In Washington, last Saturday, a 24 year-old man riding public transit was viciously attacked and killed by another rider, 18 years of age. The victim was stabbed 30-40 times, punched and stomped and repeatedly kicked in the head. The attacker was 5-foot-five and 125 pounds, and the two didn’t know each other.
There were ten people in the Metro car and not one raised a hand to help or defend the victim. In the ensuing days, the internet has been full of comments calling the ten who did nothing “cowards” and detailing what the social media posting individual would have done to stop the carnage.
Was the fact no one helped a case of the so-called “Bystander effect”? The more people there are witnessing a crime being committed, the less likely it is someone will help.
Psychologist Dr. Frank Farley joins the Roy Green Show.