Waukesha man, Creepypasta author defends website
WAUKESHA -12-year-olds Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier told police they stabbed their friend 19 times to impress Slender Man, and prove he was real.
Slender Man is a character they read about on CreepyPasta.com
"That's the youngest I've ever heard of anyone being into this horror website," says Joe Jozwowski, a regular contributor to CreepyPasta.
Jozwowski lives a few blocks from where the crime happened in Waukesha.
"I woke up to sirens going on in the background, and I was wondering what was going on," he says.
Ironically, Jozwowski also writes stories about Slender Man, and other spooky characters on CreepyPasta - which he calls a creative outlet.
"It's a collection of writers, narrators, musicians and artists that all love the horror genre," he describes. "It just started with horror stories being written, then reworked, then copied and pasted to all these different sites. Until it grew into a huge worldwide following."
To him, and many others, there's something addicting about the rush of feeling scared. He even turns some of his horror stories into YouTube videos.
"I've actually introduced some of it to my son, who is only three," he says. "But just in very minor doses."
Jozwowski says the key is making sure your kids know that it's purely fantasy and fictional.
"You let the Xbox 360 baby-sit your kids, they're going to think that Grand Theft Auto is perfectly fine," he says. "It's about being active in your child's life. Know what they're watching and reading, and talking to them about it."
CreepyPasta is planning a fundraiser for the young stabbing victim. But a spokesperson for the online community says the website is not responsible for teaching children to be violent.