Like most people who have heard about the recent stabbing in Wisconsin, i am shocked. How can two 12 year old girls justify stabbing someone by saying they were trying to prove that the urban myth Slender Man is real?

Now, the Slender Man post on my blog has been one of my most popular stories, so there is obviously a lot of interest in the myth, but that is exactly what the story is – a myth. I know this, and 99.9% of people who read the story know this.

This horrific attack is the result of poor mental health, not horror stories. Too often in the media, rock music and horror films are blamed as a catalyst for murder and attacks, but as a fan of both rock and horror i can honestly say violence has never crossed my mind. No matter how bad my PMS has got.

It is easier for people to blame something like horror movies, something that can be seen, touched and controlled. “Ban violent films,” people yell in the aftermath of a brutal crime. This should change to “More awareness for mental health issues,” but people want to brush that under the rug. Unlike a movie, mental health cant be categorized quite as easily, cant be subtitled and doesn’t have a synopsis of what exactly is wrong with the person in question.

No, mental health is too complex, just blame the movies.

I love horror movies, i am fascinated by the paranormal and i spend way too much time researching famous killers and cults. However i am grateful to have a relatively healthy mind and can distinguish between right and wrong.

Unfortunately these two girls who committed this crime on the 31st of May were clearly not mentally stable, they needed (and still need) help. We need to focus on the real problem here, lack of access for mental health, not the Slender Man online myth.

These girls would have committed a crime whether or not Slender Man existed. If it wasn’t Slender Man it would have been something else. I am wishing a full recovery to the victim of this crime, but i also hoping for a recovery for the two girls who committed this crime.

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  1. Carl Hancock says:

    One thing to note is in your original post you wrote…

    “I am one of those people that believe there is no smoke without fire, so there must be some morsel of truth.”

    Which isn’t the same as saying you and 99.9% of people know that Slender Man isn’t real.

    Slender Man isn’t a myth, he’s a 100% pure work of fiction created by someone online. A myth is something rooted in tradition and with more history behind it. Something that often does have some morsel of truth to it as you mentioned. Even if that morsel of truth is extremely far removed from the myth that is told.

    Slender Man isn’t a myth.

    The character was created by Eric Knudsen just 5 years ago. He’s a purely fictional character with no connection to factual events or reality.

    But you are correct. A 12 year old should know the difference between fantasy and reality. Hell, my 6 year old knows the difference and has since he was very young. They say most kids know the difference as early as 2 1/2 years old.

    On top of mental illness playing a role there was also poor parenting. A father and mother who cheered on their daughters obsession with the fictional Slender Man character:

    http://scallywagandvagabond.com/2014/06/morgan-geysers-father-encouraged-slender-man-obsession/

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    • leannejourno says:

      I think I phrased it wrong when I said there is no smoke without fire, what I meant was the story didn’t come out of no where. Maybe someone heard about a stalking or a murder and twisted in into a story to gain followers or to gain publicity. Thank you for the comment. I understand now that Myth wasn’t the correct work, my understanding was that myth was just a ‘ghost story/urban legend’ type story.

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      • Carl Hancock says:

        It’s a sad situation. The two girls were definitely mentally ill. I’ve also read that the family of the other girl was also heavily encouraged their interests. Which I typically wouldn’t have a problem with, that combined with their mental instability blurring reality contributed to what happened. Very sad situation.

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