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Remembering Kitty Genovese
Recorded in West Rutland, VT.
Premiered March 13, 2004, on Weekend Edition Saturday.


On March 13th, 1964, one of one of the most infamous crimes in American history occurred in the Kew Gardens neighborhood of Queens, New York. At around 3 AM, 28-year-old Catherine "Kitty" Genovese was attacked, sexually assaulted, and murdered as she walked from her parked car. The assault lasted thirty-five minutes and occurred outside of an apartment building where a reported 38 witnesses either heard or saw the attack and did nothing to stop it. A front-page article in the New York Times sparked an avalanche of press and weeks of national soul searching. The case has lived on in plays, musicals, TV dramas -- it even spawned a whole new branch of psychology.

Today the name Kitty Genovese remains synonymous with public apathy, although almost nothing is known of who she actually was. It was not reported in 1964 that Kitty Genovese was a lesbian and that she shared her home in Kew Gardens with her girlfriend, Mary Ann Zielonko. In this piece, the first broadcast interview she has ever granted, Mary Ann remembers Kitty and the time they shared.

Producer: Matthew Ozug / Executive Producer: David Isay / Production Assistant: Jessica Ticktin / Funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the National Endowment for the Arts.

 

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Photo of Mary Ann Mary Ann Zielonko (JPEG, 17 KB)

CourtTV's Crime Library entry on Kitty Genovese

Excerpts from Winston Mosleley confession

Photo of the crime scene (JPEG, 28 KB)

Thirty-Eight Witnesses, A. M. Rosenthal's book about the murder

The Screams of Kitty Genovese, the musical



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