A horror website is defending itself after the shocking attempted murder of a young Wisconsin girl by her two 12-year-old friends who say their allegiance to a fictional character named Slender Man inspired their sinister plot.
The moderator of creepypasta.com, a site filled with "short, creepy stories that people spread around the internet for fun,"posted alengthy statement sayingthat online horror stories can't be blamed for the Waukesha attack.
"I don't believe that it's the fault of Slenderman or horror writing in general that this happened. I remember reading scary stories and watching slasher movies when I was a child and young teenager and while they certainly gave me nightmares, they did not instill within me a desire to murder my friends."
A lawyer for the girl accused of plotting the attempted murder is working to move her from juvenile detention to a mental health facility, the Associated Press reported.
Slender Man, also referred to as Slenderman, is a fictional demon the girls learned about online. According to Creepy Pasta, the mythological character lives in suburban woods and is rumored to kill children "almost exclusively."
Sinister Slumber Party
According to a criminal complaint, the girls invited the victim to a sleepover Friday, and had intended to kill her in her sleep. They hesitated, but ended up stabbing her 19 times the next day during a game of hide-and-seek in the woods.
They allegedly said they planned to run to Slender Man's mansion after the attack, and become his "proxies."
The victim survived after a cyclist found her by the side of the road, and is in stable condition, CNN reports.
Both girls were charged as adults with first-degree attempted homicide Monday; they each face up to 60 years in prison if convicted. Bail was set at $500,000 cash per child.