| Joe Steele |
Relevant POD: July, 1932
|Novel or Story?:||Story only|
|Type of Appearance:||Direct|
|Nationality:||Germany, resident in United States|
|Date of Death:||1936|
|Cause of Death:||Shot to death|
Otto Spitzer was a German living in the United States. In 1936, Spitzer attempted to assassinate President Joe Steele. He failed, and was gunned down by agents from the Government Bureau of Investigation. Steele claimed that Spitzer had ties to Nazism.
Otto Spitzer attempted to assassinate President Steele only in the short story. In the novel, it was Captain Roland Laurence South, a bright young Army officer that was well thought of by several senior military officers. It was this connection that led to the purges of the senior officers corps in the novel.
Spitzer is the only fictional character to receive a name in the short story. All of the other named characters are historical people.