John Duprey/NY Daily News Archive/Getty; Inset: New York Daily News/AP
November 18, 2015 01:25 PM

The man convicted for the notorious 1964 stabbing murder of New York bartender Kitty Genovese was denied parole for the 18th time last week, PEOPLE confirms.

The stabbing of Genovese, then 28, became infamous after initial reports stated that dozens of people witnessed the stabbing and heard Genovese’s cries over a lengthy time period but did nothing to help.

Although those reports proved exaggerated – later reports found that the number of witnesses was inflated and that some had tried to help – the crime spawned a study that led to the coining of the “bystander effect,” or, “diffusion of responsibility,” a social psychological phenomenon describing how people are more likely to help victims when they are alone than when other people are present.

Winston Moseley, a married father of two, confessed to killing Genovese, who was a stranger to him, as well as two other women. He said he killed Genovese because he “wanted to kill a woman.”

Want to keep up with the latest crime coverage? Click here to get breaking crime news, ongoing trial coverage and details of intriguing unsolved cases in the True Crime Newsletter.

In the parole board’s decision, which was obtained by PEOPLE, board members cited “the extreme violence you exhibited and callous disregard for the female victim who you stabbed to death.”

The decision also cited Moseley’s 1968 escape, during which he went on a rampage which included stealing a car and taking a woman and her daughter hostage.

“While in state custody, you escaped from a hospital and terrorized a community when you committed more heinous crimes that included robbery, and attempting to kidnap a mother and small child,” the board’s decision read.

Moseley has completed educational programs, worked as a porter, and been involved in a Quaker program while in prison, a Department of Corrections tells PEOPLE.

In the past two years, Moseley was disciplined for disobeying a direct order, the spokesperson says. He’s next eligible for parole in 2017.

You May Like