Most murder victims are long mourned by their families and quickly forgotten by the public. Not so Catherine “Kitty” Genovese. In the early morning of March 13, 1964, in Kew Gardens, New York, Kitty’s screams went unheeded by neighbors as she was stalked, raped, and stabbed to death. Had any of those neighbors promptly called the police, she could have been saved. Her death gave rise in psychology to the “Bystander Effect,” which posits that the more witnesses there are to a person in trouble, the less likely it is that any one of them will go to her aid. Kitty’s murder also led to a new emphasis in academia on “pro-social” psychology.
The only account from within the NYPD Detective Bureau of the investigation of Genovese’s murder was written by Chief of Detectives Albert Seedman and Peter Hellman in “Chief! Classic Cases from the Files of the Chief of Detectives (1974). In this new ebook, the case is revisited, with a new Introduction and Epilogue. Published by The Experiment ($3.99) and available wherever ebooks are sold.
On November 2, Peter reported a story featured in the The Jewish Daily Forward about a young Israeli man. In 2009, Aharon Karov was fresh off of celebrating his wedding when he returned to the army and suffered a horrific injury during an operation in Gaza. Though initially not expected to live, Karov was saved by a surgeon Nurosurgeon Steve Jackson. Seeing that Karov needed to rebuild his health, Jackon’s wife, Yitzhaka Jackson, coached Karov to be a runner. Just four years after 500 pieces of shrapnel entered his body, Karov and Jackson set out to run the New York Marathon. Read Peter’s article in The Forward to read Karov’s inspiring story and learn weather he made it to the finish line.
Aharon Karov before running the New York Marathon. Photo by Peter Hellman.
In an article published on WineSpectator.com on November 8, Peter Hellman revealed a possibility that Rudy Kurniawan will plead insanity. Kurniawan was arrested in his home in Arcadia, California in March 2012. He is accused of a scheme to sell counterfeit wines. Read Peter’s article to get the most updates news on the Kurniawan case.
The wine scene in New York just got even more competitive, as Wally’s Wine Auctions positions itself to go against giants including Zachy’s and Sotheby’s. Wally’s Wine Auctions is an arm of Wally’s Wine & Spirits, a Los-Angeles based retailer. Peter’s Wine Spectator article reveals the major (and surprising) players behind this newly-formed group.
Published on May 29th, Peter wrote an article for Wine Spectator detailing the story behind a rare bottle of Burgundy that was abruptly pulled from the Christie’s auction. The bottle, identified as DRC La Tâche 1962, estimated to sell for $18,000 to $24,000. A number of questions were raised based on questions about the label. Read the article on WineSpectator.com.
In front of a packed room at New York University, Peter led a conversation with Serge Klarsfeld, a French lawyer who has spent a lifetime memorializing Holocaust victims and hunting Nazis. Klarsfeld’s father was murdered at Auschwitz. He and his wife, Beate, have dedicated their lives to documenting the deportation of French Jews. 1968, Beate famously slapped Chancellor Kurt Georg Kiesinger, whose history as a Nazi Party member had been largely ignored.
An updated version of Klarsfeld’s work, Le Mémorial de la Déportation des Juifs de France, is a volume that now for the first time lists all 76,000 deported Jews by family name and address, even if they were separated on different death trains.
Read about the Klarsfelds’ incredible stories, including a kidnap attempt on former Gestapo chief Kurt Lischka, in this lively New York Times article by Ralph Blumenthal.
Beaujolais Nouveau. Some of you may roll your eyes, as the very sound of the wine sends you running for the hills. Peter’s New York Post article explains why Beaujolais lovers and naysayers alike may be pleasantly surprised with the newest vintage. With serious growers and nature on its side, expect a wine that is “wonderfully ripe and intense yet still gentle,” as described by Jason Hopple, wine director at North End Grill in Battery Park City.
Read the Post article and keep in Beaujolais in mind when you’re preparing the turkey.