Kitty Genovese: The Murder, the Bystanders, the Crime that Changed America

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9780393350579: Kitty Genovese: The Murder, the Bystanders, the Crime that Changed America

A new perspective on the murder that has captured America’s imagination for over a half-century―“gripping” (New York Times Book Review).

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 thirty-eight 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 told by the Times, movies, TV programs, and countless psychology textbooks. But as award-winning author Kevin Cook reveals, the Genovese 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―unbeknownst to most, a lesbian―a bartender working (and dancing) her way through the colorful, fast-changing New York of the ’60s, a cultural kaleidoscope marred by the Kennedy assassination, the Cold War, and race riots. Downtown, Greenwich Village teemed with beatniks, folkies, and so-called misfits like Kitty and her lover. Kitty Genovese 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, Winston Moseley, whose disturbing trial testimony made him a terrifying figure to police and citizens alike, 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. His heartbreaking account of what really happened on the night Genovese died is the most accurate and chilling to date.

16 pages of photographs

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About the Author:

A former senior editor at Sports Illustrated, Kevin Cook is the author of Titanic Thompson, Tommy's Honor, Kitty Genovese and The Dad Report. He lives in New York City.

Review:

“Cook is [an] adept storyteller. His peppy knowing style calls to mind pop-culture products from the time of the murder...he is firmly and persuasively in the revisionist camp.”
- The New Yorker

“Provocative.”
- The Wall Street Journal

“An engrossing true-crime tour de force.”
- Kirkus Reviews

“Provocative... As much about the alchemy of journalism as urban pathology.”
- Edward Kosner, The Wall Street Journal

“As much social history as true crime, this is an insightful probe into the notorious case.”
- Publishers Weekly

“Kevin Cook rips the cover off an enduring urban myth. He’s done a first-rate reporting job, one that delivers the truth at last about an infamous murder that came to define an age.”
- Kevin Baker, author of The Big Crowd and Paradise Alley

“Cook’s restoration helps make Kitty human, not merely iconographic.”
- Cleveland Plain Dealer

“A fully-realized portrait of Kitty... Readers won’t forget that she was a person, not a player in an anecdote.”
- Michael Washburn, Boston Sunday Globe

“Smart...suspenseful. [Cook’s] reporting...is rich and deep.”
- Tampa Bay Times

“[I]mpressive.”
- Jordan Michael Smith, Christian Science Monitor

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