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

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

  1. John D.:
    Amazing that we never hear about similar events with DHL…or UPS…or even FedEx.

    The USPS has a checkered past (and costly present).
    God, I remember when a stamp was under a dime and postcards where about a nickel.
    And has service gotten better over the years?
    (Nah, about the exact same)

    You get what you pay for, I suppose.

    Good story.

    Stay safe out there.


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