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August 13, 1989 | RICHARD A. SERRANO, Times Staff Writer
A postal worker who shot three people and then killed himself had planned at one time to donate his body organs, but authorities said Saturday that John Merlin Taylor's organs were unsuitable for use in human-transplant operations. However the San Diego County coroner's office declined to detail why the body parts of the 52-year-old postal worker were unfit.
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August 13, 1989 | RICHARD A. SERRANO, Times Staff Writer
A postal worker who shot three people and then killed himself had planned at one time to donate his body organs, but authorities said Saturday that John Merlin Taylor's organs were unsuitable for use in human-transplant operations. However the San Diego County coroner's office declined to detail why the body parts of the 52-year-old postal worker were unfit.
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August 13, 1989 | RICHARD A. SERRANO, Times Staff Writer
A postal worker who shot three people and then killed himself had planned to donate his body organs, but authorities said Saturday that John Merlin Taylor's organs were unsuitable for use in human-transplant operations. However the San Diego County coroner's office declined to detail why the body parts of the 52-year-old postal worker were unfit for use.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 13, 1989 | RICHARD A. SERRANO, Times Staff Writer
A postal worker who shot three people and then killed himself had planned to donate his body organs, but authorities said Saturday that John Merlin Taylor's organs were unsuitable for use in human-transplant operations. However the San Diego County coroner's office declined to detail why the body parts of the 52-year-old postal worker were unfit for use.
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August 11, 1989 | TOM GORMAN and RICHARD SERRANO, Times Staff Writers
A 52-year-old career postal carrier described as a model employee as "mellow and friendly as could be" shot his wife to death Thursday morning and then drove about half a mile to work, where he shot and killed two co-workers and wounded a third before he shot himself in the head, police said. The gunman, identified by police as John Merlin Taylor, was on life-support systems at Palomar Medical Center and described by authorities as "brain dead." The weapon for his rampage was a .
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August 12, 1989
As an elected official, particularly one who serves on no private boards of directors nor as a paid consultant to any firm, I read The Times' articles (Aug. 6) on Mayor Bradley with more than passing interest. But I should point out that The Times' list of city-provided benefits, which included the use of a rent-free municipal mansion in Hancock Park, omitted the "possessory" tax paid directly by the mayor.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 12, 1989
Preliminary findings of an autopsy and toxicology report revealed no signs of drug or alcohol abuse in the body of the Escondido postal worker who went on a deadly shooting rampage last month. The test results on John Merlin Taylor, who killed two co-workers before fatally shooting himself Aug. 10, were made available Monday. "We have a negative report. The tests are negative for alcohol, drugs of abuse and prescription drugs.
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July 10, 1995 | Associated Press
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last year found that murder was the second leading cause of death on the job for postal workers, and third for all workers. Some attacks at post offices: March 21, 1995: Christopher Green, 29, a former postal worker burdened with "a mountain of debt," kills four people and wounds another during a holdup at the Montclair, N.J., post office. Nov.
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August 24, 1989 | From Associated Press
A possible suicide note connected with a postal carrier's killing of his wife and two co-workers is undergoing handwriting and fingerprint analysis, Escondido police said Wednesday. Police Lt. Earl Callander was reluctant to discuss the note's contents, but said it was given to police late last week. He declined to elaborate.
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August 10, 1990 | MICHAEL GRANBERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
One year ago today, John Merlin Taylor, a 52-year-old letter carrier, drove to the Orange Glen postal station in Escondido, half a mile from his home, and killed two of his closest friends with a .22-caliber semi-automatic pistol. Co-workers Richard Berni, 38, of San Marcos and Ronald H. Williams, 56, of Escondido died instantly. Moments later, Taylor turned the gun on himself. His morning rampage made his death the fourth--he had killed his wife, Liesbeth, before leaving their home.
NEWS
August 12, 1989
As an elected official, particularly one who serves on no private boards of directors nor as a paid consultant to any firm, I read The Times' articles (Aug. 6) on Mayor Bradley with more than passing interest. But I should point out that The Times' list of city-provided benefits, which included the use of a rent-free municipal mansion in Hancock Park, omitted the "possessory" tax paid directly by the mayor.
NEWS
August 11, 1989 | TOM GORMAN and RICHARD SERRANO, Times Staff Writers
A 52-year-old career postal carrier described as a model employee as "mellow and friendly as could be" shot his wife to death Thursday morning and then drove about half a mile to work, where he shot and killed two co-workers and wounded a third before he shot himself in the head, police said. The gunman, identified by police as John Merlin Taylor, was on life-support systems at Palomar Medical Center and described by authorities as "brain dead." The weapon for his rampage was a .
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 6, 1991
In the last 12 years, San Diego has been the setting for several so-called "berserk" crimes--the violent actions of someone who has gone amok: * In January, 1979, Brenda Spencer, a 16-year-old San Carlos girl, killed two men and wounded eight children and a police officer. From a sniper's perch in her family's living room, Spencer aimed at a crowd of people on the grounds of Cleveland Elementary School.
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November 9, 1989 | MICHAEL GRANBERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Calling San Diego County "the hot spot in the country" for postal problems, Rep. Jim Bates (D-San Diego) said Wednesday that a congressional inquiry will be convened in San Diego early next month, and that particular attention will be paid to the leadership of local Postmaster Margaret Sellers. Bates sent a letter last summer to the General Accounting Office calling for an investigation of the management practices of the U.S. Postal Service. His letter followed the Aug.
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