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August 25, 2005

Interesting: A Debunking of the Kitty Genovese Legend

If you don't know, in 1964 a woman was brutally stabbed to death in Queens and none of the 38 witnesses to the crime (most living in the same apartment complex) bothered helping her or even calling the police.

That, at least, has been the accepted wisdom, courtesy of the The New York Times. And, gee willickers, much of that original account may be wrong. I'm so glad the Times doesn't lower itself to covering the city it's based in any longer.

Not sure how much of this is true, but this guy thinks the Kitty Genovese Horror has been greatly exaggerated.

For one thing, someone did call the cops, during the stabbing, when she was still alive.

Thanks to the acid-keyboard of Andrea Harris.

And yes, the story's old, and the debunking's old too. Dave, get off my tits for like five minutes and let me breathe, man!


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