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Into the woods: how online urban legend Slender Man inspired children to kill

The long read: When two 12 -year-old girls in Wisconsin invited their classmate for a game of hide-and-seek in the forest, they planned to assassination her. They later claimed the latter are forced to act by the mythical Slender Man On a Friday night in late springtime of 2014, in the smaller, drab metropoli of Waukesha, Wisconsin, a trio of sixth-grade daughters got together to celebrate Morgan Geyser’s birthday. They skated for hours under the disco lightings at the roller rink: tamed, mousy-haired Payton Leutner, known as Bella; Anissa Weier,…

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