The mothers of the Wisconsin girls who tried to murder their friend to appease the “Slender Man” said in a new interview they were absolutely shocked when they found out.
Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier said they were influenced by the fictional character “Slender Man” and wanted to kill their friend to appease him.
The girls were 12 when they attempted to kill their friend Payton Leutner in 2014.
They later told investigators “it was necessary” to please “Slender Man.”
They said they plotted to kill Leutner for five months before taking action in the ultimately botched attempt.
The girls invited her to the local park after they had a sleepover, and stabbed her 19 times.
Leutner was left for dead but crawled out of the woods and got help from a bicyclist.
She survived the ordeal.
“I couldn’t believe what I was hearing,” Angie Geyser told ABC News’ “20/20.” “I never would have imagined that my daughter was capable of hurting another person.”
Geyser said her daughter showed her some of the “Slender Man” stories but she wasn’t concerned.
“She would show us some of the pictures, and she would read us some of the stories, and while some of the subject matter was a little dark, I wasn’t concerned,” Angie Geyser said. “When I was Morgan’s age, I was reading Stephen King novels. I remember being 11 years old and riding home from the library with [the book] ‘IT’ under my arm. And that’s a very scary and dark story, so I just thought it was normal for a child of middle school age to be interested in scary stories.”
Weier pleaded guilty to attempted second-degree intentional homicide last year, although she was found not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect.
She was ordered by a state judge to spend 25 years in a mental health facility, NPR reported.
A plea deal for Geyser had her plead guilty to attempted first-degree intentional homicide, but she was also then found not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect, CNN reported.
Her sentencing was scheduled for Feb. 1.