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Kitty Genovese killer denied parole for 15th time

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Posted: Monday, November 7, 2011 12:21 pm | Updated: 2:31 am, Thu Oct 11, 2012.

The man who murdered Kew Gardens resident Kitty Genovese in 1964 has once again been denied parole.

Winston Moseley, 76, is serving a life sentence for stabbing the 28-year-old Genovese repeatedly in two separate attacks as she came home from the bar in which she worked.

In a decision released today, members of the New York State Parole Board said “there is a reasonable probability that you would not live and remain at liberty without violating the law, and your release is incompatible with the public safety and welfare of the community.”

It marked the 15th time Moseley has been denied parole since 1984.

Genovese’s death, on March 13, 1964, was first reported to have occurred while more than 30 residents of her apartment building ignored her screams for help, leading to articles and books about witnesses’ refusal to help in the big city.

Numerous critics have since claimed the callousness was exaggerated, apparently more a function of spin for a contemporary news story.

Moseley, also confessed was tied to the murder of Annie Mae Johnson, 24, in South Ozone Park in February 1963, and an exhumation of her body provided details that supported his confession.

He also confessed to the killing the previous July of 15-year-old Barbara Kralik in Springfield Gardens, though there was no physical evidence tying him to her killing and another man already had confessed and been jailed.

Moseley received an additional 15 years in 1970 after pleading guilty to robbery and attempted kidnapping for actions he committed during a brief escape in 1968, during which he took a family hostage and raped a woman in front of her husband.

He also was a participant in the 1971 Attica prison riot in which 33 inmates and 10 hostages were killed.

The Queens District Attorney’s Office vehemently opposed Moseley’s release in a three-page letter to the Division of Parole in March, calling Moseley a callous, vicious, violent man who is a serial rapist, burglar and multiple murderer.

“He is a deadly predator, and the Queens District Attorney strenuously requests that this defendant never be released from prison,” wrote Executive Assistant District Attorney Charles Testagrossa.

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