You’ve probably heard of him, the tall, gaunt, lanky figure, who stands faceless while he stalks his human prey, namely young children.
Slenderman was a mere myth who entered people’s nightmares and featured in video games…until he was held responsible by two young girls as the reason they stabbed their classmate in June 2014.
The legend of Slenderman became very real and captured the world, even inspiring a much-anticipated documentary on HBO to be released in January.
The girls, Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier were both 12 at the time, and are set to go on trial for attempted homicide next year.
They allegedly said the Slenderman made them stab their friend 19 times, almost killing her.
The pair, from Wisconsin, claimed that a terrifying tall, faceless man in a black suit stalked them and threatened their families.
There are numerous unsettling images that people claim to contain images of the paranormal figure lurking in the background, with entire websites dedicated to citing evidence of his existence.
The first documented encounter with Slenderman was German artist Hans Holbein’s carving ‘Der Ritter’ in 1540.
In a documentary posted on YouTube, Christian Craughwell, a paranormal investigator, said:
This is widely considered to be the first documented encounter.
In this carving we see somebody battling what is clearly non-human entity.
Since that time sightings and encounters have increased hugely.
Despite all the ‘evidence’ that people post to websites, British author and journalist David Barnett, who has researched Slenderman extensively, said the phenomena was created in 2009 in urban myth forums.
Geyser has been diagnosed with early onset schizophrenia and both girls could spend up to 45 years in prison.
People love a good urban myth, and it’s crazy what you can do with Photoshop these days…I’m skeptical.