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Murder by Proxy: How America Went Postal (2010)

"Murder by Proxy" is a feature-length documentary that examines the growing phenomenon of spree killings in the United States.





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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rick Retell ...
Himself - USPS Employee
Charlie Withers ...
Himself - USPS Letter Carrier, Union Steward
Patrick Sherrill ...
Himself - Workplace Shooter (archive footage)
Tracy Sanchez ...
Herself - Former USPS Employee
James Alan Fox ...
Himself - Lipman Professor of Criminal Justice, Northeastern University
Anthony M. Frank ...
Himself - USPS Postmaster General, 1988-1992 (archive footage)
Michael Welner ...
Himself - Forensic Psychiatrist, Chairman of the Forensic Panel (as Dr. Michael Welner)
Gary Namie ...
Himself - Workplace Bullying Institute (as Dr. Gary Namie)
Thomas McIlvane ...
Himself - Workplace Shooter (archive footage)
Laura Schwartz ...
Herself - Former USPS Employee
Mark Bate ...
Himself - Postal Supervisor, Royal Oak Michigan (archive footage)
Tom Moul ...
Himself - Letter Carrier, Royal Oak Michigan (archive footage)
David de Groat ...
Himself - USPS Employee
William J. Henderson ...
Himself - USPS Postmaster General, 1998-2001
Cornelia Minehan ...
Herself - Former USPS Employee


The film explores the basic question of what brings a seemingly normal person to the point of committing mass murder. It examines the complex interplay of personal and societal factors leading up to incidents of workplace massacres, starting with the earliest post office massacre in 1986. Ultimately, it provides a thorough and provocative examination into the increasing number of mass murders in the United States, examining how and why they continue to occur, and what this phenomenon might lead to in the future. Written by Anonymous

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Focuses on just one aspect of the shootings; rather than a thorough explanation
10 December 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It blared background music to create a serious overtone, car alarms, police sirens, etc, while people are talking in the documentary. The editing looks as if it was completed in the 1970's with its outdated styles and soundtrack, rather than edited in 2010. (PS: Many clips are indeed old, such as the interviews. However things which should have been updated with new film, were not. It's as if a five year old pieced this together out of existing film for a school project)

The movie attempts to cover many shootings and the details of them all. Yet it glosses over the important details by filling up 90% of the video with commentary from postal workers, most of which are complaints regarding their bosses.

It also fails to mention some important details, such as the series of fights by McIlvane which led to his suspension, caring to talk about instead the fact that he was written up for improperly following trivial procedures. The movie shifts the blame onto the managers, rather than attempting to provide a holistic view of the situation.

The overall result is a poorly edited documentary, weak in its attempts to explain the mass shootings.

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