Postman Rings 14 Times
Patrick Sherrill, the 44-year-old
postman and resident of Edmond, Oklahoma, was the catalyst for
the catch phrase that has become part of American culture. It
was Sherrill who, on August 20, 1986, "went postal,"
murdering 14 colleagues at his place of employment, a small town
post office. He ended the rampage 10 minutes and 50 rounds later
when he turned the gun on himself.
As an ex-Marine sharpshooter, Sherrill
was no stranger to guns. In fact, his membership with the National
Guard entitled him to borrow firearms carte blanche from the Guard's
armory, accounting for the origin of two of the handguns used
in the massacre.
The exceptionally high fatality rate
was due to Sherrill's choice of ammunitionbullets called
"wadcutters" that actually expand when entering their
target also courtesy of the National Guard's armory. While
speculation for the motive abounds, Sherrill left no explanation
for the killings.
victims had little chance against Sherrill's choice of
bullets called "wadcutters" bullets that are known
to expand when entering their targets.
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