Slender Man: The Horror Figure of the Selfie Age
Do you know Slender Man? The famous urban legend that up until now, people still regard him as a real entity, Some even worship him and give human flesh as an offering to the said terrifying creature just like what the two girls from Wisconsin tried to do. But before we discuss their case, let's get to know Slender Man a bit more.
Slender man is a silent stalker that likes to hide in plain sight and is usually spotted in wooded areas where he could blend in amongst the trees and dark corners of the forest. When he finds his victim of choice, he follows them home and upon being seen through the window, can use a form of hypnosis that compels you to walk right into his spindly arms. Usually glimpsed at a distance, once he’s close enough to get a good look at, that’s when he slinks into your home appearing in dark hallways or blank t.v. screens.
American legend says that he was once a man who was tortured viciously, first being beaten with a log, then impaled with a 2 foot stick and hung from a tree with his arms and legs pulled from their sockets.
When captured, you will wake to find Slender man standing above you. He will ask one question and if you’re lucky and get it right, he breaks both your arms and legs. But if you are wrong, then he slowly sticks his fingers down your throat pulling out the heart. - playwithdeath
Slender Man is now dubbed as a horror figure for the selfie age. He is a web-based urban legend, just a proof of how powerful technology is. It was noted that he was born in 2009 as part of a Photoshop contest on the web forum Something Awful. Ever since that day, Slender Man grew in the public's minds through numerous stories, videos, and pictures that began to spread online.
According to the police, The two girls invited their victim for a sleepover on a Friday night. The victim didn't know that her friends are plotting her death by stabbing her but the attack was delayed until the next day. The girls planned to kill their victim while playing hide and seek in the woods. The victim was stabbed several times, 19 times to be exact. The two girls left their victim in the woods thinking that she's already dead. Fortunately, The victim was able to crawl her way out of the woods and ask for help. A bicyclist saw the victim in the side of the road and rushed her to the hospital immediately. The police said that the suspects' reason for doing the crime was to please a mythological entity they've found from the Internet. One of the suspects admitted that they are trying to become the "proxies" of a demon like creature called Slender Man. The girls admitted that they planned to go to the creature's mansion after killing their victim. They just did what is stated on the information they've seen online.One of the suspects were also discovered to have sketched Slender Man numerous times in restaurant napkins before the crime was committed.
At the current age of our technology, it is quite easy to turn a certain fictional character to something that could give terrifying vibes and worse, attract worshipers that would do anything just to please the creature like Slender Man.