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Remembering Kitty Genovese

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Remembering Kitty Genovese

Remembering Kitty Genovese

Friend Recalls Victim of Infamous 1964 Murder

Remembering Kitty Genovese

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Forty years ago 28-year-old Catherine "Kitty" Genovese was raped and murdered outside a Queens, N.Y., apartment building. Thirty-eight witnesses reportedly either heard or saw the attack but did nothing to stop it, a fact that sparked national soul-searching about bystander apathy.

It was not reported in 1964 that Kitty Genovese was a lesbian, and that she shared her Kew Gardens home with a girlfriend — Mary Ann Zielonko. In a Sound Portraits interview, Zielonko remembers Genovese.