Net 'demon' drove girls (12) to stab pal
Two 12-year-old American girls have appeared in court in chains and prison uniforms after allegedly repeatedly stabbing a schoolfriend in an effort to please a fictional internet demon-like character named Slender Man.
The girls have been charged as adults with attempted murder after luring their victim, also aged 12, to woods near their homes in Waukesha, Wisconsin, and trying to kill her in a frenzied knife attack, according to court documents.
They allegedly told detectives they had been planning to kill their classmate for months because they wanted to join the cult of Slender Man, a creature from an online horror story website who they believed was real.
They wanted to become "proxies" for the character and intended to run away to his mansion after murdering their victim, the court complaint said.
They left their victim lying in the woods with 19 stab wounds, but she managed to crawl to a road where a cyclist found her.
The girl, who has not been identified, is now in a stable condition in hospital, where doctors said that one slash of the blade missed an artery around her heart by just a millimetre.
The accused girls, Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier, were named as they have not been charged in juvenile court.
They face up to 65 years in prison if convicted as adults. (© Daily Telegraph, London)