Yes, except that's a myth. The idea that people did not intervene was invented by newspaper reporters wishing to spread the blame from the sick animal who killed Genovese -- Winston Moseley, a murderer-rapist, in that order btw, out hunting a white female, specifically, to rape and murder that night. Sociologists eager to invent the phenomenon of social anomie latched onto the story -- a fable, really, and gave it life in academia, where facts really don't matter as much a political beliefs.
The play's "quotes" are likely from the recent whitewashing, attention-seeking book that wildly decontextualizes testimony and ignores all inconvenient facts in order to push the discredited Times version of events.
Moseley briefly caught Miss Genovese on a public street and stabbed her, but she managed to break free and crawl around to an alley where the main attack occurred -- with no witnesses, and then she perished in her apartment hallway. Many who heard the initial, brief confrontation saw only an empty street after she escaped Moseley and he quickly left the scene in his car -- many thus reasonably assumed a personal fight was resolved because they heard and saw little or nothing. Moseley then parked elsewhere and walked back and confronted Miss Genovese in an alley, a private place, not the street. She was too wounded to fight back much. Only one witness, her friend, had a good view of the crime at its end, inside the building. Drunk, in shock, and terrified that the killer might harm him, this sole real witness crawled over a roof, alerted a friend, and then called the police.
AM Rosenthal of the Times let his reporters make the whole story up so they could avoid an unpleasant race narrative at a time of racial tension and could blame society, not the offender, for Moseley's crimes ( a priority of the elitist, social-theory-besotted Times), which included other brutal rapes of black women. They shamelessly went on to continue to blame Genovese's innocent neighbors and advocate for Moseley's release from prison despite the fact that he is a serial corpse rapist and murderer and despite a vicious escape involving serious injuries and more rapes. they did so for two reasons: to conceal their lies and to advance their preening pleasures that he "took college classes" behind bars. Repugnant. The real cowardly witness story here is the 40-year deceptions, lies, and hatreds for ordinary people and female victims, particularly white victims of interracial crimes, that flourished at the Times, where, ironically, no whistleblowers have ever had the integrity to speak up. Someone should take a little stroll down that "street" of cowards and write a play about that.
Ordinary people subjected to crime have always been the most hated "others" -- and it's always open season on the among the literati and the elite media. Thus the pleasure many take in the bystander syndrome myth -- though propaganda is a better term for it.
So, enjoy your little drama. You are lying about horrific truths and demeaning human loss in order to advance self-serving politics. Clap clap.
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