Slenderman kills

The Slender Man has been a fascinating topic for quite a few horror fans for the past years. The most searches related to him was to find out if he was real. Well this character, though being fictional, has been the reason for many deaths.
The Slender Man was created on June 10, 2009 on a thread in the SomethingAwful Internet forum. The thread was a photoshop contest in which users were challenged to edit everyday photographs to appear paranormal.
The Slender Man soon went viral, spawning numerous works of fanart,cosplay, and online fiction known as “creepypasta“: scary stories told in short snatches of easily copyable text that spread from site to site. Divorced from its original creator, the Slender Man became the subject of myriad stories by multiple authors within an overarching mythos.
He is most commonly described as very tall and thin with unnaturally long,tentacle-like arms which he can extend to intimidate or capture prey. In most stories his face is white and featureless, but occasionally his face appears differently to anyone who sees it.

But when people take fiction for real…well, things go crazy.
On May 31, 2014, two 12-year-old girls in Waukesha, allegedly held down and stabbed a 12-year-old classmate 19 times. When questioned later by authorities, they reportedly claimed that they wished to commit a murder as a first step to becoming proxies for the Slender Man, having read about it online. They also state that they were afraid that Slender Man would kill their families if they did not commit the murder.The victim was able to crawl from the woods, where she had been left, to reach a roadside. A passing cyclist intervened, and the victim survived the attack. Both female attackers have been diagnosed with mental illnesses but have also been charged as adults and are each facing up to 65 years in prison. One of the girls reportedly said Slender Man watches her, can read minds, and could teleport. Experts testified in court she also said she conversed with Lord Voldemort and one of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. On August 1, 2014, she was found incompetent to stand trial and her prosecution was suspended until her condition improved. 
In a statement to the media,  Eric Knudsen said,”I am deeply saddened by the tragedy in Wisconsin and my heart goes out to the families of those affected by this terrible act.” He stated he would not be giving interviews on the matter. 
After hearing the story, an unidentified woman from  Cincinnati, Ohio told a reporter her 13-year-old daughter had attacked her with a knife, and had written macabre fiction, some involving the Slender Man, who the mother said motivated the attack.
On September 4, 2014, a 14-year-old girl in Port Richey, Florida allegedly set her family’s house on fire while her mother and nine-year-old brother were inside. Police reported that the teenager had been reading online stories about Slender Man as well as Atsushi Ōkubo’s manga Soul Eater. Eddie Daniels of the Pasco Sheriff’s Office said the girl “had visited the website that contains a lot of the Slender Man information and stories. It would be safe to say there is a connection to that.”
During an early 2015 epidemic of suicide attempts by young people ages 12 to 24 on thePine Ridge Indian Reservation, Slender Man was cited as an influence; the Ogala Sioux tribe president noted that many Native Americans traditionally believe in a “suicide spirit” similar to the Slender Man.
Well that was about the Slenderman, but many other fictional characters have caused havocs before, many will…in the future.


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