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Kitty Genovese murder 1964 It was one of the most infamous murders in American history--not for the murder itself, but for the apparent apathy of people who presumably could have intervened to stop it. Twenty-eight year-old Kitty Genovese was returning home from her job as manager of a Hollis, New York sports bar in the early hours of March 13, 1964. She parked her red Fiat about 100 yards from her Queens, New York apartment building. Winston Moseley, a black man with no criminal record who later stated he just wanted to kill a woman, chased Genovese for a short distance, caught her, and began stabbing her repeatedly with a knife. Genovese screamed for help. One neighbor shouted, 'Leave that girl alone!' Moseley initially left the crime scene. Genovese, seriously wounded, crawled to her apartment building, but Moseley returned ten minutes later, stabbed her several more times, and sexually assaulted her. The brutal ordeal lasted for about 30 minutes. Only after Moseley left did anyone summon the police. Genovese was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. Two weeks after she died, a scathing New York Times story (from which this photo was taken) claimed that 38 people saw or heard the assault but did nothing. Subsequent investigations into the crime claim that number was greatly exaggerated, but no fewer than 12 people probably had the opportunity to call police. One neighborhood resident preferred to drown out Genovese's screams by turning up the volume on his radio. Another, a recent immigrant from France, said she was reluctant to call the police because her English was not very good. The phrase, 'I don't want to get involved,' became synonymous with the case. Moseley was eventually caught and confessed to Genovese's murder and two others. He was originally sentenced to death, but his sentence was later reduced to life imprisonment. He once told a parole board that he had written the Genovese family a letter to apologize for the 'inconvenience' of having killed Kitty. In one interview with a parole board, Moseley tried to portray himself as the 'real victim' because he was being punished for decades while Kitty's ordeal was relatively short! Moseley's 13th attempt at obtaining parole was denied in March 2008.
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Added: 17th November 2007
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Posted By: Lava1964
Posted by: Naomi on 2007-11-17 
Goodness Lava, I do believe you have a fascination with the macabre!
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2007-11-17 
Perhaps I do. I basically just like famous criminal cases. One of my elementary school teachers mentioned this case in a lecture about good citizenship. It really freaked me out.
Posted by: Sophia on 2007-11-17 
As a matter of fact, so do I.
Posted by: Naomi on 2007-11-17 
One of the witnesses to the first attack on Kitty was a 15 year old boy named Michael Hoffman. Today in his mid-fifties, Hoffman has signed an affidavit sworn to under penalties of perjury in which he says that he awoke to see Moseley run away, and Kitty get up and stagger off. Since he did not see the stabbings, he thought Kitty was drunk or had been beaten. He told this to his father who immediately called the police.
Eventually, dad got through to the police. He told the dispatcher what we had seen and heard - that a lady was beat up, but got up and was staggering around. He told the dispatcher her location was by the drugstore at the LIRR station, and that the lady walked away but appeared dazed. My father was on the phone at least five full minutes, most of it waiting to be connected to the police dispatcher.

So if this is true, why did they report that the police were never contacted?

Posted by: Lava1964 on 2007-11-17 
From what I've read, the story in the March 27, 1964 edition of the New York Times really exaggerated the facts about the apparent apathy of the neibors. By getting up from the first attack and staggering away, Kitty may have unwittingly authored her own demise. Some witnesses may have thought it was nothing more than a drunken argument that had ended.
Posted by: eric1957 on 2007-11-18 
And you wonder why people are so apothetic.
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2007-11-18 
This case, to me, marks a real negative milestone in western culture. It emphasizes how selfish and desensitized we've become to suffering right in our own neighborhoods. You really have to wonder if people would take the initiative to come to your aid in a similar situation. I hope I never have to find out.
Posted by: Wikiriwhi on 2007-12-19 
You think this Mosely fellow would have picked on an African American.

He would've been out for Christmas.

In some states you can still shoot down an assembly of four or more Native Americans.
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2015-11-21 
Moseley, who is now 80, was rejected for parole for the 18th time just last week. Apparently Moseley committed more sexual assaults during a brief period of time when he had escaped from incarceration in the 1960s.
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