On The 12th Day of Christmas, My True Love Gave to Me… Twelve Drummers Drumming

Morgan Geyser, a fourteen-year old little girl

She spent her twelfth and thirteenth birthdays in the ADULT forensic unit at the state psychiatric hospital.  Morgan should not have to pay the price of our flawed legal system.

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Oped: Milwaukee – Wisconsin Journal Sentinel

3-point legal threshold

During separate hearings in May and June, lawyers for Weier and Geyser tried to convince Bohren of three points:

■That the girls could not get needed treatment in the adult system.

■That prosecuting them as adults is not the only way to deter others from similar crimes.

■That the transfer would “not depreciate the seriousness of the offense.”

They presented experts on adolescent brain development, psychiatrists and psychologists who examined the girls, their jailers and former teachers. They described good students with no history of violence or criminal activity.

Weier suffered from a delusional disorder that allowed her to believe in Slender Man, and that he would harm her or her family if she and Geyser didn’t kill for him, the doctors and psychologists who examined her for competency said. But after her arrest, she understood she had been wrong and then suffered depression over her prior choices, beliefs and actions. Doctors said she is willing and able to get better and scores virtually no risk to repeat such an offense.

Slender Man is an online boogeyman character that started with a photo-shopped image and grew into a kind digital urban legend through reader-generated stories on websites.

Geyser, who Weier and Leutner say actually did the stabbing when Weier refused at the last minute, was diagnosed during competency evaluations as suffering from early onset schizophrenia. Experts said she continues to converse with fictional characters, concedes that Slender Man might order her to kill again and believes she can suppress negative emotions through Vulcan mind control.

During his oral ruling, Bohren acknowledged all that, but kept coming back to the disturbing, premeditated nature of the crime, an offense he described as, “frankly, vicious.”

He stressed how the girls began plotting the homicide months earlier, and how, after Leutner had been stabbed, they told her to lie still so as not to lose blood, while they went for help while in fact they just didn’t want her to be discovered.

After fighting to receive medication for over a year, Morgan’s mother Angie was finally successful in convincing the court to prescribe medication for Morgan’s diagnosis, early onset childhood schizophrenia.

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Twelve Drummers Drumming

Just as drummers beat out a loud, steady rhythm for marchers to follow, so the Apostle’s Creed sets forth the beliefs of those who call themselves Christians.

The twelve points of doctrine in the Apostles’ Creed:

1) I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

2) I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.

3) He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary.

4) He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell [the grave].

5) On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

6) He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

7) I believe in the Holy Spirit,

8) the holy Church,

9) the communion of saints,

10) the forgiveness of sins,

11) the resurrection of the body,

12) and life everlasting.