Mailboxes: A Sinister Post

I live in a relatively quiet neighborhood. We’re talking a lights-out-at-nine kind of place. The houses are sleepy, the lawns decently kempt, everyone’s sprinklers go off at exactly the same time each evening, neighbors wave to one another and smile while standing in the driveway and washing their cars. Everything is kept neat and tidy beneath a cozy comforter of normalcy, but normalcy is the perfect breeding ground for monsters.

I have an overactive imagination. I see the weird and creepy where people see, well, not much of anything. So, as my husband and I drove up and down a street we couldn’t avoid if we ever wanted to leave our house or come back home, I started to notice one particular house. It was plain with a curved concrete walkway leading up to a front door, a few scraggly rose bushes flanking the entryway. A sickly-looking sapling swayed in the breeze, its plastic nursery tag still attached to the lowest branch like some escaped hospital patient. It was, for all intents and purposes, a normal, understated domicile that blended into the background. Except for the mailbox. And that mailbox drove me crazy.

  • Homeowners Associations frequently regulate the type and color of mailbox allowed. One woman in Brevard County, Florida, received a 14-day notice to paint hers, plus a helpful suggestion to keep it washed and waxed.

Up and down that road we’d go, my eyes fixed on that house like a stalker studying her prey. “Do you see that?” I’d ask my husband almost every time we’d drive by. That damn mailbox was holding on by a thread, white with a decorative wrought-iron leg holding it aloft in the air by a single screw, its door flopped open in an almost brazen way. That mailbox was mocking me, because it was impossible for the owners to not have noticed what was going on. It frustrated me that the mailman continued to deliver their mail at all. Wasn’t this breaking some sort of universal mail carrier code? Every time we’d pass, I’d think up different ways to make it worse, to force those lazy homeowners to fix the very thing that was grating on my nerves.

  • From eHow: You are not legally required to have a mailbox, but the United States Postal Service will not deliver mail without one… Poorly made mailboxes expose letter carriers to possible injury caused by sharp edges or improperly placed hardware. Concerned letter carriers can legally skip houses with long outdoor stairways or unleashed dogs… The owner or resident of the home is responsible for upkeep of the mailbox. He or she should provide a clear and safe walkway to the box in all weather conditions, replace damaged mailboxes, and repair broken doors or mail flags.

I considered writing anonymous notes and stuffing them into my pockets before taking random late night walks. I thought about posting an ad on Craigslist in search of a juvenile delinquent who was also the proud owner of a baseball bat. When I was the one driving, I thought about jerking the wheel, hopping the curb, running that mailbox over before flooring it down the street, my head hanging out the window while I laughed maniacally toward the sky.

  • From Wikipedia: Mailbox baseball or mailboxing is the act of using a baseball bat or other objects to knock over, dent, or smash roadside mailboxes by a passenger in a car. It can be played either as a game, with score kept in a manner similar to baseball, or played simply for aimless fun. In either case it is an act of vandalism and destruction of other peoples’ property. Mailbox baseball is depicted in several films and television shows such as Stand by Me, The Benchwarmers, Dazed and Confused, 21 Jump Street, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Ghost Whisperer, The Simpsons, Family Guy, and The X-Files. Damaging, destroying or tampering with mailboxes or with the U.S. mail is a federal crime, punishable by a fine and/or up to three years of imprisonment.

Eventually my joking tone shifted to sincerity, because this was ridiculous. It had been weeks. That mailbox haunted my dreams. I couldn’t wash my hair with my eyes closed, afraid that when I’d open them it would be standing there, lolled to one side, staring at me with its gaping hangdog door. The world would go black and white. There’d definitely be a dolly zoom effect. I’d scream like Janet Leigh in the shower scene from Psycho, except this would be Mailbox; and instead of stabbing me to death, it would spit stamped envelopes and junk magazines and those coupon packs we always consider opening but apathetically end up tossing in the trash. I told my husband, “I’m going to stick a note on their door.” And as soon as I said it, he gave me a look like that was the worst idea he’d ever heard. “Don’t do it,” he said. “You never know who lives there.”

  • Snipped from WZTV: Police in Clarksville were called to a shooting in the Buckwood Drive area. The detectives’ investigation revealed the confrontation began after a two-year-old took a balloon off the mailbox of house to be shown by a realtor later in the day.  When the balloon was retrieved by a 24-year-old man, an argument broke out between the residents on the street. As the argument escalated the victim retreated to his car. A short time later, a Ford Thunderbird with five males arrived and attempted to block the Chrysler from leaving the area. The men exited their Thunderbird and began shooting at the car.

His simple warning was enough to jumpstart a whole new train of weird and twisted thought. Because do we really know who our neighbors are? Sure, they may wave hello and wash their cars and laugh and smile and mow their lawns, but any psychopath would do the same. We may have been inside some of those houses, sucking sticky BBQ sauce from our fingers while carrying around a paper plate, complimenting them on their decorating and admiring their meticulous backyard, but being neighborly is a great cover. Disguises are what serial killers wear.

They were such nice, quiet people. We never once suspected. That’s why you’ve got to watch out for those details—the broken mailbox that any sane, rational person would have fixed on the first day. Because boring neighborhoods are the best places to hide, and the most dangerous monsters hide in plain sight.



Image of gun mailbox from Work-Killer, Danger mailbox from, and the rest from

Born in Ciechanow, Poland, Ania Ahlborn has always been drawn to the darker, mysterious, and sometimes morbid side of life. As a child, she’d spend hours among the headstones of the large wooded cemetery next door, breaking up bouquets of silk flowers so that everyone had their equal share. Her debut novel, Seed, is a tale of spine-tingling Southern gothic suspense about a man with a demon on his back.


  1. Dorothy Hayes

    The gun mailbox had me fooled for a while, I was attracted to the natural materials of stones and bricks until I realized that it replicated the image of a giant gun.

    How did this mailbox make it into such a wholesome neighborhood? And whatever could possess a person to create the shape of a gun as a mailbox? The sad part is I don’t really want to know. Until this insightful post, I was blissfully unaware of how much is revealed by a mailbox. This is similar to telling messy teenagers that their mess must be confined to their own rooms. It’s not allowed to spill out into the hallway, or in this case, the road. It would be disturbing to live in a community with the giant image of a lethal weapon pointed at me and mine or anyone else driving by. What a message! In our neighborhood in Tucson, AZ, mailboxes were built according to code, so they were all the same. The discreet clay colored brick and dark wood mailboxes offered the area a sense of peaceful harmony. Just what a benefit this was, I had no idea until this post.

    [b]Murder at the P&Z[/b] by Dorothy H. Hayes will be published by Mainly Murder Press in May.

  2. Patti Nase

    I realized it was a gun before I realized it was a mailbox. Funny. But pretty horrible given the state of things in this country. Someone had to either build this themselves or pay to have it done. So clearly it was a statement.

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    Thank you, Ania Ahlborn, for a very entertaining article! After chortling over the pics and quips, I went on to hoot over the idea of you dividing up the silk flowers equally amongst the gravesites as a child and the great comments from your other fans! I love the fun surprises I find everytime I explore Wishing you all a BOOtiful and Happy Halloween!

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