Anissa Weier and Morgan Geyser were two twelve year old girls from Wisconsin who decided the only way to please the so called Slenderman was to murder their twelve year old friend. Slenderman who was created as an online contest was a mysterious figure who lived in the woods. Anissa Weier (picture on the right) and Morgan Geyser would invite their twelve year old friend over for a sleepover and the plan was to murder the girl that night however that plan soon changed.
The next morning the three twelve year old girls were out in the woods when Anissa Weier and Morgan Geyser would stab their friend over a dozen times then would leave her fighting for her life. The victim was able to crawl out to a hospital where a passing jogger would find her and call 911 for help. The victim would name both Anissa Weier and Morgan Geyser as the two people responsible for the brutal attack.
Anissa Weier and Morgan Geyser would soon be arrested and they would freely admit to stabbing the victim in order to please Slender Man in the hopes that he would accept them into his magical kingdom. This case would drag out in the court system until eventually both girls would be acquitted of murder due to reason of insanity. Anissa Weier would be ordered to a mental health hospital for as many as twenty five years to life or until a judge saw fit to relase her. Morgan Geyser would be ordered to a mental hospital for forty years to life or until a judge saw fit to release her.
Anissa Weier 2021 Information
Anissa Weier was confined to the Winnebago Mental Health since she was ordered by the courts. In 2021 Anissa Weier would file for a release stating that she had exhausted all services available by the facility and she wanted to rejoin society. Surprisingly the judge agreed with her and ordered her release (read full story below
Morgan Geyser 2021 Information
Morgan Geyser is still a patient at Winnebago Mental Health and like Anissa Weier she must remain there until she has served her complete sentence or until a judge sees fit. As of 2021 Morgan Geyser has filed to be released however a judge denied the request
Anissa Weier Release
A Wisconsin judge has ordered the release of a teenager convicted of stabbing her classmate during the infamous 2014 “Slender Man” attack.
During a hearing Thursday, Waukesha County Judge Michael Bohren agreed to release 19-year-old Anissa Weier from the Winnebago Mental Health Institute, where she was initially sentenced to remain until the age of 37, the Associated Press reports.
In March, Weier petitioned for a conditional release on the grounds that she had made great progress with her treatment and was ready to re-enter society.
“By petitioning the Court for conditional release, I am NOT saying I am done with my treatment,” Weier wrote in a letter obtained by WDJT-TV dated March 8. “I am saying that I have exhausted all the resources available to me at the Winnebago Mental Health Institute. If I am to become a productive member of society, I need to be a part of society.”
State prosecutors countered her petition with a statement saying they still believe she is a danger to others, adding that “her mind is still immature” and “susceptible to dangerous influences,” the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel previously reported.
On May 31, 2014, Weier and her friend, Morgan Geyser, lured their classmate into the woods and stabbed her 19 times, claiming that they attacked her in order to please Slender Man, a mythical creature they read about online.
At the time of the attack, all three girls were 12 years old. The victim barely survived.
Despite their young age, Weier and Geyser were tried in adult court. Weier, who was initially charged with attempted first-degree homicide, ended up with a lesser attempted second-degree homicide charge after a jury deemed her mentally ill at the time of the attack.
She accepted a plea deal in 2017 and was sentenced to the maximum 25 years in a psychiatric facility. Her sentencing agreement allowed for her to apply for supervised release after spending at least three years at the Winnebago Mental Health Institute.
On Thursday, Bohren announced that state officials will have 60 days to prepare a release plan for Weier, AP reports. In the meantime, Weier will remain at the Winnebago facility.
Anissa Weier is scheduled to return to court on Sept. 10, when further arrangements will be made.
Morgan Geyser Release Attempt
As one woman in the Slender Man stabbing case looks to be released in the coming weeks, the other’s hope for a change in her sentence appears to have hit a final roadblock after her latest petition was denied by the state Supreme Court.
Morgan Geyser, who was committed to 40 years to a secure mental health facility after nearly stabbing her friend to death in 2014 in Waukesha, had looked to take her case to the state’s highest court system to argue different aspects of her case.
For years, she has challenged a judge’s decision in Waukesha County Circuit Court who kept her case in the adult court system, only to be denied each time.
Geyser, who turns 19 in May, appealed in 2019 to the Court of Appeals, the state’s intermediate appellate court, arguing the venue and that her statements to police after being arrested should have been suppressed. But last August, the state’s Court of Appeals upheld the Circuit Court’s decision. A month later, Geyser filed a petition of review with the Supreme Court. Late last month, her petition was denied.
Geyser was 12 when she and Anissa Weier plotted for months to kill their middle-school classmate Payton Leutner, an act they told police they did to appease the fictitious online horror character, Slender Man.
A day after celebrating Geyser’s birthday with a sleepover, Geyser and Weier, then 12 as well, sought to executive their plan by stabbing Leutner 19 times and leaving her for dead in a wooded area of a Waukesha park. They told police they set off to live in the Nicolet National Forest in northern Wisconsin where they believed Slender Man lived. The girls were later found by police and taken into custody where they confessed in hourslong interrogation interviews their plans to kill.
They said they believed they needed to take this action or else there would be repercussions from Slender Man, including fatal violence against them or their families. They were both held not criminally responsible for their actions due to their mental state. But Weier took her chances at a trial after pleading to attempted second-degree intentional homicide. A jury declared Weier was not guilty by mental disease or defect and was committed to the maximum 25 years.
Geyser and her attorneys said the mitigating factors — Geyser’s age and mental health (she was later diagnosed with early onset schizophrenia) — warranted an attempted second-degree intentional homicide charge, an offense that does not qualify for adult jurisdiction.
The appellate court said the circuit court made the right decision in keeping the case in adult court and that allowing into evidence Geyser’s statements during her police interview would have been “harmless” in court due to all of the other “unchallenged and overwhelming evidence.”
The appellate court also said that Geyser failed to show how suppressing her statements would have resulted in a better outcome for her when she struck a plea deal that avoided any prison time and permits her to petition for conditional release every six months.
While denying Geyser’s request, Justice Rebecca Dallet wrote that “this case raises a significant question of whether, because of her young age, mental state, and lack of parental support, the defendant’s waiver of her Miranda rights was knowing, intelligent and voluntary.” She added that “the bench, bar and public would benefit from the court’s clear and definitive declaration of the appropriate standard to apply to the harmless-error analysis when a defendant has entered a plea.”
Justice Ann Bradley joined Dallett in the dissent.
The Supreme Court’s jurisdiction is discretionary and fewer than 10% of the petitions for review filed are heard, according to the state’s courts system. While petitioners can only appeal to the Supreme Court if they lost their case in the Court of Appeals, the Supreme Court’s primary function is to develop law, not to correct errors that might have occurred in the lower courts.
Weier’s hearing to be conditionally released from the Winnebago Mental Health Institute is set for March 10.
Medical professionals have evaluated Weier, now 19, over the last two months and will likely all be called to testify next month.
Anissa Weier’s commitment runs until she is 37. If her request is denied, she can also petition every six months.