Ever since Serial made true-crime obsessives of us all back in 2014, we’ve been eagerly seeking our next fix, and Netflix’s latest docu-series The Keepers will provide just that.
A gripping investigation of ‘the unsolved murder of a Baltimore nun and the horrific secrets and pain that linger nearly five decades after her death,' it looks set to rival Making A Murderer in terms of potential for compulsive watching.
Teased on social media early this week, The Keepers is a forthcoming seven-part series set to premiere on the streaming service on May 19th. It will tell the story of Sister Catherine ‘Cathy’ Cesnik, a popular teacher and nun at a Catholic high school in Baltimore. On November 7th 1969, at the aged of 26, she vanished; her body wasn’t discovered until the following January. Despite signs of violence and a coroner ruling murder the cause of death, the crime remains unsolved and the case cold. Intriguing, no?
The case came back into the spotlight in the 90s, when a former student of Sister Cathy’s came forward to reveal that she had been sexually abused by the high school’s chaplain. As part of her testimony, she revealed she was taken to Sister Cathy’s body and told: ‘See what happens when you say bad things about people.’ Despite this statement from so-called ‘Jane Doe’ and the testimony of other victims and witnesses, no one was ever held accountable.
According to Netflix, ‘through conversations with dozens of friends, relatives, journalists, government official and Baltimore citizens,’ director Ryan 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.”’
Hooked yet? A full trailer will drop online tomorrow…