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By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times

A bicyclist riding through a Waukesha park saw the Wisconsin middle school girl on the side of the road bleeding profusely and begging for aid, the victim in what has become known as the Slender Man stabbing case.

“Help me, I’ve been stabbed,” the girl said as the rider bent down and hit the phone to call police.

“I came upon a 12-year-old female, and she appears to be stabbed,” the bicyclist told the dispatcher, according to newly released 911 tapes. Two other 12-year-olds have been charged in the case, accused of luring the victim into the woods, stabbing her 19 times and leaving her for dead in the apparent hope of becoming proxies to Slender Man, a fictional online horror creature.

The tape goes on to quote the bicyclist: “Yes, she’s breathing,” the bicyclist told a dispatcher. “She says she can take shallow breaths. She’s alert.”

The good Samaritan reassured the bleeding girl.

“There’s a squad car coming now,” he is heard saying.

According to police, Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier stabbed their middle school classmate Saturday morning. They told police they wanted to please Slender Man, a creature they learned about in online horror stories.

Geyser and Weier were charged as adults with attempted first-degree murder on Monday. They’re being held on $500,000 bail each.

The criminal complaint says the girls had been plotting to kill since December. They believed they needed to kill someone in order to win the creature’s favor, police said.

Weier believed so deeply that she thought she would never go home after the attack and placed a picture of her family in her backpack so she wouldn’t forget them, according to the complaint.

“The bad part of me wanted her to die. The good part of me wanted her to live,” police said she told them.

Geyser’s lawyer, Anthony Cotton, told reporters that his client may have mental health issues and shouldn’t be tried as an adult.

“To say it’s every parent’s worst nightmare is cliche, but it is,” Cotton said. “It’s the worst nightmare they could ever be dealing with.”

Photo: Heinrock via Flickr

Sen. David Perdue

Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) pulled out of his final debate against Democrat Jon Ossoff on Thursday —because he'd rather attend a Donald Trump campaign rally.

The Nov. 1 Senate debate was planned months ago, but Perdue's campaign said he could not participate as promised because he has been too busy doing his job.

"Senator Perdue will not be participating in the WSB-TV debate but will instead join the 45th president, Donald J. Trump, for a huge Get-Out-The-Vote rally in Northwest Georgia. For 8 of the last 14 days of this campaign, Senator Perdue went back to Washington to work for much needed COVID relief," his spokesperson John Burke said in a statement, referencing a failed attempt by Senate Republicans to pass Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-KY) "skinny" $500 billion proposal.

"To make up for the lost time, Senator Perdue has over 20 campaign stops planned for the closing days of this race, and he is excited to welcome and join President Trump in Georgia before November 3rd to campaign for both of their re-election efforts," Burke added.

WSB-TV noted on Thursday that it offered Perdue's campaign other time slots to accommodate the Trump rally, but the overture was rebuffed.

Ossoff's campaign blasted Perdue's "cowardly withdrawal," saying in a statement that the move "says it all: David Perdue feels entitled to his office, and he'll do anything to avoid accountability for his blatant corruption and his total failure during this unprecedented health crisis."

The incumbent's decision to break his promise to debate came one day after a video of Jon Ossoff criticizing Perdue's anti-Obamacare record at a Wednesday debate went viral. As of Friday morning, a 72-second clip of Ossoff has been viewed more than 12 million times.

Perdue responded to that attack by making the odd claim that he repeatedly voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act — which would take insurance away from hundreds of thousands of his constituents — because he believed doing so would cover more people.

"I voted against the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, because it was taking insurance away from millions of Georgians. Today almost 18 percent of Georgians don't have any health insurance because of the Affordable Care Act," he falsely claimed.

This is not the first time Perdue has put Trump ahead of the interests of Georgians. According to FiveThirtyEight, he has voted with Trump about 95 percent of the time, including backing his right-wing Supreme Court nominees, his tax cuts for large corporations and the very wealthy, and his repeated attempts to take money from military families to pay for a massive Southern border wall.

Medical experts and data analyses have suggested Trump's rallies have been super-spreader events for the coronavirus. Trump has refused to adhere to social distancing rules or to require mask usage at the events and the mass gatherings have frequently been immediately followed by case spikes in the communities where he holds them.

One poll this week found that voters across the country said they are less likely to vote for Trump because of his "large, in-person campaign rallies where wearing a mask is not required of attendees."

The race between Ossoff and Perdue is considered a "toss-up" by election experts, and polls show it as virtual tied.

If no candidate gets a majority on Tuesday, the top two finishers will face off in a January runoff.

Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.