A fire burned a Florida family out of their home, and police hold Slenderman responsible.
Allegedly the mother and teen had gotten into an argument earlier in the day which caused her to make the connection that the ridiculousness portrayed in the Slender Man readings should be done in real life.
The article digs a little, tiny bit more deeply:
“She had visited the website that contains a lot of the Slender Man information and stories,” Eddie Daniels of the Pasco Sheriff’s Office told ABC News. “It would be safe to say there is a connection to that.”
So, what do we have here?
- The persistence of Slenderman as modern boogeyman.
- Young women seem to lead in Slenderman matters, at least in public.
- Once again, "it's on the web" is shorthand for criminal explanation.
There is also this:
According to police the teen had been reading a book called “Soul Eater.” “There’s a part in this book where two characters get into a fight with each other,” Sheriff Chris Nocco said at a news conference on Thursday. “All of a sudden, that clicked something in her mind and she decided she was going to kill her family.”
Is that this manga series?