SYNOPSIS: Fifty years ago, the name “Kitty Genovese” became synonymous with urban apathy after 38 eyewitnesses did nothing while an attacker stabbed her to death on a street in New York City.
“For more than half an hour,” The New York Timesreport began, “38 respectable, law-abiding citizens…watched a killer stalk and stab a woman in three separate attacks.”
Forty years later, her brother Bill, who was 16 at the time of his sister’s death, decides to re-examine the details of the crime.
THE WITNESS is a probing and deeply personal investigation into one of the most iconic crimes in New York history, featuring interviews with those closest to the murder including the surviving witnesses to Kitty’s death. It offers an illuminating look into the way stories take form and their rippling effects on the lives they touch. [Source: THE WITNESS, LLC]