"Everybody knows" about the cruel, heartless indifference with which apathetic people ignored the piteous cries of a helpless victim while - - - you get the idea.
That's the legend. Although Catherine 'Kitty' Genovese was killed, and did cry for help, the rest of what "everybody knows" leaves quite a few facts on the cutting room floor.
But that doesn't matter. As the legend of West 23rd spread across the land, "I don't want to get involved" became a catchphrase, apathy became a four-letter word, and people were worked up something fierce about being against crime and indifference and things like that.
We got "good Samaritan" laws out of that mix, I think - and being reminded to look out for your neighbors is, again I think, a basically good idea.
That March, 2009, post used some research that I'd done the year before: And pretty boring stuff it is, too. It's two discographies, telling about two performances of the song:
- The Jades
- Julie Budd
- The Jades
(1970) (45, with Love of a Woman) (with Whistle A Tune)
- "Catherine 'Kitty' Genovese Did Not Die in Vain"
(March 13, 2009)
- "Florida Teen College Student Online Suicide - No Joke, No Fake"
(November 22, 2008)