About the Slenderman Case
I have long been fascinated with this case, and finally, new info has surfaced! The case I am referring to is the Slenderman case, where 2 girls around the age of 12 were completely
obsessed with Slenderman. They thought he was real so the decided to take one of their friends into the woods and stab her 19 times, in an attempt to sacrifice her to their beloved imaginary cult leader, Slenderman. For those of you who don’t know who Slenderman is, he is a character in a video game. In the game you play as this person walking around the woods, your job is to collect all 8 pieces of paper, each with a drawing on them. If you collect all 8 you are safe, but throughout the game, Slenderman is chasing you. Slenderman’s goal is kidnap children who wander the woods at night, so the setting for this sacrifice these 12-year-olds were doing makes sense.
This happened in Wisconson, where if the crime is fitting, children as young as 10 can be tried as adults… which is a little messed up… but at the same time, I agree with that rule. Children are often viewed as perfectly pure creatures that could never do anything so sinister, but that really isn’t the case and this Slenderman thing is the perfect example.
Oh, I completely forgot to mention, the girl who was stabbed 19 times, survived! She managed to crawl away and got the attention of a cyclist who called 911. So this case really is not about who did it, but how and why. The girls are now 15 years old and they are facing to be tried as adults which mean they are looking at about 65 years in prison. The girls plead not guilty on grounds of mental illness… but honestly I don’t think this is a valid excuse. I mean honestly, if you think that Slenderman is a real monster and you are going to worship him, there are probably some issues there… but that does not give you the right to try and kill someone.
“It was really kind of surreal from the time I got the phone call, …I think surreal is the best way to describe it.”
I want to see these girls go away for 65 years, whether that be in jail or the mental institution, I honestly think they deserve it and need it. If they are so mentally unstable that they tried to kill another girl based off a video game, then they do not need to be roaming the streets.
Kids can be devious evil people, we need to stop seeing them as pure saints all the time. These girls had planned this event and took their victim out into the woods and stabbed her…. I don’t see how this was an accident or anything other than a planned and partially executed attempted murder.
Normally in a case involving children, I am normally quick to blame the parents but in this particular situation, I don’t believe the parents could have done anything to prevent this. Another problem is the whole “video games cause violence” argument. This argument is a little harder to dispute since the girls literally did this because of a video game character. However, I think parents should be a little careful about what they let their children believe. Meaning, millions of kids played this game multiple times (myself included) and there were only a few instances where something bad happened.
I think kids are more susceptible to believing in fictional characters because of characters that parents make them believe in…. like Santa, the tooth fairy, and the easter bunny. I mean when you ask these girls why they thought Slenderman was real and why they thought Santa was real you would get a similar answer. Slenderman is real because he lives in the forest and he steals little children… I have never seen him but I know he is there. Santa is real because he lives at the North pole and he brings toys to all the children… I have never seen him but I know he is there.
In fact, if you think about it Santa and Slenderman share some weird similarities….
Anyway, believing in Santa is not going to make your kid join a Slenderman cult when they are older, but I think these girls got scared playing the game and wanted reassurance that this guy was not real (because the game has an amazing realist story) and they got wrapped up in an internet cult/ conspiracy.
So maybe we should blame the parents a little since they were unaware of what their children were doing online…. but ultimately this is the two girls fault. They played into their fear and went down the wrong path and I believe they should either be punished with a 65-year jail sentence or be admitted to a mental hospital for the 65 years.
Beware The Slenderman
Also if you want to know more about this case HBO is coming out with a documentary that gets the parents perspective and maybe even the victim…. but I know it will be incredibly interesting. I love watching cult/murder documentaries because I love trying to understand the mindset of how someone can get so wrapped up in a cult and/or conspiracy that they would literally kill for the cause.
The documentary, Beware The Slenderman, is scheduled to air Jan. 23rd at 10:00 pm on HBO… for more info click here!