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The Keepers

The Keepers

  • Premiered: 
    May 19, 2017
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  • Network: Netflix
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Type: Live Action
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  • Subject Matter: Crime
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    Season 1

Plot Synopsis

THE KEEPERS is a seven-episode documentary series that examines the decades-old murder of Sister Catherine Cesnik and its suspected link to a priest accused of abuse, as a group of brave women seek the truth about the 1969 murder and the cover-up that protected a priest accused of sex crimes. The series opens with the story of Sister Cathy Cesnik, a beloved nun and Catholic high school teacher in Baltimore who went missing on November 7, 1969. Nearly two months later, her body was found -- and, to this day, her murder remains unsolved. The case returned to the spotlight in the 1990s when one of Sister Cathy's former students -- a woman only known as "Jane Doe" -- came forward to share her experience of horrendous sexual abuse by the high school's chaplain. Incredibly, "Jane Doe" revealed she was also taken to Sister Cathy's undiscovered body and told, "See what happens when you say bad things about people." Despite this and testimony from other victims and witnesses of abuse, no one was held accountable, and the story was largely unreported outside of Baltimore. Through conversations with dozens of friends, relatives, journalists, government officials and Baltimore citizens determined to uncover the truth, White pieces together a story that goes beyond the death of a beloved Catholic schoolteacher to encompass clergy abuse, repressed memories and government and religious institutions that he says "at best, dropped the ball over the last 45 years -- and, at worst, covered it up." On Friday, May 19, 2017 at 3:01am ET/12:01am PT, Netflix released the entire seven-episode series.