List of postal killings

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Postal killings in various countries resulted in fatalities that have occurred on the properties of postal systems or related issues/events. The main sections are divided by countries. Events are listed in chronological order.


  • December 17, 1926, Adelaide: fired postal worker James Hannivan shot and wounded two employees at Adelaide General Post Office, before committing suicide by shooting himself in the head.[citation needed]
  • December 8, 1987, Queen Street Massacre, Melbourne: Frank Vitkovic, former law student entered an office building on Queen Street at 4:20 p.m. with the intent to murder a former school friend and kill as many people as possible before taking his own life. In the ensuing shooting spree eight people were killed and five injured. At around 4:30 p.m. after the gun was wrestled from him, he jumped to his death from the 11th floor. Vitkovic's friend did not work for a postal department, but for a credit union that was a tenant of the building. Most of the other floors were occupied by the offices of Australia Post and most of the victims were Australia Post office workers.


  • October 30, 1934, Quebec: Rosaire Bilodeau, ex carrier of the Quebec postal service, drove five of his family out in the woods, in two trips, and killed them. He then took 8 shots at postmaster Morin, senior mail clerk Moise Jolicoeur, and divisional superintendent Oscar Fiset, killing Jolicoeur.[1]

United States[edit]

  • August 13, 1970, Los Angeles, California: Harry Sendrow, 54, a postal supervisor, was shot in the back 3 times by Alfred Kellum, 41, whom Sendrow had sent home for being intoxicated. Five hours later Kellum was found unconscious and arrested. Police officers said he appeared to be intoxicated. [2]
  • March 22, 1975, Gadsden, Alabama: Floyd Davidson, a 47-year-old postal employee, was charged with 2 counts of first degree murder in the fatal shooting of Gadsden Postmaster James M. Ford and a postal tour superintendent, Eldred Curtis McDonald.[3]
  • August 19, 1983, Johnston, South Carolina: Perry Smith, a resigned USPS employee, charged into the Johnston post office with a 12-gauge shotgun and began firing at workers in a hall, killing the postmaster and wounding two other employees.[4]
  • December 2, 1983, Anniston, Alabama: James Brooks, 53, entered into the Anniston, Alabama, post office with a .38 caliber pistol killing the postmaster, and injuring his immediate supervisor. Subsequent to killing the postmaster, James Brooks ran up the stairs of the building pursuing his supervisor and shooting him twice.[5]
  • March 6, 1985, Atlanta, Georgia: Steven Brownlee, with 12 years of service, opened fire on the night shift in the Atlanta, Georgia, main post office with a .22 caliber pistol and killed a supervisor and a coworker, including wounding a third coworker in a mail sorting area.[5]
  • November 15, 1985, Manitou, Oklahoma: Forrest Albert (F.A) Reffner, 39, entered the Manitou Post Office to check his elderly mother's mail when 74-year-old Arvell "Pete" Conner entered the post office armed with a .38 caliber, arguing with Reffner before shooting and killing him inside the main post office.
  • August 20, 1986, Edmond, Oklahoma: Patrick Sherrill, a part-time letter carrier, entered the Edmond Postal Office and fatally shot 14 employees and wounded six. He subsequently committed suicide.
  • December 14, 1988, New Orleans, Louisiana: Warren Murphy, entered into the New Orleans, Louisiana, postal facility with a 12-gauge shotgun hidden under his clothing. Later during his work shift, after an incident with a supervisor, he reportedly went to the men's room and came out brandishing the shotgun. He then fatally shot his supervisor in the face. The fired shot reportedly wounded two other employees. After the shooting, he held his ex-girlfriend hostage. Later two FBI SWAT agents reportedly were wounded upon finding Warren Murphy in a supervisor's office. He eventually surrendered to the agents.[5]
  • August 10, 1989, Escondido, California: John Merlin Taylor killed his wife, then two colleagues and himself at Orange Glen post office.
  • October 10, 1991: Ex-postal worker Joseph M. Harris killed his ex-supervisor and her boyfriend at their home in Wayne, New Jersey, then killed two former colleagues as they arrived at the Ridgewood, New Jersey post office where they all previously worked. According to "Today in Rotten History," Harris was initially armed with an Uzi, grenades, and "samurai sword" and was later arrested after a 41/2 hour standoff with police, garbed in a ninja's outfit and gas mask. He was convicted of murder and sentenced to death.
  • November 14, 1991, Royal Oak, Michigan: Fired postal worker Thomas McIlvane killed four, wounded five, before killing himself.
  • June 3, 1992, Citrus Heights, California: Roy Barnes, a 60-year-old employee, went to the workroom floor at the Citrus Heights post office, armed with a .22 caliber pistol, and fatally shot himself in the heart in front of his coworkers.[5]
  • May 6, 1993, Dearborn, Michigan: Postal worker Larry Jasion killed one, wounded three, then killed himself at a post office garage.
  • May 6, 1993, Dana Point, California: Mark Richard Hilbun killed his mother, then shot two postal workers dead.[6]
  • December 1, 1993, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: Postal employee James A. Paulano was accidentally killed in a drive by shooting.
  • March 21, 1995, Montclair, New Jersey: Christopher Green, a former postal employee, killed four people (including two employees) and wounded a fifth at the Fairfield Street branch post office. While this is a postal killing, the primary motivation appears to have been debt payment, and there was no indication that the former employee was mentally disturbed as a result of his former postal work.[7]
  • July 10, 1995, City of Industry, California: Bruce Clark, current employee and a postal clerk with 25 years employment with the USPS, subsequent to an argument, punched his supervisor in the back of the head at the City of Industry, California, mail processing center and left the work area. About ten minutes later, he returned to the work area with a brown paper bag in his hand. Upon being asked by his supervisor what was in the bag, he reportedly pulled out a .38 revolver and at close range fatally shot the supervisor twice, once in the upper body and once in the face. Two employees reportedly took the gun away from Clark and held him until police arrived. Seventy-five postal employees reportedly witnessed the shooting.[5]
  • December 19, 1996, Las Vegas, Nevada: Former employee Charles Jenning went to the parking lot at the Las Vegas, Nevada, postal facility and shot and killed a labor relations specialist. Mr. Jennings reportedly indicated in his statement to investigators that the labor relations specialist struggled to take the gun away from him and was shot in the process.[5]
  • September 2, 1997, Miami Beach, Florida: 21-year postal employee Jesus Antonio Tamayo shoots ex-wife and friend, whom he saw waiting in line, then killed himself.
  • December 20, 1997, Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Anthony Deculit killed a coworker and wounded a supervisor and another coworker with a 9mm pistol before killing himself.
  • January 30, 2006, Goleta, California: Former mail processor Jennifer San Marco, 44, killed six employees (five immediately, another died later). A seventh victim, a former neighbor, was killed first.[8] Marco committed suicide at the sorting facility.[9][10][11]
  • April 4, 2006, Baker City, Oregon: Grant Gallaher, a letter carrier for 13 years, while on duty in Baker City, Oregon, reportedly went home and got his .357 Magnum revolver and drove to the city post office with the intention of killing the postmaster. Arriving at the parking lot, he reportedly ran over his supervisor several times. Subsequently, he went into the post office looking for the postmaster. Not finding the postmaster, he returned to the parking lot and shot his supervisor several times at close range, ostensibly to ensure she was dead. He reportedly then fired three bullets in the windshield of her car and three more in the hood.[5]
  • November 28, 2006, San Francisco, California: Julius Kevin Tartt, age 39, with 18 years of service, employed at the Napoleon Street Carrier Annex in San Francisco, went to his supervisor's residence armed with a revolver and shot her in the back of the head outside her house. He then reportedly left the scene and fatally shot himself in the head with the same gun the next day. Early in the investigation, homicide investigators were reportedly looking at links between disputes between Julius Tartt and his supervisor, including what one police official referred to as a discipline issue. One of the homicide officials stated that there were indications that Julius Tartt was dissatisfied with work and with the supervisor. During the timeframe of the tragedy, he was absent from work and had called in sick the previous day.[5]
  • April 2013, Kennesaw, Georgia: Geddy Kramer, 19, shot and wounded six coworkers at a FedEx facility and then committed suicide.[12]
  • March 23, 2017 Muncie, Indiana: A suspect who had been involved in a police pursuit was shot by police after crashing through a post office gate, then driving towards police officers.[13]
  • June 14, 2017 San Francisco, California: 38-year-old employee Jimmy Lam killed 3 coworkers at a UPS facility before killing himself as police arrived. Two others were shot and injured, and three others were wounded indirectly.[14]
  • December 23, 2017 Dublin, Ohio: 24-year-old DeShaune Stewart shot and killed his supervisor and then shoved the Post Master to the ground in a parking lot causing fatal head trauma, in response to his pending dismissal.[15]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Family Herald and Weekly Star, October 31, 1934, p. 48.
  2. ^ The Los Angeles Times. 14 Aug 1970. p. 34. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ "Gadsden Times - Google News Archive Search". Retrieved 4 May 2015.
  4. ^ "EXCERPT: Breaking Down at the Post Office". Alternet. Retrieved 4 May 2015.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h Musacco, Stephen: Beyond Going Postal. BookSurge Publishing 2009, ISBN 978-1439220757
  6. ^ "Ex-Postal Carrier Sentenced in Deadly Rampage". Los Angeles Times. January 15, 1997.
  7. ^ "DEATH IN THE POST OFFICE: THE OVERVIEW; Former Montclair Postal Worker Charged With Killings in Robbery". New York Times. March 23, 1995.
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  9. ^ "Seven dead in California postal shooting". CNN. January 31, 2006.
  10. ^ "US ex-postal employee kills six". BBC News. January 31, 2006.
  11. ^ ABC News. "U.S. News - National News". ABC News. Retrieved 4 May 2015.
  12. ^ "Shooter's obscure life leaves few details".
  13. ^ "Muncie officers shoot suspect during traffic stop". Retrieved 24 March 2017.
  14. ^ "3 people killed, gunman dead in shooting at UPS building in SF". SF Gate. Retrieved 14 June 2017.
  15. ^ Calicchio, Dom (December 23, 2017). "Enraged naked postal worker goes on killing spree, police say". Fox News. Retrieved December 24, 2017.