GEORGE LINCOLN ROCKWELL
AS SEEN IN:
'Roots: The Next Generations'
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George Lincoln Rockwell (March 9, 1918 – August 25, 1967) was the founder of the American Nazi Party. Rockwell was a major figure in the neo-Nazi movement in the United States, and his beliefs and writings have continued to be influential among white nationalists and neo-Nazis.
Rockwell once gave an interview to Alex Haley, the author of the novel "Roots: The Saga of an American Family". The interview was published in Playboy magazine in the April 1966 issue. The interview was dramatized in the TV miniseries 'Roots: The Next Generations', with Marlon Brando portraying Rockwell in an Emmy Award-winning performance and James Earl Jones portraying Haley.
On August 25, 1967, Rockwell was killed by gunshots while leaving the Econowash laundromat at the Dominion Hills Shopping Center in the 6000 block of Wilson Boulevard in Arlington, Virginia. Two bullets crashed through his 1958 Chevrolet’s windshield, and it slowly rolled backwards to a stop. Rockwell staggered out of the front passenger side door of the car, pointed towards the shopping center roof, and then collapsed face up on the pavement.
The gunman ran along the shopping center roof and jumped to the ground in the rear. A shop owner and a customer briefly gave chase, but were unable to get a clear look at the fleeing figure. Other customers called the Arlington County police and checked Rockwell for a pulse. He had none; the one bullet that struck him had ripped through several major arteries just above his heart. The internal bleeding was so heavy that Rockwell died in two minutes.