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Creepypasta.com posts disclaimer after Wisconsin stabbings

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Two 12-year-old Wisconsin girls who have been charged with stabbing and nearly killing a friend told investigators that they planned the slaying to curry favor with a fictional character they read about on a horror website.

Here's a look at the character called Slenderman and the website police say the girls had been reading for months:



Slenderman is a paranormal being who lurks near forests and who absorbs, kills or carries off victims. In some accounts, he targets children. He looks like a long-limbed, lean man in a black suit but has no face. In some accounts, he has tentacles protruding from his back.

Eric Knudsen of Florida created the character in response to a call for submissions from the online forum SomethingAwful, said Shira Chess, an assistant professor at the University of Georgia who has researched Slenderman's origins. Knudsen posted the first photos along with a fictional news story under the username Victor Surge on June 10, 2009. He did not respond Tuesday to an email seeking comment.

Other writers, artists and programmers later created additional stories, movies and video games featuring Slenderman. Websites show what appear to be photographs of the character, lending it the air of authenticity.

"It feels real," Chess said. "A 12-year-old potentially isn't going to know the whole origin of the story."



The girls told Wisconsin police that they read about Slenderman on the website creepypasta.wikia.com.

The site defines a creepypasta as "a short story posted on the Internet that is designed to unnerve and shock the reader."

Online communities have developed to distribute creepypastas and create new ones, said Chris Edmond, a writer who posts under the username MrCreepyPasta. The stories can attract large audiences; Edmond has 385,000 Facebook followers and 500,000 YouTube subscribers.

Edmond said sites dedicated to creepypastas are in no way meant to incite violence. Instead, he said, the goal is to be creative and foster the horror genre.



Creepypasta.wikia.com is part of a larger site, wikia.com, which includes 2,700 wikis devoted to fan fiction. A wiki allows groups of users to add, delete, edit and share information.

An administrator posted on creepypasta.wikia.com Tuesday to say that all stories on the site are fiction and not meant to advocate or endorse killing or other violence. The post described the stabbing in Wisconsin as "an isolated incident, and does not represent or attribute the Creepypasta community as a whole."

"There is a line of between fiction and reality, and it is up to you to realize where the line is," the administrator wrote. "We are a literature site, not a crazy satanic cult."

Attempts to reach site operators by phone and email were unsuccessful.



Creepypasta sites aren't aimed at children, but they attract thousands of readers younger than 18. Edmond said about one-third of his audience on Facebook and YouTube is between the ages of 13 and 17.

Joanne Cantor, a retired University of Wisconsin-Madison professor who studied the effect of media on children, said stories such as Slenderman can have a greater effect because children can interact with the tale by viewing pictures, watching videos or posting their own versions of stories or comments.

"It could very well be that they were confused about reality" in the stabbing case, Cantor said.

She recommended parents talk to their children about how to determine whether things they see on the Internet are real.

"It should say to parents, don't underestimate what's going on in your kids' media use," Cantor said.


Associated Press writer M.L. Johnson in Milwaukee and News Researcher Rhonda Shafner in New York contributed to this report.

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William June 04 2014 at 3:21 PM

I'm enjoying the comments. As a member of the NRA and a CCW holder...I just wonder how the comment would differ if there was a gun involved. Clearly the same individualw with the same sick mindset....but nobody is blaming the knife. And you know damn well if there was a gin involved you would be screaming about gun laws and the NRA and congress. Funny how people just can't see how hypocritical they are when they blame the person(s) responsible for a crime...unless it's a firearm...then their logic goes out the window and they blame everything BUT the person responsible.

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racjaa June 04 2014 at 3:21 PM

parents, watch what your kid is doing on the internet. We all suffer when you don't do your parental job. At 12 years old, parental controls should be applied, and if necessary put the computer in a room where you can watch what they are doing. Do your job so we can all be marginally safer from nuerotic and crazy internet brought up people.

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ctslair June 04 2014 at 3:30 PM

Oh, please...even a twelve year old KNOWS it's wrong to do what these two girls did, no matter what they see or read about on the 'Net. Planning to kill someone and then trying to carry that out, regardless of why, is just plain obscene, whether you're twelve--or fifty.

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hey June 04 2014 at 2:54 PM

i hope the girl that was stabbed recovers and the 2 evil sub-humans are locked up and forgotten about, sue the parents for all they got , they raised these monsters and should have to take responablities for them. not everyone deserves to be reformed , some sub-humans should be treated just like sub=humans, the are missing the gene that makes humans humane

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Diamond Press June 04 2014 at 2:44 PM

The boogie man does exist, a child was murdered because two other children were dabbling in occultism and horror realism, the realm of the real boogie man, Satan.

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zygi & paris June 04 2014 at 3:17 PM

These girls knew exactly what they were doing. They planned to murder their friend, then went about the business of carrying it out. They should be put away for a long, long time. If they think like this now, there is no telling what they will do in the future.

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hahudz zygi & paris June 04 2014 at 3:32 PM

They are super sick kids.....only 12 years old to deliberately plot something like this....and the one sounds like a classic 'follower'.....she only would attack the other girl if the one girl 'told her to'.

Lock them up for life. Period. No getting out. At least they 'surfaced' now before they did somethng worse. They have ruined their lives (and their parents'). No one will give them a job.....only another sicko would marry them......they should never have kids and lay their history on a poor innocent child.....who would want to live near them or work with them. Okay taxpayers, guess who is gonna support them the rest of their lives. Dumb stupid fools.....welcome to lousy food and making license plates for the next 60+ years.

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rita hahudz June 05 2014 at 12:37 AM

Sounds like the Manson syndrom.

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M hahudz June 06 2014 at 1:30 AM

Ohhhh, but.... the two MUST have been bullied!
It **just couldn't be** their own fault! Where are the psychologists and team of lawyers to prove that? Oh, wait, this just in... the parents are not, repeat NOT wealthy.
Nevermind. Scratch another "afluenza" defense.

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sally762 June 04 2014 at 3:07 PM

Both of them should put away in Jail for Life. 12 years of age doing such a hideous things, shouldn't be out to see daylight again.

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kim sally762 June 05 2014 at 5:38 AM

No you are wrong these are kids what they have done is awful but not life in prison worthy, they need to be barred from all computers never allowed contact with each other again. They need intensive psychological counseling and incredibly close supervision. They should get a homebound education, no computers allowed in the home as part of their probation. The parents should get these children some religious education might be a good idea also.

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chris kim June 05 2014 at 7:34 AM

"The parents should get these children some religious education might be a good idea also."
That is their problem to begin with. They don't know how to distinguish reality from fantasy, and neither do you.

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erinjanespca kim June 05 2014 at 8:25 AM

Uhm, trying to kill their friend for Slenderman is DEFINITELY prison worthy.

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Lisa Gonsalves Costa sally762 June 05 2014 at 5:55 AM

I agree! Being this evil at the age of 12 is a clear indication that they are a danger to anyone/everyone they come in contact with. They stabbed this poor girl "19" times, how can you (Kim) say that this is "not prison worthy"!! Do you want them released to your custody? Put them away for life~

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conchydon June 04 2014 at 4:57 PM

I am calling for a nationwide ban on knives. no more private sales, a three day waiting period with comprehensive background checks, lets get rid of the garage sale loophole, This has to stop!!!

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dorc792 Jeanne M. Conway June 04 2014 at 11:16 PM

run for president...then you can lie an get away with it

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bline75 June 04 2014 at 7:36 PM

This horrible crime goes to further illustrate where the problem lies with all the violence in our country.

Libs blame guns for all this evil, death, and destruction. They never want to believe and admit that our nation's loss of morals, values, and family is the problem.

Add to that all the evil and violent media (video games, movies, websites) that these kids grow up constantly consuming throughout their development and you are going to have some problems.

Whether it be guns, knifes, explosives, poisons...these events are going to continue to happen unless America completely changes its ways. We all know that is not going to happen either. The next horrible story is just right around the corner. SAD!!!

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erinjanespca bline75 June 05 2014 at 8:27 AM

Video Games have ratings, it's failed parenting letting them play games for the adults that is the problem. And even then it's been proven in studies that violent video games don't create murderers.

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