October 25, 2014

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Wis. prosecutor: Preteens stabbed friend to honor mythological monster

Ellen Gabler and Lydia Mulvany | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

MILWAUKEE — Morgan E. Geyser was allowed to have two friends over every year for her birthday. This year, she’d celebrate on May 30. That is the day she and Anissa E. Weier, both 12 years old, would try to kill their friend during a sleepover.

On Monday, the two Waukesha, Wis., girls were charged as adults with attempted first-degree intentional homicide. Their victim, another 12-year-old from Waukesha, was stabbed 19 times by either Geyser or Weier or both, according to a criminal complaint. All three attended Horning Middle School in Waukesha.

Geyser and Weier were held on $500,000 bail each. The girls teens attempted murder, they told police, to pay homage to a fictional character who they believed was real after reading about him on a Web site devoted to horror stories.

On Saturday, a bicyclist found the victim on the sidewalk, covered with blood, with injuries to her arms, legs and torso. She had managed to crawl out of the woods, where the suspects allegedly had left her to die. She was rushed to a hospital where she was reported to be stable Monday evening, but fighting for her life.

A Waukesha County Sheriff’s deputy found Geyser and Weier hours later. A knife with a 5-inch blade was in Weier’s backpack, police said. (The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel normally does not name juveniles involved in crimes, but is naming the suspects because they are in adult court and because of the severity of the charges.)

Police said suspects explained the stabbing referencing their dedication to “Slender Man,” a character they discovered on a Web site called “Creepypasta Wiki,” which is devoted to horror stories.

According to police, Weier said Slender Man is the “leader” of Creepypasta, and in the hierarchy of that world, one must kill in order to show dedication to Slender Man. Weier said that Geyser told her they should become “proxies” of Slender Man — a paranormal figure known for his ability to create tendrils from his fingers and back — and kill their friend to prove themselves worthy of him. Weier said she was surprised by Geyser’s suggestion, but also excited to prove skeptics wrong and show that Slender Man really did exist.

The suspects believed that “Slender,” as Weier called him, lived in a mansion in the Nicolet National Forest in Wisconsin. The plan was to kill the victim and walk to Slender’s mansion to become a proxy.

After school on Friday, police said, Weier said she and Geyser went to Weier’s house, where she packed a backpack with clothes, granola bars, water bottles and a picture of her mother, father and siblings. She didn’t want to forget what her family looked like after leaving for Slender’s mansion.

The girls then went to Geyser’s house. With Geyser’s father, they picked up the victim and all went to a skating rink in Waukesha.

They came home around 9:30 p.m., and went to sleep on Geyser’s room.

Geyser and Weier originally had planned to commit the murder at 2 a.m. early Saturday, according to the criminal complaint. They’d duct tape their victim’s mouth, stab her in the neck and pull the covers over her to make it look like she was sleeping. Then, they’d run.

But the plans changed after they’d been out roller skating Friday night. Instead, they’d try to kill her in a bathroom at a nearby park the next morning. Weier knew there was a drain in the floor for the blood to go down, she told police.

‘This was really happening’

Weier said Geyser tackled the victim and started stabbing her. The victim was screaming. Weier said that when Geyser got off of the victim, the victim screamed, “I hate you. I trusted you.”

When police asked Weier if she knew what it meant to kill someone in a human way of life, Weier said, “I believe it’s ending a life and I regret it.” Weier also explained, “The bad part of me wanted her to die, the good part of me wanted her to live.”

‘I didn’t feel remorse’

Geyser’s report to police was much shorter.

She confirmed the details of Weier’s report, but said she thought that Weier stabbed the victim first.

“Weier put the knife in my hand and then I continued to stab her,” the complaint quoted Geyser as saying.

When asked how many times Geyser thought she stabbed the victim, Gyser said she did not know; all she heard was screaming.

At one point, when talking with police, Geyser said she was sorry, the complaint said.