R. Budd Dwyer. "He 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 took his own life in front of the gathered reporters with a .357 caliber revolver. Dwyer's suicide was also 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…
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.
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.