Both girls’ mothers were making the hours-long drive to see their daughters in jail. Both the Geysers and the Weiers were allowed to see their daughters briefly before they were arrested and taken to jail. “I just kept asking ‘what happened, what's going on,’ and they wouldn't tell me other than to say there had been an incident in the park and one of the girls was hurt,” said Geyser. Morgan Geyser, the second teenager due to stand trial for the attempted murder of a classmate. Morgan Geyser The first doctor to testify was court-appointed -- Dr. Brooke Lundbohm. ", "We had been concerned to show Morgan the movie because she was a sensitive and empathetic child, at least towards other people, so we were afraid that when she saw the movie, that when Bambi's mother died, she would be devastated," Geyser said. “We can see each other, but we can’t touch her. We had no idea,” said Angie Geyser. I did watch over her shoulder,” Weier said. Both defendants are seeking to have their cases transferred to juvenile court. Weier said she had no idea her daughter had fallen so completely under the influence of Slender Man, a character many adults have never heard of. Go crazy. She has agreed to remain in a state mental institution for at least three years before seeking release on community supervision. Ultimately, both Geyser and Weier entered insanity pleas. That’s not the way she acts.”, “She appears to have no remorse for what's happened, and she just talks about it in such a flat manner,” Angie Geyser continued. As adults, they could be sentenced to up to 45 years in prison. Morgan Geyser The first doctor to testify was court-appointed -- Dr. Brooke Lundbohm. While behind bars, Morgan underwent a mental health evaluation. Payton, now 15, crawled to a nearby road and was helped by a passing bicyclist before she was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries. I remember being 11 years old and riding home from the library with [the book] 'IT' under my arm. In 15 of the 23 cases, the killers were out of touch with reality. “The best way to describe it is that it was like the light came back on behind her eyes,” said Angie Geyser. Angie Geyser said it has been painful to see her daughter behind glass and not being able to touch her. That began in December, more than a year aft… In 2014, Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier lured their best friend, Payton Leutner, into the woods in Wisconsin and attacked her. “A lot of her hallucinations were friends to her, and I don't think that she wanted to lose those friends.”, “It can go unnoticed. In December a Wisconsin judge ordered Weier, now 16, to be placed under a mental health commitment for a period of 25 years, with credit for her three-and-a-half years already spent in jail. Their motivations are more logical — based on money, sex, jealousy or revenge — and usually happen in the heat of an argument and are the result of drug or alcohol or other addictions. "After spending 25 years in a mental institution with other adults, I don't know if she's going to be any better. Geyser was diagnosed with schizophrenia. Diagnosis Dictionary; Types of Therapy ... Morgan Geyser, was diagnosed with schizophrenia shortly after her arrest. Lake found that 90% of all murders are committed by people who are not psychotic. Kristi Weier worries what Anissa’s life will be like after years of being cut off from society. Family of 'Slender Man' stabbing victim speaks out after teen's plea deal, 'Slender Man' interrogation tapes reveal shocking new details about alleged stabbing plot. We will know what to look for in the future,” she said. The ... Anissa and Morgan … She said she believes Morgan actively hid her delusions from those around her. According to police, Geyser … Westendorf diagnosed Anissa with a “shared psychotic disorder,” saying that Morgan’s schizophrenia coupled with both girls’ delusions about Slender Man created a perfect storm. The girls were identified in open court and the criminal complaint as Morgan E. Geyser and Anissa E. Weier, who were 12 years old at the time of the incident. In fact, according to testimony, Morgan’s father had been hospitalized at least four times as a teenager to treat his own schizophrenia. That means the Slender Man suspect from Waukesha, Wisconsin, was only 12 years old when she was … Moving the case to juvenile court would mean the girls would spend no more than three more years in custody and would get more intense supervision and services when released back to the community. She’d be looking around the room. Collins' comments came during her testimony about Morgan Geyser's own mental condition and how Collins believes it would be best treated as soon as possible, and within the context of the juvenile justice system, not the adult corrections system. … Morgan lives in reality now.”. Morgan Geyser is one of the … You're a monster. Anissa Weier's mother Kristi Weier sat down for an interview with "20/20.". The killer flees the scene and sometimes gets away. Search homicides in the city of Milwaukee by location, age, race, gender and date. In 2014, Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier lured their best friend, Payton Leutner, into the woods in Wisconsin and attacked her. The girls were identified in open court and the criminal complaint as Morgan E. Geyser and Anissa E. Weier, who were 12 years old at the time of the incident. In the aftermath of the stabbing, investigators searched Morgan’s room and found disturbing evidence of a deteriorating young mind, which included drawings of Slender Man with children and the words, “I want to die,” and “help me escape my mind” scrawled across a page. “Of course, my heart dropped down into my stomach and I went upstairs. “In the beginning, they would make fun of her or bully her to a point of, ‘You're a psycho. Except we now know that Morgan wasn’t a typical girl. Angie Geyser later learned from Morgan that her daughter had been experiencing visual hallucinations since she was 3 years old. Slender Man is a fictional entity created on the Something Awful online forums for a 2009 Photoshop paranormal image contest. She was a 2009 Pulitzer Prize finalist for investigative reporting and is a two-time George Polk Award winner: 2013 for "Chronic Crisis" and 2009 for "Chemical Fallout.". Make sure she’s down’ … Morgan said, ‘I'm not doing it until you tell me to.’ I started walking away and then, like, when I was five feet away I said, ‘Now.’”. “If I had had any idea that she believed Slender Man was real, we would have done something about it. Anthony Cotton, Morgan’s attorney, said it was clear to him the moment he met Morgan that she was struggling with mental illness. “I might be naïve, but in my heart I believe she doesn't believe in Slender Man anymore. They look like newspaper articles. But, in rare cases, children 12 years old and younger can be psychotic. Morgan told police that is when she stabbed Payton repeatedly. She has previously been diagnosed with schizophrenia and oppositional defiant disorder. Angie Geyser said she wasn’t surprised by the diagnosis because Morgan’s father has schizophrenia. “Morgan had been talking with her about Slender Man, and Payton was terrified,” Payton’s mother, Stacie Leutner, told “20/20” in 2014. Geyser told police she had never met Slender Man but she believed that he was watching her and could read her mind. … “It’s difficult living in the community where you experienced the worst thing that's ever happened to you,” she said. Morgan stabbed Payton 19 times before taking off with Anissa through the woods to find Slender Man, the fictional meme they say ordered the murder of their friend. Anissa Weier's mother Kristi Weier spent hours driving back and forth to the jail where her daughter was held. Lake, the psychiatrist, said many of the details of the case — particularly the girls' explanation of the need to kill their friend to placate a fictional character — fit his comparison of 23 psychotic rampage murders he has studied for articles in Psychiatric Annals. Geyser and Weier’s family were both aware of Slenderman and neither thought anything of it. He tried to manage his symptoms and keep his mental health stable with medication, although at times he heard voices and struggled with hallucinations, Amy said. The Slender Man mythos was later expanded by a number of other people who created fan fiction and additional artistic depictions of the entity.. Although it’s unclear if she has a diagnosis, Geyser, who was directly involved in the stabbing while Weier accompanied her, has been diagnosed with early onset schizophrenia, the Washington Post reported. “One of her hallucinations was a tall, slender, shadowy figure,” Geyser said. “While … She said Matthew is not a devil worshipper, as he has been described in tabloid media outlets. Angie Geyer says that during an extensive psychological evaluation several months after the stabbing, Morgan received an extraordinarily rare diagnosis for such a young girl: early onset schizophrenia. Morgan Geyser, 15, was scheduled to go before a jury next month, but will instead plead guilty as charged but not be held criminally liable and remain … “Just knowing how long she was sick and suffering inside her own head before we had any idea… makes me sad,” Angie Geyser said. Research shows that having a family history of schizophrenia increases a person's risk of developing the disease as much as tenfold. Morgan Geyser's mother Angie Geyser is seen here driving to visit her daughter in jail. “And I think that’s probably what ultimately solidified her belief in Slender Man.”, When her daughter was growing up, Geyser said she did notice something when she and her husband let Morgan watch the movie, "Bambi. “The interrogation is very difficult to watch because that’s not my daughter saying those things," she said. story continues below. Meg Kissinger is an investigative reporter for health and welfare. Kristi Weier has told ABC News that she is interested in working with others on juvenile justice reform. Morgan Geyser, the second teenager due to stand trial for the attempted murder of a classmate. Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier reportedly stabbed their victim 19 times with a five-inch blade. According to a former sixth-grade classmate of Geyser's, she was smart, capable, and relaxed u… According to the criminal complaint, Geyser told police that she and Weier stabbed their friend to placate Slender Man, a fictional character popular on the Internet. Since her arrest, Weier has been held on $500,000 bail at a West Bend juvenile jail, where family members try to visit nearly every day. Morgan Geyser, one of two Wisconsin girls charged with stabbing a classmate, Payton Leutner, in 2014, to impress the fictitious horror character Slender Man, appears in court in Waukesha, Wis., Sept. 29, 2017. Waukesha — The early-onset schizophrenia diagnosed in Morgan Geyser, one of the 13-year-old Waukesha girls charged in the stabbing of a classmate last year, may have a genetic basis. “They asked me, ‘Where's Morgan?’ I said, ‘She's at the park with her friends,’” she said. and had no reaction whatsoever to the mother dying, so it was just kind of the opposite reaction that we'd been expecting.". With psychotic killers, the acts are well-planned, often over a long period, with a purpose. Both mothers said their daughters are remorseful for what they did to Payton. A psychiatrist has testified that Slender Man killer Morgan Geyser, 12, has schizophrenia that is getting worse and that intervention is the best way to mitigate the symptoms. For more than a year at jail, Morgan remained untreated and continued to believe she could communicate with Slender Man and Lord Voldemort from the Harry Potter book series. “When they told us what had happened and that she had done it because she believes Slender Man is real … that's where my mind went, is that she must be sick,” Angie Geyser said. 'Joe Biden is the properly elected president': Maryland governor, Bomber to neighbor: The world is 'never going to forget me', Pope formally strips Vatican secretariat of state of assets, Who gets the $600 stimulus checks and when, SEAN DOOLEY, EMILY WHIPP, KELLEY ROBINSON, ALEXA VALIENTE and LAUREN EFFRON. They have declined to comment about Morgan or answer questions about Matthew's psychiatric history. For most of her lifetime up until the stabbing, she grew up in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Bruce Vielmetti writes about legal affairs. One of the girls on trial said she felt no remorse for stabbing their classmate. By Bruce Vielmetti and Meg Kissinger of the Journal Sentinel. While behind bars, both girls received mental health evaluations. “I think that, as she got older, and she realized that, hey, maybe this isn't normal, that she did make a conscious effort to hide it,” Angie Geyser said. As a mother, you’re supposed to be there to protect your child, and you know, I think on some level, I’ll always feel that I failed in that regard.”. Geyser, now 18, was charged with attempted first-degree intentional homicide, as party to a crime, after stabbing her classmate and friend, Payton Leutner, on May 31, 2014, in a … Afterwards, police told the girls’ parents, who had been waiting in the police station lobby, what Anissa and Morgan had said. Angie said she wasn’t surprised by the diagnosis, because Morgan’s father Matt has schizophrenia. Morgan’s mother said she knew about her daughter’s fascination with Slender Man and talked about it with her. Geyser, who was diagnosed with schizophrenia early in the case, was eventually committed to a state mental hospital through a separate civil proceeding with a different judge. "She, in fact, had quite the opposite reaction. “That's odd for a 12-year-old child sitting in a police station with a detective, not to be frightened about what's going on.”. Delusional thinking was the primary motivation in two-thirds of the cases Lake studied. The following is written about Geyser on the Change.org page: "Our beautiful daughter Morgan is twelve years old, and has been diagnosed with childhood-onset schizophrenia. In fact, according to testimony, Morgan’s father had been hospitalized at … “[Anissa’s father] and I, although we were divorced, we were still very active parents. During the extensive evaluations, Morgan received a rare diagnosis for a young girl: early onset schizophrenia. That's when I put on a mask and I pretend that life is really, really good even though I'm breaking inside. As prosecutors built their case against Morgan and Anissa, the girls adjusted to life locked up and surrounded by other teenage criminals. “My fear is that she'll be institutionalized and she will not really know how to interact with normal people at Walmart, at the gas station, at Pick 'n Save," she said. Anissa Weier, Morgan Geyser and Payton Leutner had a sleepover and asked to go to the park the morning after. But I can't ignore the obvious that she does need therapy and she does need mental help,” Kristi Weier said of Anissa. “Initially, I mean, she really behaved like a caged animal. Two days after their interrogations, Morgan and Anissa were charged as adults, facing the possibility of up to 65 years in prison. “I don’t allow myself to break down in front of her and see how much this is hurting me to see her behind bars,” she added. Angie Geyser believes her daughter is not dangerous. -- Standing in a Wisconsin police station lobby, Angie Geyser said she was in disbelief when detectives, who had just interrogated her daughter, told her that her 12-year-old had admitted to a stabbing a classmate and leaving her for dead as part of a plot she and her friend had planned for months. People are not typically diagnosed with mental illnesses that cause psychotic thinking until they are in their late teens or early 20s, Lake said. “I couldn't believe what I was hearing,” Angie Geyser told ABC News’ “20/20.” “I never would have imagined that my daughter was capable of hurting another person.”, Watch the full story on ABC News "20/20" THIS FRIDAY, FEB. 2 at 10 p.m. Today's Paper, also known as the e-Edition, is an online replica of the printed newspaper. Geyser previously has been diagnosed with early onset schizophrenia -- and is pleading not guilty by reason of mental illness. 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