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    How Wisconsin Punished the ‘Slenderman’ Girls

    They summoned demons beyond their control. Captivated by online fan fiction, two Wisconsin sixth-grade girls stabbed a classmate as a “sacrifice” to placate “Slenderman,” a fictional fiend. She survived — but her assailants’ legal drama exposed harsh realities of a court system that treats children as adults, thanks to a debunked “super predator” theory, and allows an unforgiving electorate to choose judges. As their adjudication dragged on, the clickbait case put one defendant, a diagnosed schizophrenic, behind bars without psychiatric care for 18 months, while the public continues to blame screen time for the crime.

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