Tuesday 27 September 2016

Killer of New York's Kitty Genovese dies in prison aged 81

Published 05/04/2016 | 05:01

Kitty Genovese's killing sparked an outcry after reports neighbours heard her screaming, but did nothing to help (AP)
Kitty Genovese's killing sparked an outcry after reports neighbours heard her screaming, but did nothing to help (AP)

Winston Moseley, the man convicted of the fatal stabbing of Kitty Genovese in a crime that came to symbolise urban decay and indifference in the 1960s, has died in a New York prison at the age of 81.

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Moseley died on March 28 at the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora. Tests will be carried out to determine the cause of death.

The 1964 murder of 28-year-old bar manager Kitty Genovese in New York City caused an outcry after reports that neighbours heard her screams, but did not try to help.

Details of these accounts of the case were challenged, but the crime spurred the adoption of the US 911 system and Good Samaritan laws. The murder also led to ground-breaking psychological studies into the so-called bystander effect, or bystander apathy.

Moseley spent more than 50 years in prison and was one of the state's longest-serving inmates. He was denied parole 18 times.

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