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    The murder of Kitty Genovese took place on March 13th, 1964 outside of her apartment building in New York. She was attacked three separate times by Winston Moseley, the perpetrator. This particular murder got headline news due to the witnesses of the murder and what was done to intervene.The New York Times were a huge part of the headlines due to their original article written about the murder, which was said to be fabricated for attention purposes. The article claimed that 37-38 people were eye

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    real life situation of Kitty Genovese. Genovese was attacked, sexual assaulted and killed in New York with approximately 38 bystanders (Darley & Latane, 1968). This poor woman was not even helped out. This murder has become the example of the “bystander effect”. The bystander effect results from different people misunderstanding an emergency situation as a non-emergency based on what happened in the past in other people life. On the other hand, in the case of Kitty Genovese, one of the bystanders

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    On a quiet early morning in 1964, Kitty Genovese was brutally stabbed and sexual assaulted. Thirty – eight of her neighbors heard her cries, screams for help and/or witnessed the attack from their windows and only one of her neighbor’s called the police; a half hour later. The fact that not one person intervene in a timely manner to save Kitty Genovese lead John Darley and Bibb Latane to conduct their own study “ The Bystander Apathy Effect”. The purpose of The Bystander Apathy Effect (standing

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Research on the unresponsive bystander effect has lead to many studies that has shown that when people witness situations that are dangerous or compromising the witnesses are less likely to help the individual in need. This phenomenon is referred to as the bystander effect. Oxford reference defines the bystander effect as " the reluctance of bystanders to intervene in an emergency, especially when a person appears to be in distress." An example of this was Darley & Latane's 1968 experiment

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    Screams of Silence In 1964, beautiful New York City, a murder was committed outside the apartment complex of Kitty Genovese. The victim, Kitty Genovese, was stabbed to death outside her home, while bystanders waltzed by the crime without a second glance or dialing of the authorities. This renowned infamous crime sparked the minds of two psychologists, Bibb Latane and John Darley, to create a concept many know as, ‘The Bystander Effect’ (“Bystander Effect”). The Bystander Effect can be characterized

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    What Is Murder Wrong

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    they did not even do it. As a result I learned that whether I help or I do not help is wrong. At New York City, Kew Gardens was one of seven gardens that was planted communicate gardens. In 1964, the Kew Gardens neighborhood got noticed when the Kitty Genovese got murdered near the Kew Gardens. Neighbors heard her yelling help me he stabbed me and nobody did anything to help the innocent lady. “For more than half an hour thirty-eight respectable, law-abiding citizens in Queens watched a killer stab

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    murder of Kitty Genovese in the year

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    Bystander Effect in Social Psychology In 1964, the stabbing of a 28-year old woman coming home from work one night in New York City prompted the world to ask why otherwise well-meaning people sometimes let horrible things happen. 38 witnesses to the murder of that woman stood by, making no effort to interfere with the killer. The idea that someone could be murdered and people would stand idly by became something psychologists were very concerned about. They began research and later launched a whole

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    yourself. The world is filled with conformity, but the real question is can we escape it? In Harold Takooshian’s short but significant article “The 1964 Kitty Genovese Tragedy: What Have we Learned?”Takooshian acknowledges a tragic event that occurred on March 13, 1964, which took the life of a 28 year old women by the name of Kitty Genovese. She was brutally beaten on the streets of New York City while 38 witnesses watched the event happen and no one so much as bothered to phone the police and

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    Didn 't Call Police, author Martin Gansberg recalls the events that occurred on the night of March 13, 1964. "38 respectful, law abiding citizens" (120) stood idle as Kitty Genovese was hunted down on three separate occasions and murdered. Not once was an attempt made to alert authorities, an action that may have resulted in Kitty 's life being spared. When questioned, the spectators had a multitude of excuses for why they had not notified authorities, some of which included, "I didn 't want to get

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    1027/1864-9335/a000215 Hudson, J., & Bruckman, A. (2004). The Bystander Effect: A Lens for Understanding Patterns of Participation. Journal Of The Learning Sciences, 13(2), 170. Doi: 10.1207/s15327809jls1302_2 Manning, R., Levine, M., & Collins, A. (2007). The Kitty Genovese murder and the social psychology of helping: The parable of the 38 witnesses. American Psychologist, 62(6), 555-562. Doi: 10.1037/0003-066x.62.6.555 Williams, K. and Law, A. (2007). Bystander Effect. In: R. Baumeister and K. Vohs, ed.. Encyclopedia

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    Kitty Genovese Urban Life

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    that the death of Kitty Genovese was an absolute outrage and that it was something that should never have happened in the 20th century. Kitty was just a normal woman who lived her life in the city. The circumstances of Kitty’s death and also the details surrounding her death cause huge speculation and outrage which can be hugely linked to life in the city. This is the area in which Georg Simmel specialized and studied the effect of urban life on the individual. The death of Genovese occurred in 1964

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    I think that Georg Simmel and his sociological ideas greatly coincide with the outrage over the death of Kitty Genovese. Although Simmel studied these concepts in a different time to when the tragedy took place, the basic societal groups of understanding remain the same. His personal observations and explorations of social geometry and how groups function conform with the actions and behaviours of the witnesses who refrained from helping in that situation. The uncertainty of acting independently

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    The Bystander Effect

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    The research into the phenomenon of the “bystander effect” was kicked off by an unfortunate case of the murder of Kitty Genovese in 1964. According to the “ The New York Times”, the murder, which took over 40 minutes to happen, was witnessed by 38 people who did not report the crime or try to intervene in any way. When going into the analysis of this effect, both Darley and Latané came up with a theory of the diffusion of responsibility/ accountability which takes effect in the large groups. This

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    Although most people may feel this way, there are some individuals who may not feel the same and may internally contemplate the situation at hand and some who may not take action at all. When it comes to compromising situations, such as that of the Kitty Genovese case, ones ethics play a significant role in deciphering the difference between right and wrong. While reaching a conscionable ethical decision in this particular scenario, aspects of ones morality, regional laws, and religion come into mind

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    Researcher Laurel Woodruff asked a classmate from Liberty University a simple question. Miss Jones, was asked: “How likely are you to help somebody if they appear to be in need of assistance?”. Jones responded by saying that she was extremely likely to assist someone and facilitate their needs. When given a specific question; “If you witness a person fall on a crowded sidewalk full of fast-paced bystanders, would you help them?”, Jones stood by her original response of extremely likely. However,

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    Who Saw Murder Didn’t Call the Police thirty-eight citizens watched Miss Genovese get stalked and stabbed. Not one of the witness called the police while the assault was going on. One witness decided to call after the women was already dead. The man had three chances to kill her, he returned twice in less than thirty-five minutes. The police believe everything started at 3:20 a.m. when Miss Genovese got off work. Miss Genovese first noticed him at the far end of the parking lot. When she reached the

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    The bystander apathy experiment was influenced to take place after the murder of Kitty Genovese. The murder of Kitty Genovese was a good example of social psychology. Kitty Genovese was murdered in front of her home. Winston Moseley chased her down and stabbed her in the back twice. Due to the excruciating pain, Kitty screamed for help and a neighbor responded shouting at the criminal "Let that girl alone!" Immediately after getting the attention of the criminal, Winston fled the scene and left the

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    Bystanderism - Darley and Latane (1968 ) = an individual not helping someone needing help or assistance when passive bystander are present Sources: Crane textbook pg. 264-267 Experiments: According to the theory of the presence of others or just the perception that other people are watching the show will reduce the likelihood that someone will intervene in an emergency because of the psychological processes such as: Diffusion of responsibility: Responsibility is spread when more observers

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    less likely people will help the one in need. Various variables help to explain why the bystander effect occurs. These variables include: ambiguity, cohesiveness and diffusion of responsibility. On Friday 13 March in 1964, 28-year-old Catherine Genovese was arriving home. She was attacked with a knife by a man named Winston Moseley. She yelled “Oh my God,

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