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Thirty-Eight Witnesses

by A. M. Rosenthal

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." Thirty-Eight Witnesses is indispensable reading for students of journalism and anyone seeking to learn about one of the most infamous crimes of the twentieth century.

Thirty-Eight Witnesses

by A. M. Rosenthal Samuel G. Freedman Arthur Ochs Sulzberger

"[Rosenthal] told a stunning, tragic story and called each one of us to account for averting our eyes--and hearts--and voices."-Mike Wallace, 60 MinutesIt remains one of the most notorious deaths in New York City history not because of who was murdered but because of the circumstances: 28-year-old Kitty Genovese was brutally murdered, in an attack that took nearly thirty minutes and had thirty-eight witnesses...not one of whom did a thing to stop the murderer or even call for help.A.M. Rosenthal, who would later become one of the most famous and controversial editors The New York Times has ever had, was the newspaper's city editor then; the murder happened on his beat. He first published this book in 1964, the year of the murder. It is part memoir, part investigative journalism, and part public service.

Thirty-Eight Witnesses: The Kitty Genovese Case

by A. M. Rosenthal

"[Rosenthal] told a stunning, tragic story and called each one of us to account for averting our eyes-- and hearts-- and voices." -Mike Wallace, 60 Minutes. It remains one of the most notorious deaths in New York City history not because of who was murdered but because of the circumstances: 28-year-old Kitty Genovese was brutally murdered, in an attack that took nearly thirty minutes and had thirty-eight witnesses... not one of whom did a thing to stop the murderer or even call for help. A.M. Rosenthal, who would later become one of the most famous and controversial editors The New York Times has ever had, was the newspaper's city editor then; the murder happened on his beat. He first published this book in 1964, the year of the murder. It is part memoir, part investigative journalism, and part public service.

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