Murder By Proxy: How America Went Postal

Director Emil Chiaberi in conversation about his documentary, Murder By Proxy: How America Went Postal. Also about workplace violence and mass murders that are not so random after all. With a focus on the disturbing trend traced back to the 1980s, and the war on unions.

And what it all has to do with Ronald Reagan, privatization, Social Darwinism, the air traffic controllers, consumerism, and the Postal Reorganization Act of 1970.

The filmmaker also discuss testimony gathered from news reporters, criminologists, victims, bosses, shrinks, and the workers themselves. And most significantly, post office letter carrier, union steward, whistleblower and Vietnam veteran Charlie Withers and his long and courageous fight for workers bullied and terrorized by bosses across the country, taking his case exposing workplace coverups all the way to the government.

This documentary did not attract much attention on Rotten Tomatoes. Only 38 people voted on it. 60% of them liked it, giving it a score of 3.5 out of 5.

The film explores what brings a seemingly normal person to the point of committing mass murder. The earliest recorded post office massacre took place in 1986.

Psychologists say a complex interplay of personal and societal factors lead up to workplace massacre incidents.

Emil Chiaberi’s documentary is a thorough and provocative investigation into the mass murders throughout the United States. It examines how and why they continue to occur, and what this phenomenon might lead to in the future.

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Prairie Miller is a New York multimedia journalist online, in print and radio, who reviews movies and conducts in-depth interviews. She can also be heard on WBAI/Pacifica National Radio Network’s Arts Express.