A READING AND BOOK SIGNING WITH MARCIA GALLO, AUTHOR OF NO ONE HELPED: KITTY GENOVESE, NEW YORK CITY, AND THE MYTH OF URBAN APATHY
In No One Helped, Marcia M. Gallo examines one of America's most infamous true-crime stories: the 1964 rape and murder of Catherine "Kitty" Genovese in a middle-class neighborhood of Queens, New York. Front-page reports in the New York Times incorrectly identified thirty-eight indifferent witnesses to the crime, fueling fears of apathy and urban decay. Genovese's life, including her lesbian relationship, was also obscured in media accounts of the crime. Although it is now widely known that there were far fewer actual witnesses to the crime that was reported in 1964, the moral of the story continues to be urban apathy. No One Helped traces the Genovese story's development and resilience while challenging the myth it created.