Thursday, December 3, 2015

Morgan Geyser & Anissa Weir, 12-Year-Old Would-Be Murderesses – Wisconsin, 2014


Morgan Geyser (12): “People that trust you are very gullible.” “It was weird that I didn’t feel remorse.”

Anissa Weir (12): “The bad part of me wanted her to die; the good part of me wanted her to live.”


Wikipedia: The Slender Man stabbing occurred on Saturday, May 31, 2014 in Waukesha, Wisconsin, when two 12-year-old girls lured another girl of the same age into the woods and stabbed her 19 times, allegedly in order to impress the fictional character Slender Man. After being stabbed, the victim crawled to a road and lay on a sidewalk, where a cyclist found her and called 911. She was rushed to a hospital, at which point she was “one millimeter away from certain death,” according to a criminal complaint. The victim was hospitalized for six days and has since recovered and returned to school.

~ Perpetrators ~

Both perpetrators were twelve years old at the time of the stabbing, as was the victim. All three were classmates, enrolled in the same middle school and had been at a sleepover at one suspect’s home the night before. In December 2014, both girls were ruled competent to stand trial.

The girls have been charged with attempted first-degree intentional homicide. They have been set to be tried as adults because in Wisconsin, “all murder and attempted-murder charges for children older than 10 start in adult court.”[2] Bail was set at $500,000 each.[8] In February 2015, Anthony Cotton, an attorney for one of the two girls, filed a brief contending that his client should not have been charged with attempted first-degree homicide. According to the brief, the correct charge would be attempted murder second-degree because the girl believed Slender Man would have hurt her and her family if she hadn’t killed on his behalf. In March 2015, the judge disagreed with this argument and ruled to keep the two in adult court. Their cases may still be moved to juvenile court for other reasons during hearings in May and June 2015.[10] On August 10, a judge ruled that both teenagers will be tried in adult court.[11] On August 21, Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge Michael Bohren entered a “not guilty” plea on behalf of both girls after their attorneys declined to enter pleas. On September 30, 2015, Judge Bohren stayed the case against the two girls so that a state appeal court could determine whether they should be tried in adult or juvenile court. The decision is not expected to be made until January 2016 at the earliest.

A conviction on first-degree charges in adult court could result in a sentence of up to 65 years in state prison, whereas a conviction in juvenile court could send them “to a secure facility until age 25.”

~ Victim ~

The twelve-year-old victim was found by a bicyclist, badly wounded in a ditch on the side of the road after having managed to drag her way out of the forest. Police were called and she was immediately taken to a hospital and rushed into surgery. She had been stabbed nineteen times in the arms, legs, and abdomen with a large kitchen knife; two of the stab wounds were to major arteries. One of the two nearly penetrated her heart, but missed by less than a millimeter, and the other went through her diaphragm, cutting into her liver and stomach. The doctor noted her heart rate was elevated and her blood pressure was low, a sign that some of her organs were failing. She was in surgery for six hours. The doctor operating on the victim was forced to open her chest in order to repair the damage.

~ Motive ~

According to investigators, the two perpetrators had become convinced not only that Slender Man was real, but also that the only way to win his approval was by killing someone. In February 2015, both girls accused of perpetrating the stabbing were interrogated by local police. In their interrogations, the girls said they planned the stabbing because they wanted to keep Slender Man from harming them and their families as well as become his “proxies”. They believed they would become servants of the Slender Man and be allowed to live in his mansion. They believed his mansion was in Nicolet National Forest. Each girl blamed the other for coming up with the plan to murder their friend.


[Source of quotes: “Girl, 12, describes attack against classmate: ‘Stabby, stab, stab,’” Chicago Tribune (Il.), Jun. 4, 2014]

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