slenderman

Everything parents need to know about Slenderman

Two 12-year-old Wisconsin girls who have been charged with stabbing and nearly killing a friend told investigators that they planned the slaying to curry favor with a fictional character whom they read about on a horror fiction website. Here’s a look at the character, called Slenderman, and the website police say the girls had been reading for months: ——— WHO IS SLENDERMAN? Slenderman is a paranormal being who lurks near forests and absorbs, kills or carries off his victims. In some accounts, he targets children. He looks like a long-limbed, lean man in a black suit, but he has no face. In some accounts, he has tentacles protruding from his back. Eric Knudsen of Florida created the character in response to a call for submissions from the online forum SomethingAwful, said Shira Chess,...