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

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

by Kevin Cook


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"Vividly transforms Ms. Genovese from an iconic urban martyr to a three-dimensional protagonist in a case that transformed the criminal justice system." —Sam Roberts, New York Times

In 1964 Catherine "Kitty" Genovese was brutally stabbed to death on her front stoop in plain view of numerous witnesses. Her sensational case provoked an anxious outcry and became the stuff of urban legend. Kevin Cook’s “provocative” (Wall Street Journal) investigation upends the simple story we thought we knew. His unprecedented minute-by-minute reconstruction of the crime shatters the fable of the 38 passive witnesses—a myth perpetuated by the New York Times, movies, TV programs, and countless psychology textbooks. For the first time, Cook introduces us to a neighbor who did intervene, and he brings to life a vibrant and charismatic Kitty, working (and dancing) her way through the colorful, fast-changing New York of the ’60s.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393239287
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 03/03/2014
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.60(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

A former senior editor at Sports Illustrated, Kevin Cook is the author of Titanic Thompson, Tommy's Honor, Kitty Genovese and The Dad Report. He lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Prologue 1

1 More Than a Name 3

2 Opposites 11

3 Garden Suburb 23

4 Tigers and Ants 31

5 Village People 38

6 She Loves You 51

7 Ozone Park 58

8 The 11th Hour 66

9 Night of the Hunt 75

10 Postmortem 81

11 Neighbors 95

12 Confessions 110

13 Pleas 120

14 Questions for the Devil 136

15 Consequences 151

16 Calling for Help 164

17 Jailbreak 173

18 Memory and Myth 184

19 Case Studies 196

20 Revisions 204

21 Thirty-Three Minutes 212

Acknowledgments 221

A Note on Sources 225

Select Bibliography 227

Index 229

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Kitty Genovese: The Murder, the Bystanders, the Crime that Changed America 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
JEN-E-- More than 1 year ago
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.
Pieprbarb More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago