Kitty Genovese Case Study

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Social behaviour Catherine Susan “Kitty” Genovese was a woman who was sexually assaulted and stabbed to death near her New York apartment in the city of Queens on March 13, 1964. On the night of her attack, Kitty was returning home from work. As she approached the entrance to her apartment block, she was attacked by a man later identified as Winston Moseley. Although the first attack began at 3:20am, the police weren’t called until 3.50am, but as it was not classed as a high priority case as she was only have thought to have been ‘beaten up’ police didn’t not rush to assist her. Witnesses said they saw Moseley get into his car and drive away, only to return 10 minutes later. He found Kitty once again where he then attacked her again…show more content…
But in 1967, the state's Court of Appeals reduced Moseley's sentence to life imprisonment. As a result, Moseley lived to see an opportunity of freedom, which he took in an attempt to break out, seizing five hostages and raping one before being recaptured. (www.trutv.com/library/crime/serial_killers/.../kitty_genovese/1.html) At his 1984 parole hearing, Moseley stated that he had written to Genovese's family and apologized for the "inconvenience" he had caused them. His parole was denied. In 1995, Moseley applied for a new trial and won a hearing before a federal court. In the end, that request was also denied. He now lives on as a prisoner in Comstock, N.Y. The case of Kitty Genovese exemplifies a change in social behaviour due to the ‘bystander effect.’ Psychologists have analysed this and other cases of similar situations and what they have found is quite damning evidence. In these situations, due to the abnormality, the individual tends to assume that others will assist with the necessary help. People tend to not take the initiative to help as they feel as though it is not their

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