SLENDER MAN PHENOMENON- Haunted North Alberta

Story by Steve Ramsey

It  is like the story of the moth man , over seas in the middleast we have same story since 1950 we call them the tanttal , the tall ghost so it is not new phenomenon as many things it is , the story was told in the USA few years ago , I saw similar creature back in north Alberta  in 2004. closed to an Indian reserve, My car ran out of gasoline , and the other friends  in the second car that following me stopped and told me that they will go and get gasoline for me from high level Alberta back and forth will take about 4 to 5 hours and I agreed to pay them for both way . So I waited in my car just close to an Indian reserve , the closest gas station before you enter Alberta from NWT, it  is called the Indian cabin – village .

It was closed and no one can call for help as the gas station is in isolated area and they dont like to open after 10 pm , so many robberies happened .  I had no other choice but to wait inside  my car,  in the isolated area not far from the Indian cabin.  After 2 hours in the dark  and I was worried sitting along , all the sudden I saw a very tall figure almost like the slender man, with  tall long legs and arms small head and moving so fast between the tall trees and turning his head once toward my car . I was in the dark no one can see me ,I  locked my car and  sat in the back seat ,I  was worried about human and robbers than demons and ghosts ,  and when I saw this figure I was so terrified as I dont have any weapons ,only a baseball bat .I didn’t know what he will do next. So I kept hiding and praying,  until my friends arrived  almost 2 am  with gasoline jugs ,I fueled my car and followed my friends , paid him all his gasoline plus  his gas back and forth . I told him what I saw day after , he was surprised and told me he have heard of similar stories , but he brushed it as an over active imagination , or people seen shadows at night. To me he was so real he has no tentacles or other monster looking creature as many people over exaggerates the stories . Because of they see Tentacles this would be defiantly demonic , or Cryptozoic creature   .  

Steve Ramsey.

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Slender Man

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The Slender Man movie played in theaters last year, fully ready to terrify you, so what are you waiting for? Who doesn’t want to spend their night worried that a faceless man with long, wobbly arms is going to emerge from the woods and kidnap them? Or maybe you’ve already seen the film and now you’re frantically googling to find out if any parts of the movie actually happened? Good call, because this willowy figure isn’t just an urban legend spawned from the internet’s creepiest corners—the Slender Man is actually responsible for several real-life attempted murders. Here’s everything you need to know, and have fun trying to sleep tonight!

Slender Man’s Origin Story 

Slender Man was created back in 2009 by Eric Knudsen (who goes by Victor Surge on the internet) for a contest on the website something awful ; specifically, Knudsen designed Slender Man for the Create Paranormal Images thread, which was calling for participants to Photoshop existing photographs. The Slender Man started off as a tall, creepy, slim, spider-like figure photo shopped into two seemingly benign picture of kids playing.

A recreation of the original Slender Man photos for the movie.

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Knudsen’s images found their way onto 4 Chan  and then went viral, and soon, the Slender Man started appearing in videos, photos, and even games (Minecraft’s Enderman character is said to be based on him . In short, Slender Man entered the realm of urban legend, morphing from an internet concoction into a wood-dwelling boogeyman who preys on children. Delightful!

Here’s Knudsen  explanation about  why the story of Slender Man took off, even though the figure was clearly manufactured:

“It differs from the prior concept of the urban legend in that it is on the internet, and this both helps and harms the status of the Slender Man as one. In my personal opinion, an urban legend requires an audience ignorant of the origin of the legend. It needs unverifiable third and fourth hand (or more) accounts to perpetuate the myth. On the internet, anyone is privy to its origins as evidenced by the very public something Awful thread. But what is funny is that despite this, it still spread.”

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Slender Man Is to Blame for a Real-Life Stabbing

In May 2014, two Wisconsin girls named Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier were accused of stabbing their classmate Payton Leutner because they believed that doing so would please the fictional Slender Man and prevent him from harming their families.

The girls, who said they learned of Slender Man on the website Creepy pasta . were just 12 years old at the time of the crime. Payton was stabbed 19 times and  barely survived the attack. In response to the incident, Knudsen said, “I am deeply saddened by the tragedy in Wisconsin and my heart goes out to the families of those affected by this terrible act.”

In October 2019, payton spoke out for the first time  about the attack. “I’ve come to accept all of the scars that I have,” she said in an ABC interview. “It’s just a part of me. I don’t think much of them. They will probably go away and fade eventually.”

In addition to the attack on Payton, there have been numerous other crimes connected to the fictitious Slender Man, mostly involving young teens. After the Wisconsin stabbing, a 13-year-old Ohio girl—believed to be obsessed with Slender Man—attacked her mom with a knife. That same year, a 14-year-old girl from Florida reportedly set her house on fire after reading about Slender Man.

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Even in September 2018 (in other words, like, VERY RECENTLY), tabloids are reporting Slender Man sightings. Literally, The sun  just published a piece called “Real Slender Man SPOTTED? Terrifying Footage Emerges as Man Goes Missing in Forest.”

Good lord. Slender Man might be scary, but the impact of fake news—or in this case, fake urban-legend-inspired news—is even scarier.

There’s Been Some Major Controversy Surrounding the Film

The Slender Man film came out last year, which is (yeah) a controversial move on the part of Sony Pictures considering a child almost died when two other children took the horror story way too seriously. While the movie isn’t specifically about any of the real-life crimes, Bill Weier—the father of one of the girls involved in the attack—told the Associated press that he found it distasteful.

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“It’s absurd they want to make a movie like this,” Weier said. “It’s popularizing a tragedy is what it’s doing. I’m not surprised, but in my opinion, it’s extremely distasteful. All we’re doing is extending the pain all three of these families have gone through.”

Weier definitely has a point. But if you are still interested in seeing Slender Man, please remember that Slender Man isn’t real and definitely isn’t lurking in the woods outside your house right now. It’s fine, I’m not scared, whatever, bye.

 

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