Thursday, October 9, 2008

Long live Budd Dwyer

Do you know who this guy is?

Meet Budd Dwyer, an American politician who committed suicide on live television back in 1987.

Get this: Dwyer was charged with accepting a bribe of $300,000 from a company that was bidding to calculate how to properly return money to state employees who overpaid Federal Insurance Contributions Act taxes.

He was offered a plea bargain but refused to accept. He was eventually found guilty and faced a prison sentence of 55 years and a $300,000 fine.

The day before he was to receive his sentence from the court, he called an impromptu press conference. Most folks thought he would be announcing his resignation.

Instead, he said a few words about how he was a "victim of political persecution." He handed out three envelopes to his three closest staffers. He then produced a large manila envelope and withdrew a .357 Magnum.

"Budd, don't do this! Budd, this is not right!"

"Please leave the room if this will offend you," Dwyer said.

A few people attempted to approach Dwyer.

"Don't; don't; don't," Dwyer said. "This could hurt someone."

And then he put the revolver into his mouth and pulled the trigger. Holy shit! In all, five TV cameras and countless still photographers captured the gruesome event.

Why does any of this matter, you ask?

Because ... well, just look at this!


Suicide is not the answer, kids.


Click here to see the actual video clip of Budd killing himself. Needless to say, it is completely disturbing and pretty awesome.

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