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          In 2010, I find that a number of people believe that Kitty Genovese is a serial killer or at least an active member of one of the Five Families involved in organized crime in NYC – the Genovese Family.

Did Hate Crime Play in the Kitty Genovese Murder?

Some confusion lies with the general public, as well as with college students in social science classes – especially criminology.  Kitty Genovese was slaughtered outside her apartment building in March of 1964. I studied the case under some of the top criminologists in the country a little over a decade later.  It was gruesome. It led to studies of “crowd mentality” and Bystander Syndrome and other phenomenon related to crime, observers, and later to hate crimes and hate groups.

With over 45 years of time covering the case and new evidence and new material uncovered in the 200s, the murder of Kitty Genovese is more controversial than ever and will probably lead to a number of Masters Theses and PhD Dissertations.  for work already written, check out the famous and infamous Harlan Ellison’s® mentions and reports at the link above.

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