Prosecutors in Wisconsin today charged two 12-year-old girls as adults in a Waukesha County courtroom with attempted first-degree murder in the horrific stabbing of the girls’ 12-year-old friend. According to a June 2 report from USA Today, the two 12-year-old girls lured the third girl into a southeastern Wisconsin wooded area on Saturday morning following a slumber party the night before. One of the girls pinned the captive third girl down while the second suspect stabbed the victim 19 times.
The victim lived, but came very close to death. After being stabbed relentlessly in her legs, arms and torso, the young girl somehow managed to crawl out of the woods to a nearby road where she was discovered by a bicyclist. Police nabbed the two 12-year-old suspects a few hours afterwards. Police also recovered the knife they believed was used in the assault.
Prosecutors stated that the two suspects had planned their attack for months. They also said that the attempted stabbing death was meant to “please a mythological creature they learned about online,” according to ABC News.
One of the girls told a detective they were trying to become "proxies" of Slender Man, a mythological demon-like character they learned about on creepypasta.wikia.com, a website about horror stories and legends. They planned to run away to the demon's forest mansion after the slaying, the complaint said.
The other girl’s story was just as unbelievable. She told police that she sees the mythological creature in her dreams. “She said he watches her and can read her mind and teleport.”
Of the victim’s 19 stab wounds, doctors informed police that one of the punctures “missed a major artery near her heart by a millimeter.” The 12-year-old victim was listed in stable condition today.
The two suspects, Morgan Geyser, 12, and Anissa Weier, 12, could each end up in prison for 60 years if found guilty of attempted first-degree homicide. A court commissioner for Waukesha County set the girls’ bail at $500,000 cash each.
The court commissioner said he understands that the girls were only 12; but he still couldn't believe their shocking story. Also shocked were the two suspects’ families. When the two 12-year-old girls appeared in court today wearing shackles and prison jumpsuits, one suspect’s family sat “stone-faced” while the other family wept openly in court.
"It's extremely disturbing as a parent and as chief of police." ~ Waukesha Police Chief Russell Jack
The two 12-year-old suspects will be back in court on June 11. For more on the story, see the video accompanying this article.