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Kitty Genovese: A History of Misconceptions

Research Methods

The Canonical Story

Kitty Genovese

Just the Facts, Ma’am

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On March 13, 1964, a stalker attacked Kitty Genovese three times, then raped her as she lay dying outside her Queens, New York, apartment at 3:30 a.m. Windows opened and lights went on as 38 of her neighbors were eyewitnesses. Not until her attacker fled for good did anyone so much as call the police, at 3:50 a.m.

Which of the propositions in the story are actually true?

  • The date is correct.

The News Report


What Does It All Mean?

We know more about bystander behavior as a result of Darley and Latané’s research.

But we have ignored other aspects of group behavior, including the helping that does occur, as it did with Kitty Genovese.

This “parable” defines the focus of group behavior on the pathology of groups, not its positive aspects (Manning, Levine, & Collins, 2007).

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