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Kitty Genovese by Catherine Pelonero Amazon Kindle Bestseller


by Catherine Pelonero

A true account of the infamous murder of Catherine “Kitty” Genovese, a young woman stalked and stabbed on the street where she lived in Kitty GenoveseQueens, New York on March 13, 1964. The case sparked national outrage when The New York Times revealed that dozens of witnesses had seen or heard the attacks on Kitty Genovese and her struggle to reach safety but had failed to come to her aid – or even call police until after the killer had fled.

Kitty Genovese: A True Account of a Public Murder and its Private Consequences cuts through misinformation and conjecture to present a definitive portrait of the crime, the aftermath, and the people. Based on six years of exhaustive research, Catherine Pelonero’s book presents the facts from the police reports, archival material, court documents and first-hand interviews. Pelonero offers a personal look at Kitty Genovese, an ambitious young woman viciously struck down in the prime of her life; Winston Moseley, the killer who led a double life as a responsible family man by day and a deadly predator by night; and the consequences for a community condemned and others touched by the tragedy. The book gives a deeper look, shedding new light on the crime and the real people behind an iconic incident in American history.

More than just a true crime story, the book embodies much larger themes: the phenomenon of bystander inaction, the evolution of a serial killer, and the fears and injustices spawned by the stark prejudices of an era, many of which linger to this day.


  • Catherine Pelonero

    Thank you, Elizabeth. I appreciate your heartfelt sentiments. My main goal in writing the book was to present Kitty Genovese for who she was rather than for just what happened to her. I found and spoke with many people who knew her (as you’ll read in my book). By all accounts she was a very caring, generous and empathetic person, making her death all the more tragic.

  • Elizabeth Geyer

    I am an avid reader of true crime stories. This particular case i had never even heard of before. I recently watched a tv documentary on Kitty Genovese called A Crime to Remember. I have to say, it brought me to tears which is something i rarely do about murders, serial killers, and the evil in this world. These subjects interest me and i am completely intrigued by the way some individual’s have the capacity to take someone else’s life from them.

    It makes me very curious about one’s mind and what goes on in someone’s thinking to commit such horrific acts on another. Many are considered abused, mentally ill, sick, as people say. I disagree alot with that assumption. I truly believe there are people out there who are just plain evil. No remorse, or feelings at all.

    I am more horrified about this poor woman, Kitty Genovese, who was left screaming for her life and actually in the vestibule of her apartment building, with so many seeing and hearing her and choosing to do nothing. I felt compelled to comment on this because although Winston Moseley and people like him, disturb me greatly, i can’t help voice my opinion of the cowardly tenants and close neighbors nearby. I feel they hold a bit of responsibility in the death of Ms. Genovese.

    I am overwhelmed with sadness and quite a bit of anger at the people in this world who stand by and do nothing. My God, not even a phone call to police on that night. I don’t understand. Why? It is unconscionable to me to even try to figure it out why all of these witnesses, not even one, did not call the police to maybe save her life. They would have given her a fighting chance.

    I apologize for writing so much about a case i know nothing about, i wasn’t even born until 1970, But i can speak from the character of my being, and how i was raised, that i only wish i was alive at that time on March 13, 1964 because i would have made that crucial phone call to the police department.

    Winston Mosel;ey will have to answer for his crimes when he dies, and i also believe so will the many witnesses that let this atrocity happen. May God have mercy on their souls.

    Thank you Catherine Pelonero for letting me find this page on the internet. I look forward to going to Barnes and Noble tomorrow to buy a copy of your book. I would like to know what kind of person Kitty Genovese was instead of just knowing she was a young woman murdered by a madman in 1964 and so many cowardly people in the vacinity let it happen.

    I will be in touch again after i have finished your book.



  • Kevin Klauber

    I remember seeing the blood on the way to school . I want to read the book.

    • Catherine Pelonero

      Hello Kevin. Many people I spoke with, particularly those who were kids at the time, vividly recall the bloodstains on the sidewalk. No doubt it was a horrible sight. As someone who was there I will be interested to hear what you think of the book. Thanks for taking the time to comment.

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