Kitty Genovese

The Murder, the Bystanders, the Crime That Changed America
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At last, the true story of a crime that shocked the world.
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 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 more 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.

Baker & Taylor
On the 50th anniversary of the murder, offers an account of what really happened when a young woman in Queens was slain in plain sight of more than 30 witnesses who heard her cries for help but chose not to get involved.

& Taylor

Recounts the events of March 13, 1964, when a young woman in Queens was slain in plain sight of witnesses who heard her cries for help but chose not to get involved.

Authors: Cook, Kevin, 1956-
Statement of Responsibility: Kevin Cook
Title: Kitty Genovese
the murder, the bystanders, the crime that changed America
Edition: First edition
Characteristics: 242 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (pages 227-228) and index
Contents: More than a name
Garden suburb
Tigers and ants
Village people
She loves you
Ozone park
The 11th hour
Night of the hunt
Questions for the devil
Calling for help
The uses of memory
Case studies
Thirty-six minutes
Subject Headings: Genovese, Catherine, -1964 Murder victims New York (State) New York Biography Murder New York (State) New York Biography Witnesses New York (State) New York Police New York (State) New York
Topical Term: Murder victims
LCCN: 2013041176
ISBN: 9780393239287
Branch Call Number: B Genovese C
Research Call Number: JFE 14-3337
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book referred to by girlwhowalksalot:

Kitty Genovese: A True Account of a Public Murder and Its Private Consequences Hardcover – March 4, 2014

by Catherine Pelonero

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"In 1964, Winston Moseley brutally killed a young woman named Kitty Genovese in New York City. Reports on the crime soon made the inaction of bystanders as sensational as the crime itself, and the idea of the "bystander effect" took hold. Reviewing newspaper articles, police reports, and other firsthand sources, author Kevin Cook offers a more complex view of the killer, the victim, and the witnesses. His analysis raises intriguing questions about how news media drive perceptions." History and Current Events May 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/07a6a31c-7455-4328-9850-87f64b0c952f?postId=4ba36ab2-e78e-4e70-abde-d37ee7b88a73

Apr 27, 2014
  • girlwhowalksalot rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

Very very light on detail. Only spent 2 sentences on her marriage, and only a paragraph on the killer's 1st marriage and hardly a few paragraphs on his crime sprees, including rape, robbery/theft before being caught for murder. Pelonaro's book is far superior.


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