The Slenderman case and how Wisconsin deals with mentally ill children

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A girl being led into a courtroom by an officer
One of two girls, suspects in the Slenderman stabbing case, is escorted into court in Milwaukee on Friday, March 13, 2015. A judge decided to try the two 12-year-olds as adults. The two girls told detectives the attack was an attempt to please Slenderman, a fictional character they found on a horror website. (Michael Sears/ AP Photo/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel)

In 2014, two Wisconsin girls stabbed one of their friends 19 times near Waukesha, later claiming they wanted to impress the fictional character Slenderman. We talk with the author of a new book about the case, to explore how Wisconsin’s justice system contends with children and mental illness.

Episode Credits

  • Kate Archer Kent Host
  • Joe Tarr Producer
  • Maria Lopez Technical Director
  • Kathleen Hale Guest

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