HBO will air a documentary based on the horrific real life crime committed by two pre-teenage girls in the name of Slenderman, the internet created horror that’s made such a strong impact. Slenderman was born from a meme in 2009, since then he’s frightened children and adults alike.

On Saturday, May 31, 2014 in Waukesha, Wisconsin two 12-year-old girls lured a classmate of the same age to the woods near their small town and stabbed her 19 times. The victim was able to crawl to a road where she was found by a cyclist and rushed to the hospital. She came very close to death but after a six day stent in the hospital she recovered. When questioned by authorities the would-be young killers said they did it as a sacrifice to Slenderman who they were convinced was real. They hoped that their sacrifice would protect themselves and their families from Slenderman as well as make them his “proxies”.

Since these horrible events took place people have wanted to know more about what led these clearly sick girls to do what they did and now HBO will tell the story. Oscar-nominated, Emmy and Peabody Award-winning Irene Taylor Brodsky is at the helm of this chilling true-crime story so I have complete faith that it will be told right.

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The film has also inspired a panel titled ‘Down the Rabbit Hole: Slenderman, Children & The Internet‘ which takes place Sunday, March 13 at 3:30pm at the Austin Convention Center. It will feature Irene Taylor Brodsky and Bill Weier, father of one of the attackers.