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Two be­spec­ta­cled 12-year-old girls, who be­came ob­sessed with a fic­tional hor­ror char­ac­ter called Slen­der Man, lured their friend to a for­est and stabbed her 19 times.

Be­liev­ing it would please their su­per­nat­u­ral master, in 2014, Mor­gan Geyser and Anissa Weier took their friend Pay­ton Leut­ner into a for­est in Wis­con­sin, where Geyser – urged on by Weier – launched the fren­zied as­sault.

In­cred­i­bly, Pay­ton, 12, sur­vived the at­tack and crawled out of the woods, where she was found by a passer-by, barely alive and cov­ered in blood.

Her at­tack­ers told de­tec­tives they be­lieved they had to kill some­one to be­come Slen­der Man ser­vants and pro­tect their fam­i­lies from the evil mon­ster’s wrath.

Geyser’s le­gal team told Wauke­sha County Cir­cuit Court she suf­fered from schizophre­nia and psy­chotic spec­trum dis­or­der.

A psy­chi­a­trist ex­plained she thought she could com­mu­ni­cate tele­path­i­cally with Slen­der Man.

It was ar­gued the de­fen­dants could have suf­fered from a shared delu­sional dis­or­der, also known as folie a deux, which re­in­forced the sick fan­tasy.

Geyser was sen­tenced to be de­tained in­def­i­nitely in a men­tal hos­pi­tal, af­ter plead­ing guilty to at­tempted first-de­gree homi­cide.

Weier was found to be men­tally ill and faces three years in a psy­chi­atric fa­cil­ity.

Pay­ton is now back at school.

Res­cue work­ers tend to 12-yearold stab­bing vic­tim Pay­ton. Mor­gan Geyser (left) and Anissa Weier (right) dur­ing their 2015 trial for at­tempted mur­der. Mor­gan’s mother, Angie Geyser, is pic­tured far left.

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