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Slender Man Murders

Updated on June 5, 2014

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Origin of Slender Man and who he is

Slender Man is depicted as a thin, unnaturally tall man with a blank and usually featureless face he is seen wearing a black suit. Stories of the Slender Man commonly feature him stalking, abducting, or traumatizing people, these people are usually children. The Slender Man is not set to a single comic or meme but there are different stories or comics composed of him, mostly composed online. Slender Man has been viral for some time now. Different authors have taken the character and gone in different directions with him. He has been displayed in many different creepy and distasteful articles. He is all over the site "creepy pasta" and continues to be a growing web creation. Many people have put there own twist on Slender Man, their have been different origin stories and many different ideas to what Slender Man really is. The Slender Man's fictional mythology has evolved without having a canon storyline making it difficult to fully understand his origin. His thought, powers, mind set are never constant, they vary based off the storytellers point of view. He is commonly described as very tall and thin with unnaturally long, arms in some cases they are described as tentacles though this is definitely not a fixed representation of him. His arms can extend to intimidate or capture his prey which often children. He has a white, featureless head and appears to be wearing a dark suit and tie. The Slender Man is associated with the forest, he has different abilities, however, one that seems to be a constant is his ability to teleport. Slender Man is often said to cause something called "Slender sickness." This will cause a person to feel paranoid and extremely uneasy. It causes nightmares and delusions accompanied by horrific mind tricks and nose bleeds. This fame is really accredited to the internet. A simple comic creation has taken this character to strong levels of infamy. Their are many strange myths to the idea of Slender Man and even though he is considered to be a web character their are those who say he is based off of someone real. People have speculated that the Slender Man story is going through a very well known character and storytelling situation. This means that the character is going through constant changes. Every time the story is told something different develops and certain things are gain while other forgotten.

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Slender Man Game

Slender Man based of videogames?

Some people say that Slender Man is a character from a few different horror based videogames. Some say that he has been games dating as far back "Sweet Home" an unreleased Japanese horror rpg made for the Nintendo entertainment system. Yet, the most popular game that Slender Man is said to exist is Amnesia: the Dark Descent. This was until someone made an online horror game called Slender. Now with that out people are playing games with this mythos developing into a very well-known and strangely like character. For some reason he has gained the same level of admiration that characters from the original clock Tower Like Scissor Man have received. The difference of course was that Scissor Man started off as a video game character not as a mythos. Now the scary part about Slender Man is that people aren't just reading about him and being fearful of him like they would say Freddy Krueger. No people are a actually interested in the Slender Man as someone of intrigue. People aren't finding this character to be just another bad guy and the problem begins when there is a cult following of this character.Though, I guess it is true that people want to be like their favorite super heroes I won't blame anyone for their opinion. With the popularity of Slender Man their are now costumes available online to dress like him. People have dressed up like him for Halloween and honestly I think its just for shock value and trying to be the first. The weird part abut this character is there really isn't too much about him outside of his crazy antics on the internet. I mean he has multiple back stories but there is no concise one or one that people can use as the true story. Again, we don't get to hear much about the mind of Slender Man. We know he does things that aren't good in most cases. He is definitely creep considering most of what he does is bother children. I mean in a sense it's wrong in so many ways when your main goal is to terrorize children. So why the character has the kind of popularity he has is well beyond me. Perhaps it gives people something to try to figure out. Through out history people have been very enamored with "The Bad Guy." you can check my article out on that (http://joedolphin88.hubpages.com/hub/why-do-we-root-for-the-bad-guy). The problem here is he isn't really the bad guy in a sense but rather a person with creepy and bad intentions.

Girls involved in Slender Man Stabbing

12 year old Girls involved in Slender Man Stabbing of friend
12 year old Girls involved in Slender Man Stabbing of friend
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Slender Man in picture

Is Slender Man to blame for stabbings

A 12 year old Waukesha girl survived being stabbed 19 times. She was found on Saturday May 30th by a bicyclist. Two classmates that are only 12 years old were arrested and told police they were inspired by a creepy, fictional character known as Slender Man. The Slender Man had been displayed to them on this site and they said they wanted join his realm. Creepy Pasta has gone and apologized to the families of those involved. He has shown statements stating that in no way is any story on the site real, that they are fictional. He also stated that what is on there is used for entertainment purposes not be taken literally. We are not a satanic cult just a literature site, was also said. One suspect Anissa E. Weier had told police that "Slender Man is the leader of Creepypasta, and in the hierarchy of that world, one must kill to show dedication." Weier also stated that fellow suspect Morgan E. Geyser told her "they should become proxies of Slender Man and kill their friend to prove themselves worthy of him." Weier said, "she was surprised by Geyser's suggestion, but also excited to prove skeptics wrong and show that Slender Man really did exist." Strangely the idea here for these girls as stated is that they wanted join Slender Man since he controls everything. This seemed very strange considering the mythos is definitely being changed. There has been a wide array of criticism floating around. One police officer said "this should be a wakeup call to all parents." He also said, "you need to monitor what your children are not only reading but watching online." There is a lot of defense comments being made as well. Some people have said that is the same people who believe video games or violent movies cause mass murderers. It only takes one or two crazies to make something entirely demonized. It is difficult to believe that a couple of twelve year old girls would do this. Firstly, how bored were these girls to go and do something like this to someone. Also apparently they had been working and plotting to do this for over four months. These was not a spur of the moment things that may have landed these girls in juvenile hall. This was seriously premeditated. These girls are being tried as adults for attempt of first degree murder. Defense attorneys are trying to claim that the girls are crazy. But, in a way they just seem fascinated with something evil. It's hard to say what is running through there heads. I am on the defense though. These girls are obviously messed up in the head. I can't blame a made up character for this. Slender Man didn't do the stabbing these two girls did. If we blame all facets of media we are just trying to scapegoat the fact that some people are just screwed up. I think the character deserves a pass, these two girls do not.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Very strange

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      Denise Handlon 2 years ago from North Carolina

      Wow! Although I've never heard of this character it does not surprise me of the 'copycat' violence that comes from it. Children are easily influenced and without parental guidance they are often left to drift into the macabre without too much effort.

      I blame the parents for the lack of connection to their children and what they are up to.

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      Joe 2 years ago from north miami FL

      Thank you both for the comments and reading. Denise I can understand your viewpoint and sure children are influenced to a certain extent. I take it further to say that their is something wrong with these two girls. An attempt to murder is something that really takes something most people are missing. I mean people in war have hard time dealing with murdering someone trying to murder them so the idea that these girls were normal and just got influenced kind of doesn't fly with me. The two girls obviously had something wrong them in one respect or another in my opinion. Thank you for the opinion though, I appreciate your point of view.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Interesting story. We never know what evil lurks in the darkness of one's mind. I think video games are fine and fun for some, but when you have a troubled child it can be dangerous.

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      Joe 2 years ago from north miami FL

      Well troubled is as troubled does. Influence can really only do so much when it comes to this level of wrong. Again that's my opinion but I still say this girls just nuts.

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      MissCapri 2 years ago

      Woot! I love your hub! I found it today as a related hub on my own, and by golly, I'm linking to it!

      I refuse to blame the parents for this, particularly since the families of all concerned are going through something horribly devastating already.

      I do blame the girls for their own creepy fangirl personalities that lead them to fall for this sick meme, and I feel that these girls are obviously capable of violence, so even if it hadn't been Slender Man, it would've eventually been something else they caused harm for.

      I also blame the glorification of the hoax that has been running rampant on the net.

      Creepy past's aim isn't to make the internet a better place. It is there to creep people out with stories that are often very tasteless and are made up to look as if they are true accounts of some kind, whether it's backstories about faux old journals and woodcuts, news report-style horror stories, or breathless accounts about supposedly lost old cartoons that caused suicide and scarred the story-teller for life.

      Creepy pasta is a branch of 4chan, after all.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Wow, I had never heard of 'Slender Man'. I sure have now...very creepy. I feel that anyone who commits premeditated murder like these girls did has to take responsibility for their actions. They must have already had troubled minds, but some people are susceptible to things they read and see. I admit to enjoying some "Creepy Pasta" videos I have seen. Voted up.

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      MissCapri 2 years ago

      Yeah, I think something had to be very wrong with these girls, it went way beyond typical kid meanness plus gullibility. Nothing about this is right. It's as unnatural and disturbing as Susan Smith, Andrea Yaits (sp?) and Theresa Knorr and what those women did to their own kids. These girls just threw away all of their friends and family to please what amounts to a gigantic tasteless chain letter. Tasteless because its main character Slender Man is so devoid of anything in the humanity department. I'm fine with people enjoying a scary story though not so much from memes - but when it comes to this kind of thing, ugh.

      Laughing Jack is just as bad, and this one fangirl I've had the displeasure of dealing with actually likes the creep. She also says she is a sadistic clown, and she issued death threats and a stalkerish attitude on her fan fiction page, after being kicked out of my site at least four times, because she promotes hoaxes and fangirlishness, and I so do not. Laughing Jack isn't scary, he's all out stomach-turning. That girl disgusted me enough, but when I found out about this deplorable crime, I nearly fell out of my chair.

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      MissCapri 2 years ago

      With all the advances in human rights we've made since slavery was outlawed, and women and children are not property, but just as human as men, it just floors me why those girls idolize a character who is a slaver on top of everything else vile. It's as if they would be just fine with time rolling back to some very much earlier century, not for the good part of the era, but for the rotten part of it.

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      CrisSp 2 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      What an interesting story! I wasn't aware of the slender man. Thank you for writing about this. It's horrible indeed but in my opinion, the girls are already psychos and watching and playing those video games just triggered their capabilities to commit such horrible crime, which for them I'm pretty sure was quite fascinating to do. They should be locked up.

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      MissCapri 2 years ago

      Here, here!

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      Joe 2 years ago from north miami FL

      Misscapri Jodah Crissp thank you all for commenting and I apologize for not thanking you all sooner. Yes CrisSp this story really grabbed me and caused me to want to share. Jodah this story is beyond creepy not so much Slender Man but these girls, their just crazy. Miss Capri I can tell I hit a story you really enjoy and am happy to have sparked your interest. I appreciate all of your comments and opinion here. Your article is highly in depth and impressive as well, it was a fantastic read.

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      MissCapri 2 years ago

      Thanks for the compliment, and you are welcome! Finding your hub made my night. It was a good read, and so nice to find someone else out there besides me who doesn't admire or fear Slender Man, either for real or as some kind of fakery to keep the whole *cough* 'mythos' thing going.

      I hope the girl who went through this hellish ordeal will be okay. It would be perfectly understandable if she would never want to hear or see another Slender Man thing in her lifetime.

      Somebody ought to make a Slender Man dartboard.

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      Joe 2 years ago from north miami FL

      I respect everything you have to say here but I don't know if she should even think about the Slender Man thing, I mean she really should just dislike the girls who did that to her. I mean honestly they may hide behind Slender Man as their reasoning but that's just foolish. I do wish the best for the poor girl injured.

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      Elizabeth Bowers 2 years ago from Tennessee

      I've heard of Slender Man and unfortunately I have a lot of friends who play the games and read the stories... but I don't think that it was "Slender Man's" fault that this atrocious crime happened... myths don't kill people. Games don't kill people. People kill people. But I DO seriously think that parents do need to watch their children's intake closely, especially when it comes to media. This is a disturbing event and that something like this happened makes me sick. There is so much wrong with this world today, and while games and myths like this can make it worse, they don't make crazy people do the horrible things they do. They might inspire it or make it worse, but ultimately, the girls did this. Thanks for the interesting read. The only advice I would have is to break up your paragraphs a little bit because the big chunks of text are often overwhelming and difficult to read. But your content was great and I thank you for sharing!

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      Joe 2 years ago from north miami FL

      Thank you so much for reading the hub and yes I will be making more paragraph breaks in the future. Of course you are very right here. People kill people, any way we look at it its the girls fault. Others will blame a hoaxy character but the fact of the matter is these girls even at their age are nuts.

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      MissCapri 2 years ago

      I think everyone knows this is the fault of those girls, and there has to be something horribly wrong with them to have it in them to commit this bloody heinous act.

      But the way Slender Man is being handled by other people surely doesn't help.

      I remember when Twilight was all the rage among fangirls. Twilight had a nice healthy backlash, and the crazy fangirls were viewed as nuts, Ed Cullen was openly opposed as a not-so-great model for how a man should be in a relationship, Bella criticized for her part, and no one ever unwittingly fed the notion that Twilight might be real.

      All of these elements are lacking where Slender Man is concerned, and for all anyone knows, maybe everyone thought those girls were only kidding around too until it happened.

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      Joe 2 years ago from north miami FL

      Well you make a valid point but I feel like at a certain point right and wrong will only be followed by those who want to follow it. The character could very well be a hero, they have some images of him saving children from burning building so honestly reading what some people write or draw is only some peoples image of the character.

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      Joe 2 years ago from north miami FL

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      MissCapri 2 years ago

      What the...? I'm checking this next hub out you just posted.

      And oh sure Slender Man poses as some kind of hero to save kids from burning rubble, maybe, but we know what that's about don't we?

      He's one of these characters who would only save someone so he could use and abuse them later, for his own personal gain, whether it's to eat them as a late night snack, or keep them around for years to serve some purpose for him.

      Yeah, I see right through any flimsy altruism masquerades of his.

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      MissCapri 2 years ago

      Gah. There was another one. A fangirl stabbed her own mother for Slender Man!

      http://nypost.com/2014/06/09/2nd-teen-stabbing-att...

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      Joe 2 years ago from north miami FL

      Yep I'm going to write an article myself about it. Actually I think I'm going to write a short story about a fictional character called unslender man

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      MissCapri 2 years ago

      That should be interesting.

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      Joe 2 years ago from north miami FL

      It's written check it out its there for a laugh and to give this whole string of craziness a new route. https://hubpages.com/literature/Slender-Man-Meets-...

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      Suzanne Day 2 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

      A very unusual hub and I'd never heard of Slender Man until now. I must admit, with children involved, it sounds like Slender Man is a type of rock spider man. Not my taste at all, but an interesting internet phenomenon none the less! Voted interesting.

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      Joe 2 years ago from north miami FL

      Thank you for reading and commenting Suzanne, and yes he has been an internet pheromone for some time now. I wasn't aware of until recently myself.

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      Tammy 2 years ago from North Carolina

      I heard the urban legend after all the killings, but I never saw this terrifying face before. It is sad that our youth is so easily brainwashed. Great information for parents here!

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      Joe 2 years ago from north miami FL

      Thank you much for reading the article yeah it is crazy how undeniably screwed up how some people, children could be so crazy.

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