Going Postal: Madness and Mass Murder in America's Post Offices
Going Postal
Author(s) Don Lasseter
Published 1997
Publisher Pinnacle Books
Country United States
Pages 304
ISBN 9780786004393

Going Postal: Madness and Mass Murder in America's Post Offices is a book by Don Lasseter, published by Pinnacle Books, New York City, NY in 1997.


"You Get To A Point Where You Can Take Just So Much."

EDMOND, OK-Postal employee Patrick Henry Sherrill fatally shoots 14 co-workers before turning the gun on himself.

ESCONDIDO, CA-Postal employee John Merlin Taylor murders his wife in her sleep before executing 2 colleagues at work.

RIDGEWOOD, NJ-Postal employee Joseph H. Harris breaks into his boss's house and slashes her to death with a samurai sword after losing his job.

ROYAL OAK, MI-Postal employee Thomas Mellvane shoots and kills three supervisors following his dismissal, then pumps a bullet into his own head.


Are they vengeful, cool-blooded killers? Or model employees driven beyond the brink of madness? Bloody massacres across America have struck like an epidemic, leaving a stunned nation in shock and mourning as growing numbers of disgruntled postal workers savagely strike out at the bosses who criticized or fired them.

With this deadly violence on the rise, true crime author Don Lassester travels coast to coast probing the lives and grisly crimes of these enraged killers. Including first-hand accounts by the survivors and witnesses, GOING POSTAL asks who's to blame as it explores this horrifying, exclusively American phenomenon that is turning post offices into ticking time bombs.

With 12 pages of shocking photographs!

Table of contentsEdit

Chapter Page
Foreword 5
Chapter 1 – "Don't Move or I'll Kill All of You" 13
Chapter 2 – "We Never Know What to Expect" 22
Chapter 3 – The United States Postal Service, Then and Now 30
Chapter 4 – "Somebody Must Pay for Bettye's Dying" 36
Chapter 5 – "He Shaded the Truth" 46
Chapter 6 – Prelude to a Massacre 49
Chapter 7 – "Do You Know Who I Am?" 63
Chapter 8 – "I Froze... I Knew I Was Next" 80
Chapter 9 – Gene Black: Witness to Horror 92
Chapter 10 – Gene Black: Days of Pain 103
Chapter 11 – "I Fear an Incident Similar to Oklahoma" 114
Chapter 12 – "I Wanted to Be Killed" 120
Chapter 13 – "An Unfortunate Incident" 128
Chapter 14 – "I Want an Airplane... Now!" 132
Chapter 15 – "They're Trying to Set Me Up" 142
Chapter 16 – Executed with a Samurai Sword 155
Chapter 17 – "If I Lose, I'll Blow People Away" 164
Chapter 18 – Aftermath at Royal Oak 187
Chapter 19 – "They're Getting Away with Murder" 199
Chapter 20 – "I've Got a Silver Bullet with Your Name on It" 206
Chapter 21 – "I Love You... I'm Going to Kill Us Both" 217
Chapter 22 – The Brighter Side" 240
Chapter 23 – "Was My Daddy Sad When He Was Dying?" 244
Chapter 24 – "Did I Get Him?" 259
Chapter 25 – "They'd Done a Severe Injustice to Me" 267
Chapter 26 – "He's Crying Out for Help" 273
Chapter 27 – "A Highly Tense and Dangerous Type of Employment" 278
Chapter 28 – "We Have an Increasing Number of 'Captain Queeg' Supervisors" 285
Epilogue 297
Author's Notes and Acknowledgments 303

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