Slen­der Man at­tacker ‘was mad’

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - NEWS -

MIL­WAU­KEE: A girl ac­cused of help­ing her friend stab their class­mate nearly to death to please online horror char­ac­ter Slen­der Man was lonely, de­pressed and de­scended into “mad­ness,” her lawyer said as she pleaded with a jury to send the girl to a men­tal hos­pi­tal rather than prison.

Anissa Weier (pic­tured) and Mor­gan Geyser lured class­mate Pay­ton Leut­ner into the woods at a park in Waukesha in 2014. Geyser stabbed Leut­ner 19 times while Weier urged her on, ac­cord­ing to in­ves­ti­ga­tors.

A cy­clist found Leut­ner. All three girls were 12 at the time. Both Weier and Geyser told de­tec­tives they had to kill Leut­ner to become Slen­der Man’s “prox­ies” or ser­vants, and pro­tect their fam­i­lies from the de­mon’s wrath.

Weier, now 15, pleaded guilty to at­tempted sec­ond­de­gree in­ten­tional homi­cide in Au­gust. But she claims she was men­tally ill dur­ing the at­tack and not re­spon­si­ble for her ac­tions. A jury is now de­lib­er­at­ing. If the jury agrees she wasn’t re­spon­si­ble, she’ll be com­mit­ted to a men­tal in­sti­tu­tion. If not, she faces jail.

Weier’s lawyer, Maura McMa­hon, said Weier was lonely and de­pressed af­ter her par­ents di­vorced, she latched on to Geyser and they be­came ob­sessed with Slen­der Man, de­vel­op­ing a con­di­tion called shared delu­sional dis­or­der. Weier be­lieved Slen­der Man could read her mind and would kill her or her fam­ily if she talked about him.

“This sounds crazy, be­cause it is,” McMa­hon said.

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