John Patler

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John Patler
Born John C. Patsalos
(1938-01-06) January 6, 1938 (age 76)
New York City, New York, U.S.

John Patler (born January 6, 1938) is an American former neo-Nazi who assassinated American Nazi Party leader George Lincoln Rockwell on August 25, 1967.

Patler was born John C. Patsalos in New York City to Greek parents.[1] 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.[2]

Patler served in the US Marine Corps from 1958 to 1960, when he was discharged honorably on grounds of "unsuitability"[3] after being arrested at a Nazi Party rally.[2]

He had been a captain in the American Nazi Party and was the editor and cartoonist for the party magazine, Stormtrooper. Patler was expelled from the party in March 1967 for alleged "Bolshevik leanings."[4]

On August 25, 1967, George Rockwell was shot and killed in a shopping center in Arlington, Virginia in his car.[5] The weapon used was a 7.63mm Broomhandle Mauser pistol. Patler was arrested half an hour later a mile from the scene of the shooting.[6] In December 1967, Patler was convicted of the murder and sentenced to 20 years in prison.[6] Patler was paroled in 1975 after serving eight years.[4]


  1. ^ "Oct 1967 - American Nazi Party. Murder of Mr. Rockwell.". Retrieved 12 August 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Ex-aide is held for slaying of US Nazi Chief". Lawrence Journal-World. 26 August 1967. Retrieved 12 August 2011. 
  3. ^ "Nazi head slain". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. 26 August 1967. Retrieved 12 August 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "Killer of American Nazi Chief Paroled". St Joseph News-Press. 23 August 1975. Retrieved 12 August 2011. 
  5. ^ "1967: 'American Hitler' shot dead". BBC News. 25 August 1967. Retrieved 12 August 2011. 
  6. ^ a b "Patler convicted, faces 20 years". Free Lance-Star. 16 December 1967. Retrieved 12 August 2011.