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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.
Tags: Kitty  Genovese  murder   
Added: 17th November 2007
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Posted By: Lava1964
Monica Seles Stabbing Incident In this 1995 interview with Barbara Walters, Monica Seles talks about being the victim of the most horrifying incident in sports--when a deranged tennis fan stabbed her in the back during a changeover at the German Open in Hamburg in 1993. The perpetrator was a lunatic named Gunter Parsche. Parsche was an obsessed Steffi Graf fan who resented Seles ursurping Graf as the top female player on the WTA circuit. Parsche was deemed not mentally responsible for the crime and was given a suspended sentence. Seles spent over $1 million in legal fees in an unsuccessful attempt to sue the German Tennis Federation for lax security. Seles never did completely regain her dominant form. In her absence Graf vaulted to the top spot in women's tennis. Thus Parsche's demented plot worked as he had planned.
Tags: Monica  Seles  tennis  stabbing 
Added: 14th July 2009
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Posted By: Lava1964
Monica Seles SI Cover 1993 Earlier I posted a clip from a 1995 Barbara Walters interview with Monica Seles in which Seles discussed the enduring psychological effects of being stabbed on court by a deranged tennis fan. This haunting Sports Illustrated cover photo from 1993 shows a shocked Seles moments after the stabbing.
Tags: SI  cover  Monica  Seles 
Added: 15th July 2009
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Posted By: Lava1964
Sal Mineo Murder 1976 Sal Mineo had an up-and-down acting career. His chief fame remains from playing opposite James Dean as a 17-year-old in Rebel Without A Cause (1956). By the 1960s Mineo could no longer be cast in youthful roles, and he was deemed wrong for adult lead roles. However, by 1976, Mineo's career had begun to turn around. Playing the role of a gay burglar in a San Francisco run of the stage comedy 'P.S. Your Cat Is Dead,' he received substantial publicity from many positive reviews and moved on to Los Angeles with the play. Arriving home after a rehearsal on February 12, 1976, Mineo was stabbed to death in the alley behind his West Hollywood apartment building. He was stabbed just once, but the blade struck his heart leading to immediate and massive internal bleeding. For years Mineo's murder was unsolved. However, a pizza deliveryman, Lionel Ray Williams, was sentenced to 57 years in prison for killing Mineo and committing 10 robberies in the same vicinity. Although there was considerable confusion relating to what witnesses had seen in the darkness the night Mineo was murdered, it was later revealed that prison guards reportedly overheard Williams admitting to the crime. Williams claimed he had no idea who Mineo was. Williams was paroled in the early 1990s, but was soon jailed again for criminal activity. Many of Mineo's friends believed that Williams was not the murderer, especially since a blond white man was seen running from the incident.
Tags: Sal  Mineo  murder 
Added: 19th November 2009
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Posted By: Lava1964
Mad Cartoonist Don Martin Don Martin was a feature cartoonist for Mad Magazine from 1956 to 1988. Martin's immediately recognizable drawing style (which featured characters with bulbous noses, enormous chins, and hinged feet) was loose, rounded and filled with broad slapstick. His inspirations, plots and themes were often bizarre and bordered on the berserk. In his earliest years with Mad, Martin used a more jagged, scratchy line. His style evolved, settling into its familiar form by 1964. It was typified by a sameness in the appearance of the characters. (A strip's punchline often was emphasized by a character's deadpan take with eyes half open and the mouth absent or in a tight, small circle of steadfast perplexity.) Martin punctuated his work with his own unique onomatopoetic sound effects, such as "BREEDEET BREEDEET" for a croaking frog, "PLORTCH" for a knight being stabbed by a sword, or "FAGROON klubble klubble" for a collapsing building. (Martin's dedication to onomatopoeia was such that he owned a vanity license plate which read "SHTOINK," patterned after the style of his famed sound effects.) Martin left Mad in 1988 after a dispute over royalties from reprints of his older cartoons. He worked for rival magazine Cracked for six years. A typical Don Martin comic strip featured far-fetched humor. One example featured a man who was run over by a steamroller being saved by a concerned passerby who folds the victim into a paper airplane and throws him in the direction of the nearest hospital. Martin died of cancer in 2000 at the age of 68.
Tags: Don  Martin  cartoonist  Mad  magazine 
Added: 9th September 2013
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Posted By: Lava1964
Al Sharpton Stabbed At Protest January 12, 1991: Rev. Jesse Jackson and others pray by bedside of Rev. Al Sharpton after he was stabbed during rally for Yusuf Hawkins in Bensonhurst New York. Police officers soon intervened and arrested the person who was later identified as Michael Riccardi who was later sentenced to 15 years for attempted murder.
Tags: Al  Sharpton  Stabbed  At  Rally  Reverend  Jesse  Jackson  Yusuf  Hawkins    Bensonhurst  New  York  race  Civil  Rights  leader  Michael  Riccardi  Janurary  12  1991 
Added: 12th January 2015
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Posted By: Cliffy

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