This Day in History — October 9

Postal Worker Commits Mass Murder

Former US Postal Service worker Joseph Harris shot his coworkers to death at the post office in Ridgewood, New Jersey, and the night before, had killed his former supervisor with a three foot samurai sword, and then shot her fiance in their home.  After a four hour standoff with the cops he was finally arrested. During trial his defense attorney argued that he was insane, and he told the psychiatrists that he was led to do these murders by the “Ninja spirit,” but in 1992 he was convicted and sentenced to death row.  In September 1996 two days before a New Jersey Supreme Court was going to start a  battle over the death penalty, Harris died of natural causes.

Do you think Harris was insane?

Senior Staff Writer

Pennie Hull


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