How 'Slender Man' Evolved from an Internet Forum to a Tragic Urban Legend

June 3, 2014 11:33 PM

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How 'Slender Man' Evolved from an Internet Forum to a Tragic Urban Legend

Police also say her attackers, both 12-year-old, claimed they tried to kill their friend in order to please "Slender Man," a demon-like character that has been floating through the Internet since around 2009. They thought her death would appease Slender Man, who would appear and let his "proxies" live with him at his mansion in the woods. They thought the sacrifice of their friend would protect their families from him and allow him to come out of hiding. Instead, they are now facing dozens of years behind bars.

Let's be perfectly clear: Slender Man is not real. He was made up by the Internet, with absolutely no factual grounding. Since his imaginary creation, he has become something between a meme, an urban legend, and a spooky campfire story. The Wire combed through dozens of old forum posts to put togeth...

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