Slender Man attacker ‘was mad’
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.