So, I just finished watching this new Netflix documentary called The Keepers and it has led me on a rollercoaster of emotions. Before I get into it, I just want to give Netflix a big round of applause because they make documentaries so well. They do their best to get all sides and it is truly amazing. This one was really well made and I am glad I got to see it. I also want to say Thank you to them for sharing these stories because people need to know about them.
Now let’s get into it.
So, The Keepers is a documentary that explores the unsolved murder of Sister Cathy Cesnik. Sister Cathy was a nun who was a teacher at Archbishop Keough High School in Baltimore when she disappeared on November 7th, 1969. Her body was eventually found on January 3rd, 1970. Now this documentary was made largely due to the efforts of Gemma Hoskins and Abbie Fitzgerald Schaub who were former students of Sister Cathy and took it upon themselves to research and investigate the case to figure out who killed her.
In investigating this case, the sexual abuse that had been going on in that school by the chaplain, Father Joseph Maskell came to light. This ‘father’ abused so many students at that school and even invited other people like priests and policemen to take part in this disgusting act. This also explores possible cover-ups by the police, FBI and the Catholic church. It horrifies me that this man was still allowed to keep on preaching. It sickens me that he was never arrested. I feel sick that those that were supposed to protect these kids – the police and the church – did nothing. My heart broke for all the victims. No one deserves to have gone through what they went through.
While I wish that this man got to suffer the consequences of his actions on this earth, I know that God is the ultimate judge and he might have been able to get away with it here on earth but he must be a fool if he thinks that that is the end.
Once more, I just want to thank Gemma and Abbie for not giving up. If not for them and their perseverance, I probably would have never even heard of this. I thank the survivors of the abuse who were so brave as to speak out. It takes a lot of guts and courage and I am truly truly thankful to them. And finally to Netflix for giving this story a platform. You all the real MVP’s.
If you haven’t seen this, I implore you to do so. I didn’t really go too much into it because it is better to see it there. In fact, there is so much I haven’t spoken about but you can watch it all there. It is a hard watch but I think it’s a necessary one. You can also read an article on Huffington Post written in 2015 about Sister Cathy’s murder here.
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