On this day, Jan. 3, in 1999, aspiring screenwriter Kendra Webdale was killed when a paranoid schizophrenic man pushed her in front of a subway train in New York City.
The killing shocked New Yorkers, who had come to feel safe as crime in their subway system had declined significantly. The case led to the passage of Kendra's Law, a New York state law allowing more supervision of mentally ill people living outside institutions.
Andrew Goldstein, 29, who had released from a psychiatric hospital just weeks earlier, randomly approached Webdale from behind and shoved her onto the tracks as the train entered a station in midtown.
Defense lawyers argued that Webdale, 32, died because the state's mental health system failed Goldstein.
Goldstein was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 23 years.
- Scott McCabe