Lurking in the shadows of the Internet, a faceless modern-day bogeyman has attracted the attention and fear of a young generation who whisper his name online. Slenderman lives on the dark pages of the web, where impressionable youth create and cultivate his mythos in message boards, YouTube clips and various other digital incantations. But the online fairy tale becomes a shocking real-life horror as two 12-year-old girls, guided by their devotion to Slenderman, lure their friend into the woods to attempt a seemingly inexplicable, brutal murder. From the depths of one the Internet's most unsettling creations to the court case that must consider the consequences, Beware the Slenderman brings to light questions of accountability in an age where young, growing minds are only a few clicks away from creating and consuming something that may influence them to commit unspeakable crimes.
On May 31st, 2014, in the woods outside of Waukesha, Wisconsin, two 12-year-old girls stabbed their classmate 19 times. This is the true story of what drove them to do it.
Did You Know?
During Trevor J. Blank's interview (at the 28:18 mark), footage is shown of the popular Youtube series "WATCHER" by Andrew J. Neis. "WATCHER" is not a Slenderman-related series, it features a human stranger that stands outside of a couple's apartment window and stares at them, never moving or speaking. The creators of "Beware the Slenderman" appear to have digitally edited the video to remove the face of the "WATCHER" character and make it appear as though it could possibly be a real-life Slenderman. See more
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