School district bans sites, but would “Slenderman” have raised red flags before stabbing?
WAUKESHA (WITI) — New developments — one day after two 12-year-old girls were charged as adults, accused of plotting their friend’s murder for months, and attempting to kill her in a Waueska park this weekend.
12-year-old Morgan Geyser and 12-year-old Anissa Weier each face one count of attempted first degree intentional homicide as party to a crime — and each faces 60 years in prison.
The criminal complaint in the case says on Saturday, May 31st, a citizen called Waukesha police to report a stabbing — after locating a 12-year-old girl suffering stab wounds on the sidewalk in the area of Rivera Drive and Big Bend Road.
The complaint says the girl told the man: “Help me, I’ve been stabbed.”
The man called 911 and tried to apply pressure to her wounds — and stayed until the Fire Department arrived.
On Tuesday, June 3rd — for the first time, we’re hearing that man’s 911 call.
CLICK the audio player just below to listen to the 911 call from this case.
When officials spoke with the stabbing victim, the complaint says she told them she was stabbed in the woods of Davids Park by her best friend, Morgan Geyser.
The complaint says the victim suffered 19 stab wounds — and was rushed into surgery at the hospital.
Doctors at the hospital reported she was “lucky to be alive” — according to the complaint.
“One suspect held the victim down while the other suspect stabbed her 19 times in the arms, legs and torso. Many of the stab wounds struck major organs. But, incredibly and thankfully, the victim survived this brutal assault,” Chief Jack said.
The complaint says police spoke with Weier — who spoke about a website called “CreepyPasta.”
The complaint says Weier explained this was a website that talked about horror stories — and people can create their own stories.
It is on this website that Weier told police she learned about “Slenderman” — the leader of CreepyPasta. Just below Slenderman is the killer. Just below the killer is the proxy. In order to be a proxy, Weier explained, you have to kill someone — to show your dedication to Slenderman, according to the complaint.
The complaint says Weier told police many people do not believe Slenderman is real — and she said she wanted to prove the skeptics wrong.
The complaint says Weier introduced Morgan Geyser to the CreepyPasta website — according to the complaint.
The complaint says in December of 2013 or January of 2014, Geyser told Weier — “We should become proxies of Slender.” Weier told police she said: “Okay, how do we do that?”
That’s when Weier told police Geyser said they needed to kill the victim in this case to prove themselves worthy to Slender, according to the complaint.
The complaint says the girls were able to learn that “Slender” lives in a mansion in the Nicolet National Park — and the girls planned to kill the victim — and then walk to Slender’s mansion and become one of his proxies.
The complaint indicates neither of the girls felt much remorse over what happened when speaking with police.
Geyser reportedly told police: “It was weird that I didn’t feel remorse” — and Weier said: “The bad part of me wanted her to die. The good part of me wanted her to live.” This, according to the criminal complaint.
This case on Monday, June 2nd had Waukesha Police Chief Russell Jack reminding parents to monitor their children’s activity online.
“Both suspects had a fascination with a fictitious character that often posted to a website that is a collection of small stories about death and horror. Parents should not be allowing their children to have unrestricted or unmonitored internet usage –whether it be on their computer on their smart phone on their PlayStation. All of those accesses to the outside world,” Chief Jack said.
The CreepyPasta website — and others involving Slenderman are now banned within the Waukesha School District — but because the site isn’t violent, Waukesha School District’s Superintendent says it wouldn’t have raised a red flag before Saturday’s incident.
“We can write all the policy we want, but the fact of the matter is we have no control over students when they’re out, off school grounds,” Waukesha School District Superintendent Todd Gray said.
Counselors have been made available at Horning Middle School — the school the girls in this case attended.
Meanwhile, the CreepyPasta site has issued this message:
I’ve recently been alerted to the horrific events that took place in Wisconsin.
I’ve received both messages of concern and blame, and while it seems that the Creepypasta Wiki is bearing the brunt of media attention and finger-pointing, I feel it’s necessary for me to make a statement.
First and most importantly, my condolences go out to all the families involved. I cannot even imagine how painful and confusing and awful this has to be for them. I don’t have children, but I can imagine how my mother would feel if something like this happened to me, and it absolutely breaks my heart to even consider her having to go through that. The families of the young ladies who committed this crime also have my heart going out to them – I know this can’t be easy for them as well, and I’m sure they’ll have to deal with mistargeted backlash and anger even while they try to get through such a trying time themselves. So when I say that I extend my deepest sympathies and my prayers to those affected, I hope that you understand that I mean it. I know that words can seem hollow or come off as mere lip-service to the cynical, but it’s the truth.
CreepyPasta also addressed the stabbing in a blog posted early Tuesday morning. The post, titled “Fiction, Reality, and You,” calls the stabbing an “isolated incident” that does not “represent or attribute the Creepypasta community as a whole.”
This wiki does not endorse or advocate for the killing, worship, and otherwise replication of rituals of fictional works. There is a line between fiction and reality, and it is up to you to realize where the line is. We are a literature site, not a crazy satanic cult.
For most of you reading this, you’re probably thinking this is a no-brainier that stories here are mere fiction and know that they are just mere fiction. This blog addresses to newcomers and “die-hard believers”, who will otherwise, likely to believe in these stories.
Hopefully, the gruesome crime that happened in Wisconsin will not repeat itself again, and our hearts go out to the families affected by this crime.
The citizen who came upon the 12-year-old stabbing victim and called 911 does not wish to speak with the media, but released a statement on Tuesday afternoon:
“Our family wishes to offer its thoughts and prayers to the victim, her family, and to the entire community, which is profoundly shocked and saddened by the recent event.”
The victim in this case remains hospitalized.
Geyser and Weier are scheduled to be back in court on June 11th.
An attorney for one of the girls says he wants her moved to a mental institution because she is showing signs of mental illness.
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