The horror website that inspired two Wisconsin girls accused of stabbing a friend defended its fictional content Tuesday and called the attack "an isolated incident."
"This wiki does not endorse or advocate for killing, worship, and otherwise replication of rituals of fictional works. There is a line of between fiction and reality, and it is up to you to realize where the line is," an administrator for Creepypasta Wiki wrote. "We are a literature site, not a satanic cult."
SLENDERMAN: Mythical character at center of girl's stabbing
The 12-year-old girls told investigators in the Milwaukee suburb of Waukesha that they needed to kill someone to show their devotion to a legendary Internet character known as The Slender Man, which they read about on Creepypasta. They said they had planned for several months to stab a 12-year-old friend this past weekend, then walk to Nicolet National Forest in northern Wisconsin, where they believed the character lived in a mansion, according to court documents.
In a blog post aimed at "newcomers and 'die-hard believers'," the administrator, "Sloshedtrain," stressed that all works and characters on the site are fictional.
Besides the backlash, this incident shows what happens when the line of fiction and reality ceases to exist. When a person truly believes that Internet short stories are cold hard facts. When a person attempts to replicate works of fiction to the point others are harmed. ...
Of course, only a small minority of people (mostly newcomers) on the wiki (and the Internet) truly believe what they read here. And for most people, they will not attempt replicate atrocities presented in some of the literature on the wiki. Something like this was bound to happen, considering the size of Creepypasta community. All it take is one person to do something insane and radical in the name of someone or something. ...
Hopefully, the gruesome crime that happened in Wisconsin will not repeat itself again.
Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier have been charged as adults with first-degree attempted homicide. They are being held in a juvenile detention center on $500,000 cash bail.
Police said the girls took turns stabbing their unidentified friend 19 times in her torso, arms and legs Saturday morning in a park near their homes. She managed to crawl to a road and was spotted by a bicyclist. She was reported in stable condition Tuesday.
Asked whether she understood the meaning of killing, Weier told police: "I believe it's ending a life and I regret it."
"The bad part of me wanted her to die, the good part of me wanted her to live," she said, according to an extensive report in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Geyser told detectives that Weier "put the knife in my hand and then I continued to stab her," though she did not recall how many more times. She said she wiped off the 5-inch knife and put it back into her bag.
Geyser did say at one point that she was sorry and that the attack was "probably wrong," police said. She added later, "It was weird that I didn't feel remorse."
Geyser, who reportedly turned 12 on Friday, explained that Slender Man watches her, reads minds and teleports, and that the attack was necessary or else he "would kill our family."
Anthony Cotton, an attorney for one of the girls, told the Associated Press she "probably suffers from very serious mental health issues." AP said it is not identifying the girls, because defense lawyers could ask to transfer the cases to juvenile court, where proceedings are not public.
Cotton wanted his client sent to a mental health facility Monday but a judge refused. He said he'll ask again at a court hearing next week.
Contributing: The Associated Press