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The 1964 Murder of Kitty Genovese

How a grossly misreported article made a murder victim the symbol for an apathetic community.

Kitty Genovese (Image Courtesy of the New York City Police Department)

A twenty-eight-year-old murder victim became a symbol for a crumbling, uncaring America. Her death overshadowed her life, and her name became synonymous with a harsh reality that people were more likely to let someone bleed to death than to involve…

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