this day in crime history: january 21, 1959


On this date in 1959, Carl Switzer, best known for playing Alfalfa in the Our Gang series, was shot and killed by a friend. Switzer, who was drunk at the time, got into an argument with the man over $50 that Switzer thought he was owed. The man shot Switzer after being assaulted and threatened with a knife. He was arrested and charged with murder, but the jury acquitted him.

Further reading:

The Death of Carl Alfalfa Switzer

Wikipedia – Carl Switzer

Here’s a video of Alfalfa demonstrating his considerable musical talent:

5 thoughts on “this day in crime history: january 21, 1959

  1. John D.:
    More than a few of those early child stars didn’t fare well.
    Success ALWAYS has it’s price, and those who become successful eventually have to pay up.
    Stay safe out there.

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