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Pint-Sized Slasher

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"Pint-Sized Slasher"
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locationTranquility Lane
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mentioned inFallout 3
 
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The Pint-Sized Slasher was an alleged child serial killer during the 21st century.

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[edit] Background

This legendary killer wore a sinister clown mask, and a black and white striped shirt, with jeans, and wielded a large chef knife as his signature killing implement. The Slasher was a myth used to scare children who misbehave, and is said to appear from a dog kennel at dusk to chase the children around with a "toy" knife. The Pint-Sized Slasher was the second-best-selling Halloween costume, topped only by Captain Cosmos.[1] One of the newspapers shown on the loading screens[2] mentions the Pint-Sized Slasher. The full article can be accessed via the Capitol Post newspaper office in L'Enfant Plaza.[3]

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By Walter "Street Beat" Munroe
Capital Post Staff Writer

What American child alive hasn't heard the story of the Pint-Sized Slasher, that diminutive demon in a clown mask who stalks and slashes the innocent residents of supposedly safe suburbia? It's just one of the many folk stories parents use to scare their youngsters into behaving themselves. Or is it?

According to Germantown police chief Joseph Field, the Pint-Sized Slasher may be more real than many people would like to admit. "After reviewing the autopsy results of the Linden Street slayings, we have confirmed that the force and direction of every knife wound are consistent with an attack from a much smaller assailant. A child, to be precise."

Add to the sinister forensic findings this statement from Christopher Atkinson, the one surviving victim of the adolescent assassin, and it becomes clear that the Pint-Sized Slasher does indeed walk among us: "The clown! The clown! He's going to kill us all, do you understand me? He stabbed my brother Shaun right in the face! He killed my brother! The little clown!"

But assuming the Pint-Sized Slasher is indeed a real, tangible threat to the peace loving residents of D.C. suburbia, one question remains: why? What could possibly motivate a child to don a clown mask and murder innocent people in cold blood? We may never know. At least not until the miniature maniac is brought to justice. Until then, all we can do is lock our doors, kiss our children goodnight - and pray they live to see morning.

[edit] Notes

  • In the Tranquility Lane simulation, the Lone Wanderer poses as him in order to kill the residents of the street, as per Betty's instructions. While in the costume, all residents of Tranquility Lane will run away from you in terror.
  • In the official Fallout 3 E3 2008 trailer, at the beginning, the father is reading a newspaper where the article in the top right corner is entitled, "Pint-Sized Slasher! More than Myth?"
  • In the Point Lookout add-on, the very same clown masks can be found in the room 1K of Homestead Motel and on a table in Kenny's cave, although it is unknown whether one of these two is an actual Pint-Sized Slasher mask or just fakes, considering his murders were reported in Washington, D.C. and the costume being a best seller in 2077.

[edit] Behind the scenes

The Pint-Sized Slasher seems to be a reference to the horror movie Halloween, a film about an unstoppable masked killer who committed his first murder as a child when he stabbed his sister to death while donning a clown costume, complete with a mask.needs verification

References

  1. Fallout 3 Official Game Guide Game of the Year Edition p.91: "A myth used to scare children who misbehave, the Pint-Sized Slasher is said to appear from a dog kennel at dusk to chase the children around with a Toy Knife. The Pint-Sized Slasher has been the second-best-selling Halloween costume, topped only by Captain Cosmos."
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  3. Capitol Post terminal entries#Pint-Sized Slasher - More than Myth?