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Controversy still swirls around a 50-year-old murder of Kitty Genovese

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NEW YORK (PIX 11)– Next Thursday will make the 50th anniversary of one of the darkest moments in New York.

A young woman named Kitty Genovese was stabbed to death as she walked home in Kew Gardens, Queens.

The city was shocked by the brutality of the murder and rape, but it was outraged when it was reported that at least 38 neighbors either witnessed the attack or heard the woman’s screams, and did nothing to help.

Some neighbors later admitted they simply didn’t want to get involved while others thought somebody else would call police.

A psychopath named Winston Mosely was charged with the murder and sentenced to live in prison.

Now 78, he is the longest serving prisoner in New York’s prison system.

He has explained his motive for the murder by saying that he just was looking for somebody to kill that March night and Kitty Genovese was selected at random.

Why people ignored the her screams continues to be the subject of debate.

Two new books are out dealing with her murder and the apathy of neighbors.

The authors of both books join Marvin Scott onPIX 11 News Closeup Sunday morning and 6 and on our website PIX11.com/newscloseup.