Note: Kitty's story is credited in part to the article published at: http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/blog/history-of-911-americas-emergency-service-before-and-after-kitty-genovese/.
The brutal 1964 murder of 28-year-old Kitty Genovese is said to be the impetus for America's 9-1-1 emergency call system - the one we've relied on for the past 50 years.
In the early hours of March 13, 1964, 28-year-old bar manager Kitty Genovese was brutally raped and fatally stabbed outside her NYC apartment in the borough of Queens. Kitty had been dead for two weeks when The New York Times published a shocking account of her killing. The headline read, "37 WHO SAW MURDER DIDN'T CALL THE POLICE," a narrative that went viral, with other papers and media outlets running the story. A public furor erupted, and Kitty's case caught national attention. In the immediate aftermath, local officials joined a national campaign to create a unified emergency response protocol. Read More