WAUKESHA, Wisconsin — A teen who stabbed a classmate 19 times in a chilling bid to impress a fictional online character known as the Slender Man, has reached a deal with prosecutors to send her to a psychiatric hospital instead of jail.
Morgan Geyser, 15, was one of two girls who attempted to kill their classmate in the woods in 2014 in a terrifying outburst of violence when they were just 12-years-old.
They said they did it because they believed that it would keep the Slender Man, a shadowy, horror figure that exists mainly online, from harming their families.
The victim, Payton Leutner, who was also 12 at the time of the attack, survived and managed to crawl out of the woods and get help from a passing cyclist.
Geyser’s co-defendant, Anissa Weier, pleaded guilty last month to reduced charges and a jury found her mentally ill so she will serve at least three years in a psychiatric hospital.
The girls were charged as adults because of the severity of the crime, but during mental health evaluations, Geyser was diagnosed with early-onset schizophrenia. Weier was also diagnosed as being delusional.
The Slender Man myth emerged online about a decade ago, with the fictional character, often described as exceedingly tall and with very long arms, terrorizing children and threatening danger against their families.