Posts Tagged ‘slender man’

So, I was filling out an application form the other day for an awesome job in the paranormal field and I added my blog to the ‘About Me’ section. It was then that I realised I hadn’t updated my site in over 18 months, BUT I have a good reason.  I now have a gorgeous 14 month old little girl and she is happy and healthy and that is what has taken all my time this previous 18 months. So, I have decided to polish off the keyboard and start to blog again. I can’t believe I have missed out on all these opportunities to blog about so many amazing shows and films that have been released this past year. Like, who saw Stranger Things?! It was bloody awesome and I am itching for another season. I have also heard there is to be a Netflix series about Slender Man, and Stephen King’s IT is currently being filmed for release in 2017. SO much is going on and I am back.

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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*EDIT* – Due to the recent stabbing in the US in relation to the Slender Man story, please note this post was written nearly a year ago. Slender Man is NOT real, it is just a story.

So i have spent the best part of two hours researching Slender man. Honestly, i had no idea whether this was just some great advertising for an up and coming film or some urban legend. The legend goes that people are stalked by the faceless man/being leading up to their inevitable disappearance. People will see this being following them in the woods or in the darkness, they will be overcome with feelings of nausea and sickness and this will lead them to paranoia and to show signs of erratic behavior. No one else will be able to see the Slender man, apart for the person he has chosen to stalk. Then, the person of choice will disappear…..never to be heard from again. Well, that’s how the story goes.

I found various Youtube videos and websites dedicated to this legend, some believe he is real and some believe this is all hype. I am one of those people that believe there is no smoke without fire, so there must be some morsel of truth. However, stories spread as fact can cause mass hysteria and can cause sane people to see Slender man in bushes, trees and in the darkness. It doesn’t necessarily mean he is there in between the trees, the witness just happens to think they have seen him .

Photos and videos have surfaced as fact but very few look genuine, like most talked about phenomenon, people want to get views on their blog or page and will stoop to making fake and altered images. Nowadays with the marvel of technology, it is very easy to photoshop and alter images to create a spooky and seemingly legit image. It is very hard to separate the real from the fake, just adding fuel to the millions of skeptics out there.

If Slender man was ‘real’ then wouldn’t the media and news outlets spread more awareness and warnings about this being? Anything that is seen as paranormal/mythical and cannot be cemented with fact, will never be publicised on the mainstream media. Ghosts and UFOs are never headline news, even though i wholeheartedly believe in them, the general public will forever be in mixed minds about the paranormal.

This is why i want to research and investigate other phenomenon, to help non believers….Believe.