This day in history: Jan. 14, 1993

Petition opposes serial killer board game

A petition against a board game in which the player who killed the most babies was declared the winner was gaining steam in Fort St. John, the Alaska Highway News reported on this day in 1993.

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At the time of the report, hundreds of Fort St. John residents had signed a local petition calling on the federal government to block sales of the first edition of the Serial Killer Board Game.

"I don't think it's a good game. I wouldn't want my kids playing with it. I think it's sick," said Faith Mason, a cafeteria worker at North Peace Secondary who had collected 150 signatures from students.

"I think it's going to encourage people to go out and encourage them to be serial killers."

Advertisements for the game boasted that it came packaged in its own plastic body bag, complete with an illustrated game board and a bag of 25 babies and four serial killers. Players were to act as serial killers and the one with the highest body count won.

The game's creator was Tobias Allen, a 24-year-old childcare worker from Seattle, who also happened to be a friend of convicted serial killer John Wayne Gacy, the News reported.


Peace Region towns dread provincial funding cuts

Municipalities across the Peace were bracing for a provincial announcement on funding cuts, the News reported.

John Slowinski, then-treasurer of the Peace River Regional District, told the News that the province's money troubles were likely to result in a severe slash in payments to cities and regional districts.

Local governments were preparing for a downloading of provincial costs and programs.

"They're going to take their problem and try to share it with everybody else," he said.

The toll of funding cuts wouldn't be known for weeks, the News reported, by Slowinski expected impacts to provincial water and sewer payments to the regional district.


Oilpatch slowdown leads to fewer accident claims

Bad news in the oil patch was apparently good news for area motorists, the News reported on this day in history.

The local ICBC office said a slowdown in the patch was partly responsible for a 30 per cent drop in the number of accident claims filed in the city.

There were 1,654 accident claims filed at the office in 1992 compared to 2,396 in 1991.

Despite the drop, the office was not yet ready to declare victory over poor driving.

"It would be nice if we could say for sure that (decrease) was because everybody's driving much more carefully," the ICBC manager said.

"But, the fact of the matter is that I think most of it is a function of the economy. Things have been much quieter in the oil patch, and that has an impact on the number of vehicles in the area that are running and insured."

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