Jury Deliberating ‘Slender Man’ Case

Prosecutor Says Attack Was Cold, Calculated

Anissa Weier
Anissa Weier, accused of helping her friend stab their classmate to please online horror character Slender Man, during closing arguments in her case.
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Prosecutors say a Wisconsin girl accused of helping stab a classmate to appease online horror character “Slender Man” participated in a cold and calculated attack.

According to investigators, Anissa Weier and Morgan Geyser stabbed Payton Leutner — who survived the attack — in a suburban Milwaukee park in 2014, nearly killing her. All three were 12 years old at the time.

Weier and Geyser told detectives that they believed they had to kill Leutner to become Slender Man’s servants and protect their families from him.

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In closing arguments Friday, Weier’s attorney, Maura McMahon insisted that Weier and Geyser suffered a shared delusion that Slender Man was real and could kill their families. She added that Geyser is schizophrenic and Weier clung to her because she was lonely and depressed. McMahon told jurors her client was mentally ill during the attack and should be committed to an institution rather than prison.

Waukesha County Deputy District Attorney Ted Szczupakiewicz told the jury during his closing arguments Friday, that the girls had planned the attack for months and that they were not in a “kill or be killed situation.”

Jurors are now deliberating.

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