Wednesday, February 08, 2006

*boiled bystanders*

The Kitty Genovese Murder and the Bystander Effect

Catherine Genovese was the 19-year-old New York City woman whose stabbing death was witnessed in parts by 38 of her neighbors, none of whom acted to help her until a few minutes after the attack had ended. Many of them later told police that they were unaware that a homicide was in progress. Subsequent psychological research, spurred by news reports that sensationalized the event, prompted investigation into the phenomenon that would later be called the "Bystander Effect."

Why didn't you help me?


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