Video Vault 1986: Budd Dwyer Convicted of Bribery

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Thirty years ago, one of the most infamous incidents in the history of Pennsylvania politics occurred in Harrisburg.

R. Budd Dwyer, the convicted state treasurer, killed himself in the middle of a news conference--right in front of horrified reporters and news cameras.

In this edition of the Video Vault, we go back a few weeks earlier to late December of 1986.

Newswatch 16's Dan Fiorucci was in Williamsport when a federal jury found Dwyer guilty of the bribery scheme that eventually led to his suicide.


  • chris

    The band “Filter” wrote a song about this called “Hey Man Nice Shot”. I remember watching this on TV when I was 6. As I recall he brought the gun into the courthouse in his lunch bag.

  • JessicaInWilliamsport

    I was only 16 at the time, but did they look further into this? I seem to recall him being a “fall guy” of sorts, and his suicide was so his family didn’t have to deal with all the ugliness. I remember how shocking and horrible his public suicide was….

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