Published: Sun, September 17, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Slender Man stabbing: Anissa Weier found mentally ill

Slender Man stabbing: Anissa Weier found mentally ill

Two girls accused of stabbing a classmate 19 times believed they had to or a fantasy horror character called Slender Man could kill their families, a USA court has heard.

Ten out of 12 jurors ruled Friday that Anissa Weier, 15, was mentally ill when she and Morgan Geyser, 15, stabbed their classmate, Payton Leutner, 19 times.

McMahon urged the jury to send her to a mental hospital rather than convict her as a criminal which would have seen her serve over 10 years in prison.

Her friend, Morgan Geyser, who helped with the stabbing has pleaded not guilty by reason of mental disease.

Slenderman
Slenderman

Forensic psychologist Gregory Van Rybroek, giving evidence at the trial in Wisconsin of one of the defendants, Anissa Weier, said the delusion was so strong about the fictional creature that she "couldn't stop herself".

For the first time, a detective Wednesday shared the victim's account of what happened the day two Waukesha girls stabbed their friend almost to death. With Geyser, Weier developed a "delusional belief system" and together they made a plan to kill Leutner and become Slender Man's proxies, Smith said.

One of the girl's former classmates, who was also interested in Slender Man, told the court she had discovered how to become the character's servant - by killing a friend.

The pair bonded over their obsession with Slender Man with Weier believing the mythical character could read her mind and would kill her or her family if she talked about him.

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Weier shouldn't go to prison, the legal team insisted.

She was found crawling from woods by a cyclist near the city of Waukesha, a western suburb of Milwaukee.

"In my opinion, she was a normal child", he said.

Because the jury found Weier mentally ill, she is considered not responsible for her actions in the attack. Van Rybroek is the second court-appointed expert to evaluate Weier's insanity plea.

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The case of a Wisconsin girl who admitted stabbing a classmate to appease an online horror character called Slender Man will soon go to a jury.

Slender Man first appeared on the internet in 2009.

Waukesha Police Detective Shelly Fisher's testimony Wednesday came in the trial of Anissa Weier.

Weier told investigators she and co-defendant Morgan Geyser believed they had to sacrifice Payton Leutner to protect themselves and their families from Slender Man. Prosecutors argued she knew what she was doing was wrong.

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Both Weier and Geyser were originally charged with being a party to attempted first-degree intentional homicide.

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