Netflix, an American on-demand streaming media provider, unveiled its plan to release a seven-part documentary that tells the story of Cathy Cesnik, a Catholic schoolteacher. On November 7, 1969, the 26-year-old nun was reported missing and from here the mystery deepens.
Sister Cathy was teaching at the Archbishop Keough High School in Southwest Baltimore at the time of her death. A counselor at the school, Father Joseph Maskell, had allegedly molested dozens of students, mostly females at the school during the 60s and 70s.An investigation conducted by WJZ, many of the victims had confided in Sister Cathy and some of these victims believe she had confronted Father Maskell, before she was murdered.
Sister Cathy’s decomposed body was discovered in January 1970 nearly 5 decades ago. A victim of Father Joseph, Teresa Lancaster, told WJZ that local police officers were also involved in the abuse.
“Father Maskell picked me up, took me to a wooded area, where there was a lot of policemen gather around, he left me in the backseat and two policemen abused me, while Maskell stood next to the car,” Lancaster said. “Maskell was a police chaplain and he knew people in high places – that’s how they got away with it. They scared the living hell out of us.”
The docuseries, “The Keepers”, was directed by Ryan White and will to be released on May 19 on Netflix.
In November, Father Maskell’s alleged victims received a monetary settlement from the Archdiocese of Baltimore.
Father Maskell died in 2001, as Sister Cathy’s murder remains unsolved.