Teen In Slender Man Stabbing Gets 40 Years In Mental Hospital
Teen Girl Gets 40 Years In Mental Hospital for the 'Slender Man' Stabbings
Morgan Geyser, 15, pled guilty in October to attempted first-degree intentional homicide with a plea deal to avoid serving time.
The crime? Geyser and Anissa Weier stabbed their classmate Payton Leutner in a park several times with a kitchen knife. At the time, the girls were all 12 years-old. When asked why they stabbed Leutner they claimed, they felt they had to kill her to become Slender Man's "servants" to protect their families from him.
Who Is The Slender Man?
Slender Man is a fictional supernatural character that originated online in 2009. The figure is a thin, unnaturally tall man with no facial features and dons a black suit.
The two were arrested in May of 2014 after attacking the victim with a knife, and leaving her in the woods. Leutner was stabbed 19 times but managed to crawl to a road where a motorist helped her. She survived the stabbing. The folklore has become popular online, perpetrating violent and suicidal behavior in those who read his stories.
Geyser and Weier were arrested in May of 2014 after attacking the victim with a knife, and leaving her in the woods. Leutner was stabbed 19 times but managed to crawl to a road where a motorist helped her. She survived the stabbing.
What's Next For The Girls
Testimony was provided by Dr. Brooke Lundbohm who said Geyser was hearing voices from a girl named "Maggie" in September of last year. She was sentenced to 40 years under mental health supervision. While she may petition for release from the hospital in the future, she will be under institutional supervision for that time.
Geyers apologized to Leutner, "I just want to let Bella and her family know that I'm sorry. I never meant this to happen. I hope that she's doing well". Geyers used the nickname "Bella" when referring to the victim, as it's a childhood name the two used. Although the victim physically survived the attack, she has emotional trauma she will have to overcome for the rest of her life. The victim's mother, Stacie Leutner says her family accepts the plea deals given for the two girls.
"Traumatizing her further didn't seem worth it, [Payton] has never talked about her attack so asking her to testify and relive her experience in front of a courtroom of strangers felt cruel and unnecessary."