WAUKESHA --The two 12-year-old girls accused of holding down and stabbing their 12-year-old friend 19 times may have been motivated by a fictitious character named "Slender Man", a criminal complaint revealed Monday.
Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier were both charged as adults with attempted first-degree intentional homicide, as a party to a crime. If convicted, they could each serve 65 years in prison.
All three girls attended the same middle school, according to police, and were together at a sleepover over the weekend. Saturday morning, police say, the girls lured the victim into nearby woods to "play a game". One suspect held the victim down and the other stabbed her 19 times in the arms, legs and torso.
The victim is at the hospital where she is said to be in stable condition.
Slender Man is a character thought to have originated as an Internet meme around 2009. He is often depicted as a tall, thin man wearing a suit with a blank face.
According to the criminal complaint, Weier stated that "many people do not believe Slender Man is real," and she "wanted to prove the skeptics wrong." Their goal may have been to become a "proxy of Slender", which required the girls to "physically kill someone," the complaint says.
A man noticed the victim stumbling from the woods around 10:00 a.m. Saturday near Rivera Drive and Big Bend Road in Waukesha and was able to contact law enforcement.
"The Waukesha Police Department is deeply saddened that this 12-year-old girl had to suffer through this horrific crime," said Police Chief Russell Jack. The girls will be back in court later this month.