BE­WARE THE SLENDERMAN (MA15+)

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A ter­ri­fy­ing crime doco about the dev­as­ta­tion that can oc­cur when dis­in­for­ma­tion is in­ter­preted as the truth by im­pres­sion­able minds. In 2014, two 12-year-old girls from the US lured a class­mate into the woods and stabbed her 19 times. Though their vic­tim sur­vived, the mo­tive for the bru­tal at­tack re­mains swathed in mys­tery. Ap­par­ently, the girls had fallen un­der the spell of Slenderman, a macabre in­ter­net meme cen­tred on a non-ex­is­tent boogey­man. In­ter­views with po­lice and fam­ily as­so­ci­ated with the case com­plete a dis­turb­ing por­trait of how dan­ger­ous long pe­ri­ods of un­su­per­vised on­line ac­cess can be.

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