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Slender Man Girls Should Be Tried as Juveniles

Hannah Finnie | Posted 08.17.2015 | Crime
Hannah Finnie

Last Monday, a Wisconsin judge ruled that two 13-year-old girls would be tried as adults for crimes committed when they were 12. If convicted, they face 65 years in prison. If tried and convicted as juveniles, they would have been held for a maximum of five years in a youth detention facility.

Two 13-Year-Old Girls Are Being Tried As Adults. Here's Why That Matters.

The Huffington Post | Dayana Morales Gomez | Posted 08.12.2015 | Politics

On Monday, a Wisconsin judge ruled that the two 13-year-old girls accused of attempting to murder a classmate to impress fictional Internet character...

Girls Charged In Slender Man Attack Will Be Tried As Adults

Associated Press | Simon McCormack | Posted 08.10.2015 | Crime

 WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin judge ruled Monday that two 13-year-old girls accused of stabbing a classmate to please the online horr...

Sioux Suicides

Martin Marty | Posted 05.14.2015 | Religion
Martin Marty

Most of us who live far from the reservation can turn the page and move on. But, given the history of the U.S. Government and the citizen record, one seeks "a spiritual victory" without much hope.

The Slender Man Stabbings: Is Everything About the Suspects Based on Fiction?

Jessica S. Henry | Posted 05.19.2015 | Crime
Jessica S. Henry

Twelve-year-old girls are not adults. They are children. But, somehow, with a stroke of a pen, two pre-pubescent tweens -- who can't vote, drive, or serve in the military -- have been transformed into adults for purposes of criminal punishment. But those adults don't exist. Anywhere. Except on paper in a courtroom.

David Lohr

Top 10 Crime Stories Of 2014 | David Lohr | Posted 12.30.2014 | Crime

In the past 12 months, Americans have met violent death at the hands of spree killers, haters of law enforcement, disturbed young men and police offic...

Both Slender Man Stabbing Suspects Declared Fit To Stand Trial

AP | Posted 12.18.2014 | Crime

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — Two Wisconsin girls accused of stabbing a classmate to please the fantasy character Slender Man are fit to stand trial, a judg...

Slender Man Stabbing Suspect Returns To Court

AP | M.L. JOHNSON | Posted 01.12.2015 | Crime

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — A state doctor believes the mental condition of one of two girls accused of repeatedly stabbing a classmate to please the fict...

'Slender Man' Stabbing Suspect Declared Incompetent

AP | DINESH RAMDE | Posted 09.01.2014 | Crime

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — Doctors believe that one of the two 12-year-old Wisconsin girls accused of stabbing a classmate to please a fictional characte...

Preteens Charged In 'Slender Man' Stabbing To Appear In Court

Associated Press | Posted 07.02.2014 | Crime

WEST BEND, Wis. -- Two 12-year-old Wisconsin girls accused of stabbing and nearly killing a classmate to curry favor with a fictional online character...

'Slenderman Stabbing' Victim Recovering 'Miraculously': Family

AP | DINESH RAMDE | Posted 06.24.2014 | Impact

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A 12-year-old girl who authorities say was stabbed 19 times by two classmates trying to please a fictional character is making stea...

12-Year-Old 'Slenderman' Stabbing Victim Speaks Out

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 06.24.2014 | Impact

A young Wisconsin girl who authorities say survived a gruesome stabbing attack waged by two of her friends has offered a brief, yet moving statement t...

What the Slender Man Case Reveals About the Juvenile Criminal Justice System

Tina Freiburger | Posted 08.19.2014 | Crime
Tina Freiburger

Because I research juvenile justice issues in Milwaukee, 20 miles from where the bizarre Slender Man crime occurred, I've been fielding questions lately from friends and family from around the nation. Most are about the criminal justice system.

The Slender Man Trilogy: The Myth, the Fiction and the Reality

Ritoban Mukherjee | Posted 08.18.2014 | Weird News
Ritoban Mukherjee

Recently, there has been an upsurge in the news about how a harmless fictional character brainwashed two 12-year-olds into committing a brutal assau...

Slender Man Is Real: From Cultural Conversation to Paranormal Topic

Aaron Sagers | Posted 08.10.2014 | Weird News
Aaron Sagers

Much like violent video games, rock music, comic books and horror movies before him, Slender Man is on track to becoming the devil du jour, the newest "won't someone think of the children?" scapegoat.

Slender Man Meets the First Amendment: Why Suing the Character's Creator Won't Work

Clay Calvert | Posted 08.09.2014 | Crime
Clay Calvert

Can Eric Knudsen, the creator of the fictional character Slender Man, be held civilly liable for the recent violence suffered by the young victim of a stabbing attack in Waukesha, Wisconsin? The answer is a definitive "no" under First Amendment principles of free speech.

Mom Says Daughter Attacked Her After Reading 'Slender Man' Stories

The Huffington Post | Hilary Hanson | Posted 06.09.2014 | Crime

An Ohio mother says that her 13-year-old daughter attacked her with a knife possibly because of an obsession with the fictional character Slender Man....

Slenderman: The New Internet Threat?

Christopher J. Ferguson | Posted 08.06.2014 | Crime
Christopher J. Ferguson

Some criminals will claim to be inspired by almost anything. Is there something unique or particularly dangerous about Slenderman or the Internet as a whole?

David Lohr

LISTEN: Chilling 911 Call Released In 'Slenderman' Stabbing Case | David Lohr | Posted 06.04.2014 | Crime

Wisconsin police have released audio of the 911 call placed after the alleged stabbing of a 12-year-old girl by two young friends who police say were ...

David Lohr

Police Reveal Dark Details About 12-Year-Olds Accused Of Stabbing Friend For 'Slenderman' | David Lohr | Posted 06.13.2014 | Crime

A police criminal complaint filed against two 12-year-old girls who allegedly stabbed their 12-year-old friend 19 times this past weekend offers dark ...

Demonic Creature Motive For Waukesha Teen Stabbing?

AP | TODD RICHMOND | Posted 08.02.2014 | Crime

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — Prosecutors say two 12-year-old southeastern Wisconsin girls stabbed their 12-year-old friend nearly to death in the wood to p...