Kitty Genovese, Revised
The New York Times account of Kitty Genovese's murder--and the 38 citizens who supposedly watched and did nothing--shocked the world. Much of the story, it turns out, was untrue.
THE SOURCE: “Nightmare on Austin Street” by Jim Rasenberger, in American Heritage, Oct.2006.
The story appeared at the bottom of the front page of The New York Times on March 27, 1964. It began, “For more than half an hour, 38 respectable,law-abiding citizens in Queens watched a killer stalk and stab a woman in three separate attacks in KewGardens.
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