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  • Case of Kitty Genovese (1964)
    • Kitty murdered in NYC
    • 37 people witness this attack as they heard her cries for help
      • she screamed continuously, several lights went on a number of times
      • One man shouted out of window
      • bus goes by- people on it see Kitty
    • Some people walked by and saw her staggering
    • Happened over 30 mins, and there were 3 different attacks
    • One person called the police
    • When police arrive only one person comes out to speak to them
    • When neighbours questions said similar answers
      • 'Thought it was husband and wife arguing'
      • 'Thought it was kids playing around'


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