Judge: Slender Man Stabbing Suspects Will Be Tried as Adults
A Waukesha County judge has ruled that two 12-year-old girls who stabbed a classmate 19 times in order to appease Slender Man will be charged as adults, facing up to 65 years in prison apiece.
NBC News reports that the two 12-year-old girls who repeatedly stabbed their friend in order to pay homage to the villain of Slender: The Arrival will each be tried as adults. Miraculously, the stabbing victim survived. Now, the girls are facing a combined sentencing total of 120 years if they both are found guilty. One of these girls has turned 13 while being held by police until the trial. Both of them face cases of attempted first-degree murder and will each be tried in adult court. The girls' legal representatives have tried to get them charged with attempted second-degree murder, which would allow them to be tried in juvenile court. Second degree murders are considered intentional, caused by extremely reckless conduct with the intent to cause serious bodily harm, whereas first degree murders are premeditated, deliberate and have full intent to kill.
Waukesha County Judge Michael Bohren, who listened to a month of evidence, deliberation and presided a two-day preliminary trial for the girls, denied the request to have them tried as second degree felonies, because stabbing someone 19 times sounds a bit more like an attempt at first degree murder if you ask us. Bohren did grant the defendants' lawyers to hold hearings in order to appeal the judge's decision, but we have a feeling these meetings will be rather redundant in their defense of the girls. These appeal hearings will happen in May and June.
The girls are being tried for luring a friend to the woods in the Milwaukee suburbs in May 2014 and stabbing her 19 times in a preordained fashion to appease the Internet meme and CreepyPasta star, Slender Man. They believed sensationalized, fan fictional writings that claim Slender Man would kill them and their families if they didn't kill their friend. The victim was found crawling on the sidewalk away from the woods, and has made a miraculous recovery. If the girls are tried as juveniles for attempted second degree murders and found guilty, they will only be incarcerated until they are 25. Either way, these girls are in for a lot of therapy.
This past September, a 14-year-old girl tried to kill her family and burn down her house because she was obsessed with Slender Man as well.
Here's to hoping these girls don't realize Five Night's at Freddy's is a scarier and better-written horror series. This is what happens when you don't take the time to give your children Goosebumps books like all parents should.