25
Aug
14

this day in crime history: august 25, 1967

A Mauser C96 pistol similar to the one used to kill George Lincoln Rockwell in 1967.

A Mauser C96 pistol similar to the one used to kill George Lincoln Rockwell in 1967.

On this date in 1967, George Lincoln Rockwell, founder and head of the American Nazi Party, was shot and killed while leaving a shopping center parking lot in Arlington, VA. John Patler, 29, a former member of Rockwell’s organization was arrested at a bus stop half a mile from the scene of the crime. He had discarded the gun in a nearby creek. Patler had been expelled by the Nazis several months earlier. He was tried and convicted of the murder and sentenced to 20 years in prison. He was paroled in 1975.

Further reading:

BBC – ‘American Hitler’ shot dead

Wikipedia – George Lincoln Rockwell

The Free Lance Star: December 16, 1967 – Patler Convicted, Faces 20 Years


4 Responses to “this day in crime history: august 25, 1967”


  1. August 25, 2014 at 11:47 am

    John D.:
    Now THAT is Karma coming to get you…
    To be killed in 1967 by a pistol that came out the century before…and a German one used to shoot a Nazi.

    You just can’t make this kinds stuff up.

    Good story.

    Roll safe out there.

  2. August 27, 2014 at 6:50 am

    Nice…get 20, get out in 8. Sort of like today’s judicial system, eh?


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