"THIRTY-EIGHT WHO SAW MURDER DIDN'T CALL THE POLICE." Queens, New York bar manager Kitty Genovese was almost completely unknown during the twenty-eight years of her brief life, but that one 1964 headline trumpeted a New York Times article that turned her demise into a topic of national interest, almost obsession. This story of a young woman betrayed by the passivity of her neighbors was debunked decades ago, but it persists even now, popping up in recent years in a documentary and two bestsellers. This new book by veteran journalist and award-winning author Kevin Cook (Titanic Thompson; Tommy's Honor) finally tells the full story of a lonely death and its aftermath. Editor's recommendation.
Kitty Genovese: The Murder, the Bystanders, the Crime that Changed Americaby Kevin Cook
A new perspective on the murder that has captured America’s imagination for over a half-century—“gripping” (New York Times Book Review).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/b>/p>/b>… See more details below
A new perspective on the murder that has captured America’s imagination for over a half-century—“gripping” (New York Times Book Review).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.
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Excellent read. i could not have put this book down. shocking that people did not help this woman, sad that it still continues in our time
Kevin Cook is a Hero of True Crime! Author Kevin Cook is Kitty Genoveses' Hero! I never heard this rape/murder case until I saw A Crime to Remember, my favorite true crime documentary on my favorite televsion channel, Investigation Discovery (Comcast Ch 221 and 893). Her enduring murder is unique in that 38 witnessed a black man attacking her (at some smaller moments of the attack). These notorious bystander effect witnesses watched her die--litterally. I expected author Kevin Cook to explain why her neighbors did as they did on March 13, 1964 starting at 3:19 A.M.--better yet, Kevin Cook re-tells the crime, de-bunking the myth of those enduring group of individuals that were labeled as criminals themselves first by Abraham Rosenthal. Sophie Farrar wano bystander, she rolled over andt back to sleep at the first screams Catherine Genovese makes, but is also the old woman who cradles Kitty in rms during the last moments of Kitty's life. Cook's readers learns learn of 2 911 phone calls, but Cook also informs his readers that there existed only 2 otheople (Karl Ross and Joseph Fink, I hate you both) that saw the crime in ientirety. Charge that drunk and ex-conn alonside murderer Winston Mosely why didn't they? Rort Mozer interrupts the crime when he yells, "Leave that girl alone!" That's as good as hurtling an object out of the window 110 ft away. Reader's got locked into the 38 witnesses deterred that ability to learn the truth by misinforming the public of the existence of two crime scenes--nonetheless, we are given the idea that she fell whersas slain--bringing the total amount time of the crime to 33 minutes and she still did not die in that time frame. One paragraphs, two paragraphs and counting thanks to The New York Times: all that catapults author Kevin Cook as the first writer to publish the most detailed, accurate, and unbiased account TO DATE. This is 2014. Why did that take so long? Why are rape victims only a mere thought and not a name? Finall, awiter that can avert his readers inquisitive eyes to the subject matter on hand. This is a must read for all current day apartment dwellers since they are those whose lives remain unchanged since those of 1964. This is unheard of for any decade of the century since, but author Kevin Cook states the practicality of the matter--this has occurred thousands of times since. I needed the history lesson for Brooklyn, NY, it gave me an idea OF HOW PEOPLE THOUGHT AT THE TIME. Not to glorify her monster Winston Moseley, but an annotated shortfall of prison life would sit a little better for Cook's readers.
I just finished this book. It is an excellent telling of the life and death of Kitty Genovese. I learned a lot that I did not know about the case. I definitely recommend it to anyone who likes true crime and its impact on society.
The 1st 6-8 chapters was a nauseating history lesson on Brooklyn, so history buffs will be very pleased! Once you get past the history lesson the book actually evolves into a good read!