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How Bystanders Made A Murder Case Famous

Mar 11, 2014

If you heard or saw a crime happening, what would you do? The people who heard Kitty Genovese scream as she was murdered didn’t do anything, in a famous case that became known for the bystander effect. 

A new book examines the strange murder case of Kitty Genovese.

On Tuesday's Up to Date, we talk about the case that helped drive the development of the 911 emergency call system and what new details about the killing have emerged over the years.


  • Kevin Cook, author of Kitty Genovese: The Murder, The Bystanders, The Crime That Changed America

​HEAR MORE: Kevin Cook speaks at 6:30 p.m. March 11 at the Central Branch of the Kansas City Public Library.