THE SLENDER MAN SERVANTS
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.