this day in crime history: august 20, 1986

USPSmemorial
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

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

  1. John D.:
    A terrible crime indeed.
    It’s such a sin that such heinous deeds yield such beautiful memorials.

    But the cost of not remembering those innocent that have fallen is far worse for all of us.

    Good story.

    Stay safe out there.

    Like

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