Episode 134: The Murder of Kitty Genovese - Part 1
For 50 years, psychology textbooks used the tragic story of a murdered young woman to teach students about the devastating impact of inaction by neighbors. The magic number - 38 - was chosen by the media as the number of careless onlookers who heard the woman’s demise in real-time and did nothing. But the true story of what happened that night teaches us that even when there are bystanders, there are still plenty of helpers willing to come running when they’re called to aid a beloved friend.
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