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People/Characters: Karl Ross

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Acadie by Dave Hutchinsonnot in English Common Knowledge
Fifty Years after Kitty Genovese by Albert A. Seedman
Kitty Genovese: A True Account of a Public Murder and Its Private Consequences by Catherine Pelonerowitness
Kitty Genovese: The Murder, the Bystanders, the Crime that Changed America by Kevin Cookwitness

Character description

Karl Ross was a dog groomer; Kitty Genovese's neighbor and "friend" who witnessed the second attack on her. His excuse for not immediately calling the police or assisting her was that he was a.) drunk; and b.) not certain that the woman being murdered was Kitty; and c.) he didn't want to get involved.

He did call or talk to friends and neighbors about what he ought to do. Finally he talked to Sophie Farrar, who told him to call the police and then immediately ran down to help Kitty. Some commentators, noting that Ross was a closeted gay man when homosexuality was illegal, thought that he was therefore afraid to contact the police.

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