On a New York night, Kitty Genovese was murdered just outside her apartment building while people in the surrounding buildings watched. For five decades since her murder, the infamous Kitty Genovese case has captured the attention of the American public, spurring what is known as the bystander effect. In his book, Kevin Cook examines this crime from perspectives such as Kitty's killer, Winston Moseley, to her girlfriend, Mary Ann Zielonko, to residents of the buildings near where the crime was committed. Cook also debunks several myths that have come to be commonly associated with the case. A fantastic overview of the murder, investigation, and trial, Kitty Genovese is an excellent read for both true crime enthusiasts and those new to the genre.— STAFF PICKS BY HEATHER H.
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.