Crime & Scandal

Who Killed Sister Catherine? Netflix’s ‘The Keepers’ Searches for the Answer

As Netflix ramps up promotion for its murder mystery docuseries ‘The Keepers,’ available for streaming on May 19th, we take a look at the main players and latest news of this horrible sexual abuse-murder scandal that rocked a Baltimore community.

The year was 1969. Sister Catherine Cesnik was a 26-year-old teacher at the all-female Archbishop Keough High School in Baltimore when she allegedly discovered two priests, one of them being guidance counselor Father Joseph Maskell, were sexually abusing students and trafficking them to local police officers.

“Are the priests hurting you?” Sister Cathy had once asked student Jean Wehner, (who was abused by Maskell and would later sue the school in the mid-90s). Sister Cathy was believed to have confronted Father Maskell and was getting ready to expose his criminal activities before she suddenly disappeared that November. Two months later her decomposed body was found in a field — her head having suffered blunt force trauma.

While The Keepers explores who may have killed Sister Cathy, a definitive answer may be around the corner. Just this past February, the Baltimore police exhumed the body of Father Maskell, who died in 2001, to search for any DNA evidence linking him to the remaining evidence from the crime scene.

In the same month, Baltimore authorities reportedly questioned an unnamed man, who may have been the actual murderer of the young teacher five decades ago. His wife, who goes by the alias “Ann,” admitted to a local Baltimore radio station that she believes her husband was Sister Cathy’s killer.

“I instinctively felt that when Sister Cathy was murdered, that my husband at the time had committed the murder,” Ann told WJZ. “The night that she was murdered sticks out in my mind so clearly because when my husband came in, I remember looking up at him in shock because he had blood all over his white shirt. And he said, ‘I got into a fight.’”

Just like Netflix’s docuseries Making a Murderer, it looks as if The Keepers is set to have an equally haunting impact in today’s headlines considering its ongoing investigation.