Robert Budd Dwyer
Robert Budd Dwyer was an American politician in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. He served from 1971 to 1981 as a Republican member of the Pennsylvania State Senate representing the state's 50th district. He served as the 30th Treasurer of Pennsylvania from January 20, 1981 up until his death. On that day, Dwyer called a news conference in the Pennsylvania state capitol of Harrisburg where he killed himself in front of the gathered reporters with a .357 Magnum revolver. Dwyer's suicide was broadcast later that day to a wide television audience across the state of Pennsylvania. In the early 1980s, Pennsylvania discovered its state workers had overpaid federal taxes due to errors in state withholding. Many accounting firms competed for a multimillion-dollar contract to determine compensation to each employee. In 1986, Dwyer was convicted of receiving a bribe from the California firm that ultimately won the contract. He was scheduled to be sentenced on those charges on January 23, 1987, the day after his suicide.