UPDATE: A Wisconsin judge has ordered the two girls involved in the Slender Man stabbing to stand trial as adults, according to The Associated Press.
The fictional character Slender Man was created in 2009 when a writer for humor website Something Awful posted a creepy picture of a faceless humanoid lurking behind children to a Photoshop contest on the site’s forum. Chilled Internet users readily made the character a popular meme and developed his persona further, giving him a suit, tentacles that come out of his back and retractable arms. As the invented legend went, Slender Man enjoys the taste of children and his blank face only shows what his victims see on it.
Last May, two Wisconsin girls took the concept of the fictional character literally, allegedly leading their classmate, Payton Leutner, into the woods and stabbing her 19 times to appease Slender Man. Leutner amazingly survived the attack and crawled to a roadside, where she was discovered by a bicyclist who called 911.
Now, new images from a notebook owned by one of the girls have surfaced after they were shown in court on Tuesday, ABC 7 in Los Angeles reports.
The pages (as seen above) feature numerous crude drawings, including some ostensibly of the faceless Slender Man and pages featuring circles with what appears to be crosses drawn over them. The illustrations are often accompanied by messages like “He still sees you,” “No more secrets” and “You are strange child it will be of my use.”
Also included is a list of supplies the girls apparently needed to carry out the stabbing, such as pepper spray, a map of the forest, a camera, weapons (with “kitchen knife” written in parentheses), flashlights and, curiously, “The will to live.” Photographs of the girl’s dolls, which had been defaced with red, blood-like stains and other markings, were also presented to the court.
While a Wisconsin judge determined late last year that Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier were mentally fit to stand trial, their attorneys presented these images in an attempt to move the case to juvenile court, arguing they showed that the girls believed Slender Man would hurt them and their families if they didn’t carry out the attack. If the trial is not moved, the girls will be charged as adults with first-degree intentional attempted homicide.