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The day before he was to be sentenced for his role in a bribery conspiracy, Pennsylvania Treasurer R. Budd Dwyer held a news conference and shocked the world by pulling out a .357 Magnum revolver.

He alleged widespread, uninvestigated corruption in his case. Before a roomful of stunned reporters and unblinking cameras, he shot himself to death.

In The Sins of Our Fathers, two young writers set out to learn the truth behind Dwyer's conviction and fall.

They discover dark secrets about their hometown, and a century of hidden history leading to the treasurer's death.


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Sam Orlowski's film '65
This film was given to writer Bill Keisling in 1987 by retired Pennsylvania State trooper Sam Orlowski, as discussed in the book The Sins of Our Fathers. In the film, Orlowski's informant, bookmaker Tony Brandt, is seen handing money to Steelton, PA, chief of police, who counts the payoff in his car. The post-marked date of the film on the box is October 4, 1965. Watch >

'Little book with big bite'
Pennsylvania public officials attempt to suppress The Sins of Our Fathers. First broadcast on WHTM-TV on May 10, 1988. Watch >

R. Budd Dwyer 'Honest Man' documentary panel discussion
Panel discussion following a screening of the documentary film 'Honest Man: The Life of R. Budd Dwyer.' Included on the panel are the children of the former Pennsylvania state treasurer, Dee Dee and Rob Dywer; Budd Dwyer's sister, Mary Kun; the director of the film, James Dirschberger; and Bill Keisling, author of the book The Sins of Our Fathers. Moderated by Dennis Owens of WHTM-TV. This panel discussion was held on November 11, 2011 at the Midtown Cinema in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Watch >