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Kitty Genovese's Convicted Killer Denied Parole for 18th Time

By Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska | November 18, 2015 4:52pm
 Winston Moseley, 80, is serving a life sentence for killing Kitty Genovese in 1964.
Winston Moseley, 80, is serving a life sentence for killing Kitty Genovese in 1964.
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QUEENS — The convicted killer of Kitty Genovese, whose murder more than 50 years ago shocked the tranquil neighborhood of Kew Gardens, was denied parole for the 18th time, according to a parole board decision released Tuesday.

Winston Moseley, 80, New York’s longest-serving inmate, is held at the Clinton County Correctional Facility in upstate New York, where he is serving a 20-years-to-life sentence.

Moseley, who brutally murdered Genovese in 1964, escaped from prison four years later. During the breakout he committed a robbery and attempted to kidnap a mother and small child before he was brought back to prison, the board noted in its decision.

"Your dangerous predatory conduct showed a pattern of dangerous behavior," the board said, also citing “the extreme violence” of his crimes "and callous disregard” for Genovese.

“You still minimize the gravity of your behavior and did not exhibit much insight,” the board, who interviewed Moseley on Nov. 9, added. 

Genovese, a bartender from Kew Gardens, was 28 years old when she was killed on March 13, 1964, in the hallway of her two-story apartment building on Austin Street. 

Initial newspaper reports claimed that numerous neighbors witnessed the crime but did not try to help Genovese, which led to social analysis of the phenomenon that became known as "Genovese syndrome," or the bystander effect. That account, however, was later questioned. 

Moseley will eligible for parole again in 2017.