Teenager involved in ‘Slender Man’ attack to be released from mental hospital
19-year-old woman who participated in the near-fatal stabbing of a friend, a crime she says was committed to gain the favor of a sinister fictional character called Slender Man, will be released from a mental hospital Monday, a Wisconsin judge ruled on Friday.
The 2014 attack, in which two 12-year-old girls from Waukesha, Wisconsin, lured a classmate to a park and stabbed her 19 times, shocked suburban middle-class parents Superior of Milwaukee.
In 2017, the woman, Anissa Weier, pleaded guilty to participating in an attempted second-degree manslaughter, and she was sentenced to 25 years in prison at the Winnebago Mental Health Institute. In March of this year, she asked the court to release her from the facility.
“I have exhausted all the resources available to me at the Winnebago Institute of Mental Health,” Ms. Weier wrote in a letter requesting her release. “If I want to become a productive member of society, I have to be part of society. Ms. Weier’s attorney did not immediately respond to the request for comment on Saturday.
Judge Michael O. Bohren of the Waukesha County Circuit Court ordered Ms Weier’s release in July, but asked her to remain at the Winnebago Institute of Mental Health until the terms of her release were met. approved. The full report on these conditions, which were set on Friday, has not been made public.
During the July hearing, Judge Bohren acknowledged the gravity of the crime committed by Ms Weier and Morgan Geyser in 2014, when they and the victim were all in sixth grade at Horning Middle School in Waukesha.
It “can still make people tremble because it was such a terrible thing,” the judge said, “not just the physical assault, but also the fact that it happened between friends who were children.”
On May 31, 2014, Ms Geyser and Ms Weier lured 12-year-old Payton Leutner into the woods, where Ms Geyser stabbed the girl 19 times with a kitchen knife as Ms Weier encouraged her.
“Anissa told him to lie down so that she wouldn’t lose blood so quickly, and told her to shut up,” Ms. Geyser had already testified. “And we left. “
Ms Weier and Ms Geyser said they attempted the murder because they wanted to please Slender Man, a fictional character usually depicted as a tall, dark figure with an empty face. They said they believed Slender Man was real and lived in a mansion in the woods of northern Wisconsin. They said that by killing Ms. Leutner they would become her “proxies”.
In 2018, Ms Geyser was sentenced to 40 years in a mental hospital.
Ms. Leutner managed to survive by crawling out of the woods. It took him months to recover from his injuries. Doctors said one of the knife wounds occurred within a millimeter of a main artery, which allegedly killed her.
The origins of Slender Man, considered one of the internet’s best-known urban legends, can be traced back to 2009, when images were posted to an online forum devoted to fake paranormal images. Images of the character circulated online and the legend grew. Some depicted Slender Man with tentacles. Others showed him powers of mind control.
At the July hearing, Judge Bohren said Ms. Weier “had a good mental health history, if you will.” Ms Weier told the court that she planned to live with her father upon his release, that she would seek part-time work and continue her university education.
“I’m going to be a productive member of society, make my own way and get some form of higher education,” Ms. Weier wrote in the March letter. “I want to reiterate that I am not saying that I have finished growing, changing, evolving or adapting. I can’t do it here anymore.