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.”
The insertion of bones into the kiln is a key to his success.
One Chinese technique for sword-making involved adding a bit of person into the mix. National Geographic tracked down this practice in present-day Taiwan.
One sword-maker explains:
"In the past there's been a saying that if one wants to make a good sword, one needs human bones. By chance, my friend was collecting bones (from the deceased). Then I just asked him to give me some human bones for forging swords."
The linked article thinks a catastrophic loss of groundwater led to the rent. And offers this caution:
Just because Cthulhu isn't clambering out of the breach to wreak havoc on humankind DOES NOT MEAN we shouldn't be alarmed by the fact we've sucked so much water out of the ground that the surface of the earth is collapsing.
"The Strange Ones" (1963) is a short film in the classic genre of stranger-danger movies. It presents a nightmarish world populated by stalking pedophiles (they look like anyone else!) and risk-seeking children.
The film avoids the classic Gothic trope of family horror, instead showing danger as solely the province of strangers. This is statistically weird, since the greatest number of attacks on children come from family members. Naturally it lets the film cast family members in a salvific way... even though the framing plot is based on a girl not heeding her parents' instructions. Unless the parents failed to teach her properly. Bad parents.
The strong arm of the law is a child's best protection in this movie. The plot kicks off with a brief police dragnet, then consists mainly of a policewoman explaining to a child the Gothic hellscape in which she lives. Note the implements of violence literally backing up the officer:
The law will save you!
One intriguingly Gothic part is "Strange Ones"' admonition to avoid "deserted places". This makes for a creepy, Ballardian scene, with a pedophile stalking a boy across a postindustrial zone:
The meme spread due in part to the board's classic scary appeal. As Snopes observes,
Despite Bruni's quick action and continual assertion that the McDonald's Happy Meal Ouija board was a joke, several posters were unsettled by the notion. Many expressed concern that Ouija boards used "irresponsibly" could cause danger to children, while others were simply frightened by the idea of having a Ouija board in the house.
One commenter reported having had "bad experiences" with Ouija boards, and replied:
Sorry Amy but I so totally disagree with this ... how many times have ANY Ghost show programs (be it yours GH or GA) and tell people that Ouija boards are dangerous ... Dangerous cannot be stressed enough on this thing ... What [mild expletive] at McD's thought that this was such a neat idea and for it to be giving to young children no less!!