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Frank Collin

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Frank Joseph Collin (born 3 November 1944) was an American neo-nazi and leader of the National Socialist Party of America ("US Nazi Party"), whose plans to march in the then-mostly-Jewish Chicago suburb of Skokie were the centrepiece of a major US Supreme Court ruling on freedom of speech and expression.

Collin joined George Lincoln Rockwell's American Nazi Party in the 1960s but broke with Rockwell's successor in 1970 to form the National Socialist Party of America. His Chicago based party was obscure until 1977 when it announced plans to march through Skokie prompting an important legal battle with the village on the issue of the First Amendment.

When it was discovered that his father had been Jewish and that he himself had been molesting children, he fell out of favour among other neo-Nazis. His father, whose original family name was Cohn (or Cohen), may have been an inmate at Dachau concentration camp. A psychiatrist who interviewed Collin when he was a neo-Nazi concluded that he was consumed by hatred for his father which may have influenced him to reject him in extremis by becoming a neo-Nazi and anti-Semite.

Collin was convicted of sexually molesting young boys in 1980 and served three years in prison before being paroled in 1983. He abandoned neo-Nazism and began writing on new age topics using the name Frank Joseph as a psuedonym. In 1987 his book, The Destruction of Atlantis was published. Collin is now a neo-pagan and edits The Ancient American which promotes the theory of diffusion of peoples in and out of the Americas during the Ancient aeons.

The character of Graydon Creed in Marvel's X-men was based on Collin.

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