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.
Just the Facts, Ma’am
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.
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).