Appeals Court: Morgan Geyser, Anissa Weier to be tried as adults in Slenderman attack

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MADISON — A Wisconsin state appeals court has ruled that two girls accused of trying to kill their classmate in an attempt to please the fictional horror character Slenderman should be tried as adults.

The 2nd District Appeals court on Wednesday, July 27th affirmed a lower court's determination that it was reasonable to try both girls as adults. The girls could appeal the rulings to the state Supreme Court.

The girls, Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier, were 12 years old in 2014 when, authorities say, they lured their classmate into woods in Waukesha after a birthday sleepover and repeatedly stabbed her -- 19 times. The victim, who was also 12, was found along a road, bleeding from wounds that nearly killed her.



A bicyclist later spotted the victim on a sidewalk, and stopped to help -- calling 911.

The girl survived.

A criminal complaint says the girls plotted the attack for months. The complaint says Geyser and Weier hoped the murder would gain them favor with the online fictional character Slenderman.

Morgan Geyser, Anissa Weier

Morgan Geyser, Anissa Weier

Geyser and Weier each face one count of attempted first degree intentional homicide.


A spokesman for the victim's family said they support the decision to try Geyser and Weier as adults.

"If these young ladies were tried as juveniles, they could potentially be out by now and even have their records expunged and so the safety of the community, the safety of this little girl is the utmost focus of the family and so we support the district attorney in these efforts," Stephen Lyons, spokesman for the victim's family said.

Waukesha Slenderman stabbing victim

Waukesha Slenderman stabbing victim

Lyons said the family of the victim supports the decision of a Wisconsin Appeals Court to try Geyser and Weier as adults.

"We continue to monitor and watch as the decisions come in. But our focus is on our little girl and making sure that, you know, she has adjusted to the new normal; that she heals both physically and emotionally as she continues to grow -- and that's always been our focus," said Lyons.


    • Chrisco

      Have anyone of you dealt with a someone with a serious mental illness? I did not think so. She needs to be hospitalized like they did Gein. I do not want to pay for them to spend 60 to 70 years in prison. Should we just take them out back? They are young enough with proper treatment they could be productive members of society. My brother has schizophrenia. He spent ages of 14 to 28 in a mental hospital. He truly believed he was dating a singer with the last of Aguilera and was friends with a guy with last name Gates. After 14 years of treatment he is now a productive member of society. He works for a surveyor company.

    • Dwight

      What the hell does someone’s political alignment have to do with their stance on this issue? “Oh no, you called me a ‘dem’!!! I’m so insulted and hurt, I think I’ll go cry in a corner and then kill myself!” Shut that stupid flapping hole in your head. You’re making everyone else around you stupider for having to listen to you.

      Obviously, these kids *do* need a hospital. At an age like that, if you think that doing the things they did are OK, then you do have some sort of mental health issue. It means that someone, somewhere along the line didn’t teach them the right things during their developmental stages of life, and probably wasn’t playing an active enough role in their life to know what was going on with them. Not to mention, people just do stupid things sometimes. There’s a reason we don’t classify someone as an adult until a certain age, because their bodies and brains aren’t done developing. Tossing them in jail so that they’re “out of sight, out of mind” isn’t going to help them, and it isn’t going to make people stop killing people, retard. I realize you can’t grasp this whole “humanity” concept because mommy never loved you.

      I’ll let you have your soap box back so you can bang your rocks and sticks together to warn the other knuckle draggers about the “fire in the sky”.

    • LC

      Are you implying a severely mentally ill child is cognitively ABLE to differentiate between right and wrong? Have you seen a CHILD in the midst of an active psychotic episode? No? My daughter is younger than Morgan and has schizophrenia. It’s not a nice mental illness. This illness can completely overtake and control everything, even with medication.

    • Dems-have-no-clue

      Well “Dwight” since Dems have the mentality that every criminal should be coddled and sent to hospitals instead of being held RESPONSIBLE for their actions, it seemed rather fitting no? You seem rather undeveloped in the cranial area as well. Maybe you should go sit in the corner while the adults are speaking. Typical idiot Democrat.

  • MM

    Wow. So many people believe they should be tried as adults. 12 years old is a far cry from adulthood. There is a f’n reason we have a JUVENILE justice system. Idiots.

  • Bean

    You’re looking for sympathy for you and your kid in the wrong place.
    Glad this case will finally get moving along.
    Sympathy should be with the victim and her family.

  • Brynlee

    Ok so what your basically saying is the 14, 15, 16 year old kids stealing cars need to be tried as adults and given stricter sentences but these 2 attempted to murder their best friend and left her there to did and they should be let out?? Screw that!! I’ll make sure they live next to you idiots when they get out because I wouldn’t want them anywhere near me or my kids! They planned this for months changing the plan and not telling anyone about it and your going to say they had no idea what they were doing??? And you can sit there and say they were mentally unstable and that’s fine but where the f*ck were their parents before?? They clearly never got them help until they were arrested and then all of a sudden they need this and that! If the parents paid attention to them they would of known what was going on!! Oh and yes I’m a parent and yes I know EVERYTHING my kids look up on the Internet!!

  • michel liberty

    The parents of these girls should be arrested also for bad parenting and not knowing how to raise kids.

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