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    loca93 is offline Senior Member Always Around
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    Default Kitty Genovese

    Okay well in English class we are reading different genres and what not and we came upon non-fiction and my teacher handed us an article about this woman named Kitty Genovese. This is quite interesting and I wanted to see what you guys thought.



    BTW no motive was ever found and the said murderer also admitted to other murders.


    So many witnesses and no one bothered to call authorities until about an hour later. Note this was in an area where people had a clear view.


    So topic would be your opinion on the overall article or whatever people call Wiki and why you believe no one bothered to call authorities. Also for those that live in New York or have ever been to queens Kew Gardens is and has always been an excellent community so why the delay for a hero?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kitty_Genovese
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    Urameshi-sama is offline Senior Member Community Builder
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    I learned about this case in a psych class I took this summer. The class basically said that the neighbors didn't do anything because of a feeling of responsibility dilution since there were other neighbors who could act in their place.

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    So in simpler terms they thought that the other neighbors would act and call the police. What astonishes me is the fact is so many witnesses and no one bothered. Obviously if no sirens were heard that meant no one called the cops. Also the police station isn't very far away from where the murder happened. Only 20 minutes walking.


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    a textbook case of "bystander effect"; this is why when you're a lifeguard, and you need someone to call for help, you have to single out someone and tell them to call for help.

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    Hm... this is what the preacher in the beginning of Boondock Saints was talking about. This exact case.

    I can understand their way of thinking, it's just so silly that nobody did anything. I might not have called the police since I would somebody else would be doing that, but I would at least rush out with som kind of blunt object. Preferably a baseball bat or a table.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lews_therin_tel View Post
    Hm... this is what the preacher in the beginning of Boondock Saints was talking about. This exact case.

    I can understand their way of thinking, it's just so silly that nobody did anything. I might not have called the police since I would somebody else would be doing that, but I would at least rush out with som kind of blunt object. Preferably a baseball bat or a table.
    Yeah I mean it wasn't a gun. If it was I would understand different situation. Still I don't know how I would react I mean I witness a guy getting beat up but, I didn't phone 911 right away I was near the scene and for fear of my well being I didn't call until one or two blocks ahead when I wasn't in view.


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    I would probably call if I stood close by. It would be stupid, but... Solidarity!

    How about schoolbullying indifference? Or is that just pure cowardice?

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    it's just complete indifference. people think "this has nothing to do with me". probably not so much cowardice: they were in their safe homes, and all they needed to do was call the cops from a phone.

    edit: well, i suppose there's a chance that there's the trouble of making eye-witness statements, and such, but i think those are optional. wouldn't really know since i've never called the cops before

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    ...Rorshach? Is that you?

    (A cookie to anyone who gets the reference.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saizou View Post
    ...Rorshach? Is that you?

    (A cookie to anyone who gets the reference.)
    Its the Watchman isn't it?

    No wonder i felt that this case was familiar...

 

 
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