this day in crime history: august 20, 1986

Memorial to the incident in Edmond, OK

On this date in 1986, Postal Service employee Patrick Sherrill went on a shooting spree in a post office in Edmonds, OK. Twenty people were shot, leaving fourteen dead and six injured. At the conclusion of his rampage, Sherrill turned the gun on himself and committed suicide. It is believed that the shooting may have been motivated by a reprimand that Sherrill had received the day before. The incident is often credited with inspiring the phrase “going postal.”

Further reading:

Murderpedia – Patrick Henry Sherrill

Wikipedia – Patrick Sherrill

Time“Crazy Pat’s” Revenge

6 thoughts on “this day in crime history: august 20, 1986

  1. John D.:
    I purposely skimmed over this story, because I knew YOU would cover it.
    And the phrase “going postal” as never seemed the same since.
    (over a stinking REPRIMAND, at that)…

    Didn’t know they had a memorial, though.

    Nice touch.

    Stay safe out there.


  2. There is something about being a postal worker that drives people nuts, I knew a guy who worked for USPS, threatened to kill his supervisor, was fired, appealed to the union, and after a year, he got his job back with back pay. Going crazy paid off.


    • My uncle went to work for the USPS when he retired from the military. From what he told me, the folks in management — at his location, at any rate — were extreme assholes. They didn’t drive him nuts, though. He was ex-Special Forces, so they were probably (rightly) afraid to screw with him.


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