Payton Leutner, the young girl who was savagely stabbed by her classmates two years ago, on Memorial Day, has resumed her normal life. Leutner’s parents declared that their daughter is doing a lot better, and has recently embarked on a trip to Canada, organize by the teen’s French club.
Leutner, now 14-years-old, has decided to leave her sordid past behind, to concentrate on the things that matter to her. The victim of the brutal Slenderman stabbing has resumed her normal life and is looking forward to her trip to Canada.
The update on Leutner’s condition comes before the release of a documentary produced by HBO called Beware of Slenderman. Since the incident which took in 2014, Leutner’s parents appeared many times on national television to offer insights into the facts that scarred the little girl for life.
As for Leutner’s assailants, the two classmates will be judged as adults and will be charged with premeditated homicide. The girls tried to plead insanity, but at this point, it’s still premature to say whether the judge will accept the new grounds.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Slenderman stabbing, here are the highlights of US’s most notorious attempted murder case involving a fictional character.
Of Slenderman’s birthplace, there is little doubt. The fictional character was born in 2009, as part of a Photoshop contest hosted on a forum called Something Awful.
The idea of Slenderman became so popular that fans began to upload new images and to write sordid fiction focused on the mythological character. Slenderman was also the protagonist of many horror-survival video games.
According to Slenderman’s mythos, the unnerving character was always depicted as being very tall and wearing a black suit. Probably its most distinguishing trait was its featureless face. Slenderman will always appear in the dead of night in the forest, kidnapping children, and scaring the living daylight of all those who were unfortunate enough to cross its path.
Those who met Slenderman were scarred for life, as it was said that staring at its featureless would cause amnesia and violent coughing.
Anissa Weier and Morgan Geyser, two 12-years-old from Waukesha, Wisconsin, were avid fans of Slenderman fiction. They would devour every scrap of information related to the silent entity that supposedly lived in the woods.
However, the two girls became so infatuated with all the stories wove around the Slenderman mythos, that they came to believe that he is real and a real threat to them and their families. Their infatuation soon turned into obsession and paranoia, as the girls realized that the only way to save themselves and their loved ones was to appease the silent killer in some way and Slenderman would only accept blood tributes.
Geyser and Weier devised a devilish plan to win Slenderman’s favor by sacrificing one of the classmates and friend, Payton Leutner. On the 31st of May, 2014, Weier and Geyser lured Peyton in the nearby Nicolet National Forest, the place where they believed Slenderman had his house.
According to the court document, Peyton’s assailants believed that spilling the blood of their friend would not only win Slenderman’s favor, but it would also allow the girls to visit his mansion in the woods.
After luring Peyton in the woods, Weier and Geyser stabbed her 19 times using a knife took from the kitchen and left her there to die. With what little strength she had left, Peyton managed to crawl out of the woods, and into the street, where she began to scream for help.
Her blood-curling screams were heard by a passing cyclist who immediately called the authorities. With what little strength she had left, Peyton managed to tell the law enforcement officer the name of her attackers.
The two girls were captured a couple of hours later near Interstate 94 by a law enforcement officer. The surgeons managed to undo the damage caused by the stab wounds but later declared that it was a miracle that Peyton survived, considering that the last blow missed the aorta by one millimeter.
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