Kitty Genovese was the young woman who was murdered in a New York residential section
while at least 38 neighbors watched from their windows. During the course of the 30-minute
assault, no one even telephoned the police. Studies have uncovered some surprising facts
about these people. Interviews revealed that they were not totally indifferent as many had
suspected. The main reason nobody did anything was that each person thought someone else
would take the initiative to get help.
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