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On the night of March 13 1964 at 310 in the morning 28 year-old Kitty Genovese was stabbed repeatedly in front of an audience of 38 people She screams Oh my God he stabbed me Please help me Instead of rushing to her side the crowd only stares Many of them turn and look the other way One person yells from a nearby window Hey leave that girl alone The assailant takes off running and Kitty is left on the pavement in front of her apartment bleeding and begging for help Some time passes The assailant decides to return and begins stabbing her again Now Kitty is screaming Im dying Im dying The headlights of a bus that drives by startles the man who then takes off running a second time and hides behind a parked car He watches silently as Kitty is dragging herself up her apartment stairs screaming for her neighbors and the crowd to do something It is now 345 in the morning and the assailant returns for the third and final time This time however the stab wound is fatal and Kitty falls down dead Newsweek 1964 According to Davis and Palladino the first phone call to the police arrived at 350 in the morning five minutes after Kitty was already dead The man who had called the station had first called a friend to ask advice as to what he should do He did not even call the police from his own home and instead went to another neighbors apartment to call the station He stated that he did not want to get involved 660 How can 38 people witness a womans murder over a period of 35 minutes and not call the police A psychological phenomenon known as the Bystander Effect is commonly to blame for a crowds inaction during an emergency Sociologists and psychologists who have studied the causes of the Bystander Effect have come to several conclusions
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