The 1964 Queens slaying of Genovese, whose desperate cries for help were ignored, set the standard for urban indifference and became the basis for what social psychologists dubbed the Bystander Effect.
Reports at the time said neighbors heard her screams but no one tried to help her.
Some said Moseley was emboldened by the fact that no one rushed to Genovese’s aid.
That account was later challenged, but the crime has been credited with spurring adoption of the 911 system in 1968 as well as the good Samaritan laws that give legal protection to people who help those in trouble, without fear of retribution.
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