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

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

By Kevin Cook

  • Release Date - Published: 2014-03-03
  • Book Genre: True Crime
  • Author: Kevin Cook
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Kitty Genovese: The Murder, the Bystanders, the Crime that Changed America Kevin Cook read online review & book description:

"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.

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