Harsh title, but that’s what he did!
It seems like everybody that has been on the internet long enough knows about Budd Dwyer, the man who shot himself to death during a televised speech in which he was resigning his post as State Treasurer of Pennsylvania. Those who dare have seen the gory video, or those who are squeamish have at least seen the countless press photos of him waving his gun around at the meeting, or just watched the animated .gif of his death (even if its just a gif and shows no blood, I guess it could shock some people, so warning).
Dwyer was resigning because he was caught taking bribes from a California company that was trying to gain a contract to compensate state workers who overpaid federal taxes. Dwyer claimed that he was framed, but nevertheless he was convicted and forced to step down as treasurer.
The day before his sentencing, he scheduled a news conference in which the local media came. After a long speech that some described as “rambling”, Dwyer handed envelopes to his closest co workers, and then took out one final envelope. A gun filled envelope. We all know the rest, how he lay in a puddle of his own blood, it gushing out of his nose, looking more like a bloodied, disheveled, David Crosby than the man who was speaking just seconds earlier.
I wanted to know how the newspapers across America handled the coverage of Dwyer’s action. What pictures did they decide to publish, if any? Did their local news that evening show the entire video of him shooting himself?
Reading Eagle, Reading, Pennsylvania:
The Dispatch, Lexington, North Carolina:
This is the photo most newspapers on Google Newspapers went with.
Observer-Reporter, Washington Monongahela, Pennsylvania:
The Junction City Daily Union, Geary County, Kansas:
Lewiston Morning Tribune, Lewiston, Idaho/Clarkston, Washington:
These two papers went with the final moment.
Lodi News-Sentinel, Lodi, California:
The Miami News, Miami, Florida:
Ocala Star-Banner, Ocala, Florida:
The Milwaukee Journal, Milwaukee, Wisconsin:
The Mount Airy News, Mount Airy, North Carolina:
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh, PA
This paper was the first paper I saw that actually showed a pic of Dwyer dead. The microfilm copy was in horrible shape though.
Pittsburgh Press, Pittsburgh, PA:
Sarasota News Herald, Sarasota, Florida:
This was the first paper I saw that showed the pic of him immediately after shooting himself, but before he hit the floor.
The Nashua Telegraph, Nashua, New Hampshire:
Out of all the 1980s newspapers in Google Newspapers, this was the only one I found with a clear picture of Dwyer dead.
Telegraph Herald, Dubuque, Iowa:
Budd Dwyer at Encyclopedia Dramatica (NSFW!!) ED calls Dwyer “the greatest man to ever live”.
“An Honest Man” Documentary about Dwyer.
Filter’s “Hey Man NIce Shot” video - Filter’s song they wrote about Dwyer.
///edit, June 7 2013//