Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Kitty Genovese Murder Case Still Grips NYC, Nation

 Editor's note: Kitty Genovese is not related to the owner of this blog

50 Years Later, Kitty Genovese Murder Case Still Grips NYC, Nation

The case “caught the spirit of the time,” said Thomas Reppetto, a police historian. “It seemed to symbolize that society no longer cared about other people.”

Genovese’s random stabbing by Winston Moseley on March 13, 1964, in Kew Gardens, Queens, became a sensation when The New York Times reported that “38 respectable, law-abiding citizens” in Queens watched the attack over more than half an hour and didn’t call police until it was too late.

While the number of people who saw or heard the crime has since become a matter of dispute, Genovese’s murder left its mark on public policy and psychology.