Budd Dwyer’s Suicide

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On January 22, 1987, an American politician R. Budd Dwyer committed suicide with a revolver during a television broadcast after being accused of bribery and corruption and faced 55 years in prison if found guilty. Five cameras recording from different angles in the room broadcasted the incident through several television stations without warning, revealing Dwyer's death to potentially thousands of viewers.


The footage begins with the then Pennsylvania State Treasurer, Robert "Budd" Dwyer, pulling a loaded revolver out of an envelope and announcing his intention to commit suicide with a firearm on live television. His colleagues attempt to talk him down, but Dwyer ignores them, puts the revolver in his mouth, and pulls the trigger. As Dwyer's corpse collapses to the floor, his nose, mouth, and an exit wound at the back of his head begin bleeding profusely, while viewers in the audience can be heard screaming and frantically dialing emergency responders.


"Robert Budd Dwyer November 21, 1939 - January 22, 1987 Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, USA

Pennsylvania State Official. He was a member of the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from 1965 to 1970, and a member of the Pennsylvania State Senate in 1970. From 1985 to 1987 he served as the Pennsylvania State Treasurer. He was scheduled to appear on January 23, 1987, in front of a federal judge for charges of bribery, conspiracy to commit fraud, and five counts of mail fraud. If convicted, he faced up to 55 years in prison, a fine of up to $300,000, and the loss of his job. The day before these legal proceedings, Dwyer held a news conference to apprise the public of his status. After a short speech, he handed out envelopes to be read later on, including one for his wife. He then walked to the front of the room and pulled out a .357 magnum pistol. After telling anyone who would be offended to leave the room, he put the gun in his mouth and pulled the trigger. He was taken to the hospital and pronounced dead."



Further resources


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  • archive.org/details/you-cut-20201007-223125720
  • vimeo.com/701497416
  • gorecenter.com/budd-dwyer-full-suicide-video/
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