” . . .there is still something strange and deeply off about seeing a woman who might’ve been complicit in a violent attack . . .being celebrated for her strength and spirit.”
Some readers may be surprised to learn that this quote is not about Amanda Knox but another American woman known for a violent attack on another female- Tonya Harding. It is from a well-written review of her new movie, I, Tonya.
A jury in the Slender Man stabbing case found Anissa Weier not able to appreciate the wrongfulness of her actions due to mental disease or defect. Weier will be committed to a mental hospital for three to 25 years.
In the third day of Anissa Weier’s trial to ascertain her mental status, three people took the stand. First was teacher Jeffrey Taege, then two psychiatrists who evaluated Anissa.
On the second day of the Anissa Weier trial in the Slenderman stabbing case, a detective, a teacher, and a forensic psychologist took the stand. First detective Shelly Fisher described her interview with the victim, Peyton and evidence that she retrieved from the perpetrators school lockers. Then Dr. Melisaa Westendorf testified about her expert opinion of Anissa’s mental state.
On September 12, 2017 the trial for Anna Weier began in Wisconsin. Weier and her friend Morgan Geyser are being tried as adults for stabbing their friend Peyton Leutner in 2014. The girls were all 12 years old at the time of the attack. Leutner was struck 19 times but survived.
It is being reported on August 21, 2017 that one of the two girls who stabbed a friend 19 times plead guilty to murder. In 2014 two 12-year-old friends made a pact to slay a third girl as a sacrifice to fictional internet character Slender Man. The attack took place in a park near Milwaukee Wisconson. The victim, Payton Leutner, survived.
Sitting quietly in the courtroom of Taunton District Courthouse at nine A.M. a packed audience, comprised mainly of journalists, jumps up duteously. His Honor has entered the room. Massachusetts Taunton District Court, a newly constructed building, opened in 2011. Bright, clean, sunny and spacious, the ambience seems intended to help placate its visitors; the masses of unfortunate souls who pass through the glass enclosed entrance many enduring the darkest times of their life. A trial concerning a suicide strikes a collective nerve.
On Thursday, June 8, 2017 the fourth day of Michelle Carter’s trial to determine whether she will be convicted for involuntary manslaughter continued. The prosecution called three witnesses, two state police electronics experts and the medical examiner.
Michelle Carter is in court this week being tried for involuntary manslaughter for influencing 18-year-old Conrad Roy into committing suicide in July 2014. There is more than one reporter live tweeting the trial and some very interesting information is being shared.
One new revelation is that Carter chose to not have a jury in her trial but only a judge decide her fate. Another new insight is Carter has her own mental health issues that she was seeing a therapist for at the time of Roy’s suicide. This was new news to the prosecutor who seemed skeptical about it.