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:

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

  1. John D.:
    Child stars have rarely had a good life after they grew up.
    There are a few exceptions that have done well as adults.\

    These days, they tend to do THEMSELVESX in.
    Still, it’s a sad thing to read about.

    Stay safe (and keep warm) out there in snow-country.

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