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The Girl Behind Slender Man Attack Just Received Her Punishment For Nearly Murdering Someone

In 2014, two girls from Waukesha, Wisconsin, were arrested for a horrific crime, one made all the more horrific by how young they were at the time. Aneissa Weier and Morgan Geyser were just 12 years old when they brutally stabbed their friend Payton Leutner in a park 19 times, clearly intending to kill her. (Geyser apparently carried out the attack, but Weier orchestrated it and cheered on her cohort.)

Amazingly, Leutner survived but she’ll feel physical and emotional effects of the violent incident for the rest of her life. What could have prompted two children to try to murder another child? A fanatical devotion to Slender Man. Slender Man is not a real person. He’s a scary, tentacled, Internet-based urban legend or “creepypasta,” a Lovecraftian monster who requires his acolytes to kill in his name. Weier and Geyser reportedly believed Slender Man lived in a mansion near their homes and that they had to kill somebody so he wouldn’t kill their families.

The crime was so severe that Weier was tried as an adult. On Thursday, Judge Michael Bohre handed down a sentence: 25 years in a psychiatric institution. “It was a planned murder by kids,” Bohren said. “We can’t forget that the goal was to kill.”

People on Twitter seem to think that while justice was served, it’s a sad end to a sad story.