The Slender Man, a fictional horror character, was blamed for the attack on 12-year-old Payton Leutner. The victim and her parents recently had their first interview. The victim's mother revealed that her daughter was curious about the Slender Man before the attack.
Payton and her parents appeared on ABC's 20/20 to talk about the Slender Man attack. Back in May, Leutner was stabbed 19 times by two classmates, Anissa Weier and Morgan Geyser. The 12-year-old Waukesha, Wisconsin, girls planned the attack on Payton for months, according to Travelers Today. The girls claimed that they stabbed their friend in order to get on Slender Man's good side.
Stacie Leutner, the mother of the victim, said that her daughter was curious about Slender Man before the attack. She said that Payton asked her about the fictional character from CreepyPasta.com on more than one occasion. The victim's friends were telling stories about Slender Man, which frightened the girl. Even though Slender Man is not real, Payton told her mother that her best friend believed otherwise.