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Crime History: Pennsylvania state treasurer kills self on live TV

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On this day, Jan. 22, in 1987, on the eve of his sentencing for a bribery conviction, Pennsylvania state Treasurer R. Budd Dwyer shot and killed himself at a news conference on live television. Dwyer, who was facing up to 55 years in prison, called reporters to his office. They assumed he was going to announce his resignation. Instead, Dwyer read a statement for 20 minutes declaring his...

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