The sensational murder of Kitty Genovese in New York City in 1964 lent its name to a psychological condition known as "Genovese Syndrome" as her murder had occurred on a street corner with multiple witnesses present, none of whom tried to help her. Catherine Susan "Kitty" Genovese was born to an Italian family in Brooklyn on July 7, 1935 and grew up with her four siblings in the family home on 29 St. John's Place in Park Slope. She was a popular girl in high school and described as confident and ambitious for her age. After her graduation in 1953, her parents decided to move to Connecticut for concern over their safety when her mother witnessed a murder taking place. Kitty herself was planning to get married so she stayed in NYC. Her wedding took place in July 1954 but she separated from her husband by the end of the year as she was a closet lesbian.