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

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Niccole Sisters: Walking Advertisements For Dad’s Surgery

Brittani and Charm Niccole adopted daughters of plastic surgeon Dr Michael Niccole have both had procedures done by their dad, the girls in their twenty’s have both had boob jobs and regular have Botox jabs and chemical peels in order to keep their skin looking youthful. At such a young age would they really need all these skin smoothing procedures? or is it just a case of using a short cut because their dad will happily operate on them? 

Charm’s first surgery came at a shocking age of 10, her belly button was re-shaped from an outie to an innie, at age 10 should it really matter what your belly button looks like? Personally I wasn’t aware that such a procedure existed but does 10 sound like a safe age to have it done? I personally don’t think so.  She also has Botox jabs to stop her sweating, this is fair enough if she has a condition that causes excess sweating but it cant be determined if this is the case.

Sister Brittani had her boob job at the legal age of 18 and claims it was the best day of her life, at 21 she also had a nose job, shouldn’t her parents have told her when she was growing up to be comfortable in her own skin? Penny her mother has always been against the procedures but has always backed down after constant begging.

It’s understandable that in the USA  body image seems a top priority but more should have been done to prevent the girls from wanting so much surgery, plastic surgery addiction isn’t uncommon and with all their ‘youthful’ treatments it seems they aren’t far off addiction.  When questioned about his work on the girls he simply defines it as ‘maintenance’ it hardly seems surprising then that he is happy enough to continue working on them.

Are the girls just a walking advertisement for their fathers work? In some ways yes, yes they are but it’s a choice they’ve made and if they decide one day to stop having surgery then I hope their dad will be fine with it rather than potentially using them as a way to showcase his work and gain more clients.  

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Toddlers & Tiaras

Toddlers and Tiaras is a programme following the lives of young children who compete in beauty pageants across America. Along the way tantrums are brewed as well as the child’s need to win and to be the best, its more so about winning than having fun.

It seems it is unacceptable to be a runner up and the stakes are high when each girl is subjected to a makeover that makes them appear to be a replica of Barbie.

One little girl Kayla who is 3 years said that the other girls were ugly and another girl Desiree who was 10 years old had ordered ‘flippers’ which was a false set of teeth similar to dentures because her teeth were slightly crooked, she also made to put in contact lenses which she didn’t seem happy with, it just proves that every part of you has to be manipulated in order to look perfect.pageant+girlBeauty pageants for children are quite controversial, some see it as harmless fun and others see it as children being sexualised and forced to grow up too fast in a vanity culture. Personally I find it strange to see a child covered in fake tan, make up and with false nails as it appears to take away their innocence but as these pageants aren’t common in the UK this could be why.  Im not sure young girls should be showing off swimwear and wiggling their hips so maybe the age group should be capped for that or just left to the adult pageants maybe as it does appear to sexualise them especially when theyare pulling poses and blowing kisses.

It would be much better if it wasn’t such a strong competition with pressure added to the girls and more so as a fun competition to be apart of, when a child starts getting upset and not wanting to do something they aren’t comfortable with e.g. having false lashes put on, then it should be time to reconsider that decision.

“Tori Hensley from Lampasas County, Texas, was  seen combining Mountain Dew, Sweet Tea  and Pixie Stix and administering it to her daughter Alexa in a sippy cup.  ‘I want cup,’ the youngster  demanded. Mrs Hensley also explained that her toddler  starts out every morning with a large cup of coffee topped with powdered cream,  which has been a daily ritual since she  was just nine months old.”

It’s taking it too far when a child is given caffeine at such an early age especially when it could potentially cause diabetes when the child is older and lead to a caffeine addiction, it should be a high priority to look after children’s teeth until they are old enough to care for them theirselves, the high amount of sugar will be leading to problems early on.

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2337447/A-caffeine-addiction-TWO-Toddlers-Tiaras-mom-sparks-outcry-giving-child-soda-tea-Pixie-Stix-breakfast-cocktail.html

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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.

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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