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Kitty Genovese

  • Original Name Catherine Susan
  • Birth 7 Jul 1935 Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA
  • Death 13 Mar 1964 Kew Gardens, Queens County, New York, USA
  • Burial New Canaan, Fairfield County, Connecticut, USA
  • Memorial ID 7195328

Murder Victim. She was the victim of a street murder which shocked the nation and made headlines due to the fear and apathy of 38 witnesses who allegedly stood by and didn't help out or call the police while the crime was in progress. She was a manager at a bar in Hollis, Queens, New York, and drove her red Fiat to her home in Kew Gardens, Queens, at 3:30 a.m. on March 13, 1964. As she approached her apartment house, she spotted a strange man standing along her route and sensed that something terrible was about to happen. The assailant overtook her and she screamed for help as he stabbed her. The man left and returned two more times during the brutal knife attacks. Somebody shouted out, "Let that girl alone," but no one came forward to assist her or call the police. When the police finally did arrive about 30 minutes after the fact, it was too late; she was already dead. The story shocked the police department and the nation. The name Kitty Genovese would become symbolic in the public mind for a dark side of the national character. It would stand for Americans who were too indifferent or too frightened or too alienated or too self-absorbed to get involved in helping a fellow human being in dire trouble. A term "the Genovese syndrome" would be coined to describe the attitude of the people who refused to "get involved." The perpetrator was arrested a few weeks after the crime; he was convicted at trial and sentenced to death, but the sentence was overturned by the New York State Court of Appeals on a technicality and commuted to life in prison.

Bio by: Anthony B


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: Anthony B
  • Added: 19 Feb 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7195328
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Kitty Genovese (7 Jul 1935–13 Mar 1964), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7195328, citing Lakeview Cemetery, New Canaan, Fairfield County, Connecticut, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .