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

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

  1. John D.:
    I sure hope neither of those depicted in THAT statue had any ties to the Confederacy…those antifas morons (and other assorted race-baiting fringe groups) might not take kindly to it.
    A good story, too.

    Stay safe out there, boss.

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