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R. Budd Dwyer And The Death Of An ‘Honest Man’

The convicted politician televised suicide haunts us not because he was guilty of his crimes, but because he was innocent.

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On January 15, 1987, R. Budd Dwyer held a meeting in his suburban Pennsylvania home. Dwyer, the acting Pennsylvania State Treasurer, sat with his press secretary James Horshock and Deputy Treasurer Don Johnson to discuss setting up a press conference related to his recent legal issues.

The 47-year-old was a week away from his sentencing on convictions connected to bribery but had nevertheless been adamant about his innocence throughout the investigation and trial.

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