A Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist’s groundbreaking account of the crime that shocked New York City—and the world
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.”
what did I think of the cover: Its what due me to the book in the first place, and after I read the synopsis I knew I had to read it,
what I thought of the book:
first I want to think Netgalley, as well as the publisher and author for giving me a chance at reading this in an change for my honest opinion,when I first saw it on Netgalley it was the title that caught my attention,Thirty - Eight Witness -The Kitty-Genovese Case,so I requested it and I'm so glad that I did, it wasn't until I started it that I remember watching a tv show about this case a while ago, and even then I was so surprised that while this man was killing Kitty, and she was screaming for help non of the thirty -eight witness went to help her, they didn't even call the police,but you want to know what the kicker is when it was done with and over and Miss Genovese was died and her murder had gone- one man did call but the actual kicker is that instead of call the police first,he picked up the phone then called a friend to see what he should do,then he went to a neighbor and made the call.Who does that,I mean yes this case happened back on March 13,1964 but still if only one of them had done something sooner maybe she would have a chance at living.With that said all the time i was reading this and even after I finished it i kept think would i have done something if I was every in something like that and the one thought that kept coming to me was that I would have at least attempted to put a call though to the police and if i can't get though i would have kept calling.So with that said i leave with a question to you here on Booklikes ,would you have done the same ,just like the thirty eight witness or would you have tried to give help anyway you could like calling the police?