Hillary and Tina cover former Kentucky House Representative William Preston Taulbee and Pennsylvania State Treasurer Budd Dwyer.
In 1986, Budd Dwyer found himself mired in a political bribery scandal. His alleged decision to take a 300K kickback mucked up his pristine reputation as Pennsylvania state treasurer. Dwyer professed his innocence and had a loyal following of supporters, but with an upcoming sentencing, Dwyer’s back was up against the wall. Then, he made a fateful decision that shocked Pennsylvania residents and gripped the nation.
In 1887, Kentucky House Representative William Preston Taulbee faces major repercussions after local journalist Charles Kincaid exposes Taulbee’s affair with a young, beautiful teenage clerk. With a marriage on the rocks and ruined career, Taulbee terrorizes Kincaid for years, until a fateful encounter on the stairs of a basement restaurant in the Capitol Building.
R. Budd Dwyer
From Eighty Four Films:
Honest Man: The Life of R. Budd Dwyer
All That’s Interesting
R. Budd Dwyer and the Death of an “Honest Man”
Associated Press--Michael Hirsh
“Dwyer Eulogized as Innocent Victim”
The Morning Call
“DWYER SOUGHT SPECTER'S HELP TO GET A PRESIDENTIAL PARDON”
Washington Post--Elanor Randolph
“WITNESSES TO DEATH JOURNALISTS QUESTION THEIR ROLE"
Associated Press--David Morris
“Pennsylvania Treasurer Kills Self At News Conference”
New York Times
“Governor’s Widow Goes to Senate”
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Photograph of Budd Dwyer--1980s
Dwyer Final Statements
Dwyer Moments Before Death
Charles Kincaid Trial: 1891--Mark Thorburn
"Kincaid Pleads Self-Defense"
Taulbee as a young man--copy by Joe Nickell
Charles Kincaid Drawing--Robert Pohl
Taulbee Scandal Article--from 1887 Washington Post
Bloody Staircase Photo
Bloody Staircase Close Up Photo--Peter Overby