea deals for Geyser and Weier because she did not want her daughter to testify again since she has not spoken about the attack.

Leutner's mother, Stacie Leutner, sent the judge a letter this week in which she wrote that the trauma of the attack "has defined our lives" and that her daughter still fears for her life.

Weier and Geyser told detectives they felt they had to kill Leutner to become Slender Man's "proxies", or servants, and protect their families from him.

"Payton has a lifetime of healing ahead of her and she deserves to be allowed to heal in an environment where she feels safe", her mother wrote. The sentence of 25 years is the maximum under the circumstances.

On Tuesday, Payton's mother Stacie submitted a lengthy victim impact statement which described for the first time how affected she had been by the attack. The attempted victim was able to crawl out of the woods where a bicyclist found her. She held everyone at arm's length and never let anyone get too close. "She knows what she did was wrong".

"He still struggles with ... the belief that he is somehow less important than his sister", she said. The following month, the jury agreed with her argument.

Weier believed that the Ouija board had released an evil spirit that was pressing down on her bed, and also brought about the return of Slenderman, according to a court report. Geyser was also found not guilty by reason of mental disease and will be sentenced in February.

The Slender Man is a fictional character that originated in an online art contest in 2009, before becoming a popular meme.

Before her sentencing, Weier issued an apology for the crime.

The mythical creature is often depicted as an unnaturally tall, thin figure with a blank, featureless face, wearing a black suit.

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