Peter Hellman, a New York–based journalist and author for more than forty years, has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, New York magazine, the New York Post, and Wine Spectator, among many others. His books include Chief!, coauthored with Albert Seedman, The Auschwitz Album, and When Courage Was Stronger Than Fear. His travels as a writer have brought him as far as Bordeaux and Macau. He and his wife Susan call New York City home. Albert A. Seedman (1918–2013) was an NYPD deputy inspector overseeing four Queens detective squads when Kitty Genovese was murdered. An unlikely policeman when he first joined the force (he had been a certified public accountant), he ultimately rose through the ranks to become Chief of Detectives in New York City—at the helm of an investigative force second only to the FBI in size. A legend in his own time, he is remembered for his keen insights into the many high-profile cases that crossed his desk.
by Peter Hellman and Albert A. Seedman
Fifty years after she was viciously attacked in full view of several neighbors and within earshot of still more, the name of murder victim Kitty Genovese still conjures the ugly spectre of American apathy. “37 Saw Murder but Didn’t Call … Continue reading →