Series probes nun's murder: 'All we care about is the truth,' Baltimore Archdiocese says
BALTIMORE (WBFF) -- A new Netflix series is examining a Baltimore County cold case of the murder of a Baltimore nun.
"The Keepers" is available for streaming Friday on Netflix
The subject of the series is the murder of Sister Catherine Ann Cesnik, the teacher and nun found dead in a Lansdowne field more than 47 years ago.
Weeks after she went missing.
"You can't help but watch it and just feel bad for the people who were impacted and empathy for them,” Archdiocese of Baltimore Spokesperson Sean Caine said. “It's heartbreaking.”
The Archdiocese of Baltimore sat down with FOX45 on Friday, but chose to respond to documentary-makers with written answers. They say they were more concerned with victims, than their image.
"The Keepers" is critical of the church's response to allegations of abuse from then-father A. Joseph Maskell.
Maskell is the former chaplain of Archbishop Keough High School, who was stripped of his priestly duties after sex abuse allegations were made public.
The documentary focuses on Sister Catherine's death and is critical of the church's response at the time.
"We would have loved to have known in the 60s and 70s what was happened at that school, and we didn't,” Caine said. “What was happening should have never been allowed to happen."
Maskell's body of was recently exhumed.
On Thursday Baltimore County Police said his DNA did not match DNA from Cesnik's murder scene, which prompted the diocese to respond online with the hashtag #TheKeepersTruth.
“That brings us no level of comfort or closure no more than it does the people who mourned her death, and continue to mourn her death,” Caine said. “All we care about is the truth."