In 2014, one of the worst assaults spurned on by the internet (in a way) occurred. Two 12-year old girls stabbed a fellow classmate 19 times after inviting her over for a sleepover and luring her into the woods. The girls claimed they did it to appease the fictional horror character from the internet, Slender Man.
Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier are being tried for attempted murder with their defense being that they believed Slender Man was real and were terrified he was coming for them. Now, the girls, Geyser and Weier, are 14 and they investigation and trial are still ongoing.
However, earlier this week, according to the The New York Post and Associated Press, the attorneys for the girls requested a Wisconsin judge to reduce their bonds from $500,000 as the families have not been able to afford to pay them. However, the judge denied their request.
Both Geyser and Weier have been in custody for two years as it was initially intended that they would go to trial as adults. However, the courts have since considered moving their case to juvenile court. If convicted, the two could each face up to 65 years in prison, according to the AP. If they are tried as juveniles and found guilty, they can only be held until they are 25.
The attorneys have tried to have their clients released on several occasions using claims that the mental health has improved significantly since being placed in custody.
There is no word yet on when the girls will go to trial.
For more details like the psychology of the girls and the details behind the internet myth, you watch the documentary, Beware the Slenderman.