911 Call Released: Bicyclist who found stabbed Wisconsin girl asks ‘Who did that to you?’

policeWAUKESHA, Wis. — “Who did that to you?” a bicyclist in Waukesha, Wisconsin, asked the 12-year-old girl he found bloodied and lying near a wooded area.

His words were captured on a recording of the 911 call he made, which has now been released.

The cyclist explained to the 911 operator that the girl told him she’d been stabbed multiple times.

“Is she awake?” the operator asked, “Is she breathing?”

“Yes, she’s breathing,” the cyclist said. “She says she can take shallow breaths. She’s alert.”

Was there anyone around, a possible assailant? the operator asked.

“I don’t see anybody,” the cyclist answered.

Slenderman stabbingsPolice say they have the suspects who attacked the girl, stabbing her 19 times. They were her friends, authorities say, two other 12-year-olds: Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier.

Geyser and Weier had concocted a plan to kill their friend so that they could impress a ghoulish character called Slenderman, according to authorities.

Weier explained to police that Slenderman was the leader of a web site called creepypasta and in order to please him, a follower had to kill a person, according to a criminal complaint in the case.

In reality, Slenderman is a fictional character and Internet meme that appears in horror stories, videos and images.

“Both suspects had a fascination with a fictitious character that often posted” to websites dealing with stories about death and horror, Waukesha’s police chief Russell Jack has said.

Geyser and Weier were arrested hours after the victim was discovered, according to the complaint. They have been charged with first-degree intentional homicide, according to court documents filed Monday.

The two are being charged as adults and appeared in court Monday where bail was set at $500,000 for each, Waukesha County District Attorney Brad Schimel said.

Waukesha police Capt. Ron Oremus told CNN Wednesday that investigators are searching through digital evidence including iPads and cell phones.

Anthony Cotton, Geyser’s attorney, told CNN Tuesday that he’s spoken briefly with his client. She is housed at a juvenile facility for females, he said.

Her family is in “shock,” the lawyer said, adding that he expected Geyser to undergo a mental evaluation.

Attempts to contact an attorney for Weier have not been successful.

The condition of the victim has been updated to fair at Waukesha Memorial Hospital, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinal reported Wednesday.

Brother says sister loved Slenderman

Weier’s older brother, William, told the Daily Mail Wednesday that he knew about his sister’s interest in the character Slenderman.

She liked to watch online videos about the spooky character with long tentacle-like arms and a blank face, said William Weier, a makeup artist who works for a local variety show.

“If you looked at my younger sister you’d see a normal, happy 12-year-old,” he told the Mail. “She’s just got a couple of weird interests. Personally, I think she found Slenderman on YouTube, took an interest and then read up on it.”

Anissa Weier also liked the web site creepypasta.com, her brother explained to the Mail.

Creepypasta is a play on the term “copypasta,” which is derived from the keyboard action “copy-paste.” Creepypasta is horror fiction written with the Web in mind and, often, comes in a style that makes it look like a news or true crime story.

On Tuesday morning, a lengthy statement about the Wisconsin case appeared on http://www.creepypasta.com.

The statement expressed condolences for everyone involved and stressed that the site does not condone or encourage violence in any way. But it also noted that “it’s hard to justify pinning blame on an entire genre of writing.”

“She loved Creepypasta, she loved the Slenderman stories, just anything a bit creepy,” William Weier reportedly said. “But I don’t see why it changed from dream to reality.”

Planning an attack

Weier and Geyser attended the same middle school as the victim and had a sleepover at the home of one of the suspects Friday night, according to the police chief.

According to the criminal complaint, the suspects had been planning the attack since February.

They first thought to kill the victim by placing duct tape over her mouth while she was sleeping and stabbing her in the neck, the complaint says.

They also considered killing her in a park bathroom where there was a floor drain that could make cleanup easier, the complaint says.

The girls ultimately decided to carry out the attack in the park while playing a game of hide-and-seek.

“As they left for the park … (the victim) was walking in front of them and Geyser lifted up the left side of her white jacket and displayed the knife tucked in her waistband,” the complaint says. “Weier stated she gave Geyser a look with wide eyes and, when asked what that meant, Weier stated, ‘I thought, dear god, this was really happening.’ “

‘One millimeter away’ from death

The victim was stabbed near her heart, and she was “one millimeter away from certain death,” the complaint says.

When the bicyclist found her, the girl pleaded, “Please help me. I’ve been stabbed.”

She was in extreme pain and could only answer yes or no questions, the complaint says.

Authorities searched for the two other girls, and a sheriff’s officer found them walking near Interstate 94, Jack said.

He declined to say whether the suspects had blood on their clothes, but added: “There was evidence that was readily apparent when the two were taken into custody.”

That evidence included a large kitchen knife inside a purse, according to the complaint, which Geyser identified as one of her mother’s old purses.

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14 comments

  • Ben

    These two girls will forever be a burden to society. They should never be freed and because they are so worthless, we may as well give them the death penalty so the taxpayers don’t have to spend millions housing them for life. The death penalty would also allow their parents to move on with their lives instead of having to deal with a lifetime of visitation and all the nightmares that go with having a kid in prison.

    • HardChoicesToBeMade

      I would agree with you if the suspects were adults, but these girls are clearly very young and were not in their right minds. Whether it was because of a mental defect or because they were not clearly taught right/wrong or reality/fiction-makbelieve by their parents, I can’t say. But these girls need HELP, not killed. I’m not saying slap them on their wrists and let them go. I’m saying send their butts to a mental institution where they can get the help they clearly need.

      • Cat N

        They definitely need to be tried as adults. Kids or not, they had been planning this for months. It even states they thought about killing her in a bathroom with a drain so that clean up was easier. These girls clearly knew what they were doing. I honestly think they’re pointing the finger at “mental defect” and “Slenderman” so these girls can get off easier. I hope the judge shows no mercy and sees through this attempt to lessen the punishment. Our world is a scary place. Kids are desensitized and have no morals anymore.

  • amanda

    Why were the parents not supervising their internet usage?? And why were they allowed to play in the woods and walk along the highway? I see parents to blame here that’s for sure! As far as the young girls go, they for sure need some prison time if not life in prison..

  • andrew20121214

    How can the assailants be charged with “first-degree intentional homicide” when the victim isn’t dead? Shouldn’t the charge be “attempted homicide”, or something along those lines, as long as the victim is still alive?

    • Jessa cooper

      Really? This victim you speak of was a 12 year old little girl that still could die in the hospital. Anything could still happen to her and could have happened if she wasn’t found soon enough. Yes maybe the charge should have been worded differently but still the same consequences apply. They set out to kill a friend based on some Internet site. That’s wrong in itself so we shouldn’t focus on how the sentence was stated. We should be focusing on figuring out what made these girls think it was okay to kill their own friend and ruin their own lives to please a fictional character.

  • voice of the people

    Shouldn’t parents be responsible for their childrens actions if they are not adults yet? Obviously, the parents failed at raising their kids to have any morals at all. Charge the parents with the crime as accomplices.

    • Jessa cooper

      The parents should not be all to blame. Think about when you were a child. Most children I have known were rebellious of what their parents wanted. They listened when their parents were looking but did wrong when they weren’t. Maybe the parents were teaching right from wrong and values such as that and thought they were doing a good job. Some children are good at making their parents think they are sweet and innocent even when they aren’t. The parents might have also been like my parents and chose to give their kids freedom until the proved they couldn’t handle it then took the freedom away. Until they proved them wrong the parents probably thought they kids were being responsible on the Internet. If these kids were younger I could see blaming the parents. However these are 12 year olds. I have an 11 almost 12 year old brother and he thinks he rules the world. He thinks he knows everything and doesn’t have to listen to parents anymore. So he does stupid things when they aren’t looking as well. But my parents often give him freedom to show him that they do trust most of the thins he does. He is getting older so he has to learn how to take responsibility. Maybe that’s what these parents were trying to do. Put the kids in a situation where they would be able to take responsibility of their own actions. We see however in this case it didn’t work but with the kids being this old they knew completely what they were doing. Maybe it was mental instability maybe not. But parents should definately not be completely to blame.

  • Jessa cooper

    These kids need to be tried as adults and sentenced like an adult would. Maybe life in prison. People are asking why did they do this to their friend. Well it’s any number of reasons. 1) their friend was the closest to them and they knew they could be alone with her easier than anyone else. 2) maybe their friend reflected something about the site they were on. 3) maybe they had lightly discussed the murder of someone before the plan was concocted but their friend didn’t agree. They dropped the whole thing and decided to go after her. And 4) the most disturbing. Maybe they thought she would like to be killed to please slender man. She would feel it was a sacrifice and invite it. Either eat these girls crazy and wrong. The site is not to blame at all. If it encouraged murder than yes but it doesn’t I have looked at it myself when I red this and no the site does not condone murder. The parents can only be partly to blame because these are not small children. 12 year olds should be able to do the right thing without their parents watching them 24/7. It is nt their fault if when the parents aren’t looking the child chooses to defy the parents’rules and do what they want. The girls however should be mostly blamed if not fully blamed. They knew what they were doing, they planned it for months and eventually they carried out their plan. That is no ones fault but theirs. No one could read their minds and know what they were thinking or planning so no one could have known. Put these girls in a mental institution if u want but once they are done with that they should be back in prison. Simply beause they were not “mentally right” doesn’t mean they should avoid jail time.

  • tina vincent

    this story is sad a child 12 is still fighting for her life. may god give her the healing to come out of this. as far as the other children there is more that meets the eye . i find myself asking y the parents allowed children to be on the net with such violence videos? you can block stuff on your home computers i do it and my children are not old enough to be on one. i will say in my county this would become more on the parents as they are the responsible parties as much as the children . the brother said he knew of her interest in this …. red flags. that god for the kind person who stopped to give aid to the lil angel . here is and eye opener if a drug dealer can be charged with a crime for handing over something that can kill the person then a parent can be charge for do doing the same . the difference between the 2 is that most cases are adults and they made a choice . but children come on parents better eyes on them .