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Sunday, February 16, 2014

Kitty's Back

I'm old enough to recall the initial uproar but you've probably heard of it:  the 1964 slaying of Kitty Geneovese on a street in Queens when 38 people nearby failed to help or call police as they "did not want to get involved." Now there's a new book on the case which seeks to debunk the claims of inaction,  the "myth" of that.  This is not the first time someone has shot down the original claims but this seems like a complete look, right down to how  the story got told, wrongly, in the NYT and Abe Rosenthal's role.  However, the books does find two eyewitnesses who really did act shamefully, and probably more.  Amazingly, the killer is still alive and in prison--and has been  there for longest stretch of anyone in the state.

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