HARRISBURG, USA – JANUARY 22, 1987 Robert Budd Dwyer was an American politician who served as a Pennsylvania state senator. He became infamous for committing suicide on live television.
He was sentenced to 55 years in prison for a corruption scandal of enormous proportions. Before the sentence was carried out, Dwyer called a press conference. He handed the envelopes to his assistants there. One of them contained a farewell letter to his family, the other cards confirming that he was an organ donor. The third envelope contained a letter for the new governor of Pennsylvania. Then Dwyer pulled out a .357 Magnum revolver. He put the barrel in his mouth and fired. He was dead almost immediately. The entire event was broadcast live by several television cameras.