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The Witness (2015) by director James D. Solomon documents events surrounding the murder of Catherine Susan “Kitty” Genovese by Winston Moseley in 1964 in the Kew Gardens neighborhood of Queens, New York City. Narrated by Bill Genovese, the victim’s brother, the film was nominated for an Academy Award in 2016.

Where Were the Heroes for Kitty Genovese?

The Witness documentary about Kitty Genovese chronicles Bill Genovese’s quest to find out why not one of the reported thirty-eight witnesses stepped in to help his beloved older sister (Salomon, 2015). After her murder in 1964, intense grief and inner turmoil plagued Bill Genovese’s life until, four decades later, he set out proactively to find the truth. Through the course of his personal investigation, his questions multiplied exponentially—specifically those about human nature.

Bill Genovese tracked down and spoke with witnesses who had heard or seen portions of Winston Moseley’s two attacks on Kitty. The Witness shows an interview in which a former neighbor claimed to have called the police. Records of these calls cannot be found. Continue reading Where Were the Heroes for Kitty Genovese?