Kitty Genovese: The Murder, the Bystanders, the Crime that Changed America

Kitty Genovese The Murder the Bystanders the Crime that Changed America New York City A young woman is stabbed to death on her front stoop a murder the New York Times called a frozen moment of dramatic disturbing social change The victim Catherine Kitty Genovese

  • Title: Kitty Genovese: The Murder, the Bystanders, the Crime that Changed America
  • Author: Kevin Cook
  • ISBN: 9780393350579
  • Page: 387
  • Format: Paperback
  • New York City, 1964 A young woman is stabbed to death on her front stoop a murder the New York Times called a frozen moment of dramatic, disturbing social change The victim, Catherine Kitty Genovese, became an urban martyr, butchered by a sociopathic killer in plain sight of thirty eight neighbors who didn t want to get involved Her sensational case provoked an anNew York City, 1964 A young woman is stabbed to death on her front stoop a murder the New York Times called a frozen moment of dramatic, disturbing social change The victim, Catherine Kitty Genovese, became an urban martyr, butchered by a sociopathic killer in plain sight of thirty eight neighbors who didn t want to get involved Her sensational case provoked an anxious outcry and launched a sociological theory known as the Bystander Effect That s the narrative told by the Times, movies, TV programs, and countless psychology textbooks But as award winning author Kevin Cook reveals, the Genovese story is just that, a story The truth is far compelling and so is the victim.Now, on the fiftieth anniversary of her murder, Cook presents the real Kitty Genovese She was a vibrant young woman unbeknownst to most, a lesbian a bartender working and dancing her way through the colorful, fast changing New York of the 60s, a cultural kaleidoscope marred by the Kennedy assassination, the Cold War, and race riots Downtown, Greenwich Village teemed with beatniks, folkies, and so called misfits like Kitty and her lover Kitty Genovese evokes the Village s gay and lesbian underground with deep feeling and colorful detail.Cook also reconstructs the crime itself, tracing the movements of Genovese s killer, Winston Moseley, whose disturbing trial testimony made him a terrifying figure to police and citizens alike, especially after his escape from Attica State Prison.Drawing on a trove of long lost documents, plus new interviews with her lover and other key figures, Cook explores the enduring legacy of the case His heartbreaking account of what really happened on the night Genovese died is the most accurate and chilling to date.

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    1. If you've heard the name Kitty Genovese, then you probably know of her as I did: she's the person who was stabbed on a New York City street while many of her neighbors overheard and/or watched, doing nothing. She became a symbol of the apathy of modern society, and, more specifically, of what is wrong with New York City and the people who live there. This book aims to revise the myth and present the facts.This would have made a good, solid magazine article, but unfortunately, it was padded out t [...]

    2. Too many detours in the early part of the book. For instance, why is there basically a one-page discussion of the Detroit Tigers and Hank Greenberg (pp. 33-34)? Do we really need to know that Al Kooper produced "Sweet Home Alabama" (p. 40)?

    3. Most Americans know the Kitty Genovese story, a woman whose murder was ignored by 38 neighbors. This incident led to the concept of "the bystander effect" - the idea that if there are multiple witnesses of a violent event, each person will wait for someone else to help. Kitty was a 20-something bartender who live in Kew Gardens, Queens, a neighborhood that was so safe, many people didn't lock their doors. Kitty was an outgoing woman, who drove a red Fiat, and lived with another woman, who was he [...]

    4. Great book debunking the "38 bystanders watched from their windows and did nothing as a young woman was attacked not once but three times" myth arising from a horrific murder in Queens, New York in March 1964. This crime has been used as the prime example of the sociological theory of "Bystander Effect" in psychology and sociology textbooks for years. The author sets out not only to set the record straight as to what really happened on that terrible night but also - through the memories of her f [...]

    5. The author overpromises: everything we know about the Kitty Genovese murder from our Psych 101 classes is wrong. But that's not really the case.Reporting on her rape and murder, clearly The New York Times got some of the details wrong; and the most shocking (but erroneous) detail was subsequently told and re-told by pretty much every authoritative source until lately. Yet eventually it dawns on the reader that the theory of the "bystander effect" (which was my own Kitty Genovese take-away from P [...]

    6. Utterly fantastic. I first learned of the case of Kitty Genovese from the Harlan Ellison story inspired by the case, The Whimper of Whipped Dogs. It was a disturbing story and Ellison spoke of the inspiration in detail and I was even more disturbed. I had never seen an entire book on the case until I came across this one.Really well written, amazingly researched and just fantastic in every way. Kitty Genovese was stabbed to death by a serial rapist/killer named Winston Moseley while walking home [...]

    7. I started this book already aware of the major spoiler: that there really weren't 38 people who watched Kitty Genovese's murder without making any effort to assist. Mr. Cook has done an excellent job of fleshing out the major characters involved, but he seemed to get held up with a lot periphery information about the culture of the times. I'm glad I read it, but it didn't provide the scope I would have liked.

    8. What an amazing book. I read it in one marathon sitting. As a Queens resident and a New York City history buff, I found it to be irresistible. Well researched and full of rich details and facts that other accounts were missing. I really loved this book.

    9. Another instance of NYT fraud. Editor AM Rosenthal knowingly ballyhooed a tragic story to further his career. He was emotional, say those who seek to protect him, but actually he was a vainglorious psychotic.

    10. Full blog review in progress.+ Well and concisely written. Didn't feel focus too heavily on the actual crime, which I must state that I liked with the exception of the lack of the neighborhood to respond. + Gave an excellent profile of Kitty, which I did love instead of brushing over her for the sake of the crime.+ Felt that the focus early on regarding the response of the neighborhood was interesting. Particularly after the fact.+Loved the follow-up as to the fallout even decades later. + I had [...]

    11. Fascinating look at who Kitty Genovese was, who her killer was, and what was up with all those witnesses. In reality, there were not 38 neighbors who did nothing. One person yelled for the attacker to "leave that girl alone," and he did. At least 2 people called the police. There were two people who were in real positions to help, a night watchman and a friend of Kitty's. They did nothing but turn and walk away. The disgust and anger that people feel towards "38 witnesses" really belong to those [...]

    12. I thought the content was extremely interesting. However, it seemed like the author was caught up in shocking everybody to the detriment of a thoughtful analysis about why we ended up with such a misunderstanding of this situation. Revelations in the last chapter could have made for very interesting discussion.

    13. On a 34 degree night in February of 1964, in the Kew Gardens community of Queens, New York, Winston Mosely brutally murdered Kitty Genovese at 3:30 in the morning as she was walking the last few yards to her apartment after parking her car. Neighbors heard her cries for help but no one came to her aid. After attacking her with a knife and stabbing her repeatedly, Mosely left her and moved his car and then went back to look for her again and found that she had walked/staggered to the vestibule of [...]

    14. In this novel about Catherine “Kitty” Genovese, instead of telling the usual story – 38 witnesses, 38 witnesses who stood at their windows and watched a helpless girl being stabbed to death – Cook seeks to tell the truth. Not Abe Rosenthal’s “truth,” or Martin Gansberg’s. The actual truth.Kitty Genovese was born in 1935, and was 28 in 1964. At five foot one, she was a tiny but formidable woman, a bartender who was fearless and outgoing. She was the manager of Ev’s 11th Hour, a [...]

    15. This book lacerated my conscience. It is easy – living in New York City – to attach a sort of pride to our metropolitan indifference. A true New Yorker is difficult to shock, or move to tears. A true New Yorker has already seen it all. But at what price?*Kevin Cook painstakingly recounts the story of Kitty Genovese: a pretty, diminutive twenty-eight year old, murdered on a cold March night in 1964, mere steps away from her Kew Gardens apartment. According to a report published in The Times t [...]

    16. Kitty Genovese: The Murder, the Bystanders, the Crime That Changed America by Kevin Cook is an outstanding analysis of the crime, perpetrator and victim. I picked this book to read because I remember reading about this crime in my Social Psychology Class. Little did I know that I have been physically close to the area where the crime was committed three months earlier. I had attended the New York World’s Fair in 1964 which was not far from where Kitty Genovese lived and later died.Kevin Cook b [...]

    17. Like many people my age, I am too young to remember the Kitty Genovese murder. I have studied her story, however, in history, and psychology courses. Before reading this book, I was astonished that no one would try to assist a helpless young woman being attacked on the street in front of their apartment. This book completely changed my mind on the events of March 13, 1964.First, there were significantly less than 38 people that night. Granted, there were 38 people living nearby and actually in t [...]

    18. "For more than half an hour, 38 respectable, law-abiding citizens in Queens watched a killer stalk and stab a woman in three separate attacks in Kew Gardens."Thus begins the New York Times' iconic coverage of the murder of Kitty Genovese, whose death became synonymous with urban crime and moral decay, and spawned 50 years worth of social science and psychology research into the root causes of bystander apathy. The problem is, the story wasn't true. Like most stories, the truth is much more compl [...]

    19. In March 1964 Kitty Genovese, a bar manager, was on her way home in the early hours of the morning when she was attacked and murdered. According to news reports at the time, she was attacked three times over half an hour, outside her Queens, New York apartment building, within view of 38 witnesses, none of whom came to her aid or called the police. The case has always invoked great indignation and been used as an indictment of contemporary society and its lack of concern for other people. But in [...]

    20. I won this book in a giveaway.This is the story of the 1964 murder of Kitty Genovese in New York. Kitty had screamed for help and, in the wake of her murder, an article was published claiming that 38 witnesses had basically stood by and allowed this woman to be murdered. Though this version of the murder has survived more than 50 years, this book tells a somewhat different story - that there was not complete disregard and callousness that fateful night (the revised story is at the end of the bo [...]

    21. This effort presents as being a well-researched book about the murder of Catherine ("Kitty") Genovese; On the other hand, so much has been written about the events, it seems that the author struggles to get his 220 pages and remain dynamic. I particularly enjoyed the careful description of Genovese's upbringing, her social interactions, and markers for the period (hit songs, movies, trends, and so forth); this enabled me to get a feel for her as a person. Cook eloquently describes the short rela [...]

    22. A well written account of the life and death of Kitty Genovese. I knew of her in relation to the "bystander effect" phenomenon, but I wasn't aware of the discrepancy in the reporting of 38 witnesses. While 38 people may not have ignored her murder (as has been reported), it was disturbing to read about those who did witness it but chose to do nothing (neighbor Karl Ross as an example). I understand someone's hesitation to get involved out of fear for their own safety, but to not simply make a ph [...]

    23. Author Kevin Cook rescues Kitty Genovese, the vibrant young woman who hoped to open an Italian restaurant one day with her lover Mary Ann, from her status as murder victim icon, to the enthusiastic, open, Beatles-era young woman she apparently was. Cook adds bits of fascinating social history to a careful examination of the murder case that 50 years later, still appears in freshman psychology and sociology textbooks. In March 1964, the NY Times reported that 38 bystanders watched but did nothing [...]

    24. An important subject, full of interest, and I wish Cook had gone further into it. The writing, both in form and in content, never really rises above Saturday-feature level--serviceable and fine--but there's so much more to be said. Not about the murder itself, so much, but about why it's taken on the status it has, how we tell this story, what cultural needs it serves, how her sexuality was and continues to be written out of the story (though not by Cook), about the uses to which the cultural na [...]

    25. A reexamination of the Kitty Genovese story that should make you all the more suspicious of Malcom Gladwell.What's even more interesting is how much homophobia played into this case, with Kitty's sexuality omitted to make her sympathetic to both the public and Moseley's jury; meanwhile, her partner was harassed by police before being shoved aside to suffer for years in silence. The NY Times editor who pushed the apathy angle had also, three months prior, published a front page fret over NY's gro [...]

    26. This was an interesting account of the Kitty Genovese case. Cook researched the case thoroughly and added lots of detail about the time-period surrounding the murder. The main problem is Cook added too much detail about the time period. It distracted from the main points of the case. If some of the extra details had been edited out, the book would have moved at a much better pace.

    27. I plowed through this true-crime book in two days. Really fascinating story.I swear, if I hear anything resembling someone being assaulted, I am so calling 9-1-1, which we have, thanks to this incident.

    28. A very fast and satisfying read that punctures the urban myth of the Kitty Genovese murder in Kew Gardens, Queens. This horrific crime led to the NYC 911 system, better street lighting and neighborhood watch programs. A chilling story!

    29. It is hard to rate and review a book like this so I'm not even going to try; I hate reading true crime, but something about the story is so heartbreakingly compelling to me. I guess there is some comfort in the fact that "38 witnesses" isn't really true, but aside from the neighbor yelling to leave her alone, no one went out to help her until it was too late. It's also comforting, as much as it possibly could be, that at least she really did not die alone. This whole case is just so heartbreakin [...]

    30. It is hard to appreciate the importance of this revision to the Kitty Genovese story to anyone outside of the social sciences. For five decades the particular circumstances of her death have remained a foundation to Urban Studies, used to explain all types of urban violence.The indifference and inaction of dozens of Kitty's neighbors as they watched a man stalk her, stab her repeatedly, and her slow horrible death was deployed to explain everything about how the calm ordered streets of America's [...]

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