After being convicted and facing a maximum 55 year sentence for allegedly accepting bribes Dwyer called a public conference, those that attended heard his last words.
“I’ve repeatedly said that I’m not going to resign as State Treasurer. After many hours of thought and meditation I’ve made a decision that should not be an example to anyone because it is unique to my situation. Last May I told you that after the trial, I would give you the story of the decade. To those of you who are shallow, the events of this morning will be that story. But to those of you with depth and concern the real story will be what I hope and pray results from this morning—in the coming months and years, the development of a true Justice System here in the United States. I am going to die in office in an effort to “…see if the shame[-ful] facts, spread out in all their shame, will not burn through our civic shamelessness and set fire to American pride.” Please tell my story on every radio and television station and in every newspaper and magazine in the U.S. Please leave immediately if you have a weak stomach or mind since I don’t want to cause physical or mental distress. Joanne, Rob, DeeDee - I love you! Thank you for making my life so happy. Good bye to you all on the count of 3. Please make sure that the sacrifice of my life is not in vain.”
Dwyer then produced a envoloope and drew a .357 magnum revolver from inside, advising the crowd, “Please leave the room if this will offend you.” With people still trying to convince him to reconsider, Dwyer turned the gun toward his body, opened his mouth wide, and fired. He collapsed against a wall he had been standing near, with blood pouring rapidly from his nostrils and the exit wound on his head. Witnesses screamed and cursed as five news cameras broadcast the events live
TIRED OF LIFE
Time Square, New York due 2010
A continuous yawn is projected repeatedly on Time Square. The bored character, that appears on a screen, as an omnipresent head looks down from the skies yawning between the masses of market imagery. Below a now contagious epidemic of yawning people, suddenly appear bored, tired or un-amused in spite the ongoing attack of media advertisements. The masses of yawning tourists unconsciously continue to carry their contagious message and spread it throughout the city.