12-Year-Old Wisconsin Girl Stabbed 19 Times; Friends Arrested

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(CNN June 3, 2014) — They had something to prove to someone they found on a ghoulish website. So, two girls allegedly lured a third girl into a wooded area in Waukesha, Wisconsin, over the weekend and stabbed her 19 times, police said.

The suspects allegedly left the victim to crawl to her own rescue. The three girls, all 12 years old, were friends, according to a criminal complaint.

A bicyclist found the wounded girl alive Saturday, lying on a sidewalk in Waukesha, Police Chief Russell Jack said. She was in stable condition at a hospital on Monday.

The girls were trying to impress a certain “Slenderman,” the complaint read. One of the girls encountered the name on a website known as Creepypasta Wiki, which posts horror stories.

Slenderman is the site’s supposed leader, and to climb up into his realm, a user must kill someone, one of the suspects told police.

The fictional Slenderman character is an Internet meme that often appears in horror stories, videos and images.

On Tuesday morning, a lengthy statement was posted on www.creepypasta.com.

The statement expressed condolences for everyone involved, and stressed that the site does not condone or encourage violence in any way but also noted that “it’s hard to justify pinning blame on an entire genre of writing.”

Allegedly planned

The two were arrested hours after the victim was discovered Saturday, and they were being held on preliminary charges of attempted first-degree intentional homicide.

The complaint identified the girls as Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier.

They are being charged as adults and appeared in court Monday. Bail was set for each in the amount of $500,000, Waukesha County District Attorney Brad Schimel said.

Anthony Cotton, Geyser’s attorney, told CNN on Tuesday that he’s spoken briefly with her.

She is housed at a juvenile facility for females, he said, and the girl’s family is in “shock.”

Geyser has not had a mental evaluation yet, but her lawyer expects her to be given one soon.

The suspects attended the same middle school as the victim and had a sleepover at the home of one of the suspects Friday night, Jack said.

“Both suspects had a fascination with a fictitious character that often posted” to websites dealing with stories about death and horror, the police chief told reporters at a news conference.

According to the criminal complaint, the suspects had been planning the attack since February.

They first thought to kill the victim by placing duct tape over her mouth while she was sleeping and stabbing her in the neck, the complaint read.

Next, the plan was to kill her in a bathroom where there was floor drain that could make cleanup easier, it continued.

But, finally, the girls decided to do it in a park while playing a game of hide-and-seek, the complaint read.

It states: “As they left for the park … (the victim) was walking in front of them and Geyser lifted up the left side of her white jacket and displayed the knife tucked in her waistband. Weier stated she gave Geyser a look with wide eyes and, when asked what that meant Weier stated, ‘I thought, dear god, this was really happening.’ “

‘One millimeter away’ from death

Some of the victim’s major organs were struck.

One of the stab wounds was near her heart, and she was “one millimeter away from certain death,” the complaint read.

According to the complaint, the victim told the bicyclist who found her: “Please help me. I’ve been stabbed.” She was in extreme pain and could only answer questions with yes or no.

Authorities searched for the two other girls, and a sheriff’s officer found them walking near Interstate 94, Jack said.

He declined to say whether the suspects had blood on their clothes, but added: “There was evidence that was readily apparent when the two were taken into custody.”

That evidence included a large kitchen knife inside a purse that Geyser identified as one of her mother’s old purses, according to the complaint.

Both girls spoke readily with police, the complaint said.

Attempts to contact an attorney for Weier were unsuccessful Monday.

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CNN’s Shawn Nottingham, Ben Brumfield, Janet DiGiacomo and Kara Devlin contributed to this report.

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  • tracyd112

    People want to keep pushing technology on the kids and then they do not supervise them when they are on. This site to put out a statement like that is plain guilt as why comment so quick if they felt they did nothing wrong?Also why would any site like this allow any child to enter it without an age check?Obviously the girls are telling the truth and what they done is wrong but I also see them as kids being led astray by some web site game and a VERY SICK GAME AT THAT. I sure hope the little girl that was injured heals and does not have any real trust issues out of this.PARENTS BE INVOLVED ESPECIALLY WHEN THEY ARE ON THE INTERNET IF NOTHING ELSE PAY TO HAVE Y0UR COMPUTER CHILD SAFE.People have children to RAISE NOT THE STREETS SCHOOLS POLICE NEIGHBORS YOU THE PARENT.These 2 if they had people involved with them this may not have happened.I dont want to hear how great the parents are or how caring because this ACT BY THESE 2 CLEARLY SHOWS THE KIDS UPBRINGING!

    • Brandon

      I was 12 when I could easily access porn sites. How is that possible when the sites check ID you might ask? Simple, I lied about my age! ID check won't do jack. So don't be so quick to judge.

      • tracyd112

        If they did the age check correct with a valid credit card then and kid could not get on unless they steal their Parents and then the parents would known asap because they pay more attention to there credit cards then they do there kids..My daughter is 11 and I know what she does when she is on her I pod or computer .I am not judging I am just saying that laws need to be in place about the Internet and site posting illegal crap like how to make Meth or Bombs .

    • TheFoundingFathers

      Didn't think that comment out did you? Since every damn child over the age of 3 can log into any porn site, or any other sick ass website on their smartphone mommy and daddy bought them. Or didn't you realize this?

  • Pro2

    Although a website such as this had an influence, it's not to blame or at fault
    No more than a gun is at fault for a shooting.
    Its the fault of the person who committed the crime.

    Its not Society's fault either, well in a way it is-
    we allowed our society to become with filth and gutter trash.

    As far as Slenderman goes, he should charged as an accessory to conspiracy to commit murder.

  • Pro2

    Its not Society's fault either, well in a way it is-
    we allowed our society to become filled with filth and gutter trash.

  • CommonSense

    Sentence them to life without technology-probably the best thing they could do. Maybe that will put them in touch with reality.
    Mom and Dad are too busy to raise their children, they too are busy playing with their smart phones and ignoring the world as well as the misbehavior of their children.
    Out of touch with a lack respect of others and totally clueless as to how to communicate with the rest of the world on a face to face basis.

  • MiMom

    My daughter use to go play Slenderman with college friends It was harmless fun, nothing ever remotely violent. They would go run around campus looking for him….like looking for BigFoot or something. Parents should be aware of what their children are doing. This is not because the girls read about Slendy, it's about being mentally ill and not being able to distinguish reality from fiction. Slenderman has been around for years and years and this is the first time I have ever heard of such a horrible act being done in his name. "Normal" 12 year olds do not act out like this…..there is a deeper issue here. All the shootings, stabbings……etc. America needs to step up and make mental illness a issue we face head on and not hide.