They stabbed their friend to impress Slender Man. Now the teens are going to mental hospitals.


Morgan Geyser, one of two Wisconsin girls charged with stabbing a classmate to impress the fictitious horror character Slender Man, enters a Waukesha County Court in Waukesha, Wis., for a status hearing on Friday, Sept. 29, 2017. (Michael Sear/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel/Associated Press)

Two Wisconsin girls charged with repeatedly stabbing a classmate to impress a mythical online character will be sent to state mental hospitals, according to the Associated Press. The case attracted national attention because of the youth of the victim and her attackers and the strangeness of their motive.

Morgan Geyser and Annissa Weier were just 12 years old in 2014 when they lured their classmate, Payton Leutner, also 12, into the woods in a Milwaukee suburb, according to investigators. Geyser, now 15, allegedly stabbed Leutner 19 times as Weier urged her on. 

Both girls told detectives they were compelled to kill Leutner to become “proxies,” or servants to Slender Man — an online figure that is

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