Accessories To Murder?

Posted: March 18, 2010 in Uncategorized
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Forty six years ago Catherine Genovese was murdered  in Kew Gardens, Queens by Winston Moseley. This is an interesting case because thirty-eight people witnessed this murder and did nothing to stop it. The question I have is should these thirty-eight people be charged with accessories to murder? Did these people have a moral obligation to save this girl?

Catherine was coming home from work, it was 2am. She parked her car and started to walk towards her apartment. She noticed a shady looking man lurking in the darkness. She became nervous and started to run towards the call box to call the police for help. She did not make it. Winston stabbed her once, and she screamed out “Oh, my God, he stabbed me! Please help me! Please help me!” Lights turned on in many of the apartments. I man yelled out “Leave that girl alone!” Many people were looking out their windows. Winston was scared off and ran away.

Catherine stumbled to her feet and attempted to make it to her apartment. She was screaming for help. The lights in the neighborhood turned off, and Winston returned and stabbed her again. She yelled out “I’m dying! I’m dying” Lights went on again and windows were open again scarring Winston off.

She again stumbled to her feet; trying to reach the safety of her apartment. The lights went out again, Winston returned yet again, and stabbed her a third time. This one was fatal. This scenario started at 2am, the police were not called until 3:50am The police arrived on the scene in two minutes. Thirty-eight people witnessed the murder of this young women and did nothing to save her. If one of them would have called the police, Catherine would still be alive, and Winston would have been apprehended. Winston went on to murder two other women before he was arrested.

I can not understand how a group of people all chose to do nothing to help this girl. When the police interviewed the neighbors, to try to find out not only what happened, but why they chose to do nothing. Here are some of their comments.

“We thought it was a lover’s quarrel.”

“Frankly, we were afraid.”

“I Didn’t want my husband to get involved.”

“I was tired, I went back to bed.”

“We went to the window to see what was happening, but the light from our bedroom made it difficult to see the street. I put out the light so I was able to see better.” The police asked her why she did not call the cops? Her response was “I don’t know.”

Were these thirty-eight individuals morally obligated to assist this woman? I feel they were, and yet they chose to do nothing. This may have happened forty six years ago, but the mentality of “it’s not my problem” runs rampant in our society. There are states which have laws against people doing nothing to help out a citizen in need. When did this shift in morals occur? The people used to look out for their fellow-man, but something must have happened in our society to cause this to change.

The thirty-eight who did nothing to save this girls life should have all been charged with accessories to murder. These people had a moral responsibility to do something, and chose not to. They not only killed Catherine Genovese; they also killed Annie May Johnson, and Barbra Kralik. If they would have called the police Winston would have been caught hence saving all three of the women.

What do you think?

  1. John says:

    I don’t think they should be charged for being cowards but hopefully some will come to their senses. It is sad on how selfish and fear based our society has become.No longer does one neighbor make the shoes and the other make the socks. Heck, we don’t even want to know or interact with our neighbors these days. Hard to imagine that know one could even pick up the phone.

    • Tim Lundmark says:

      What interests me is the amount of people who were involved. You would think at least one person would have picked up the phone. I wonder if the situation was different would the girl who was murdered was the one witnesing it would she pick up the phone?

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