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Kitty Genovese

The Murder, the Bystanders, the Crime That Changed America
Cook, Kevin (Book - 2014)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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At last, the true story of a crime that shocked the world. New York City, 1964. A young woman is stabbed to death on her front stoop -- a murder the New York Times called "a frozen moment of dramatic, disturbing social change." The victim, Catherine "Kitty" Genovese, became an urban martyr, butchered by a sociopathic killer in plain sight of 38 neighbors who "didn't want to get involved." Her sensational case provoked an anxious outcry and launched a sociological theory known as the "Bystander Effect." That's the narrative. But, as author Kevin Cook reveals, the story is just that, a story. The truth is far more compelling and so is the victim. Now, on the fiftieth anniversary of her murder, Cook presents the real Kitty Genovese. She was a vibrant young woman -- a lesbian, a bartender working (and dancing) her way through the colorful New York of the '60s. Downtown, Greenwich Village teemed with beatniks and so-called misfits like Kitty and her lover. The book evokes the Village's gay and lesbian underground with deep feeling and colorful detail. Cook also reconstructs the crime itself, tracing the movements of Genovese's killer, whose disturbing trial testimony made him a terrifying figure, especially after his escape from Attica State Prison. Drawing on a trove of long-lost documents, plus new interviews with her lover and other key figures, Cook explores the enduring legacy of the case.
Authors: Cook, Kevin, 1956-
Title: Kitty Genovese
the murder, the bystanders, the crime that changed America
Publisher: New York :, W. W. Norton & Company,, [2014]
Edition: First edition.
Characteristics: 242 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates :,illustrations ;,25 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Contents: More than a name
Opposites
Garden suburb
Tigers and ants
Village people
She loves you
Ozone park
The 11th hour
Night of the hunt
Postmortem
Neighbors
Confessions
Pleas
Questions for the devil
Consequences
Calling for help
Jailbreak
The uses of memory
Case studies
Revisions
Thirty-six minutes.
Summary: At last, the true story of a crime that shocked the world. New York City, 1964. A young woman is stabbed to death on her front stoop -- a murder the New York Times called "a frozen moment of dramatic, disturbing social change." The victim, Catherine "Kitty" Genovese, became an urban martyr, butchered by a sociopathic killer in plain sight of 38 neighbors who "didn't want to get involved." Her sensational case provoked an anxious outcry and launched a sociological theory known as the "Bystander Effect." That's the narrative. But, as author Kevin Cook reveals, the story is just that, a story. The truth is far more compelling and so is the victim. Now, on the fiftieth anniversary of her murder, Cook presents the real Kitty Genovese. She was a vibrant young woman -- a lesbian, a bartender working (and dancing) her way through the colorful New York of the '60s. Downtown, Greenwich Village teemed with beatniks and so-called misfits like Kitty and her lover. The book evokes the Village's gay and lesbian underground with deep feeling and colorful detail. Cook also reconstructs the crime itself, tracing the movements of Genovese's killer, whose disturbing trial testimony made him a terrifying figure, especially after his escape from Attica State Prison. Drawing on a trove of long-lost documents, plus new interviews with her lover and other key figures, Cook explores the enduring legacy of the case.
Local Note: 1 6 15 29 35 53 57 74 75 80 82 109 118 133 138 148 152 172 173 182 193 198 203 210 216 226 228 242 243 244 245 276
ISBN: 0393239284
9780393239287
Statement of Responsibility: Kevin Cook
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (pages 227-228) and index.
Subject Headings: Police New York (State) New York. Witnesses New York (State) New York. Murder New York (State) New York Biography. Murder victims New York (State) New York Biography. Genovese, Catherine, -1964.
Topical Term: Police
Witnesses
Murder
Murder victims
LCCN: 2013041176
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book referred to by girlwhowalksalot:

Kitty Genovese: A True Account of a Public Murder and Its Private Consequences Hardcover – March 4, 2014

by Catherine Pelonero

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10.15.2014

"In 1964, Winston Moseley brutally killed a young woman named Kitty Genovese in New York City. Reports on the crime soon made the inaction of bystanders as sensational as the crime itself, and the idea of the "bystander effect" took hold. Reviewing newspaper articles, police reports, and other firsthand sources, author Kevin Cook offers a more complex view of the killer, the victim, and the witnesses. His analysis raises intriguing questions about how news media drive perceptions." History and Current Events May 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/07a6a31c-7455-4328-9850-87f64b0c952f?postId=4ba36ab2-e78e-4e70-abde-d37ee7b88a73

Apr 27, 2014
  • girlwhowalksalot rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

Very very light on detail. Only spent 2 sentences on her marriage, and only a paragraph on the killer's 1st marriage and hardly a few paragraphs on his crime sprees, including rape, robbery/theft before being caught for murder. Pelonaro's book is far superior.

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