Date Game With Murder Suspect Drew Peterson Ditched

Radio boss decides it's not such a fab idea

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 24, 2008 3:12 AM CST

(Newser) – After some careful reflection, Chicago radio executives have decided their station won't host a dating game featuring former cop Drew Peterson, who's suspected of killing his missing fourth wife—and his third wife. Peterson may be back in the market for a new spouse because he told Chicago's WJMK-FM in a surprise phone call that "the ladies are coming back around."

His lawyer pitched the idea of a "Win a Date With Drew Peterson" contest to the morning show and the program host offered to act as chaperone "to be on the safe side." Or not. The show was scheduled to air today, but the station's boss nixed the plan. "Holding a contest to win a date with a murder suspect trivializes women's safety for the sake of humor," said one angry victims' rights advocate.

Former Bolingbrook police sergeant Drew Peterson talks to a member of the media as he leaves his home in Bolingbrook, Ill., in this Nov, 26, 2007, file photo. Peterson, suspected in the October disappearance of his wife, said Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2008, he wanted to take part in a radio...
Former Bolingbrook police sergeant Drew Peterson talks to a member of the media as he leaves his home in Bolingbrook, Ill., in this Nov, 26, 2007, file photo. Peterson, suspected in the October disappearance...   (Associated Press)
Chicago criminal defense attorney Joel ponders a question during an interview with the Associated Press. Brodsky, Drew Peterson's attorney, pitched the idea of a Win a Date With Drew Peterson to a Chicago radio station live on air. The show's host offered to act as chaperone, but later decided against...
Chicago criminal defense attorney Joel ponders a question during an interview with the Associated Press. Brodsky, Drew Peterson's attorney, pitched the idea of a "Win a Date With Drew Peterson" to a Chicago...   (Associated Press)
This undated photo provided by her family shows Stacy Peterson, 23, of Bolingbrook, Ill., and her husband, Drew Peterson, 53, a police officer with the Bolingbrook Police Department. Stacy was reported missing on Oct. 29 and her husband has been named a suspect in her disappearance. With the investigation continuing,...
This undated photo provided by her family shows Stacy Peterson, 23, of Bolingbrook, Ill., and her husband, Drew Peterson, 53, a police officer with the Bolingbrook Police Department. Stacy was reported...   (Associated Press)
This undated photo provided by the Stacy Peterson family shows Peterson's husband, Drew Peterson, 53. Stacy Peterson was reported missing on Oct. 29, and her husband has been named a suspect in her disappearance, but as the investigation continues, authorities face the possibility they may never find any trace of...
This undated photo provided by the Stacy Peterson family shows Peterson's husband, Drew Peterson, 53. Stacy Peterson was reported missing on Oct. 29, and her husband has been named a suspect in her disappearance,...   (Associated Press)
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