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The Keepers – Mini Series (2017)
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The Keepers – Mini Series (2017)

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What is it? An exhaustive real-crime documentary series about the murder of a nun in 1969, but also so much more.

Why you’ll love it: The Keepers is not the new Making a Murderer. Without looking it up, tell me the name of the victim, the dead woman whose family still mourn her sudden loss, in Making a Murderer. The Keepers is a story about victims and their search for justice. It’s about giving them a chance to be heard over the loud denials of any and every official body.

It is beautifully shot, scored by a composer determined to demonstrate his command of emotive strings, and features an unsolved crime. But there the similarities ends. Director Ryan White began work on this long before the success of Making a Murderer and has dedicated himself to telling as many stories as he can, not just one.

In November 1969, a young nun, Sister Cathy Cesnik, went missing from her Baltimore apartment. The following year she was discovered, lying on her back on a frozen hillside, far from home, her skull broken in. From that day to this, no one has been able to conclusively say what happened to her.


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Part 1 – The Murder

Two former students launch a dogged investigation into the cold case of Sister Catherine Cesnik, a nun who was slain in Baltimore in 1969.


Part 2 – The School

Former students of Archbishop Keough High School reveal allegations of sexual abuse by Father Joseph Maskell the chaplain of the school. It details the personal story of “Jane Doe” (Jean Hargadon Wehner) who claims that Father Maskell took her to see the dead body of Sister Catherine Cesnik in Lansdowne, Maryland.


Part 3.1 – The Revelation

Jean Hargadon Wehner discusses how she came to remember years later the sexual abuse she suffered at Archbishop Keough High School. She also talks about what happened when she reported the abuse to Church officials and how she realized she was connected to the death of Sister Cathy Cesnik.

Part 3.2 – The Revelation


Part 4.1 – The Burial

Two former students file charges against Father Joseph Maskell in 1994 accusing him of sexual molestation and assault. Although informants claim that evidence was recovered from a burial site in a cemetery, the state’s attorney claims that there was not enough evidence to warrant a prosecution.

Part 4.2 – The Burial


Part 5.1 – The Suspects

They set up a tip line which yields numerous stories that point to there being two other men involved in Sister Catherine’s murder.

Part 5.2 – The Suspects


Part 6.1 – The Web

Sister Catherine’s sister joins in the group. They try to get more information from the authorities as well as from other suspects.

Part 6.2 – The Web


Part 7.1 – The Conclusion

The survivors and family fight against the bureaucratic nonsense of law enforcement and the legislature and their fight against the archdiocese.

Part 7.2 – The Conclusion