Slender man

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The “Slenderman” has been an urban legover since it was born in June 2009. The creator: artist Eric Knudsen, going under the nom de plume Victor Surge, on an online forums called Something Awful.

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The story has since influenced everything from Halloween costumes to video games to lớn documentaries. It also, allegedly, inspired a pair of very real pre-bạn gái to stab their classmate. Their trials are set to lớn start this year.

Here’s everything you need to know about the creepy cultural touchstone.


The Slenderman origin

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Something Awful/Eric Knudsen

In 2009, the website forum Something Awful held a condemo challenging users to edit everyday photographs khổng lồ appear paranormal.

Knudsen submitted two black-and-white photos of children with a newly-created “Slenderman” character lurking in their backgrounds.


Intent: "Unease và terror"

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Something Awful/Eric Knudsen

Knudsen later told the trang web Know Your Meme that his intent for the character was “something whose motivations can barely be comprehended, và unease và terror in a general population.”


Slenderman: appearance and influences

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Knudsen depicted the character as an abnormally tall, thin man, with a featureless face.

Knudsen said he was inspired by Stephen King’s “The Mist,” amuốn other fictions.


The mythology grows

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Just days after Knudsen created Slenderman, other users started lớn layer their own attributes onlớn the character.

Some suggested Slenderman has tentacles sprouting from his back; that he can cause amnesia; & that he can be seen hiding in woodlands or stalking children.


Slenderman"s appeal

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Parsec Productions

Unlượt thích many other fictional characters, Slenderman isn’t seen as having a single creator.

Therefore, he has no official canon; his appearance, motives & abilities differ depending on the storyteller. Here’s an interpretation by gamemaker Parsec Productions.


A popular Halloween costume

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In fact, Slenderman has become such a popular figure in pop culture that many people have decided to dress as the eerie fictional entity for Halloween.


Enderman on Minecraft

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On the popular game Minecraft, there are 3-block tall characters called Endermen. Due to their long, skinny bodies & similar name, they have drawn comparisons lớn the Slenderman.


Slenderman Clip games

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That isn’t the only Slenderman-themed đoạn Clip game connection. There have also been entire games: “Slender: The Arrival” and “Slender: The Eight Pages.” The latter, released in 2012, was downloaded two million times within its first month.


A terrible accusation

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On May 31, 2014, two girls—Morgan Geyser (right) & Anissa Weier, both 12 at the time—allegedly brought a 11-year-old classmate khổng lồ the woods behind Geyser’s trang chủ in Waukesha, Wisconsin.

The two girls then allegedly stabbed their classmate 19 times in what investigators described as a sacrifice intended lớn please Slenderman, which they had discovered on a horror story website. One of the girls reportedly told a detective sầu they were trying lớn become “proxies” of Slenderman.

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The victim survived

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The victyên ổn, who was left for dead, managed khổng lồ crawl khổng lồ a bike path, where she was saved by a bicycdanh sách.

Of the 19 stab wounds, two hit major organs, while one wound missed a major artery by less than a millimeter.

She spent six days in the hospital.


Massive manhunt

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After a massive sầu manhunt, the alleged attackers were apprehended cthua to Interstate 94. An officer found a knife believed lớn have sầu been used in the stabbing in one of the girls’ bags.


HBO"s "Beware the Slenderman"

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HBO

In January 2017, HBO broadcasted the documentary “Beware the Slenderman,” which is based on the case.


The alleged attack was premeditated

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According to lớn “Beware the Slenderman,” the two girls had planned the attack for months.


Geyser temporarily ruled incompetent khổng lồ stvà trial

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In August 2014, Geyser (pictured) was ruled incompetent lớn stand trial after being diagnosed with childhood-onmix schizophrenia.

Then in December 2014, the pair were ruled competent to lớn stand trial.

The two suspects have pleaded “not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect.”


Geyser"s mental state

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Geyser’s diagnosis reportedly stemmed from her belief that she has mind-control powers. She also indicated that she speaks with fictional characters, including Voldemort from the Harry Potter series.


The alleged attackers will be tried as adults

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After two years of legal battles, the Wisconsin Appeals Court ruled that Geyser và Weier would be tried as adults, based in part on signs that the crime was premeditated.

Prosecutors saidGeyser & Weier apparently believed that if they sacrificed someone to lớn the Slenderman that the character would spare the girls’ families lives and invite the pair khổng lồ live sầu in his “Slender Mansion.”


"Beware the Slenderman" interrogation footage

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Michael Sears/AP

“Beware the Slenderman” showed portions of the policeinterrogation of both Weier and Geyser. In describing the incident, Geyser said that stabbing her friover “didn’t feel lượt thích anything. It was lượt thích … air.”


The girls could face 45 years in prison

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If convicted of attempted first-degree intentional homicide, each girl could receive a sentence of up to 45 years in state prison.

The trial is set lớn start this year.


More alleged Slenderman crimes

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On September 4, 2014, a 16-year-old girl from Port Richey, Floridomain authority, allegedly phối her house on fire in what may have been a Slenderman-related incident.

Eddie Daniels of the Pasteo Sheriff’s Office told ABC News: “She had visited the trang web that contains a lot of the Slenderman information & stories. It would be safe lớn say there is a connection to lớn that.”


Ohio teen allegedly attacks mom

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In June 2014, a Hamilton County, Ohio, mom was allegedly attacked in the kitchen by her 13-year-old daughter.

The mom, who declined lớn identify herself, told Cincinnati news station WLWT, “We found things that she had written and she made reference lớn Slenderman.”

The alleged attacker reportedly said she attacked her mother to lớn please Slenderman, per a criminal complaint obtained by CBS News Crimesider.


"Marble Hornets"

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Meanwhile, the popularity of Slenderman continues khổng lồ grow.

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As of March 2017, the YouTube page for “Marble Hornets” — a Slenderman-inspired drama series— had more than 448,000 subscribers and 92 episodes.


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