Thirty-Eight Witnesses: The Kitty Genovese Case (Melville House Classic Journalism)


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.


A true crime story and reissue of a book and story, about a women Kathy Genovese who was stabbed to death in a middle-class neighborhood, Key Gardens of Queens. The author takes you through the crime. How he assailant after the first attack was able to leave move his car, change his hat, come back and kill and rape just steps from her door. The attack lasted a little longer than a half hour and yet there were 38 witnesses and no one called for help. When you read this story you have to realize this took place in 1964, and the author had been overseas for 10 years and had just come back to New York to for the Times. While being told this story by the Police Commissioner. He is really giving his outlook on what we have become since he left and has come back to America. He is also wondering where we are heading to. Well this was 1964 and who would know that just in a few short months the across the country that there would be multiple riots, and that this crime of no one coming forward was really just the beginning of more and more of crimes being committed and people across the country not wanting to get involved and saying nothing. The real tragedy is and was is that if someone would have called at the first attack she would have lived. This is all explained in this book, and really all this book or story did was make me upset and mad at how we became as a nation and most people don’t care and it has been going on for decades. A good book especially if you are into true crime. I received this book from I gave it 4 stars. Follow us

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