The Slender Man Murders

Cult horror figure Slender Man who has featured as fan art and within horror games is the latest video game targeted for violent influences; two 12-year-old girls from Wisconsin USA are up for a murder trial after attempting to murder a classmate to ‘please the Slender Man’. The victim also 12 was stabbed 19 times after being lured to a secluded woodland area, she survived due to crawling to the roadside for help.

The Slender Man is a horror icon with a tall and slim appearance and blank face who is believed to stalk and prey on his victims which are mainly children, of course he is a fictional character but these girls believed he was real and wished to go live with him… Of course mental health issues could play a role in this but if they are found to have sane minds then they could face up to 65 years in prison.

Slender Man GameThe girls first became obsessed  with the character after reading about him on the site ‘Creepypasta Wiki’, it’s hard to understand how the girls even came across this site yet alone being allowed to access it, parents cant monitor everything their child looks at but if their personalities changed then it’s obvious something has caused this. The girls told the courts they had thought of different ways to murder the poor victim which all involved luring her somewhere secluded just like in the games.

It is evident that games of this nature are not intended for young individuals that do not understand the difference between reality and fantasy, it shouldn’t be the game itself blamed for this tragic disaster as it clearly isn’t age appropriate but more should be done to censor games which contain strong horror and violence, and by this I mean making it less accessible, if the girls hadn’t been able to get hold of this information then they wouldn’t have committed the violent attack.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/10873464/Two-12-year-old-girls-charged-with-trying-to-murder-friend-to-please-Internet-demon.html

*images from Google

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Halloween: Outrageous Mental Health Costumes

Halloween has always been a holiday I’ve enjoyed, the pumpkin carving, scary decorations and of course the excuse to dress up as whatever you like!  However In recent news supermarket giants Asda and Tesco shocked the nation with their ‘Mental Patient’ Halloween costumes, Asda’s version features the straight jacket covered in blood and a machete, the mask is pretty scary as well! Mental Health charities were outraged by the way the costume represents individuals with mental health disorders and deemed it incredibly bad taste.

mental patient costumesThe costume retailed at £20 has now been removed from sales, harmless costume or discriminating against mental health? That’s for you to decide. Asda has also decided to donate £25,000 to Mind a mental health charity.

Tesco’s orange jumpsuit deemed ‘Psycho Ward’ was a costume I didn’t see as too harmful due to it reminding me of Hannibal Lecter, famous in films and novels, again this caused outrage and the costume has been withdrawn from the site.

Hannibal LecterPersonally I feel Tesco only opted for this costume due to the rising popularity of the TV series Hannibal rather than considering the offence it may cause.

Female Costumes

Shockingly outrageous mental patient costumes aren’t only marketed towards males, even females have costumes aimed at them including ‘Anna Rexia’.

Anna Rexia CostumeIm not sure where this costume was being advertised but I feel this is the worse one of them all, Anorexia is a huge problem affecting a lot of individuals so why make it ‘gimmicky’ and into a costume, the costume even includes a measuring tape belt and choker, the fact that they’ve tried to make the costume sexy makes it seem acceptable to have the disorder.

Finally from Joke.co.uk comes the female mental patient costume, a hospital wristband is included to show the ‘patient’ has been committed to hospital. Personally this reminds me of a character you’d find in a Japanese horror film but it is still offensive to categorise it as a mental patient costume.  The doll I feel depicts the females fragile mind which could indicate she has a mental health disorder.

mental patient girlSo what do you think?

Are the costumes acceptable for Halloween?

Do you think they should have remained on sale?

Would you wear one?

It would be interesting to hear any views on the matter 🙂

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/09/26/asda-mental-health_n_3993652.html

*images from Google

Vampire Mom: Blood Drunk

Vampires have always been popular amongst movie goers since the classic Hammer Horror movies featuring Dracula. More recently becoming more popular amongst teenagers with the release of Twilight, Vampire Diaries, True Blood and many novels inspired by vampires and romance.

Julia Caples of Pennsylvania USA is a 45 year old mother of two with a strange habit, she enjoys drinking blood and claims it keeps her healthy and beautiful… The secret of this strange habit is kept from her 11 year old although he has his suspicions due to decorative items around the home such as gothic dolls and coffins. The oldest child 24 year old Ariel is worried about what this may due to her mothers health, how would you feel if you found out your mother drank blood?

JuliaAt nearly 2 litres a month the mom has been doing this for nearly 30 years, she meets her sources online as part of a sub-culture that explore vampirism, to make it less likely to catch diseases each ‘victim’ is required to take a blood test and to be met in person beforehand, I couldn’t imagine myself being open to a cult like that, each person is cut with a pagan style knife and then their blood consumed.  Should such websites exist where others can meet up to drink blood? If Julia is so certain on hiding her secret from her son then why is she doing it to begin with?

Julia is not the only one to emerge in such a strange habit, Michelle a 29 year old from California is a tattoo artist that cannot start the day without sipping blood,  she adds it to coffee, drinks it down like water and even cooks with it, unlike Julia she gets her blood from pigs and cows, without her daily dose Michelle claims she becomes irritated and cant be in a good mood without it.

Michelle“She calculates that she has drunk a  total of  1,000 gallons of blood since she first took up her habit ten  years ago, which  TLC notes is enough of the liquid to fill a bathtub 23  times.”

Should practices be put into place to stop other human blood from being drank or is it just a strange habit without any real harm?

This gives a whole new meaning to the fictional vampire characters we all know and love, drinking blood isn’t a habit I see catching on but it could still bring danger to those that ever do it.

*images from Google

http://www.bunitv.com/component/k2/item/2818-graphic-photos-drinking-blood-makes-me-strong-and-healthy-vampire-mom-shares-her-story

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2293871/The-real-life-vampire-Woman-admits-hooked-DRINKING-BLOOD-season-finale-My-Strange-Addiction.html