The Kitty Genovese Murder Essay

782 Words Aug 15th, 2013 4 Pages
Katie Wallace
Psychology 2301
May 9, 2013
Mrs. Strickland
Silent Witnesses: The Kitty Genovese Murder 1. After the 1964 murder of Kitty Genovese, John Darley and Bibb Latane were in shock as the rest of the city/world that a 28 year old lady could be stabbed in a neighborhood with about 38 by standers or more and say or do nothing. Why didn’t anyone try and help her? How could people stand by and watch this go on? People speculated that the failure of people to get involved might be due more to the influence (socially) that bystanders have on each other. To test this theory, Darley and Latane, two psychologists, decided to conduct a study. “Diffusion of Responsibility” Everyone hopes that someone else will be the first to step up
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Did she deserve to die? No. But common sense tells you you’re not out at 3 AM in Queens. The mentality in New York especially in certain places, people just don’t seem to get too involved in anything serious or life threating that’s happening to someone else. Whether it’s a fight, argument, or any type of conflict for that matter. I’m not sure how it was back in those days, but I do know that I could totally see this same situation happening now in 2013. Who knows, I could be wrong, but I doubt it. There are plenty of good people in the world and I would like to think that individuals would just do the right thing. Queens is a whole other world…makes me sad.

3. I do believe that Winston Mosely knew what he was doing. As they pointed out in the movie, what was the point of him running when one of the neighbors called out of the window? If he was so “insane” as his lawyer stated, then there would have been no reason in running and changing his hat at that. His intent was to kill that night. And he accomplished that being well aware of everything that he was doing.

4. I do think that William found some sort of closure. It’s safe to say that I’m sure lots of pain remains. He forgave those neighbors that simply watched his sister die. When you forgive I feel there is a part of you that becomes free. The angry part of you. It took him 27 years I believe the movie stated before he was able to go to the grave site. He’s moving on with his life and she’s in

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