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Pre-teens stab 12-year-old 19 times: Girls trying to appease fabled creature

Wisconsin pre-teens stabbed their 12-year-old girlfriend 19 times in order to please a mythological creature the attackers had learned about online. Two southeastern Wisconsin girls, also only 12-years-old, repeatedly knifed their friend in the woods Friday. Prosecutors say the girl that was stabbed is alive, and in stable condition.

Investigators said the girls had become drawn into fictitious tales on the website CreepyPasts.wikia.com. According to the website, a creepypasta is a “short story posted on the Internet that is designed to unnerve and shock the reader.” Detectives said the girls’ actions were meant to appease The Slender Man, described on the site’s monster bio page as a creature who "looks like a man with extremely long, slender arms and legs."

Because of the premeditated nature and severity of their actions, both girls, whose names were not released, were charged as adults with first-degree attempted homicide. If convicted, the pre-teens could face up to 60 years in prison. The girls allegedly planned and discussed the ritual killing for weeks, and finally decided to stab their friend during a slumber party held at one of the girl’s houses over the weekend. Bail was set at half a million dollars each.

“I recognize their young ages but it’s still unbelievable,” Court Commissioner Thomas Pieper said. The girls appeared today in court, shackled and crying, to answer to the charges. The Washington Post picks up the story:

According to the criminal complaint, one of the girls told an investigator they began planning to kill their friend in December. The other girl told police they decided to kill her so they could become proxies of Slender Man, who would accept them and let them live with him in his mansion in the Nicolet National Forest. The other girl said she sees Slender Man in her dreams. She said he watches her and can read her mind and teleport.

“It’s extremely disturbing as a parent and as chief of police,” Waukesha Police Chief Russell Jack said. The girls told investigators that they planned to kill their friend under the cover of darkness so they “wouldn’t have to look into her eyes.” After stabbing and leaving the victim for dead, the bleeding girl crawled to the road where a bicyclist discovered her and called police.

“Both suspects had a fascination with a fictitious character that often posted to websites dealing with stories about death and horror,” Jack told reporters at a news conference. “Based on our investigation, it is believed that the suspects had planned to kill the victim for several months.”

Attorneys are attempting to get the girls' case transferred to juvenile court. The girls are scheduled back in court on June 11.

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