->''"Special delivery, a bomb. Were you expecting one?"''
-->-- '''Inspector Clouseau''', ''Revenge of the PinkPanther''
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When the postal service is used to kill someone, usually by letter bomb, biological weapon, or some kind of magic that uses the written medium. Sometimes, an e-mail or other New Media messaging device is used in place of an actual letter or package.

One of the forms SomebodySetUpUsTheBomb can take.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* In the first episode of ''Anime/FullMetalPanicFumoffu'', Sousuke detonates his shoe locker when he discovers it's been tampered with, under the assumption that someone planted a bomb in it. Of course, it was just a love letter, but he cites a case in which someone was killed by a bomb in the mailbox. This happens several more times.

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[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* A certain special parcel delivered to [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Gotham City]] district attorney Harvey Dent and his wife Gilda in ''ComicBook/TheLongHalloween''. [[spoiler: Both targets survive, although Gilda is hospitalized.]]

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[[folder: Card Games ]]

* One of ''MagicTheGathering'''s joke supplements contains a 'letter bomb' card, which gets shuffled into the opponent's deck and hits him for massive damage when drawn. There was a legit card that has a similar damaging effect though it worked by poisoning (turning face up then being shuffled into their deck) one of their cards rather than being planted.

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[[folder: Fan Works ]]

* In the ''Manga/DeathNote'' fic ''FanFic/ACureForLove'' [[WesternTerrorists Astraea]] sends L a letter laced with sarin.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* ''Film/JingleAllTheWay'' has fun with this. Myron, a disgruntled postman, threatens a radio DJ with a package that he claims is a bomb which he discovered in the mail and kept for use in an emergency. It accidentally falls out of his hand and is revealed to be...a music box. Later, when the police show up, he threatens them with a different package. When the police let him go a retired bomb squad officer claims it's just a "harmless Christmas package", which blows up in his face, [[NonFatalExplosions only turning his face black.]] When Myron hears the explosion he is surprised and disgusted that somebody really had sent a bomb through the postal system.
* ''Film/BlazingSaddles'': "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8ciVBQixpU Candygram for Mongo!]]"
** Bart actually delivers the Candygram, has Mongo sign for it, then walks away as the WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes theme plays. The box doesn't actually ''explode'' until Mongo opens it. [[BeamMeUpScotty Imitators just yell it as they throw the bomb.]]
* In ''MagnumForce'', Harry and his assistant both have their mailboxes wired with explosives when the mailbox key is turned.
* In the Swedish film ''Sprängaren'' [[TheFilmoftheBook (adapted from the novel by the same name)]], the murderer sends the protagonist, who is a journalist, a bomb package. Subverted in that [[spoiler:the protagonist never receives it. It explodes at the post office, killing one of the employees, and the protagonist doesn't find out that it was addressed to her until later.]]
* The hitman Trabucco (Walter Matthau) disposes of one of his victims this way, early in the film ''BuddyBuddy''.
* ''The Inspectors'', a film about US Postal Inspectors, follows the investigation of a mail bomb murder (interestingly enough, the Postal Inspectors are a RealLife law enforcement agency... in fact, they are the oldest federal law enforcement agency in the United States.)
* Subverted and spoofed in ''Film/AdeleHasntHadHerDinnerYet''. Detective Nick Carter receives a perfume-scented letter. He's savvy and immediately suspects it might contain a bomb, and uses "a gift from his friend Roentgen" to check it. It's just an invitation/free ticket to a night club.
* Package bombs delivered by a motorcycle courier are the weapon of choice for the MadBomber in ''Film/{{Quick}}''.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* Literature/ErastFandorin receives a bomb package on the day of his marriage. [[spoiler:He survives, his wife doesn't.]]
* The Creator/StephenKing short story "Everything's Eventual" centers around a young slacker hired by a mysterious firm because he has the ability to compose "[[BrownNote glyphs]]" that can drive the viewer to suicide. They sends him a list of names and addresses, and he puts the glyphs on letters.
* In the book ''A Death in Vienna'' by Daniel Silva, the death is caused by a letter bomb sent to an ex-Mossad agent turned Nazi hunter.
* Literature/SherlockHolmes is sent a little ivory box containing a sharp spring infected with a deadly disease in "The Adventure of the Dying Detective". [[spoiler:He sees through it immediately, but plays along and uses self-starvation and make-up in order to pretend he's dying from the disease, and trick the killer into confessing.]]

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* One episode of ''Series/TheAvengers'' had letters containing an ''enhanced cold''.
* ''Series/DadsArmy''. The platoon is given a mission to test security at an army base, and decide to infiltrate disguised as firemen. As usual things go wrong and they end up fighting a real fire elsewhere. A high-ranking officer arrives and tells Mainwaring not to worry as his 'other plan' worked. Turns out Wilson sent a fake bomb in the mail.
* Used in an episode of ''Series/EarlyEdition''.
* ''Series/JonathanCreek'' had a writer poisoned with a hallucinating drug contained in a enclosed letter glue from some fan mail. Once he licked the letter he went a bit nuts and managed to stab himself in the back with a sword.
* In the ''Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent'' episode "The Saint" a social worker is killed by a lye bomb delivered in the mail.
* In the ''LawAndOrder'' episode "Big Bang", a physics professor's wife is killed by a letter bomb. While the bomb itself was not meant to be lethal, the letter opener the victim used was blown into the woman's throat, killing her.
* ''Series/{{Monk}}'' put a spin on this one, in the episode "Mr. Monk and the Sleeping Suspect". Monk is working on a mail bomb murder case, and must figure out how his prime suspect was able to send the bomb while in a coma. And, of course, he does.
* ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' had [=DiNozzo=] contract pneumonic plague this way. [[spoiler: He got better.]]
* In ''{{Warehouse 13}}'', a teenaged StalkerWithACrush uses this as his method of revenge once he gets his hands on [[ArtifactOfDoom Poe's quill pen.]]
* The ''Series/CriminalMinds'' episode "Won't Get Fooled Again". Also played with in "Poison", where [[spoiler: the unsub tries to kill his former bosses by poisoning the glue strips of envelopes they are using.]]

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[[folder: Music ]]

* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ECnF3J8isL4 Special Delivery]]'' by TheOffspring

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[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]

* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' has Explosive Runes (as mentioned in the [=OotS=] example), The Sepia Snake Sigil (which paralyzes readers), the various Symbol of... spells, and cursed scrolls that have nasty effects when read.
* ''D20Modern'' has rules for sending ''any'' spell via email to effect the person who opens it (or even teleporting an [[RuleOfCool assassin to them via IM for a sneak attack]]).
* The anger mages of ''TabletopGame/UnknownArmies'' have a spell that lets them enchant a letter, note or e-mail with another one of their spells (which can include damaging spells).
* This is the M.O. of the villain Death's Messenger from the ''Dark {{Champions}}'' sourcebook ''Murderer's Row''.
* ''{{Exalted}}'' has Bureaucracy Charms that allow you to write a StronglyWordedLetter with such venom that it actually does damage to the reader.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* One case in ''ApolloJusticeAceAttorney'' involved one of these. Specifically, [[spoiler:a poisoned stamp that the recipient was asked to use on his response letter]].
* ''EternalDarkness'' had an assassination attempt at Charlemagne by sending him a scroll with a magick attack. Unfortunately, Anthony opens it first and spends the next 600+ years cursed in agony locked in a room. (And Charlemagne still gets killed.)
* At the start of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'', the protagonist is tasked with what first appears to be a simple FetchQuest: Deliver a "Package"/"Bomb Ring"/"Carnelian Signet" (depending on version) to a nearby village. To his horror, the item activates on its own upon arrival and conjures monsters that torch the entire village. In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIVTheAfterYears'' another enemy tries a similar trick, but this time it backfires.
* A serial killer in TraumaTeam sends mailbombs [[spoiler: Actually, she impersonates a deliverywoman, so there's no record of the packages being sent]]
* In at least one of the ''Franchise/{{Worms}}'' games, one weapon consists in a bomber dropping explosive envelopes (heavily affected by the wind).

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[[folder: Webcomics ]]

* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'': [[RunningGag ''I prepared Explosive Runes this morning.'']]
* [[WebComic/EightBitTheater Ranger's arrows]] were delivered home [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2009/01/31/episode-1089-special-delivery/ with their momentum still intact]].

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* One ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' episode had the Scarecrow dosing people with his patented "fear toxin" by telegram.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin'', Shere Khan sends some pirate allies a special letter after they fail in their shared evil plot. Hint: its ticking and its NOT a clock.
* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers''. The Monarch mailed Dr. Venture [[AnimalAssassin a live cobra]] but by the time Dr. Venture actually got around to opening his mail, it was dead.
* In one ''[[WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory Justice Friends]]'' short, [[GoingPostal Disgruntled Postman]] attempted to mail a bomb to the US President, only to be stopped by Major Glory. What made it ridiculous was that it was a very big and obvious bomb.

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[[folder: Real Life ]]

* In 2001 there was a series of attacks which consisted of powdered anthrax being posted to various people. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2001_anthrax_attacks Read all about it on the other wiki.]]
* Ted Kaczynski carried out attacks mainly consisting of posting bombs to universities and airlines. Hence the nickname he's more commonly known by; The Unabomber[[note]]From the FBI calling the case by the code name "UNABOM"; '''UN'''iversity and '''A'''irline '''BOM'''ber.[[/note]].
* One of the first RealLife letter bombs was constructed by Martin Ekenberg in 1904. He tried to kill a former employer and frame the Social-Democratic party...
* The first known reference to a bomb being sent by post was in the diary of a Danish historian named Bolle Willum Luxdorph. In a 1764 entry, he mentions a package full of gunpowder (with a flintlock mechanism designed to go off when it was opened) injuring a colonel (and later being followed up with a letter threatening to send a larger one).
* A Website/{{Darwin Award|s}} nominee - the attempted letter-bomber who neglected to pay enough postage. The letter was Returned To Sender... [[BondOneLiner and so was he.]]
* C-list actress Sharron Guess Richardson sent ricin-laced letters to government officials (including the President and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg) in 2013. None of the attempts were successful (such officials have their mail screened, and such an attempt would never have succeeded) and when caught, she tried to blame her husband for it. In July of 2014, she was sentenced to 18 years in prison for the federal charge of possessing and producing a biological toxin, after making a plea deal.
* When the rivalry between Scotland's "[[UsefulNotes/BritishFootyTeams Old Firm]]" football clubs [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-14251800 flared up in 2011]], a few high profile Celtic fans were sent letter bombs.
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