How a Meme Becomes Myth

What could drive two 12-year-old girls to allegedly stab a friend in a methodical, premeditated fashion? If you take their word for it: Slender Man, a character conceived on an internet forum in 2009 and subsequently featured in countless amateur stories and a series of low-budget games. Here is the local paper's account: Both suspects explained the stabbing to police referencing their dedication to Slender Man, the character they discovered on a website called Creepypasta Wiki, which is devoted to horror stories.

Weier told police that Slender Man is the "leader" of Creepypasta, and in the hierarchy of that world, one must kill to show dedication.

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Does Stabbing Someone 50 Times Convey Intent to Murder?

One juror doesn't think so, though eleven did, and so there will be a retrial in the case "of a teen hustler charged with fatally stabbing WABC newsman George Weber in an S&M hookup gone bad." (via)