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Oscar Pistorius Will Be Released on Parole After 10 Months in Jail June 8, 2015

Oscar Pistorius Will Be Released on Parole After 10 Months in Jail.


Will it make a difference, this time? April 10, 2015



In the Line of Fire



Zimmerman Trial: Here’s What the Judge Instructed the Jury to Do – This Week in Blackness July 12, 2013

Zimmerman Trial: Here's What the Judge Instructed the Jury to Do – This Week in Blackness.


Random Thought June 24, 2013



I was watching The View this morning with Nancy Grace as co-host. They were talking about the George Zimmerman jury and it struck me –


Everybody’s calling this The Zimmerman trial and she was the only one I can think of who actually called it what it is


The Trayvon Martin Murder Trial.



Kitty Genovese March 13, 2013


Yesterday a FB friend posted about a story she had heard in a psychology class a few years ago about a woman being killed in the 1940’s. The woman had been chased and killed with at least a dozen people witnessing it. When interviewed the witnesses said they didn’t want to get involved, or they thought someone else would have called the cops, so that’s why they themselves didn’t do it. She called it a “bystander mentality” then called for people to not be bystanders in the fight against animal cruelty.


The animal thing aside, the story immediately brought to mind Kitty Genovese. After looking it up I saw that today was the anniversary of her murder.



On today’s date, March 13, in 1964 a woman named Kitty Genovese was attacked and murdered in the city of New York, while her neighbors listened. And did nothing.


Kitty arrived home about 3:15 in the morning. She wasn’t taken away in an ambulance until 4:15 am. During that intervening time she was attacked twice by the same man, who left and came back. During the crime she was stabbed and raped and mugged. Witnesses report seeing portions of the first and the second attack.


The story goes that no one called the police because they figured someone else had already done it. Some, maybe, couldn’t tell what was actually happening, or some such thing. I believe the area of the attack, in the courtyard of her apartment building was visible from many windows. For a long time it was stated that almost 40 people saw what happened, but it seems it was actually only about a dozen, and a couple of people did call the cops.


Her murderer, Winston Moseley was eventually captured by police. He confessed to Kitty’s murder as well some other assaults and burglaries. At trial he was pronounced guilty, and given the death penalty. After a successful appeal in 1967 the death sentence was commuted to life in prison. During a transfer he escaped, committed more assaults and at least one more rape, but was finally recaptured, with more time added to his sentence.


Since then he’s been up for parole (????) multiple times, the most recent being November, 2011. His next parole hearing is set for November, 2013.


The story of Kitty Genovese has been examined in a variety of ways through experiments (Social psychologists Bibb Latane and John Darley), books (Thirty-Eight Witnesses by A.M. Rosenthal, television shows (Law and Order: Random) and movies (Death Scream), documentaries (The History Channel: Silent Witnesses …), fictionalized accounts (Harlan Ellison’s The Whimper of Whipped Dogs), song (Phil Ochs “Outside of a Small Circle of Friends”) and even musical theatre (“The Screams of Kitty Genovese” by Will Todd).



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The Murder of Kitty Genovese on wiki

The Kitty Genovese Murder at trutv crime library

Bibb Latane and John Darley: Why Don’t People Help?

The Bystander Effect at About

Thirty-Eight Witnesses by A.M. Rosenthal

Remembering Kitty Genovese at Sound Portraits

Outside of a Private Circle of Friends Page

The Screams of Kitty Genovese

Death Scream Page

Law and Order: Remand

Silent Witnesses: The Kitty Genovese Murder



Attica Prison Riots today in 1971 September 9, 2011


NY Gov. Nelson Rockefeller


Attica Prison riots

Attica Prisoners’ Demands

Attica prison rebellion remembered 36 years later

Attica Prison Riot at Democrat and Chronicle

Attica at 40: In Our Own Words Parts 1 – 4

William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe

Nelson Rockefeller

William Kuntsler

George Jackson

Black Panther Party

NY State Special Commission Report on Attica


Watching “Law & Order” October 25, 2010

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I’m watching the “Law & Order” ‘ripped from the headlines’ take on the murder of Adrienne Shelley. Nov 1, will be the 4 year anniversary of her death. Sad

Gothamist article on the murder

Adrienne Shelley on IMDB.com

Adrienne Shelley on wikipedia

“Waitress” at IMDB.com

The Adrienne Shelley Foundation