Kitty Genovese : The Murder, The Bystanders, The Crime That Changed America

Kitty Genovese : The Murder, The Bystanders, The Crime That Changed America



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Summary: "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 38 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--but as author Kevin Cook reveals, the 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--a lesbian, a bartender working (and dancing) her way through the colorful New York of the '60s. Downtown, Greenwich Village teemed with beatniks and so-called misfits like Kitty and her lover. The book evokes the Village's gay...  more »
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364.1523 COOAdult NonfictionIn

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Edition Statement :

First edition.

Content :

More than a name -- Opposites -- Garden suburb -- Tigers and ants -- Village people -- She loves you -- Ozone Park -- The 11th hour -- Night of the hunt -- Postmortem -- Neighbors -- Confessions -- Pleas -- Questions for the devil -- Consequences -- Calling for help -- Jailbreak -- Memory and myth -- Case studies -- Revisions -- Thirty-three minutes.

Publication, Distribution, etc. :

New York : W. W. Norton & Company, [2014]



Physical Description :

242 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm

Notes :
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages [227]-228) and index.
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