Two retired women who took it upon themselves to investigate the unsolved slaying of their former high school teacher, Sister Catherine Cesnik, are hoping a new Netflix documentary about the nearly 50-year-old case brings some kind of resolution.
“The Keepers” tells the story of those who said they survived sexual abuse at the hands of a priest who was the school chaplain, and the belief among many that Cesnik was killed because she was about to expose the alleged abuse.
Gemma Hoskins and Abbie Schaub, who were students at the old Baltimore city school when Cesnik died, appear in the Netflix original. In an interview last week with ABC News, the women shared how they came to be involved with the true crime series, which premiered May 19.
…They want to hear what (we) have to say.
“For me, I’ve had a lot of ups and downs in my life, and I feel like this was actually the reason why I was put here [on Earth],” Hoskins told ABC News. “The series is released, everybody knows who I am in the whole world; they want to hear what [we] have to say.”
A secret exposed
While Cesnik, a Roman Catholic nun, was teaching at Archbishop Keough High School in the late-1960s, two of her colleagues – the Rev. Joseph Maskell and another priest, a teacher — were allegedly sexually abusing girls at the school and trafficking them to strangers for sex.
Maskell denied all the allegations before his death. The other priest, the Rev. Neil Magnus, died before facing any public allegations.
Two other former students — Jean Wehner and Teresa Lancaster — were students at Keough at the time and alleged years later that Maskell had sexually abused them. The women filed a $40 million civil lawsuit against Maskell in the mid-1990s, which was dismissed under the statute of limitations.
Wehner and Lancaster also appear in “The Keepers.” Wehner, the first to come forward to…