Morgan Geyser, one of two teenage girls from Wisconsin who tried to kill a classmate to appease Slender Man, a fictional, paranormal figure, was sentenced to 40 years of institutional care on February 1, 2018. The 15-year-old Geyser will be free when she’s 55 years old.
She was diagnosed with schizophrenia after the attack on her classmate.
In December 2017, Anissa Weier, Geyer’s accomplice in the crime, was committed to 25 years in a mental hospital. 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 that she wasn’t responsible for her actions because she was mentally ill. A jury agreed with her.
Back in May 2014, Weier and Geyser, who were both 12 at the time, lured 12-year-old Payton Leutner into the nearby woods after a sleepover. They stabbed her 19 times in an effort to impress Slender Man. Geyser was the one who stabbed Leutner; Weier urged 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.
Near death, Leutner managed to crawl 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 brought in and admitted to the crime.
Upon sentencing, judge Michael O. Bohren said, “When I put it all together, the 40-year commitment appears reasonable and fair taking into account the unique circumstances of this case.”
In a statement to her victim’s family at her sentencing, Geyser tearfully said this about her crime against Leutner: “I’m sorry… I never meant this to happen. I hope that she is doing well.”