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Thursday, February 19, 2015

'Slender Man' Stabbing Defense Presented

Most of us remember when this case grabbed the national headlines...two 12-year-old girls plotted to kill a friend because they felt 'Slender man' wanted them to do so. In Victims of Slenderman I pointed out how thought-form phenomena can develop and that reality is basically perception. The attorney for one of two girls states that his client is mentally disturbed...believing she had to kill to protect herself and her family from the 'Slender Man'. Here is a recent update on this case:

An attorney for one of two girls accused of stabbing their classmate to please horror character Slender Man tried to convince a judge Tuesday to move her case into juvenile court, arguing that his client is mentally disturbed and believed she had to kill to protect herself and her family from the creature.

Taking the stand during the second day of a preliminary hearing, psychologist Deborah Collins testified that she has interviewed the girl several times and concluded she honestly believes Slender Man exists.

“[Her belief] hasn’t wavered and it’s been unyielding to a rational perspective,” Collins testified.

Collins also testified that the girl told her she uses Vulcan mind control to keep negative emotions at bay and believes Harry Potter villain Lord Voldemort visits her when he’s not away on business trips.

A private detective working for the defense testified he discovered more than 60 drawings of Slender Man in the girl’s bedroom. Many of the sketches included notes such as “not safe even in your house” and “he is here always.” One drawing depicted a girl lying on the ground and a person standing over her with the message “I love killing people” written over the figure. - Pages From the Diary of the Slender Man Stab Tween Are Scary as Hell

The detective went on to say he found more than a half-dozen Barbie dolls in the bedroom that had been marked with Slender Man’s symbol. Some were missing their hands and feet.

According to court documents, the girls told detectives they had been planning to kill Peyton Leutner for months. They are accused of luring her to a park in the Milwaukee suburb of Waukesha on 31 May and stabbing her 19 times. Leutner barely survived; one stab wound just missed her heart.

The alleged attackers were found walking toward Nicolet national forest, where they say they thought they would join Slender Man.

All three girls were 12 years old at the time of the incident. The two alleged attackers face one count of being a party to attempted first-degree intentional homicide in adult court. They each could face up to 65 years in the state prison system if convicted.

Police detectives testified on Monday that both girls believed they had to kill their friend and join Slender Man in order to protect themselves and their families from his wrath. Defense attorney Anthony Cotton is trying to use that to move his client to juvenile court, where she couldn’t be held beyond age 25.

He contends that since the girl thought she was defending herself, a charge of attempted second-degree intentional homicide is more appropriate. Since the girl is under 18, she would face that count in children’s court.

Prosecutors countered that a preliminary hearing – the stage of Wisconsin’s legal process where a judge decides whether enough evidence exists to move to trial – isn’t the proper venue for such an argument. Judge Michael Bohren declined to rule on anything Tuesday, asking all sides to submit briefs. He promised to issue a decision on 13 March. - Girl accused of Slender Man stabbing believes character is real – psychologist

NOTE: A week later, there was another assault case involving Slender Man - 'Slenderman' Inspired Teen Girl Slashes Mother...Wore White Mask. I cannot recall any similar situations occurring since then. Lon

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