Morgan Geyser, one of two teenage girls from Wisconsin who tried to kill a classmate to appease Slender Man (or Slenderman), a fictional paranormal figure, will learn Thursday just how much time she’ll spend in a mental institution for her crimes.
Prosecutors want Geyser, 15, to spend the maximum 40 years for stabbing Payton Leutner, in Waukesha, Wisconsin on May 31, 2014. Geyser’s attorney’s meanwhile, will argue the case for what they believe is in the best interest of Geyser.
Geyser’s attorneys have argued that she suffers from schizophrenia and psychotic spectrum disorder. A psychiatrist hired by the defense testified that Geyser believes she can communicate telepathically with the urban legend known as Slender Man. Geyser also said she could interact with other fictitious characters, including unicorns and characters from the Harry Potter and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movies. Geyser also maintains she had “Vulcan mind control.”
The Stabbing of Payton Leutner
Back in May 2014, 12-year-olds Anissa Weier and Geyser lured 12-year old Leutner into the nearby woods after a sleepover and stabbed her 19 times in an effort to impress Slender Man. Geyser was the one who actually stabbed Leutner 19 times as Weier cheered her on.
After leaving Leutner for dead in the woods in Waukesha, the two planned to walk hundreds of miles north to meet Slender Man in a forest.
A bloodied and near-death Leutner crawled out of the woods where she was found by a bicyclist who called 911. She was rushed to hospital and recovered after being hospitalized for six days.
Both girls were quickly rounded up and admitted to the crime.
Anissa Weier, Geyer’s accomplish in the crime, was sentenced to 25 years in a mental hospital back in December 2017. She pleaded guilty to attempted second-degree intentional homicide as a party to crime, with use of a deadly weapon in August 2017. She claimed though that she wasn’t responsible for her actions because she was mentally ill. A jury agreed with her.
The Legend Behind the Crime: Slender Man
The Slender Man story can be traced back to an online post in 2009. He’s depicted as a tall, spidery, and shadowy figure cloaked in black with a featureless face. Images of Slender Man are often edited into everyday scenes of children playing.
Despite being a fictitious character, both Geyser and Weier wanted to “prove the sceptics wrong and live out their lives with Slender Man after killing Leutner.”
Geyser’s sentence will be handed down later today.