|Born||John C. Patsalos
January 6, 1938
New York City, New York, U.S.
Patler was born John C. Patsalos in New York City to Greek parents. When Patler was five, his mother was shot and killed by his father, who was sent to Sing Sing Prison. He changed his name to Patler in 1960.
Patler had been a captain in the American Nazi Party and had also been the editor and cartoonist for the party's magazine, Stormtrooper. However he was expelled from the party in March 1967 for alleged "Bolshevik leanings" after disagreeing with Rockwell about some of the party's policies.
On August 25, 1967, George Lincoln Rockwell was shot and killed while getting into his car, which was parked in front of a self-service laundry at an Arlington, Virginia shopping center. The weapon used in Rockwell's killing was a 7.63mm Broomhandle Mauser pistol. Patler was arrested half an hour later about a mile from the scene of the shooting.
Patler was convicted of first-degree murder of Rockwell on December 16, 1967 by an Arlington jury, and subsequently sentenced to 20 years in prison by Arlington Circuit Court Judge Charles Russell. Patler was paroled from prison in 1975, after having served eight years of his sentence.
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