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.
R. Budd Dwyer. Claimed he was innocent and had been framed for the charge of "bribe receiving." On January 22, 1987, Dwyer held a press conference where he said his last words, handed out 3 envelopes, said "Please leave the room if this will offend you." and shot himself...all on live T.V! Due to the fact he died in office his family got to collect full survivor benefits in excess of $1 million, had Dwyer gone to jail they would have lost everything.
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.
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…