Posts Tagged ‘internet’

2006 saw the first emergence of this chain-style internet post that was about a 17 year old girl who was pushed down a sewer, she was according to the post, killed by a gang of girls from her school.

Carmen Winstead was pushed and the police were called, her body was recovered and the girls lied, telling people that she had fallen in to the well.

The chain letter then goes on to give an example warning of a young man who read the letter but then didn’t pass that information on, or “repost” it. He was killed and found in the same manner down a well. So now the reader is told to take heed and to make sure they repost it themselves.

There was no record of Carmen Winstead dying in this manner, not in North America and not within the last 50 years. This one is an Urban Legend but none-the-less a good little tale for the blog.

Slenderman is a mythical creature often depicted as being tall, thin and wear a black suit with a white shirt and necktie. One of the prominent features of the face is that there is a lack of them. He can shorten and lengthen his arms at will, and has tentacle-like appendages from his back.

The background – June 8th 2009, a Photoshop competition was launched on the Something Awful forums. The idea was to pass the story off as a real entity and from there on the myth continues.

8th June was the start, 10th June user Victor Surge then posted in a thread, the first known mention of Slenderman as a creature who stalked children.

June 20th 2009 Marblehornets (Click here for the youtube page) began to host video’s of retrieved tapes by “Jay” or “J” who claimed that they were taped by a friend who had since disappeared. It was later made clear they were created by two-film students.

So now there are reports where people are genuinely claiming the entity to be true. A google search will do the work for you and here is the debate I suppose.

Is he something to use because an internet meme created him or was someone using a genuine experience to create a meme and hide the validity of the claims.

(Picture from Karr-Crash.deviantart.com)

a video with a Slenderman type thing in the background?