Robert Budd Dwyer served served as the 30th Treasurer of Pennsylvania from January 20, 1981 to January 22, 1987. On that day, Dwyer called a news conference in the Pennsylvania state capital of Harrisburg where he killed himself in front of the gathered reporters with a .357 caliber revolver. Dwyer's suicide was subsequently broadcast to a wide television audience across the state of Pennsylvania.
Honest Man: the Life of R. Budd Dwyer is a movie about politics and corruption, suicide and survival. Four years in the making, it explores the scandal that led an honest, hard-working man to take his own life. This independently produced feature-length documentary follows Budd Dwyer, a Pennsylvania politician who infamously committed suicide at a televised press conference. The film chronicles Dwyer's meteoric rise to political power and examines the bribery scandal and subsequent trial…
With the media gathered to hear what they believed to be his resignation after a conviction of bribery and fraud, Pennsylvania State Treasurer R. Budd Dwyer, put a gun in his mouth and pulled the trigger on live television.
1/22/1987: R. Budd Dwyer was politician in Pennsylvania. He was convicted of receiving a bribe from a California firm trying to gain a contract, but maintained that he was innocent and that he had been framed. The day before sentencing, he called a press conference, professing his innocence. he then shot himself on film.
January 22, 1987: Pennsylvania treasurer shoots himself in public - Pennsylvania treasurer R. Budd Dwyer, convicted of defrauding the state, proclaims his innocence at a news conference before pulling out a gun and shooting himself to death in front of horrified onlookers.