The 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 ammunition–bullets 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.

The 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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