March 14, 2019 at 5:00 am

14Despite the urban legend surrounding Kitty Genovese’s murder, her case continues to be studied because of the reportedly large number of people who failed to come to her aid that lonely night. That behavioral reaction has come to be known as “The Bystander Effect” or “Kitty Genovese Syndrome.” Kitty Genovese authority and Fordham University professor Harold Takooshian joins us to discuss what could have happened that night and he’ll show us firsthand, through experiments staged on the streets of New York City, how “The Bystander Effect” or “Kitty Genovese Syndrome” can take hold.

Aired on May 31, 2016 and March 13, 2019.

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