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Book Signing at Burbank Library

Burbank Library Buena Vista Branch Book Signing at Burbank Library

Burbank Library Buena Vista Branch

Book Signing at Burbank Library

Catherine Pelonero will meet readers and sign books at the Burbank Public Library, 300 N. Buena Vista St., Burbank, CA on Saturday, October 18 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Copies of her book, Kitty Genovese: A True Account of a Public Murder and its Private Consequences, will be available for purchase. If you already have a copy of Kitty Genovese, bring it along and have it signed!

Pelonero appears as part of the Local Authors’ Showcase, a presentation of the Burbank Public Library where visitors can meet over 50 authors in person. Attendees can meet writers, browse books, buy books, and enter to win a Kindle Fire! The event is free of charge and open to all. Please visit the library’s website for more information: http://www.burbanklibrary.com/event/2014/oct/local-authors-showcase

Date: Saturday, October 18, 2014

Time: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Location: Burbank Public Library, 300 N. Buena Vista St., Burbank, CA 91505

Speaking Engagement & Book Signing at California Writers Club

California Writers Club Speaking Engagement & Book Signing at California Writers ClubCatherine Pelonero will be a guest speaker on Saturday, November 1, 2014 at the California Writers Club where she will give a talk, “Writing the Nonfiction Book: How to Write and Sell a True Story.” A question and answer session will follow. Copies of her book, Kitty Genovese: A True Account of a Public Murder and its Private Consequences will be available for sale.

The event is open to the public. Admission for members of the California Writers Club is free. Non-members are asked to make a $5.00 tax-deductible donation as admission.


Saturday, November 1 at 2:00 p.m.


California Writers Club – San Fernando Valley Branch

Motion Picture Television Fund
Villa Katzenberg
23388 Mulholland Drive
Woodland Hills, CA 91364

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Cal Writers map Speaking Engagement & Book Signing at California Writers Club

Book Signing at Talking Leaves

Talking Leaves Book Signing at Talking Leaves

Talking Leaves bookstore, 951 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo, NY 14222

Catherine Pelonero visited Talking Leaves bookstore in Buffalo, New York on Thursday, May 1, 2014 to sign copies of her book, Kitty Genovese: A True Account of a Public Murder and its Private Consequences.

Talking Leaves is Buffalo’s oldest independent bookstore. The Kitty Genovese book signing was held at the Elmwood location of Talking Leaves, 951 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14222. On the web: http://www.tleavesbooks.com/

The signing followed an appearance by Pelonero on Channel 7’s AM Buffalo on the morning of May 1.

Author Catherine Pelonero is originally from Buffalo, where she studied playwriting with Buffalo’s esteemed dramatist, the late Emanuel “Manny” Fried. Her work was first produced and published in her hometown.

Pelonero became intrigued by the Kitty Genovese case and its Buffalo connection (killer Winston Moseley escaped from a Buffalo hospital in 1968 and went on a violent crime spree before being recaptured in Grand Island). Her book includes a full account of Moseley’s dramatic escape and crimes in Buffalo.

Catherine Pelonero is married to fellow Buffalo native Josh Brewster, a graduate of the University at Buffalo and currently a National Hockey League radio broadcaster for the Anaheim Ducks. They live in Los Angeles with their two sons.

Book Review: The Advocate


“Catherine Pelonero has consulted all the original files and tracked down every surviving participant for her definitive analysis of the case. Reading her pages evokes anger and anguish in equal measure.” –Ben Martin, The Advocate

Read the review in The Advocate

Neighbors’ Indifference to Kitty Genovese Murder Worse Than Believed: Book


New York’s popular online newspaper DNAInfo.com featured “Kitty Genovese: A Public Murder and its Private Consequences” by Catherine Pelonero in its February 13, 2014 edition.


Neighbors’ Indifference to Kitty Genovese Murder Worse Than Believed

By Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska

QUEENS — Kitty Genovese‘s neighbors — who did nothing to help her as she was brutally raped and murdered in Kew Gardens 50 years ago — were even more indifferent to the young victim’s screams than has previously been reported, according to a new book.

Genovese, who was 28 years old when she was killed on March 13, 1964, in the hallway of her two-story apartment building on Austin Street, is the subject of a new book by Catherine Pelonero, who re-examined the case and found many new details about one of the most infamous murders in New York City history.

In her book, “Kitty Genovese: A True Account of a Public Murder and its Private Consequences,” scheduled to be published in March, Pelonero gives a detailed and chilling account of Winston Moseley’s fatal attack on Genovese.

Shortly after the murder, police found numerous witnesses who had seen the attacks, which continued over the course of half an hour in the heart of the neighborhood, next to the Kew Gardens LIRR Station. But no one intervened until it was too late.

In an article about the murder, Martin Gansberg, a New York Times reporter, wrote that “for more than half an hour 38 respectable, law-abiding citizens in Queens watched a killer stalk and stab a woman,” but “not one person telephoned the police during the assault.”

The story — which led to numerous social analyses of the phenomenon that became known as “Genovese syndrome,” or the bystander effect — was later questioned. Residents claimed they did not see the entire attack or they did not understand what was going on.

But Pelonero said that after researching the story for seven years, she concluded that the level of indifference among residents was even “worse than what The New York Times actually reported.”

Pelonero meticulously reconstructed the sequence of events, based on witness statements in the police reports, trial testimony and Moseley’s confession.

After Genovese was stabbed on Austin Street, close to where Austin’s Ale House is currently located, she managed to crawl into her apartment complex, where she lay in a hallway near her friend Karl Ross’ apartment for close to 10 minutes, calling for help, Pelonero said.

“Kitty laid in that hallway calling up the stairs repeatedly for help, long enough for her ‘friend’ Karl Ross — whom she called to by name — to open his window and scurry across the roof to another neighbor’s apartment, where they both then stood talking at the window about what they should do amidst Kitty’s cries that she had been stabbed,” Pelonero said.

“I don’t want to get involved… I think she’s drunk,” Ross told his neighbor, according to the book.

They also decided to call another neighbor, who lived near Genovese’s apartment on the other side of the complex, and ask her to check on the woman screaming in the hallway, Pelonero said.

Meanwhile, Moseley returned, found Genovese, raped her after slashing her throat to silence her screams, stabbed her numerous times, mostly in the stomach, and left her to die.

“When you think of how many long minutes she was down there — not to mention the fact that her bloody hand prints and drag marks on the wall indicate that she was trying to claw her way up the stairs — and that some people admitted hearing her repeated pleas, I think the horror of what happened that night really starts to sink in,” Pelonero said.

Ross eventually did call the police at about 3:50 a.m., half an hour after Genovese was first attacked. She died on the way to the hospital.

Pelonero said that her goal in writing the book was also to find out who Kitty Genovese was.

“I wanted to give her an identity beyond iconic victim,” she said.

Genovese, who grew up in Brooklyn in a close-knit Italian-American family and went to Prospect Heights High School, had “a very dazzling personality,” Pelonero said.

“She was very funny and she was also an extremely popular student,” she said, adding that Genovese was also compassionate and “would go out of her way to help other people, which is really ironic.”

Genovese was also very ambitious and she was planning to open her own restaurant or tavern, according to Pelonero. She was working as a bar manager at Ev’s Eleventh Hour Sports Bar on Jamaica Avenue and 193rd Street in Hollis when she was killed.

The author, who corresponded with Moseley for many years, also reveals many details about the killer’s personality.

Pelonero describes Moseley, who was denied parole for the 16th time last November and remains in prison, as “quite intelligent, well spoken and very articulate.”

Moseley, a machine operator from South Ozone Park who was married and had three sons, also killed another woman, Annie Mae Johnson, two weeks before he murdered Genovese.

“What surprised me was how little insight he had — not just into the crime that he committed but into himself as a whole,” Pelonero said.

Pelonero said she hopes readers of her book will become more proactive.

“If you think someone might be in trouble, err on the side of caution,” she said. “If just one person had called out to her, ‘Do you need help? Should I call the police?’ — the whole story could have been different.”

“Kitty Genovese: A True Account of a Public Murder and its Private Consequences,” published by Skyhorse, will be released March 4.

Click here to read the article by Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska on DNAinfo.com



Kitty Genovese case on Fox Files

fox files Kitty Genovese case on Fox Files

Catherine Pelonero on Fox Files: Sunday February 9, 2014 at 9pm ET/6pm PT on the Fox News channel

Host Claudia Cowan investigates the notorious Kitty Genovese murder case and speaks with author Catherine Pelonero about her new book, Kitty Genovese: A True Account of a Public Murder and its Private Consequences.

Originally broacast on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 9pm ET / 6pm PT on Fox News.