Anissa Weir, 19, requested her release in a letter this March. “If I want to be a productive member of society, I need to be a part of society,” she wrote.
A 19-year-old woman who participated in the nearly fatal stabbing of a friend, a crime she said was done to favor a sinister fictional character named Slender Man, will be released from a psychiatric hospital on Monday, A Wisconsin judge delivered the ruling Friday.
The 2014 attack, in which two 12-year-old girls from Waukesha, Wis., lured a classmate into a park and stabbed her 19 times, shocked parents in an upper-middle-class suburb of Milwaukee.
In 2017, the woman, Anissa Weir, pleaded guilty to being a party to second-degree intentional attempted murder, and was sentenced to 25 years at the Winnebago Mental Health Institute. In March this year, he asked the court to release him from the institution.
“I have exhausted all the resources available to me at the Winnebago Mental Health Institute,” Ms Weir written in a letter demanding his release. “If I want to be a productive member of society, I have to be a part of society.” Ms Weir’s lawyer did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Saturday.
Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge Michael O. Bohren ordered Ms Weir’s release in July, but said she would remain at the Winnebago Mental Health Institute until the terms of her release were approved. The full report on those terms, which were defined on Friday, has not been released to the public.
During a hearing in July, Judge Bohren acknowledged the gravity of the crime committed by Ms Weir and Morgan Geiger in 2014, when they and the victim were sixth graders at Horning Middle School in Waukesha.
“It might still make people tremble because it was such a terrible thing,” the judge said, adding that not only was the physical assault but it happened between friends who were children.
On 31 May 2014, Ms. Geiger and Ms. Weir lured 12-year-old Peyton Leutner into the woods, where Ms. Geiger stabbed the girl 19 times with a kitchen knife, as Ms. Weir urged her.
Ms. Geiger previously testified, “Anissa told her to lie down so she wouldn’t lose blood so quickly, and told her to keep quiet.” “And off we go.”
Ms. Weir and Ms. Geiger said they attempted the murder because they wanted to appease Slender Man, a fictional character usually depicted as a tall, shadowy man with a blank face. He said he believed the slender man was real and lived in a mansion in the woods of northern Wisconsin. He said that by killing Ms. Leutner, she would become his “proxy”.
In 2018, Ms Geiger was sentenced to 40 years in a psychiatric hospital.
Ms. Lutner managed to survive by crawling through the woods. It took him months to recover from his injuries. Doctors said a knife wound came within a millimeter of hitting a major artery, which would have killed him.
The origins of Slender Man, considered one of the internet’s best-known urban legends, can be traced back to 2009, when images were posted on an online forum devoted to fake paranormal images. Images of the character circulated online and the legend continued to grow. Some depicted Slender Man with a tentacle. Others show him with powers of mind control.
At the hearing in July, Judge Boehren said Ms Weir had “a clean mental health history, if you wish.” Ms Weir told the court that she planned to live with her father upon his release, and would seek part-time work and pursue college.
“I’m going to be a productive member of society, forge my own path and get some sort of higher education,” Ms Weir wrote in the March letter. “I want to reiterate that I’m not saying I’m growing, changing, evolving or adapting. I can’t do that here anymore.”