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

  1. Reblogged this on Brittius and commented:
    Finally got the complete story. Subject consuming alcohol beverages, gets into altercation with killer. Subject allegedly brandishes a knife. Killer claims self-defense.


  2. John D.:
    After reading the story behind the story, it seems clear that Carl didn’t learn much from being shot the previous year.
    And, as often happens, you don’t get many more chances to walk away from such continued behavior.
    A sad fact, but true.
    Very good story (and a shame that someone who made us laugh could ruin their own life in such a manner).

    Stay safe out there.


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