You tree hating bastard. 


He was 71. 


Roll Tide. 

Harvey Updyke, the infamous poisoner of Toomer’s Oaks, has passed away of natural causes in Louisiana at the age of 71, according to, who spoke to his son Bear Updyke.

The elder Updyke made national headlines on January 27, 2011 when he announced to Paul Finebaum on live radio that he had poisoned Toomer’s Oaks following the Tigers 28-27 come-from-behind victory over Alabama during the 2010 Iron Bowl.

“Let me tell you what I did,” Updyke told Finebaum on live radio in 2011. “The weekend after the Iron Bowl, I went to Auburn because I lived 30 miles away, and I poisoned the two Toomer’s trees. I put Spike 80DF in ‘em. They’re not dead yet, but they definitely will die.”

The phone call was tracked and Updyke was arrested.

Updyke pleaded guilty to a felony charge of criminal damage of an agricultural facility in 2013. He spent more than 70 days in jail and was ordered to pay $800,000 in restitution; however, reports indicate that Updyke had paid less than $7,000 total of it by last October.

Efforts were made to save the oaks at Toomer’s Corner, but they were unsuccessful. The trees had to be replaced.

I had a run in with Harvey years ago when I worked for Lowe’s.  He was mad that he didn’t get more than he paid for lawnmower and threatened to come back “take care of all you bastards”.  The idiot said this in front of the police and was arrested.  I had no idea who he was until the story of the incident made it to ESPN a few days later


The world just got a little better.