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  1. dezgoncalves says:

    I think the bystander effect is horrible, but I believe it is something that each person succumbs to, due to fear. There have been many situations in which I’ve wanted to intervene, yet I did because I was scared. In these situations , it was only arguments occurring, no ones life was in danger. Had I saw someone being stabbed, I would for sure call the police right away, and figure out a way to help the person being stabbed. It’s sad to think of what could be going through peoples minds when they just sit back and watch peoples lives being put at risk, and in some cases, watching people die, and all they do is stand there. I just don’t understand how you could live with yourself after watching someone be killed, and do nothing about it.

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  2. ojune4 says:

    I am deeply saddened by the bystander effect that has happened to such a terrible degree in this situation. I would hope that now more people would call the cops and that some of that turn a blind eye mentality could be attributed to the time being the 60s, but I am not sure. This strongly reminds of the movie we watched and how their culture and neighborhood were also known for keeping quiet and not telling the cops anything. I just wonder how after all of that screaming that she did that that many people could ignore her and not get involved, was it because of the neighborhood?

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  3. philgdasilva says:

    This type of behavior in big cities isn’t uncommon which is really sad. I think people who live in big cities like NYC, Chicago, D.C., and even Boston suffer from this type of effect. Being from a big city, you see and hear all sorts of crazy things in the middle of the night, where it could be so easy to brush it off cause eventually that noise goes away. I feel that the bystanders in the situation often feel inconvenienced with the “screams” as horrible as that may sound. Some people also don’t want to get involved in situations like this out of fear. Fear that there may be additional stress, pressure, etc, added onto their lives. As sickening as it is, it is a common behavior within communities to keep our mouths shut.

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  4. mhrich says:

    it’s just sad to see what happened to this poor girl who left her family to stay in New York so she can achieve her goals, but suddenly she got killed because of psychopath who probably has problems with women. also what really hurt is that the neighbors has the chance to save a live by stoping the murder or at least make an emergency phone call, but the truth is that no one take action to save her and decided to mind their own business which as result a human being got killed.

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  5. Mouataz Hrich says:

    it’s just sad to see what happened to this poor girl who left her family to stay in New York so she can achieve her goals, but suddenly she got killed because of psychopath who probably has problems with women. also what really hurt is that the neighbors has the chance to save a live by stoping the murder or at least make an emergency phone call, but the truth is that no one take action to save her and decided to mind their own business which as result a human being got killed.

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  6. hibaeva says:

    The story is definitely horrifying, but before jumping to any conclusion we should ask what make the killer to do that, he is have something going on in his life, I’m not saying everyone has stress go kill, but seems like he was mentally sick needed help and no one noticed, because by that time or era if you mentally sick you crazy you can’t live between public and people wouldn’t feel see around him, another piece of it from my point of view and understanding kitty had the option what to be and choose to be a business women living in N.Y by that time not a lot of people would have much option or freedom to choose ( freewill). When it comes to the neighbors who were watching the murder I’m also connecting the piece of kitty being successful ( jealous) with the crime and watching they could definitely help but they didn’t wanted to see some one around them that achieved something or a dream. Also my point of view agin is racism is involved some how in this video because back days people hated each other and they used the concept of “minding my own business”. Its heart breaking story.

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  7. Sky says:

    A lot of excuses people tell themselves when an incident like this happens is someone else will call the police or help the girl, thus taking responsibility off themselves. People might be scared to take action. In a big city like New York people may be used to gang violence and have become emotionally distant toward it. Some people in the video said they thought she was drunk. I’m surprised not a single person called the police, or tried to scare the murderer away. This happened in 1964, but is still very much relevant today. I think awareness of the bystander effect, and understanding what you can do to help can really help stop tragedies like this one from occurring.

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  8. Kumar21 says:

    I find it very sickening that 38 of her neighbors just watched her get murdered and didn’t bother to call the police and they didn’t want to put themselves in harms way and get them selves killed to. Also that If the total number of people of neighbors is 38 they could of easily taken over the murder

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  9. yu012117 says:

    It’s crazy that 37 people saw or witnessed the murder and didn’t do anything about it even thought it is so easy to just cal for help. It is also really sad too think about because this woman wanted to achieve so many things before dying meanwhile, this guy had o record or felony just randomly chose her and just killed her . It horrifies me because it shows that this could happen to anyone.

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  10. emilka627 says:

    This story is very sickening because stories like this are always happening. There are many times where people are in danger and nobody does anything to help. Bystanders are the worst in these situations because just of the simple fact that you watch something that you know is not right happening around you and you continue on like it’s not happening. I can not believe that there are people who witness horrible things happening to others and they don’t feel it in their hearts to help. People are afraid to get involved to not put their selves at risk and that to me is a very selfish action. Someone should have helped kitty, called the police, did anything to get her out of this tough situation but instead they sat back and watched her get raped and brutally murdered.Although I am not surprised at the situation because most people would rather “ mind their business” than give out a helping hand.

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  11. aymarasoto says:

    I honestly don’t understand why people wouldn’t have the decency to at least call the police as soon as they realized something was wrong (The neighbor that screamed leave her alone for example) to help that poor woman, how sick is it that the perpetrator was able to get away from the scene, get into his car and since no police showed up for him to go back stabbed her in the throat, sexually abuse her and the neighbor to be opening and closing the door while Kitty was being hurt, I feel so bad for her (the fear that she had to endure while trying to get to her home after being stabbed twice) I understand that many people prefer to act like nothing is happening around them, but so many bad situations could be prevented if people could be just a bit more humane towards others, a simple phone call could had saved her life.

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  12. aymarasoto says:

    I honestly don’t understand why people wouldn’t have the decency to at least call the police to help that poor woman, how sick is it that the perpetrator was able to get away from the scene, get into his car and since no police showed up for him to go back stabbed her in the throat, sexually abuse her and the neighbor to be opening and closing the door while Kitty was being hurt, I feel so bad for her (the fear that she had to endure while trying to get to her home after being stabbed twice) I understand that many people prefer to act like nothing is happening around them, but so many bad situations could be prevented if people could be just a bit more humane towards others, a simple phone call could had saved her life.

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  13. sanunez27 says:

    Watching this video broke my heart, its hard for me to believe that absolutely no one went out to help Kitty. I understand why people would be afraid to to help her but I still think its crazy that no one tried. And I agree with the person above that the bystander effect only seems to be getting worse, because now these days people see something going wrong and will immediately begin to record and laugh in the background as if these types of things are okay. It’s scary to think that in case of an emergency no one would be willing to help.

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  14. Christian Santos says:

    I think this report, other than the emotions and feelings I’m experiencing (of which are obviously shock and sadness), is very interesting in a psychological perspective. Nowadays or in any other situation where this would happen, you would expect that a witness or a neighbor nearby would probably call the cops or notify someone of authority. To me, it’s very surprising that nobody did anything to even remotely help Genevese in this situation. I can understand why the witnesses did not do anything as a part of the bystander effect (we’ve all been in that situation at least once in our lives, I believe), but still nonetheless, this is very tragic.

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  15. Netra Kumari Bhattarai says:

    I was not so surprised that Kitty Genovese didn’t get help from her neighbors because that what we do as an human not putting ourselves in a dangers position someone for someone else. i believe that a sense of conformity is a crucial element to the Bystander Effect. no one wants to stand out, everyone wants to follow the majority for that, someone innocent can gruesomely murdered.

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  16. Avery Ross Burkhardt says:

    In my opinion someone could have definitely found a way to help Kitty. Even if she seemed to be drunk someone should have stopped and helped. I think her death could have been prevented.

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  17. Nigus Workie says:

    This video is heart breaking. I realized that how peoples negligent behavior will harm others. even though 38 peoples witnessed her murder no one help her at the time of the event. i really feel bad on those peoples who didn’t tried to help her. even they can’t to stop the murder at least calling police will save her life but thy didn’t .

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  18. Dennis Hernandez says:

    In my point on view I feel like situations like Kitty’ have gone worse. With development of technology people are conducting the bystander effect without knowing it. Instead of people intervening they take out their cellphones and start recording. People are more focused on the publicly that they might receive from the recording than stopping the situation. Now more than ever we must learn the appropriate actions take when we’re presented with a situation that requires immediate action.

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  19. Jostel Tejeda says:

    An old interpretation of a modern problem. 37 people witnessed her being raped and murder and not 1 individual helped her. The person who held her hand while she died should have just let her be, they could have thiught they were being nice to her but she could have held an imense grudge against that person for only helping her when she is about to die, if they would have done something sooner she would still be alive. In today’s world we see incident like these (not as extreme) all over social media and the news because with smartphones on everyones hand they can start recording and upload to social media for “likes and views” but wont throw their phone at the perpetrator to stop the crime from happening

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