WTR wrote:PS: As a New Yorker, you probably know the incident that was the basis of my comment. Sadly, as time passes, fewer and fewer people do.
I have no love of New Yorkers. Every one I have had business dealings with was an arrogant blowhard. However, in the case you are referencing, I will have to cut New Yorkers some slack. After watching a documentary ( with Kitty's younger brothers participation) it seems that even to her brother ( who idolized his sister) the incident is a a case of urban myth. The case was built with yellow sensationalizing journalism and shoddy police response. I do, however, agree with your underlying sentiment.
I saw that "documentary" also and was not impressed. There were so many flaws in the "evidence" and conclusions drawn as to make it useless. I admit that it's been quite a while, but I vividly remember thinking "where's the evidence of that" numerous times. I also recall interviewing people who lived in the apartment 50 years later and asking them "did you see Kitty being stabbed?" What a joke.
Remember also that no one denied the story when it was all over the news. The one thing that did strike me as interesting was a claim that one call did come into the NYPD, but no officer was dispatched. If I recall correctly, it was unclear when the call went in to the NYPD. Remember also that she was attacked and stabbed, then the attacker left. He came back some minutes later and finished her off.
This is purely my opinion, but I think the documentary was nothing more than a New Yorker's attempt to remove a stain from the City's history.