The beating of a passenger on a NJ Transit River Line train while others casually watched and made a YouTube video of the incident shows too little has changed since the Kitty Genovese murder in 1964.
An irate woman's assault on a two-timing boyfriend is not comparable to Genovese's being stabbed to death outside her Queens, N.Y., apartment. But just as no one came to Genovese's aid despite her screams, other passengers on the River Line train never made an attempt to stop what was in reality a crime.
You can see it for yourself. The beating, which immediately garnered more than 150,000 YouTube hits after it was posted, is still popular on the website more than three months after the incident. The assailant, Lisa Alyounes, 26, of Westville, faces an April 27 sentencing date after pleading guilty to assault.