On November 30th, 1954, Charles Schulz introduced the new character of Charlotte Braun, to his beloved comic strip Peanuts.
Charlotte was intended to be the female counterpart of Charlie Brown. She was loud, brash, and had a dominating personality.
But readers of the comic didn’t much like the character and after only 10 appearances Charlotte mysteriously disappeared.
45 years later, following the death of Schulz, the secret of what happened to her came out. After receiving a complaint letter about the character from a young fan named Elizabeth Swain, Schulz agreed to kill her off.
In his letter back to Swain, Schulz jokingly stated, “You and your friends will have the death of an innocent child on your conscience. Are you prepared to accept such responsibility?” He then signed it with a picture of Charlotte with an axe to the head.