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Kitty Genovese: A History of Misconceptions. Research Methods. The Canonical Story. Kitty Genovese. Just the Facts, Ma’am. http://www.trutv.com/library/crime/serial_killers/predators/kitty_genovese/1.html. Standard Textbook Presentation.

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Kitty genovese a history of misconceptions

Kitty Genovese: A History of Misconceptions

Research Methods


The canonical story
The Canonical Story

Kitty Genovese

Just the Facts, Ma’am

http://www.trutv.com/library/crime/serial_killers/predators/kitty_genovese/1.html


Standard textbook presentation
Standard Textbook Presentation

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.



The news report
The News Report

Source: http://www.oldkewgardens.com/ss-nytimes-3.html


What does it all mean
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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