Bill Genovese didn’t realize how many people knew his sister’s name until he joined the Marines in 1966. Two years after 28-year-old Kitty Genovese was stabbed to death in Queens while 38 neighbors watched and did nothing — or so the story went — he was in line during boot camp, waiting for a piece of equipment. “Genovese, William,” said the man checking names off a list. “Is your sister Kitty?”

“And I looked at him like, what?” Genovese recalls 50 years later. Read More