Jury Finds Girl In Slender Man Case Not Responsible

Gwen Vasquez
September 17, 2017

One of the two Wisconsin teens who admitted to stabbing a classmate in 2014 to please Slender Man, a fictional horror website character, was determined to be mentally ill at the time of the attack.

Anissa Weier egged on friend Morgan Geyser as she attacked Payton Leutner so the pair could avoid the wrath of supernatural character Slenderman.

McMahon said Weier will spend three years at a mental health facility before her family petitions for her release. Her trial is set to begin on October 9. Weier believed Slender Man could read her mind as well as teleport and would kill her or her family if she talked about him, she said. The girls felt that they were Slender Man's "proxies", and had to stab their classmate on behalf of Slender Man so that the character wouldn't hurt their own families.

Because the jury found Weier mentally ill, she is considered not responsible for her actions in the attack.

All three of them were aged 12 at the time.

Judge Michael Bohren told jurors they must decide whether Weier had a mental illness at the time of the crime and if so, whether she lacked the capacity to understand her wrongful conduct.

In closing arguments, McMahon told the jury that Weier was lonely, depressed and descended into "madness" that warranted a mental hospital rather than prison.

Slender Man, a fictional creature of the internet, is a paranormal being who lurks near forests and absorbs, kills or carries off his victims.

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Melissa Westendorf was appointed by a judge to evaluate one of the girls, Anissa Weier, now 15, after her insanity plea. She said most cases involve spouses, a parent and child, or siblings.

Geyser, who did the stabbing, will go on trial next month.

Both girls have pleaded not guilty on grounds of mental illness.

For the first time, a detective Wednesday shared the victim's account of what happened the day two Waukesha girls stabbed their friend almost to death. Leutner told Fisher her mother tried to assure her it was all fiction, but she also told the detective that she still was uncertain and wanted to believe Geyser even after she stabbed her, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.

She was asked by Weier's lawyer why she did not recognize that the belief in Slender Man and his powers to kill them or their families was a delusion.

Both Weier and Geyser were charged with being a party to attempted first-degree intentional homicide.

Weier, now 15, pleaded guilty to attempted second-degree intentional homicide in a deal with prosecutors in August.

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