Thirty-Eight Witnesses : The Kitty Genovese Case

Thirty-Eight Witnesses : The Kitty Genovese Case

eBook - 2015
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A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist's groundbreaking account of the crime that shocked New York City--and the world

In the early hours of March 13, 1964, twenty-eight-year-old Catherine "Kitty" Genovese was stabbed to death in the middle-class neighborhood of Kew Gardens, Queens. The attack lasted for more than a half hour--enough time for Genovese's assailant to move his car and change hats before returning to rape and kill her just a few steps from her front door.

Yet it was not the brutality of the murder that made it international news. It was a chilling detail Police Commissioner Michael Joseph Murphy shared with A. M. Rosenthal of the New York Times : Thirty-eight of Genovese's neighbors witnessed the assault--and none called for help.

To Rosenthal, who had recently returned to New York after spending a decade overseas and would become the Times 's longest-serving executive editor, that startling statistic spoke volumes about both the turbulence of the 1960s and the enduring mysteries of human nature. His impassioned coverage of the case sparked a firestorm of public indignation and led to the development of the psychological theory known as the "bystander effect."

Thirty-Eight Witnesses is indispensable reading for students of journalism and anyone seeking to learn about one of the most infamous crimes of the twentieth century.
Publisher: Open Road Media,, 2015.
ISBN: 9781504026437
1504026438
Branch Call Number: eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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silverstar728 Aug 10, 2012

I am not sure who is the worse criminal here the witnesses who heard the crime or the person who committed the act.

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