20/20 September 1 2023: “The Wicked”
This episode of “20/20” covers the terrifying, violent attack on Payton Leutner, who speaks out after her two friends, Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier, stabbed her 19 times and left her for dead in the woods of Waukesha, Wisconsin, when she was 12 years old. Preteens at the time, Geyser and Weier claimed they wanted to kill Payton to prove themselves to a mysterious fictitious character known as the Slender Man. “20/20” anchor David Muir interviews Payton about the unspeakable day, the long road of recovery, and her life now.
The two-hour “20/20” features interviews with Payton’s parents, Joe and Stacie Leutner; Waukesha Police Detectives Tom Casey and Michelle Trussoni, who interviewed the suspects during the investigation; Shelly Fisher, who interviewed Payton at the hospital; Dan Klein, who was the first officer on the scene the day of the attack; Waukesha County Assistant District Attorney Kevin Osborne, who prosecuted the case; Morgan’s attorney Anthony Cotton; Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter Bruce Vielmetti, who covered the case; and the doctors who evaluated both suspects. “20/20” will also include the shocking police interviews with Morgan and Anissa about their crimes and Muir’s interviews with Angie Geyser, Morgan’s mom, and Kristi Weier, Anissa’s mom. “20/20: The Wicked” airs Friday, Sept. 1 (9:01-11:00 p.m. EDT) ABC, next day on Hulu. (Rebroadcast. OAD: 10/25/2019).