Slender Man stabbing victim continues to recover from the attack
Mother of Payton Leutner write a victim impact letter to the judge as one of the two girls responsible for the attack is set to learn how long they will spend in a psychiatric hospital.
A cinema chain in Wisconsin announced that it does not show from the horror movie “Slender Man” in the cinema in two provinces “out of respect” for those affected by the 2014 stitches inspired by the fictional character.
Marcus Theatres will not show “Slender Man” in Milwaukee and Waukesha county, the company said in a statement Wednesday. The film opens on Friday.
“Like many people in the United States, Marcus Theatres was very concerned and saddened when the ‘Slender Man’ phenomenon hit the southeastern part of Wisconsin in a deep way, changes the lives of many families forever. After careful consideration, and out of respect for those who were affected, we have decided not to play the upcoming ‘Slender Man’ film in Milwaukee and Waukesha county. We will see the movie on it, select other Marcus Theatres locations,” a statement from the cinema chain reading.
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The film focuses on a group of high school girls in a small town in Massachusetts, who are drawn to the story of “Slender Man” and try to prove that he is not real. Things are fine until one of them disappears. The real-life stabbing in connection with “Slender Man” involved Anissa Weier and Morgan Geyser, both 12 at the time of the incident.
The girls told officials they stabbed Payton Leutner, a classmate, to please “Slender Man” and protect their families from the fictional character. Leutner survived May 31, 2014, stabbing in Waukesha, Wis. after she crawled away and was helped by a cyclist.
The two girls were charged with first-degree intentional homicide for stabbing Leutner 19 times and leaving her to die. They were both convicted, but “not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect, and committed to a state mental hospital,” the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.
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Geyser pleaded guilty in October to attempted first-degree intentional homicide as part of her plea deal. She was sentenced to 40 years in a psychiatric hospital in February. Weier was sentenced in December to 25 years in a psychiatric institution. She pleaded guilty in August 2017, is a party to attempted second-degree intentional homicide, but claimed that she was not responsible for her actions, because she was mentally ill.
“Slender Man” started with an online post in 2009, when a mysterious ghost, whose image the people living in everyday scenes of children at play. He is usually depicted as a pale figure in a black suit with a featureless white face. He was seen by his devotees as alternately a dark force and an avenging angel.
Fox News’ Katherine Lamb, Nicole, Darrah, and the Associated Press contributed to this report.
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