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How Slenderman Became HBO’s Horrifying New Documentary

What happens when an internet legend becomes the cause of a little girl being stabbed 19 times by her friends? A true crime and an urban legend become the new documentary for HBO’s Beware the Slenderman.

Last Friday, HBO released their trailer to the upcoming documentary about Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier, two 12-year-old girls from Waukesha, Wisconsin. According to them, they stabbed their friend 19 times to appease the Slenderman. The crime happened in 2014, and the victim survived her friend’s attack.

But how could an internet meme that started in 2009 become a horrible true life story?

Originally created by Something Awful internet forum user Eric Knudsen on June 10, 2009. The Slenderman was an unusually tall man without a face wearing a black suit. Stories of him stalking, abducting, and killing children. Users would edit everyday photos to feature the tall stalking creature.

The legend of Slenderman went viral and soon a video game was spawned by Parsec Productions where the player was supposed to find eight pages before the Slenderman got to them.

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