In the news this week, we read the story of how two pre-teen girls, Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier, lured their friend into the woods and stabbed her multiple times.
The girl, a friend from middle school, managed to crawl out of the woods and was found by a cyclist, bloodied and barely breathing, having miraculously survived the attack, which left her with 19 knife wounds, an artery near her heart missed by a millimetre. She is now reportedly in stable condition.
The three 12-year-olds had spent two days having sleepovers and playing hide-and-seek together, but, unknown to the victim, her friends had concocted a plan to kill her so they could impress a ghoulish character called Slender Man, according to authorities.
Geyser and Weier were arrested hours after the victim was discovered and have been charged as adults with attempted first-degree intentional murder, punishable by up to 60 years in prison.
The girls had been planning to sacrifice their friend, who has not been named, for months.
Slender Man is said to be a fictional character and Internet meme that appears in horror stories, videos and images. Originating in a creepy Photoshop contest on the Something Awful forums, the Slender Man was created by a man named Eric Knudsen, and has been a prevalent Internet myth that has been a viral sensation since it emerged online in 2009..
He is often depicted as a tall, thin figure wearing a black suit and a blank face. According to the legend, he can stretch or shorten his arms at will and has tentacle-like appendages protruding from his back. It is rumoured he preys on and kills children almost exclusively, and can be found in sections of woods.
Believers in the Slender Man tie his appearances in with many other legends around the world, including Fear Dubh (or The Dark Man) in Scotland, the Dutch Takkenmann (Branch Man), and the German legend of Der Großmann or Der Grosse Mann (the Tall Man).
Apparently, Weier and Geyser believed they could become ‘proxies’ for Slender Man, and would be whisked away to his haunted mansion for carrying out the murder. They told police they stabbed the girl to impress Slender Man, whom they insisted was real, according to a criminal complaint.
The girls were fixated with Slender Man, and Geyser told police that ‘he watches over her, reads her mind and can teleport, but she’d never met him’.
Who is Slender Man?
Slender Man is a demon. Knudsen, like many other others before and after him, was prompted — intuitively — to ‘humanise’ this evil spirit and project it into cyberspace, with the intent of familiarise it with children and adults. As a result of this evil entity becoming a meme, it has carved for itself a niche in pop culture, and is now considered an innocent (albeit scary), cultural phenomenon.
Demons and fallen angels, led by Satan, require and demand blood sacrifices from their followers. Both girls, whose fascination with this demon attracted it to them, were tricked by it into sacrificing their friend. Note that Geyser claims she could sense its presence and it can teleport.
Teleport: Transport or be transported across space and distance instantly.
Evil spirits are able to cross over from their spiritual realm into our physical world through inter-dimensional doorways/portals; natural or man-made (see Hell’s Gate, Naivasha, Kenya and Sun Gates).
Mirrors and wardrobes are man-made inter-dimensional doorways.
The Wardrobe Monster, Sandman and Bogeyman are also demons, who cross over via these doorways.
Bogeyman is a mythical creature in many cultures used by adults or older children to frighten bad children into good behavior. This monster has no specific appearance, but is simply a non-specific embodiment of terror. In some cases the Bogeyman is a nickname for the devil (see The truth about Santa Claus). The Bogeyman is usually a masculine entity but can be any gender or simply androgynous.
Sandman is a mythical creature in central and northern European folklore who brings good dreams by sprinkling magical sand or dust on or into the eyes of children while they sleep at night, to bring on dreams and sleep (see Secrets of Fairytales).
Wardrobe Monster is a creature that ‘lives’ in wardrobes and comes out at night to frighten children. It peeks out from inside by slowly pushing the door open or comes out and stands over the sleeping child, sometimes uncovering him/her.
These creatures are REAL, evil, spiritual entities that have been popularised through folktales over centuries. Whenever we retell these stories or call upon these demons to ‘scare children’, we are invoking and inviting them into our lives; whereby they influence our thoughts and actions and draw upon our energy to empower themselves (see Aliens are Demons!).