->''"Special delivery, a bomb. Were you expecting one?"''
-->-- '''Inspector Clouseau''', ''Film/RevengeOfThePinkPanther''
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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.

Worth noting is that in real life you're not supposed to send dangerous goods by mail in the first place, not even for non-violent purposes.


[[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.
* ''Anime/PerfectBlue'': While Mima is trying out an acting bit on a crime procedural series, her two managers are discussing her part with the writer and producer when they receive a letter. It blows up in the face of one of them, who is later seen with bandaged hands. It was sent by Me-Mania, a StalkerWithACrush.

[[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.]]

[[folder:Card Games]]
* One of ''TabletopGame/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.

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

* ''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 ''Film/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}}''.
* In ''Film/TheFrontPage'', Earl Williams once sent a mail bomb to a famous industrialist as part of his anti-capitalist activities, but it was returned due to insufficient postage and blew the roof off his boarding house and led to his arrest for illegal possession of explosives.

* ''Literature/TheWinterQueen'': Erast Fandorin receives a bomb package on the day of his marriage. 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.]]
* ''Literature/{{Wasp}}'': One of the protagonist's diversionary tactics is to send packages to several enemy officials, which contain a loudly ticking mechanism and a message saying "This package could have killed you". He later sends another batch which looks and sounds exactly the same on the outside... except this time the bombs are real.

[[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 ''Series/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 ''Series/{{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.]]

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

[[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.
* ''TabletopGame/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 TabletopGame/{{Champions}}'' sourcebook ''Murderer's Row''.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' has Bureaucracy Charms that allow you to write a StronglyWordedLetter with such venom that it actually does damage to the reader.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* One case in ''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney'' involved one of these. Specifically, [[spoiler:a poisoned stamp that the recipient was asked to use on his response letter]].
* ''VideoGame/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 ''VideoGame/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).

* ''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.]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'': Jane manages to get past her OverprotectiveDad and out of the house to get her copy of Sburb from the mailbox. It turns out to be another assassination attempt [[ProperlyParanoid that her Dad is trying to protect her from]], and just as she's about to look in the mailbox, it explodes. She gets saved by the God Cat.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* One ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' episode had the Scarecrow dosing people with his patented "fear toxin" by telegram.
* ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin'':
** In one episode, Shere Khan sends Don Carnage a special letter after he allows Baloo to learn about their gas shortage scam. Hint: It's ticking and it's ''NOT'' a clock.
** In another episode, a disguised Vembrian named Wally hires Higher For Hire to deliver a package to the High Marshal which is actually a bomb as part of an elaborate plan for the High Marshal to [[ThisMeansWar declare war on Cape Suzette]] [[WarForFunAndProfit and put Wally's bomb factory back in business]]. His plan hits a snafu when the Sea Duck gets through the boarder search before the bomb is discovered, [[GoneHorriblyRight meaning it would]] [[SpringtimeForHitler blow the High Marshall up for real]].
-->'''Wally''': If the High Marshall goes through the roof, [[OffTheChart bomb sales will go through the floor!]]
* 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.
* Happened to KBBL in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' when [[DumbassDJ Bill and Marty]] didn't give Bart the elephant he asked for. Their boss tells them that the station is being bombarded by angry calls and letter bombs. A pile of envelopes is shown on a nearby desk and several of them explode at once.
* The ''LooneyTunes/RoadRunner'' cartoon "Sugar And Spies" has the Coyote delivering a bomb in a package to the Road Runner, but it gets sent back to him for insufficient postage. It explodes before he can retrieve another stamp for it.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* In 2001 there was a series of attacks which consisted of powdered anthrax being posted to various people. [[https://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.
* Icelandic pop singer Music/{{Bjork}} found herself just barely missing one of these in 1996 thanks to LoonyFan [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ricardo_López_(stalker) Ricardo López.]] López was obsessed with the singer and resented her interracial relationship with the Jamaican-Scottish DJ Goldie, leading him to prepare and mail a letter bomb rigged to fire sulfuric acid in Björk's face before committing suicide on-video. Thankfully, police were able to intercept his acid bomb before it could even reach Björk, though the very fact that López even sent the bomb in the first place traumatized her in the years following.