AP — Police have arrested a man for setting a woman on fire in Waukesha as she walked her dog and for hitting an elderly man with his vehicle and setting another fire at his property. Neighbors say the woman was doused with a flammable liquid and set on fire Wednesday. Witnesses say the woman was badly burned on her arms and stomach. The conditions of the victims were not released.
For Subscription Info. CN — A Wisconsin appeals court Wednesday upheld the decision to charge a local teenager as an adult for the attempted murder of her friend and classmate on the orders of Slenderman, a faceless fictional boogeyman.
In accordance with a stipulation in her plea deal, the circuit court found Geyser not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect and committed her to the state department of health services for a period of up to 40 years. The girls believed they had to murder their friend to appease Slenderman, a cryptic internet character that originated as an online meme in and soon found wide circulation on social media platforms and internet horror forums.
Leutner was found crawling from the woods to a nearby road with 19 stab wounds later on the day of the attack. She survived her injuries after several surgeries and a weeklong stay at the hospital.
Geyser, who came up with the original murder plan and began devising with Weier for months ahead of the attack, was sentenced in February to 40 years in a mental institution. Weier was given 25 years, also in a mental institution. Geyser, now 18, also contended in her appeal that, due to her young age and mental state, she did not knowingly waive her Miranda rights during a custodial statement she made to a Waukesha Police Department detective hours after the attack, in which she admitted she and Weier had pre-planned the attack and offered details of the crime.
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