The true crime documentary series The Keepers premieres on Netflix on May 19 and it investigates the unsolved murder of Maryland teacher and nun Sister Catherine "Cathy" Cesnik in 1970. The details that later emerged in the ongoing investigation of her death are horrific and devastating. Since the case has spanned many decades, you may want a timeline of Sister Cathy's murder case in The Keepers to know what happened when and how.
In 1969, Sister Cathy was a popular 26-year-old teacher at Baltimore's Archbishop Keough High School, where she taught English and drama, according to The Huffington Post. She would go on a Friday night errand run that year and never return alive. Three months after she went missing, Sister Cathy's body was found. Decades later in 2017, her killer has not yet been identified in the complex case, which many have theorized is linked to alleged sexual abuse committed by Father Joseph Maskell that had occurred at Archbishop Keough High School in the '60s.
The Archdiocese of Baltimore issued the following statement to Bustle regarding Father Maskell's actions:
Since the 1990s, when the Archdiocese of Baltimore first learned of an allegation of child sexual abuse against Maskell, and on numerous occasions since, the Archdiocese has publicly acknowledged and apologized for the horrific abuse committed by him. The Archdiocese reported the allegations to civil authorities in the 1990s and cooperated fully in any investigation, removed Father Maskell’s faculties to function as a priest, apologized to victims and offered them counseling assistance, sought additional victims, and provided direct financial assistance to 16 individuals abused by Maskell. Though it was unaware of the abuse at the time it occurred approximately 50 years ago, the Archdiocese deeply regrets the damage that was caused to those who were so badly harmed and has worked diligently since becoming aware of their abuse to bring some measure of healing to them. The Archdiocese is wholly committed to protecting children, holding abusers accountable—clergy and laity alike, and promoting healing for victims. These are hallmarks of the Archdiocese’s child protection efforts, which we strive to constantly strengthen. There is no room in the Archdiocese for anyone who would harm a child and every effort must be made to ensure what happened before never happens again. It is our hope that “The Keepers” advances this pursuit, just as we hope the series helps those who have kept alive the memory of Sister Cathy and our collective hope that justice will be won for her.