Fantasy and Remorse: Two twelve year old girls commit attempted murder

http://www.jsonline.com/news/crime/waukesha-police-2-12-year-old-girls-plotted-for-months-to-kill-friend-b99282655z1-261534171.html

The link above refers to a recent crime committed by two young girls against a third. Stabbing another young girl their own age to within an inch of her life, and then abandoning her in the woods. (She crawled to help, and found it from a stranger.)

The article combines, as most reportage does today, factual reporting of the old-school variety (“who-what-when-where”) with analytical commentary and an effort to elicit “broader significance and meaning.”

This style of reportage can be problematic, for various reasons; but the detail of the story, and its clear roots in fantasy-thinking, make this particular account to be worth serious consideration.

I am looking at this from the angle of the deeper motivations for the crime, and the influence of a fantasy-world-view on real-life events. Your comments are most welcome.

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3 comments on “Fantasy and Remorse: Two twelve year old girls commit attempted murder

  1. branchnvine says:

    This seems demonically driven. I wonder how much of this is fantasy and how much is spiritually real? Sadly the real fantasy is believing that this can’t happen in our own communities.

    • mustardnine says:

      Branchnvine: Agreed.

      To me, the most significant paragraph was this:

      “Both suspects explained the stabbing to police referencing their dedication to Slender Man, the character they discovered on a website called Creepypasta Wiki, which is devoted to horror stories.

      Weier told police that Slender Man is the “leader” of Creepypasta, and in the hierarchy of that world, one must kill to show dedication. Weier said that Geyser told her they should become “proxies” of Slender Man — a paranormal figure known for his ability to create tendrils from his fingers and back — and kill their friend to prove themselves worthy of him. Weier said she was surprised by Geyser’s suggestion, but also excited to prove skeptics wrong and show that Slender Man really did exist.”

      So a website-based horror-fantasy world, by some power of suggestion, produces real-life effects. I agree that “openness to demonic influence” seems indicated here. I don’t know enough about the mechanics of demonic possession to say with certainty that this was that, so I won’t, but I strongly suspect that it was the case.

      I have been in situations much less horrible than the one that surrounded this crime, and I am convinced that demons were present (and successfully exorcised); and those cases were not too much as either Hollywood, or modern Christian folk-lore, would portray it to be. (Vomiting, spinning heads, shouting demons, and shouting Christians, etc.)

      *

      I am reminded that, in the mid-70s, some of us young Christians in college dealt with a girl who was “into” horror comic-books. “Into,” in the sense that she was in fear, and perhaps addicted to that fear. We took it seriously and kindly, and had a little ceremony at night, in the out-of-doors, privately, just her and two or three of us, in which we PRAYED and BURNED THE BOOKS. She had immediate and apparently permanent relief. (I have long since lost contact with her.)

      *
      I don’t condemn horror stories as such, or people’s right to read them, but clearly they can sometimes be downright dangerous, and even if not, often damaging.

  2. mustardnine says:

    PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS WEIGHS IN

    with this essay:

    http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2014/06/04/whatever-became-morality-paul-craig-roberts/

    One of his paragraphs is this:

    “The 12-year old girls’ attempt to murder their friend does offer insight into why the American population, including the “christian” churches, has been mute for the entirety of the 21st century while the US government and its military have murdered, maimed, and displaced millions of people in 7 countries that have been destroyed in whole or part, entirely on the basis of Washington’s lies. There is scant sign of any American remorse over these extraordinary crimes against humanity.”

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