Skip to comments.R. Budd Dwyer
Posted on 05/11/2014 1:19:59 AM PDT by POWERSBOOTHEFAN
Does anyone here remember R.Budd Dwyer, the politician who committed suicide on national TV during a press conference?
Only secondarily through Filter’s “Hey Man Nice Shot!”
Yeah. A sick, sad man that hurt others as he decided to ditch his mortal coil. I’ll pray for his soul.
He was a Republican in the Pennsylvania State Senate, representing the state’s 50th District.
I ask because I’ve never heard of a Politian killing themselves on national TV.
I saw the unedited tape. He ate a S&W .357 right there in front if a bunch of reporters.
I remember it. “No, Bud, No....”
At the time, one of the local TV stations showed the video and caught heck for it. He was PA treasurer at the time, if I recall correctly.
I recall it very well since I had not left for Texas. I saw it live on channel 11 in Pittsburgh. The other stations, when they did the replays, edited out the shot but channel 11 kept it in, showing the whole thing. I think there was one station over in Philly that showed the whole thing. It’s on Youtube.
I saw it on YouTube and I was flabbergasted.
It didn’t seem real. It was like something out of a movie.
Isn’t that the most powerful handgun?
I believe Channel 11 only showed the actual shooting in an early broadcast. By the evening news the footage was edited so the suicide wasn’t shown.
If you can use google you can watch the video
I remember it well...I was a Senior in HS in PA at the time, taking a few courses part time at a local university. A few years later, I dated a gal whose dad was a speech writer in Harrisburg, and had been in the front row at Dwyer’s presser. My GFs dad had been deeply traumatized by the experience.
Hey man, nice shot.
Song was written about him.
He blew his brains out live on TV.
I was slightly amused when someone in the crowd started hollering, 'Somebody get a doctor!'
There are a few that I’d pay to watch on pay per view if they’d off themselves.
A couple of more powerful ones have come out since then, the .454 Casull and the S&W .500.
All that said, .357 is quite a handful.
I remember it. Didn’t it have to do with awarding computer contracts. I lived in PA at the time.
What year did it happen?
Dwyer was convicted of accepting a bribe from a California firm being considered for a contract to correct errors in federal withholding for state employees.
There is no need for honor anymore. Today, someone like Dwyer would keep the appeals going while serving in office....then, he would retire with full pension and cut a plea deal.
Back then, prosecutors were tenacious tigers who protected the public from political malfeasance.
Today, those prosecutors are looking for a seat at the table of power, so cutting a deal, going lenient or mishandling the case earn points with the political party machine that can be used for political office later on.
I was in Harrisburg at the time. WGAL showed the entire event.
There was a strategy in play. This happened on Super Bowl Sunday(da Bears). Dwyer had just been convicted in court of some malfeasance. He had not been sentenced but I believe that was to happen the following day. Once sentenced, his state pension and other benefits would be lost to him and his family.
Bud shot himself that Sunday so that he could not be sentenced. The state went after his pension anyway and the courts have ruled that since he was never sentenced that the family could still receive his pension and other benefits.
That was some bleed-out. A must see for anyone contemplating the same with a large caliber weapon.
I made the mistake of choosing to watch it.
Not a Sunday morning video.
I remember when this happened. He was charged with some type of wrong doing (don’t remember the specific charge, but if I recall correctly, it was not that serious.) He called a press conference in which he rambled for several minutes, was visibly upset, then reached into a bag, pulled out a gun, and shot himself. It’s not a video you would want to see.
I would not mind seeing a few libtards doing a Budd Dwyer on live TV...
Yes I had the misfortune to see it live. Gave me nightmares for days afterwards.
I don’t remember it, but I heard about it through Filter, and then saw the video. Nasty, but people should see what death looks like.
I was on duty, working in the media on January 22, 1987. There was a snowstorm that day to boot.
What an awful thing. The television stations did some editing but there was plenty of criticism about showing it in the middle of the day with kids home from school because of the snow.
As a Pennsylvanian, the Budd Dwyer Case is an illustration of the pandemic of corruption in the political system of Pennsylvania that continues to this day.
When I go to vote in the primary on May 20th I will have that in mind in not supporting my corrupt Republican Governor Tom Corbett who is buying his re-election with a 28 cent a gallon gas tax hike to support highway and bridge construction companies, mass transit companies and unionized workers who will all give some of the money back in campaign gifts to politicians like him.
I writing in a name for governor when I vote. Bob Guzzardi.
Noon New....Channel 11 in pittsbugh showed it live for the lunch time crowd.
BTW....it was a Dan Wesson.
Not the most powerful handgun, but more than sufficient for his purpose.
Hmm. I believe you are correct on the Dan Wesson. Ventilated rib on the barrel and the frame does look a little small for an N frame S&W.
I would imagine.
I wonder how many of the people who witnessed it sought out therapy. I know I would have needed to.
I’ve already seen it.
I can’t believe the cameraman zoomed in on it. But that’s the media for you. They don’t care.
‘Twas a bit too late for a doctor.
If it bleeds, it leads.
But Cant blame him. That’s a shot of a lifetime. Maybe he was too transfixed by the horror to turn away.
Ironically, R. Budd Dwyer has somewhat entered the Internet as a meme, and has been used by several “musical” groups.
amazing how long the heart keeps pumping when the brain is shut down.
One coud be forgiven for imagining its becoming a trend in DC.
Yup. That was awful.
Just like seeing a car wreck or a train wreck. You’re horrified but you can’t look away.
The man also said ‘Get an ambulance’. The paramedics would have been useless!
I’ve also seen the horrific ‘accident’ that claimed the lives of Vic Morrow and the two kids he was carrying.
I could not stop sobbing. It was one of the most horrific things I have ever seen.
Thank God it was quick.
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