A pre-teen who was stabbed multiple times by friends trying to appease a fictional fiend – The Slender Man – is recovering well, so much so that her recuperation has been called “miraculous.” The twelve-year-old Wisconsin girl was stabbed 19 times by her fellow 12-year-old friends, who admitted to knifing her up in order to placate a fictional demon they learned about online.
The Associated Press reported on June 24 that the victim is “making steady physical and emotional progress, and she recently enjoyed a movie date with her father, her family said Tuesday. The southeastern Wisconsin girl, who was stabbed in the legs, arms and torso, can walk but her movement is limited by breathing problems.”
Family spokesman Steve Lyons said it appears that she will make a full recovery – certainly miraculous given the heinous circumstances surrounding her injuries.
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 that “looks like a man with extremely long, slender arms and legs.”
The girls have been 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 May 31 slumber party held at one of the girl’s houses. Bail was set at half a million dollars each.
“I recognize their young ages but it’s still unbelievable,” Court Commissioner Thomas Pieper said at the time.
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, as heard in the 911 tape in the video.
“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.”
Lyons said the family is trying very hard to establish some normalcy in the wake of the stabbing. In a statement, the family said their daughter is on a “miraculous road to recovery” and adjusting to the “new normal.”
“She has a courageous heart and bravely deals with both the physical and emotional challenges since the attack,” the family said.
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.”
Supporters have flocked to the family’s side, generously donating close to $50,000 to cover the family’s medical bills.
“The family is just overwhelmed by the outpouring of support,” Lyons said. “We in Wisconsin talk about Midwestern values, but this really goes across the nation, and even around the world.”