And I no longer need to have validation from others about what I witnessed during the crimes that were committed against me and others., The victim added that the archdiocese of Baltimore has been hiding behind the statute of limitations.. The theory that people in position of authority and power are ableto decide what we as the populous know or dont know or whether survivors of abuse are validated or not I also liked the institutional meaning of The Keepers.. Their interactions have sometimes been fraught, and she tells PEOPLE, Theres a lot that we still would like to see them do.. She chose not to charge Maskell, saying the case lacked evidence. The exact number of his victims remains unclear. An autopsy revealed Cathy Cesnik had been struck on the back of her head, there was a hole the size of a quarter in her skull, and there were strangulation marks on her neck. And I had spent time trying to convince my parents, Shes alive, lets find out what the letter says, shes tellin us where she is, we need to go, we need to find her, we need to help her. , I dont think we thought she was dead, Radakovic remembers. Throughout the series,the devastation experienced bysurvivors is laid bare,as is theirstrength in confronting unthinkable childhood horrors. According to the autopsy, she had been struck on the back of her head by either a hammer or a brick, there was a hole the size of a quarter in her skull , and there were strangulation marks on her neck. I had fond memoriesof the church, but for this, they were so non-participatory with it. On November 7, 1969, 26-year-old Sister Catherine Cesnik vanished. She was found dead two months later. He worked on the story for the next year and a half, but said in "The Keepers" the archdiocese in Baltimore stonewalled him at every turn. Its possible Flaherty and Maskell had some deeper connection at the time that has simply been completely overlooked. An image of Sister Cathy Cesnik's car found near her apartment the night she went missing Nov. 7, 1969 in Baltimore County. Her body was partially naked and her head had been bashed in, but there was little physical evidence at the scene. A few years ago my auntconnected me to Jean, her friend. Father Joseph Maskell, who died in 2001, was widely accused of sexually abusing girls at the school where Sister Cathy worked and is believed to be involved in her murder. , In 1995, Teresa Lancaster and Jean Wehner (ne Hargadon), former students at Keough who say they were sexually abused by Maskell, filed a lawsuit against him, the school, gynecologist Christian Richter, the School Sisters of Notre Dame, the Archdiocese of Baltimore, and William H. Keeler. Joyce MaleckiThe 20-year-old Baltimore woman went missing on Nov. 11, 1969. So we didn't want to set that as our bar, Hargrave said. Teresa Lancaster (Jane Roe)The second plaintiff in the 1994 lawsuit against Maskell, Lancaster was known in the case as Jane Roe. After the failed lawsuit, she went to law school and became a lawyer, working with Survivors Network for those Abused by Priests, or SNAP. However, the material was never entered into evidence. I would say there were at least 40 survivors Thats just 40 from who Gemma and Abbie found, and most of them are no longer alive. She was just 26 at the time of her death. The Keepers, a 7-part documentary, is currently available to stream on Netflix. More than 40 years after her death, the case of Sister Cathy Cesnik's murder is still unsolved. He spearheaded the project because of his personal connection to Sister Catherine Cesnik, a nun who was found murdered in January of 1970 and who serves as the centerpiece of the true crime series. One former student, Teresa Lancaster claims she was sexually abused by Father Maskell as well as members of Baltimore police who took her to a wooded area and raped her in a car, Lancaster (right) said Maskell got away with his crimes by'power and fear.' - May 30, 2017 05:42 pm EDT. What we do know is that the FBIs continuing failure to contribute meaningfully to this case has negatively impacted any chance at an ending to the story. Netflix's documentary series "The Keepers" dives into the case and uncovers a web of abuse that may be the source of a cover up and the murder. Here's our quick guide to all the people in "The Keepers" you need to know. ', While the murder of Sister Cathy is in the forefront of the series, White noted that there were other crimes 'happening before and after, and still filter down to today and may be linked to her murder.'. There is one living suspect in Cesniks homicide, according to police spokeswoman Elise Armacost. Sharon A.H. MayThe Baltimore State's attorney working on the Maskell case in 1994. She also thinks Sister Cathy was murdered because she knew about Maskells abuse and was going to come forward. It remained shrouded in mystery until those close to Sister Cathy started sharing their experiences and theories last year, They were told to 'stop harassing him,' he said. But now, because of witness testimony, and a multi-part documentary about the Cesnik murder to be aired on Netflix beginning on May 19, there is hope that her killer may be identified and the case finally be put to rest. On January 3, 1970, the decomposed body of Sister Catherine Ann Cesnik was discovered at a dumping area on Monumental Avenue in Halethorpe, 21227. The discovery of Cesniks dead body rocked the family. He died in 2006. Charles FranzIn "The Keepers," Charles Franz came forward as one of Maskell's abuse victims in the 1960s. And why should they? Though they had an age difference of about six years, the two girls were very close growing up, even sharing the same bedroom. I wont tell you my theory, but I will say: I believe Jean, and I have corroboratedJean, that this is a woman who was telling the truth from the beginning. She was part of the Keough class of 1972. She was very, very, very important to me.. There is no word on whether the Attorney General's investigators will gain access to those records. In 2004, a retired Baltimore homicide detective told the Baltimore City Paper that the church lawyers had 'stepped in and they talked to the higher-ups at the police department. But officials have declined to identify that person. Both had . And she has not stopped looking into the murder of her former teacher. Jean Hargadon Wehner (Jane Doe)The first former student to accuse Father Maskell of sex abuse, she appeared in the 1994 lawsuit as Jane Doe. Wehner said she waited to come forward because she had repressed her memories of the abuse and only recalled them later. Edgar DavidsonAccording to his first wife, who speaks in the documentary under condition of anonymity, Davidson talked about being involved in Sister Cathy's murder in 1969. "Our best hope for solving this case at this point lies with the people who are still alive. It was early 2016 and the couple was at the California apartment of Radakovics mother, who had recently died. He later returned to the U.S. and died in 2001. Joyce Maleckis murder is explored as much as it can be as being potentially connected to the murder of Sister Cathy Cesnik, but theres still so much that Abbie, Gemma, and audiences dont know. Ryan White says hes seen a lot of people doubt whether the story is true at all, and insists that Koob is absolutely certain this happened, while the police are absolutely certain it did not. , Wehner says that, two months before Cesnik's body was discovered, and only a day or two after Cesnik disappeared on November 1969, Maskell drove her to a wooded site near Fort Meade and showed her the body. Cold cases", "About the BCoPD Cold Case Unit and the Sister Catherine Ann Cesnik Homicide", "Police: Exhumed Priest's DNA Does Not Match Evidence from Crime Scene Killing of Sister Cathy", "Priest's Body Exhumed from Randallstown Cemetery in Investigation of Baltimore Nun's Decades-Old Killing", "The Dead Nun, the School Sex Scandal, and the Amateur Detectives Fighting for Justice", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Murder_of_Catherine_Cesnik&oldid=1117759661, This page was last edited on 23 October 2022, at 12:23. There is even more to this than meets the eye; White said there are about thirty-five other survivors just like her, and more reaching out all the time. Cookies collect information about your preferences and your device and are used to make the site work as you expect it to, to understand how you interact with the site, and to show advertisements that are targeted to your interests. Maskell denied involvement in any form of abuse. Months later, Radakovic became engaged (to the man who is still her husband) and she called Cesnik to ask her to be her maid of honor and discuss details of the wedding. , In 2017, CBS Baltimore reported allegations from three women that during Cesnik's tenure at Archbishop Keough High School, two of the priests, Joseph Maskell and E. Neil Magnus, were sexually abusing the girls at the school in addition to trafficking them to others. Often, survivors would choose to remain anonymous, and the crew of The Keepers respected that choice and removed their stories, names, and/or faces from the series. More than 40 years after her death, the case of Sister Cathy Cesnik's murder is still unsolved. Butpeople from the outside that intercept withher realize the power of the survivor story in her. She doesnt recognize that of course she lives small. In spite of the Freedom of Information Act, the federal government has continuously neglected to provide Gemma Hoskins with this information. We are no longer accepting comments on this article. The only way to do that was to find people who were involved. Does he ever reveal them? 'The Keepers': Sister Cathy's Medical Examiner Also Worked on JFK, JonBenet Ramsey Cases, director Ryan White told TheWrap there are at least 40 victims in total, The Baltimore Archdiocese reached a $35,000 settlement with VonDenBosch in 2016. Together, she and Hoskins started the Justice for Catherine Cesnik and Joyce Malecki Facebook page in 2013 to try to solve the case, which has become a network of Keough alumni and abuse survivors. But her love is evident, too, for the woman she was so proud to have as her sister. The investigation into her disappearance and death revealed rampant abuse at her place of employment, Keough High School, a prominent Catholic school in Baltimore, Maryland. I think it's pretty undeniable by the end of The Keepers that they are, and Jean is the nexus of that, White said. After a week of teaching, Sister Cathy, a member of the Sisters of Notre Dame, and the daughter of a Pennsylvania postal worker, decided on Friday night that she was going to go shopping. Frightened and feeling threatened by the strapping, dominating clergyman who was popular with churchgoers for his Sunday masses the girl decided to keep secret her gruesome discovery. Nicole Mello is an author of horrors, romances, and comedies. The Baltimore archdiocese has had its own extensive, and very expensive, pedophile priest sexual abuse scandal to deal with in recent years. My access point was a personal connection: My aunt went to Archbishop Keough High School and was Sister Cathys student, White told TheWrap. And this was how she had explained it to me. Obviously, it has other meanings one other meaning was the idea of gatekeepers. 'The Keepers' Update: New DNA Evidence Found In Sister Cathy Cesniks Murder Case, Amy Robach and T.J. 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Just Friday, the Archdioceseof Baltimore retweeted something in regardsto documentary, and I was appalledthat the Archdiocese was retweeting something like that and how insulting that must be for our survivors. White, the Keepers director, said nearly the same thing in a separate interview. Some are calling it The Next Making a Murderer' what is your response to that? What we tried to do in the editing was present all various narratives. Sharon Mays husband, V. Eric W. May, Sr., was a state cop while Sharon was a prosecutor, providing the two of them even more opportunity to participate in a cover-up. By William Cannon Her mutilated remains were found on January 1970 and her murder is still unsolved. All rights reserved. Possibly Missing: 1)An engagement gift 2) $255 cash (minus the rolls and gift?) So-called Grandma Nancy Drew Gemma Hoskins has spent years asking for the federal case files on Joyce Maleckis murder. The series also renewed the investigations into the murders of two women, Sister Cathy Cesnik and Joyce Malecki. Cesnik attended St. Mary's School on 57th Street and St. Augustine High School, both in Lawrenceville. Detectives revealed on Wednesday that after weeks of testing, Maskell's DNA did not match evidence found from the murder scene nearly 50 years ago. On January 3, 1970, nearly two months after her vanishment, the brutally beaten and mutilated body of Sister Cesnik was located in a field in Lansdowne, Maryland, by a man and his son who were. 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Savvy internet sleuths have found evidence that James Maskell, a former patrolman, got a woman named Sarah Nell sentenced to a year in prison for biting him while he attempted to assault her. Were you impressed with Gemmas investigative skills given that she has no police or journalism experience? The series also renewed the investigations into the murders of two women, Sister Cathy Cesnik and Joyce Malecki. Authorities said results will take up to six more weeks. The grisly case has. Play it now! The Keepers will premiere on Netflix on May 19. Farm Heroes Saga, the #4 Game on iTunes. When you visit this site, it may store or retrieve information on your browser, mostly in the form of cookies. This seven-episode docuseries explores the still-unsolved murder of Sister Cathy Cesnik, a teacher at Archbishop Keough High School in Baltimore, Maryland. For the next 47 years, the case went unsolved until now. Her unsolved murder served as the basis for the Netflix documentary series The Keepers in 2017. After the complaints were made to the archdiocese, Maskell was temporarily removed from his post at the school for psychological evaluation. Catherine (Cathy) Cesnik was a Catholic sister and taught English and drama at Archbishop Keough (later renamed Seton Keough), an all-girls Catholic high school in Baltimore. ', The cop, who died in 2009, said it was a shame because he was certain the priest 'knew more than he was telling. But he never found the killer of Sister Catherine Ann Cesnik; he died of complications from diabetes on June 10, at age 79. (Radakovic was, in many ways, her sisters first student.) It allowed for Cesnik's . It deals with, among other subjects, the unsolved brutal murder on November 7, 1969, of a popular nun, Sister Catherine Ann Cesnik, known to many as simply Sister Cathy.. 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Joseph Maskell, the former priest accused of murdering Sister Cathy, and took a DNA sample to test against DNA found at the murder scene. She said, You need to come home right away. Caine says the church believes Maskell who overlapped with Cesnik while at Keough, where he worked as the school chaplain and counselor from 1967 to 1975. was sexually abusive. , Netflix produced a seven-part documentary series about the case called The Keepers, which debuted on May 19, 2017. In 2013, Facebook page was started by an alum of the school, and more women told of their abuse at the hands of Maskell and others. "Deep Throat"An anonymous source who was a detective working on the Maskell case in 1994. The spot was not easily accessible to a casual passerby. In the nearly two months between that discovery and her disappearance, Radakovic, then 20 years old, remained certain her sister was alive somewhere. Her mutilated remains were found on January 1970 and her murder is still unsolved. She was just 26 at the time of her death. Sister Helen Russell PhillipsSister Cathy's roommate in 1969 when she disappeared. This is huge news regarding Sister Cathy's case. And this update involves Father Joseph Maskell. The call led Hoskins and Keough graduate, Abbie Schaub, to start their own research into Sister Cathy's murder. She was found dead two months later. And although the seven-episode seriesexplores through its lead investigators Gemma Hoskins and Abbie Schaub three main suspects, including Father Maskell, who diedin 2001, White does havehis own theory on who abducted and murdered the nun. ', He claimed that the detectives were told to either charge the priest 'or let him go. Before that, Gemma spent 37 years as an elementary school teacher. ", Wehner said that Cesnik once came to her and said gently, "Are the priests hurting you?" Everyone has a different theory.  After obtaining permission from the state's attorney's office, the BCPD exhumed the body of Maskell, who died of a major stroke in 2001, but did not find a DNA match to evidence from the crime scene. RELATED:Netflixs Tiger King: 15 Best Joe Exotic Quotes. Sister Cesnik had been reported as a missing person on November 7, 1969, from her residence at the Carriage House Apartments in Baltimore City, 21229. On the evening she disappeared, Sister Cathy was reportedly counseling one of the abused girls when Maskell unexpectedly showed up. The case remains open and unsolved. She may have made a purchase at Muhly's Bakery in Edmondson Village, since a box of buns from that bakery was found in the front seat of her car. They did stuff. She was comfortablewith that the long length of production actuallyhelped her comfort level. Though the documentary includes much of the story, director Ryan White doesnt include every piece of evidence, and some of the most crucial information gets left out. The more peoplewatch it, the more information will come out of the woodwork. As I stared at my hands in shock, Father Maskell leaned over and whispered in my ear, you see what happens when you say bad things about people.. Supposedly, according to White and Jean Wehner, the Archdiocese opened an investigation into A. Joseph Maskell, and so, those records should exist. Did you face any hurdles? We had no idea that people would still be talking about it five years later, and that people would still be watching it five years later.. 'There were a lot of layers that if you peeled them back went a lot deeper. In fact, people around the world were so distraught at learning about Sister Cathys case that they started flooding the Baltimore County Police with calls. The pair lived in the Carriage House Apartments building instead of at the convent, in an attempt to get closer to the secular world to better serve their students. Six years Cesniks junior, Radakovic grew up as her tag-along and daily charge, as Cesnik babysat while their parents worked. Her body was found January 3, 1970. When she was reported missing later that night, several dozen cops and half-a-dozen dog teams unsuccessfully searched a wide swath of Baltimore's southwest neighborhood searching for clues to her whereabouts. And we hope that someone will be able to come forward with conclusive information about the murder. Around the same time as Cesnik's disappearance, a 29-year-old woman named Joyce Malecki also went missing and was found dead two days later. Were not going to let this go, Hoskins said. They talked about Radakovics impending college graduation and that she might move to Baltimore and stay in Cesniks apartment. She had a very soft spot in her heart for the School Sisters of Notre Dame, Radakovic says, but I think she felt she was called to do something other than live in the convent..