White, a former Board of Supervisors member, shot Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor
Harvey Milk dead at City Hall, with a .38 revolver.
was immediately a suspect and was arrested soon after the bodies were found (by
Supervisor Dianne Feinstein).
his trial, White attempted to claim diminished responsibility to the murders,
claiming a junk food diet and stress caused by losing his job. This would quickly
be known as the 'Twinky Defense'. And it was successful: he was convicted
of voluntary manslaughter, not murder. He was sentenced to just 5 years in prison.
was public outrage and the defense of diminished responsibility was revoked for
all future offenses.
his release he was unable to resume a normal life and he killed himself in 1986.