Morgan Geyser, a 15-year-old girl from Wisconsin, has been sentenced to spend 40 years in a mental asylum. Geyser stabbed a classmate 19 times with a friend’s help – because she wanted to win favor of Slender Man, an online fictional character, she said.
The horrific incident took place in 2014 when Geyser, along with her friend Annisa Weier, lured Payton Leutner into the woods and stabbed her as many as 19 times. Leutner was left to die; however, she survived and crawled out. The victim was found by a cyclist.
Geyser and Weier were tracked down later that day. All three girls were 12 at that time.
After their mental examination, both were found to have mental issues. According to Geyser’s lawyers, she suffered from schizophrenia and oppositional defiant disorder. Weier was also diagnosed with psychotic disorder making her prone to delusions.
Last October, Geyser accepted a plea deal to first-degree homicide from prosecutors to avoid prison. Investigators took into account the mental health of both the girls.
Geyser’s psychiatrists previously testified the girl believed she could see and hear Slender Man– a long-limbed shadowy figure with a blank white featureless face. She also claimed she could communicate telepathically to other fictional characters including Harry Potter and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Geyser also thought she had “Vulcan mind control” — a reference to “Star Trek.”
Both the girls claimed they carried out the attack to honor Slender Man. The teens involved in the incident read about it in Creepy Pasta – a short online horror story. Geyser and Weier got inspiration from the character, which is sometimes associated with disappearing children.
During the hearing on Thursday, Geyser told the details of the incident to Waukesha County Circuit Judge Michael Bohren.
“Anissa and I took [Leutner] in the forest and said that we were going to play hide and seek,” Geyser said, crying. “Anissa said that she couldn’t do it and that I had to.”
She then told the court that she stabbed Leutner “everywhere.” Breaking down into tears, Geyser apologized to the victim saying “she never meant this to happen.”
“I just want to let Bella [Leutner’s nick name] and her family know I'm sorry,” she reportedly said.
While the defense attorneys requested the judge to move her to an adolescent health facility, the prosecutors pushed for the maximum possible sentence. The prosecutors claimed Geyser was still hearing voices as recently as September and is a potential threat.
“This is not a close call,” Brooke Lundbohm, a doctor called by prosecutors said.
Bohren sentenced Geyser to 40 years in a mental hospital, explaining it’s a matter of “community protection.”
“What we can't forget is this was an attempted murder,” Bohren said.
Bohren is the same judge who presided over Weier’s trial in December. Weier confessed her crime in August but requested not to be convicted due to her mental health issues. She was also sentenced to 25 years in psychiatric care.
The character which fascinated the girls into stabbing a 12-year-old will now appear in an upcoming Hollywood movie. The horror drama titled “Slender Man” will hit the theatres on May 18 this year.
A teen might have lost her life because of this fictional character. Meanwhile, Geyser and Weier will be spending many years in the mental asylum.
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