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Kitty Genovese: A True Account of a Public Murder and its Private Consequences

New York Times Bestseller!

A true account of the horrific and notorious murder of Kitty Genovese, a young woman stalked and stabbed on the street where she lived in Queens, New York in 1964. The case sparked national outrage when the New York Times revealed that dozens of witnesses had seen or heard the attacks on Kitty Genovese and her struggle to reach safety but had failed to come to her aid - or even call police.

One of the most iconic and hotly debated crimes in recent history, Kitty Genovese cuts through misinformation and conjecture to present a definitive portrait of the crime, the aftermath, and the real people involved.

Based on six years of exhaustive research, Catherine Pelonero’s book presents the facts from the police reports, archival material, court documents and first-hand interviews. Pelonero offers a personal look at Kitty Genovese, an ambitious young woman viciously struck down in the prime of her life; Winston Moseley, the killer who led a double life as a responsible family man by day and a deadly predator by night; the consequences for a community condemned and others touched by the tragedy.

"The definitive account of a dark moment in U.S. history, at once richly detailed, deeply humane, and profoundly compelling...Pelonero's book will leave you moved and enlightened." --Adam Alter, author of Drunk Tank Pink

"Catherine Pelonero has consulted all the original files and tracked down every surviving participant for her definitive analysis of the case. Reading her pages evokes anger and anguish in equal measure." --The Advocate

"[Pelonero takes] pains to present a fully-realized portrait of Kitty so that readers won't forget that she was a person, not a player in an anecdote." --Boston Globe

"Pelonero...[gets] readers thinking about gender as a crucial key to the puzzle." --The Nation

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