Number of victims: 3
Date of murders: 1963 - 1964
Method of murder: Stabbing
Location: New York
The brutal slayer of at least three women, Winston Moseley is often overlooked at a serial killer. This is because Moseley is usually associated with one of the most infamous crimes in American history, the murder of Catherine "Kitty" Genovese.
Genovese was stabbed to death outside her Queens apartment house on March 13, 1964, and while there is nothing unusual about a murder in New York City, the case received massive media coverage. This was because an estimated thirty-eight witnesses saw the murder taking place and did nothing about it. The stock response, offered after the event was, “I didn't want to get involved.”
Police investigations eventually led to Winston Moseley, a 29-year-old business machine operator. Arrested on April 2, Moseley confessed to killing Kitty Genovese and two other women. Fifteen-year-old Barbara Kralik was stabbed in her Queens home on July 20, 1963; housewife Ann Johnson was shot to death and then set on fire two weeks before the Genovese attack.
Moseley was initially condemned to death for the murders, but the sentence was later commuted to life in prison.