“A Crime to Remember” covers the Kitty Genovese murder


Tomorrow night on Investigation Discovery, A Crime to Remember features the tragic murder of Kitty Genovese, a lesbian bartender who was killed outside of her home in Queens in 1964. Kitty’s murder is infamous because no less than 37 people heard Kitty’s screams and saw her fighting for her life without calling the police or going to her aid. Coverage of the event widely discussed “the bystander effect,” which is “a social psychological phenomenon that refers to cases in which individuals do not offer any means of help to a victim when other people are present.”

At the time of Kitty’s death, she lived with her partner Mary Ann Zielonko but, at the time, Mary Ann was referred to as Kitty’s roommate by the press and in the court room. If you’re interested in more on this case, read our story from this past March: Kitty Genovese‚Äôs secret lesbian history.

Investigation Discovery premieres the Kitty Genovese episode Tuesday, November 11 at 10/9c.

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