Cops say Wisconsin 12-year-old Anissa Weier went along with a plan hatched by Morgan Geyser to stab a classmate to death as a sacrifice to a mythical figure named Slender Man.
The sickening plot, which unfolded last weekend in Waukesha, Wisconsin, was outlined in a criminal complaint obtained by Heavy.
The Vine above shows Weier rolling her eyes into the back of her head, with the caption “tell me if this is creepy. I mean who else on vince can roll they’re eyes back in their head voluntarily?!”
Here’s what you need to know about Weier:
1. The Victim Was Stabbed 19 Times & Left in the Woods to Die
According to the criminal complaint obtained by the Journal Sentinel, the victim was found by a bicyclist after crawling out of the woods, where she had been stabbed 19 times and suffered severe injuries to her arms, leg and torso. The Journal Sentinel reported the girl was covered in blood when the bicyclist found her. The victim, whose name has not been released, was fighting for her life in a local hospital Monday night.
Weier and Geyser were booked Monday on first-degree intentional homicide charges and each held on $500,000 bail. If convicted, both girls face up to 65 years in prison. They are being charged as adults because of the severity of the charges.
2. The Suspects Wanted to Kill Someone to Become ‘Proxies’ of Slender Man
The suspects told cops they wanted to kill the victim as a sacrifice to Slender Man, whom they thought they’d meet after committing the slaying, enabling them to prove to skeptics that the mythical creature was real.
They explained to cops that killing another person would qualify them as “proxies” to Slender Man, putting them two steps below the character in Slender’s pecking order.
According to the criminal complaint, Weier told cops that she and Geyser had been inspired by the Creepypasta website, where users exchange horror stories and stories about nightmares. That’s where the duo learned about Slender Man, who was apparently developed on the web forum Something Awful by a user named Eric Knudsen (a.k.a “Victor Surge”).
Geyser told police she and Weier had to kill their friend because, if they didn’t, Slender Man would kill their families. She said “it seemed necessary” because Slender Man can read minds and teleport. She also told cops she sees Slender Man in her dreams and she’s prone to “Slender sickness” because of “Slender radiation.”
You can read more about Slender Man here.
3. Weier Told Geyser ‘Go Ballistic, Go Crazy’ Before Geyser Attacked the Victim
According to the criminal complaint, Weier, seen in the Vine above rolling her eyes into the back of her head, told detectives that Geyser almost couldn’t stab the victim as planned because she had a nervous breakdown. The complaint reads:
Weier indicated they eventually ended up in the bathroom where Weier was going to do the stabbing because Weier knew all the weak spots. Once in the bathroom, Geyser handed Weier the knife and Weier explained that Geyser grabbed a hold of P.L.’s arms in a stall almost restraining her. Weier stated she needed to talk to Geyser and told Geyser she couldn’t do it. Weier gave the knife back to Geyser at which time Weier indicted Geyser attempted to restrain P.L. but Geyser had a nervous breakdown and Weier had to calm Geyser down.
The report continues:
Geyser then gave Weier the knife and Weier told Geyser that Weier was too squeamish and gave the knife back to Geyser. Weier indicated she and Geyser were doing this all secretly so P.L. would never know. Weier stated once Geyser got the knife back Geyser told Weier, “I’m not going to until you tell me to.” Weier stated she started walking away from Geyser and told Geyser, “go ballistic, go crazy.” Geyser said that Geyser would go ballistic and Weier said now.
4. The Victim Was ‘1 Millimeter Away From Certain Death’
Doctors at Waukesha Memorial Hospital told police that one of the victim’s stab wounds came within a millimeter of hitting an artery near her heart. Had the artery been punctured, the victim faced “certain death” and likely would have died within minutes of the attack.
The victim, identified in the criminal complaint as P.L., miraculously managed to stumble out of the woods, where she was discovered by a bicyclist. She’s fighting for her life, but listed in stable condition after undergoing surgery.
The suspects were taken into custody Sunday afternoon and arraigned in adult court on Monday. You can watch a video above for a Fox 11 report from the courthosue.
5.She Didn’t Have a Lawyer Present When Questioned by Police
According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Weier nor Geyser had legal council with them when they spoke to detectives filing the criminal report. Morgan Geyser’s lawyer, Anthony Cotton, told the Journal Sentinel that since there wasn’t much known about the circumstances of the girls’ questioning, it was too early to tell if there would be pretrial motions to challenge the girls’ statements.
You can read the full criminal complaint about the stabbing here: