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:

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

    • Spanky had an alibi. As did Butch, who was miles away, shaking down kids for their lunch money. Turns out it was the nerdy kid with the glasses. I’m sure you remember Waldo. Anyway, cops put out an APB, but the guy disappeared. People around the world have spent years trying to solve that mystery: Where’s Waldo?


  1. John D.:
    Proof positive that alcohol and stupidity NEVER make a good mix.
    Sad but all too true.

    And you HAD to put the “singing”(?) in there?

    Good call.

    Roll safe out there.


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