Two girls accused of attempted murder against one of their classmates said in a police interrogation that they planned the kill to please the fictional character “Slender Man”. The footage of the interrogation additionally uncovers that the two youngsters lured their classmate by inviting her to bird watch.
All of the three teenage girls were 12 years old at the time the event took place. Morgan Geyser and her pen pal Anissa Weier were charged for tricking classmate Peyton Leutner into coming with them inside a forest with the end goal of murdering her in Waukesha, Wisconsin, on May 31, 2014. Geyser and Weier managed to stab Leutner 13 times and abandoned her in the forested areas.
During the police interview Geyser stated:
“I didn’t want to do this. I was afraid of what would happen if I didn’t… I didn’t want to find out what would happen if we didn’t”.
Interestingly, Geyser told the police that Leutner was the sole long-term companion she had. When inquired as to why she stabbed her only friend she answered that it was more important to please the Slender Man even if Leutner had been her friend since the fourth grade.
The interrogation helped police uncover that the two charged girls had developed an obsession with this fictional character called Slender Man. The man was portrayed by Geyser as tall and faceless with a passion for preying on kids. The girl further told that this Slender Man has eyes everywhere but that no one can see him.
While describing the fictional being Anissa Weier added:
“He can be anywhere from 6 feet to 14 feet tall… he doesn’t have a face, his skin is white and at his own will he can um like exploit these tendrils from his back and um like strangle his victims”.
At the court hearing, police investigators who had been taking part in the interrogation affirmed that both young girls thought that they must slaughter Leutner in order to join Slender Man and defend their families.
The judge hearing the case, Michael Bohren refused to pass a sentence on Tuesday, when he asked all parties to submit their briefs. He said he will give his ruling by mid-March.
The two teenagers are accused in adult court of attempted first-degree premeditated murder. In the event they are convicted, each could be sentenced to up to 65 years in state prison. Their lawyers hope to have their cases moved to children’s court where a conviction would mean that they will stay locked in secure facility until they turn 25.
The victim, Peyton Leutner, who is now 13 years old, has recovered from the assault and resumed her studies.
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