As many of you know, in 2014, two young girls attempted to stab a third girl to death in order to "please" Slenderman, a character that came to "life" on the internet. The two would-be killers were 12, as was their victim.
Here is a link that tells the whole story, with lots of other links to help you understand it:
And here's another: http://tinyurl.com/hvtau2x
Why am I bothering to write about this tragic, weird story on a fairy tale site? Because the story of the Slenderman crime involves internet folklore, and how it happens. The story shows us the power of imagination and how myth develops online, just like it did at hearth sides when fairy tales were born. And, as with old-fashioned fairy tales, different sources and people added layers and twists to the narrative.
But unlike stories that grew and shed layers over decades, as is the case with fairy tales, the Slenderman narrative grew quickly. And it took a real-life victim, who, thankfully, survived, but what terror and betrayal she has faced. Like Snow White. Or Donkeyskin. Or the miller's daughter in Rumpelstiltskin.
I don't have HBO, but for those who do, I hope you'll watch and tell us about it.
About the picture: Countless Slenderman images are now on the internet. Since he is not real, there are many interpretations available. The picture with this post is the one I'm most familiar with, but I'm not sure who photoshopped it. Eric Knudsen is said to had created the Slenderman concept on a site called Something Awful, but it really took off on creepypasta.
Look closely. You'll see him.
What do you know about Slenderman? What do you think about the crime it helped generate?