Wednesday, June 4, 2014

By Jamaal Ryan

Over this past weekend, two twelve year old girls, Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier, lured another their 12 year old classmate over for a sleep over, then into the woods and stabbed her 19 times. Their alleged motivation, to become a proxy for Slender Man. You can read the full CNN report here.  

Surprisingly – and thankfully – there has yet to be any forced linkage to the video game adaptation of Slender Man, though the fiction and the lore that the girls were apparently obsessed with were generated from the wiki Creepypasta.

But this isn’t just about video games, this is about fictional creativity and the idea that fantastical products of imagination can somehow have such dictatorship over crimes like this.

Sloshedtrain, an admin on Creepypasta, wrote this in his blog post yesterday in response to the crime and demands to shutdown the wiki:

“Will these people succeed on their request? Most likely not. These are the same people who think that violent video games help create mass murders, because it’s convenient to blame and point fingers.”

This sediment is also shared by Dr. Michael Rich, the director of the Center on Media and Child Health at Boston Children’s Hospital:

“Clearly, there are mental health issues here. No one can stab someone 19 times in an unfeeling way. … These girls got to a place in their own heads where the illogical became logical.”

He continues:

“I don’t think we can lay this at the doorstep of the Internet, computers or even video games.”

It’s troublesome and even painful to hear that such young children would commit such a horrific and heinous crime. However the internet shaming following the attempted murder is short sighted, neglecting how cults, religion, and other forms of worship have driven people to carry out these “sacrifices”. 

If the two girls stated that they stabbed the girl to "serve God" or to serve Saturn, the story wouldn't be too much different.

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