A New York Times bestseller! Written in a flowing narrative style, Kitty Gevese: A True Account of a Public Murder and Its Private Consequences presents the story of the horrific and infamous murder of Kitty Gevese, a young woman stalked and stabbed on the street where she lived in Queens, New York in 1964. The case sparked national outrage when the New York Times revealed that dozens of witnesses had seen or heard the attacks on Kitty Gevese and her struggle to reach safety but had failed to come to her aid--or even call police until after the killer had fled. This book cuts through misinformation and conjecture to present a definitive portrait of the crime, the aftermath, and the people. Based on six years of research, Catherine Pelonero's book presents the facts from the police reports, archival material, court documents, and first-hand interviews. Pelonero offers a personal look at Kitty Gevese, an ambitious young woman viciously struck down in the prime of her life; Winston Moseley, the killer who led a double life as a responsible family man by day and a deadly predator by night; the consequences for a community condemned; and others touched by the tragedy. Beyond just a true crime story, the book embodies much larger themes: the phemen of bystander inaction, the evolution of a serial killer, and the fears and injustices spawned by the stark prejudices of an era, many of which linger to this day.
Catherine Pelonero is an author and playwright whose work has been produced in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. She has won the Off-Off-Broadway Short Play Festival as well as the Yale University Screenwriting Competition for her work. Pelonero is a member of the Dramatists Guild and the Actors Studio Playwrights & Directors Unit, and she currently serves as a vice-chair of the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights (ALAP).