It's a scenario that is hard to imagine. It was a crime that if committed by a grown adult, would have been shocking. But when you consider the ages of the perpetrators of this horrendous act, you can do nothing except shake your head and say a prayer.
According to Wikipedia, "On May 31, 2014, two 12-year-old girls in Waukesha, Wisconsin allegedly held down and stabbed a 12-year-old classmate 19 times. When questioned later by authorities, they reportedly claimed that they wished to commit a murder as a first step to becoming proxies for the Slender Man, having read about it online.
Slender Man is a "fictional supernatural character that originated as a creepypasta Internet meme created by Something Awful forums user Eric Knudsen (also known as "Victor Surge") in 2009. It is depicted as a thin, unnaturally tall man with a featureless head and face and wearing a black suit."
The character first caught the attention of the general public after the grisly stabbing occurred and because it was carried out purportedly at the behest of the demonic creature known as Slender Man.
"Stories of the Slender Man commonly feature him stalking, abducting, or traumatizing people, particularly children."
The girls also state that "they were afraid that Slender Man would kill their families if they did not commit the murder.
“The victim was able to crawl from the woods, where she had been left, to reach a roadside. A passing cyclist intervened, and the victim survived the attack." Leutner escaped death by only a fraction of an inch, as one of the gashes was only that far from her heart. Now, a freshman in high school, Payton is still not completely recovered from her horrific ordeal.
"The 25 scars across her body, are 'still red and angry more than three years later,' her mother told ABC 12 in Wisconsin. 'Payton has a lifetime of healing ahead of her.'"
Justice has been served, however. "Both attackers have been diagnosed with mental illnesses” and have been sentenced to a total of 65 years in a mental institution.
“One of the girls reportedly said Slender Man watches her, can read minds, and could teleport.”
Now, real-life photos of from the crime have been released, revealing just how twisted and disturbed the girls had to have been to be able to carry out such a horrific crime.
According to the New York Post, Sixth-grader Payton Leutner was wearing yellow jeans and a white shirt printed with a heart and the words 'Love, Hope, Smile, Beautiful, Dream,' when deranged sixth-graders Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier attacked her in the woods to please a fictional demon called 'Slender Man.'
"Holes in the victim’s clothing, from some of the 19 stab wounds are visible in the photos, released Friday by the Waukesha Police Department.
"The images were unsealed because the teens are now serving a combined 65 years in a mental hospital for the 2014 stabbing."
This latest revelation has renewed fears that parents all over the world have about the dangerous influences that their children can gain access to on the internet. We do our best to protect them from harmful content, but there are so many opportunities for them to see or hear the wrong thing on various websites when we are not around.
Please continue to pray for Payton's recovery. We know she has been through a lot and can use all the support she can get.
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