Morgan Geyser won’t stand trial to face charges in her role in the brutal “Slenderman” knifing of a 12-year-old girl. Geyser, also 12, and another 12-year-old preteen from Wisconsin, stabbed their victim 19 times, later admitting to knifing her up in order to placate the Slenderman – a fictional demon they learned about online.
Reuters news service said Geyser was deemed by a judge Friday as mentally incompetent to stand trial. Both Geyser and her co-conspirator, 12-year-old Anissa Weier, were arrested in June and charged as adults with first-degree attempted homicide for their role in the May 31 attack.
Investigators said the girls had become drawn into fictitious tales on the website CreepyPasts.wikia.com.
Reports Reuters via MSN News: “They are accused of luring a classmate into the woods and stabbing her 19 times in late May in Waukesha, a western suburb of Milwaukee, the morning after a sleepover. The girls told investigators they attacked their friend, also to impress Slenderman, a tall, fictional boogeyman popular on the Internet that they insisted was real, according to a criminal complaint. [Geyser] told two doctors she could communicate telepathically with a multitude of fictional characters.”
Geyser, seen in court slouched over with long hair covering her face and glasses, claims she regularly speaks to unicorns, the fictional Harry Potter enemy Lord Voldemort (she evidently knows him so well that she calls him “Voldy” when they speak) and all four of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Geyser also claims that she has mastered the Vulcan Mind Control, and can “mind meld” with others by putting her hands on their cheekbones.
Court appointed Dr. Brooke Lundbohm testified to Geyser’s mental capacity to understand her potential trial proceedings.
“She once regressed into ramblings about a student in her class being a Pegasus,” said Dr. Lundbohm. Speaking of the Slenderman, Lundbohm said: “It’s a person who she has a strong bond with. That she idolizes and believes to be real.” Lundbohm said Geyser “needs to grow up,” and while he believes that she will gain competency, for the time being he recommended medication.
“She presently lacks substantial mental capacity to rationally and factually understand her charge and be a meaningful assistance in her defense,” Lundbohm testified.
A second doctor to testify, Dr. Kenneth Robbins, said Geyser “looked happy, almost giddy” during his evaluation of her mental state. Robbins says that Geyser refuses to talk about Slenderman out of fear of reprisal against her and her family. Robbins also said that Geyser claimed she is not concerned about spending time behind bars, because she can make herself “feel and believe whatever she likes.”
According to Reuters, both doctors told the court Geyser is not faking — and the judge agreed. Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge Michael Bohren declared her incompetent. Geyser will now be committed for treatment to the state's department of health services.
The pre-teen’s story has touched off wide debate and condemnation of young children becoming involved in the ever-expanding and saturated world of the occult, geared so perniciously at young people in popular movies and books.
“Children are at risk from Satanic and occult material posted on the internet,” states a teacher’s union, according to The Independent newspaper of London. A British survey for the Association of Teachers and Lecturers revealed that over half the children between 11 and 16 years of age “were interested in the occult and the supernatural,” nearly one quarter were “very interested,” and 1 in 6 claimed to have been “spooked” when looking into the occult.
Peter Smith, general secretary of the ATL, warns: “Youngsters can easily visit a choice of hundreds of websites on witchcraft, casting hexes and bloodletting techniques, without any adults having control as to what they read… This represents an extremely worrying trend among young people. Parents and teachers will want to educate children and young people about the dangers of dabbling in the occult before they become too deeply involved.”