The body of Cathy Cesnik, a dynamic young nun, was found on a dump in Baltimore decades ago. New documentary The Keepers all but solves the case – and then goes further, thanks to two retired Nancy Drews
In November 1969, a dynamic young English teacher named Sister Cathy Cesnick vanished soon after leaving her post at Archbishop Keough, a high school in the heart of south-west Baltimore’s Catholic community. The nun’s body was found on a rubbish dump two months later. Nobody was ever charged, but the mystery is more or less solved by The Keepers, a seven-part Netflix documentary that demonstrates how the new wave of true crime series is already evolving.
The rise of bingeable on-demand TV, combined with social media’s power to create word-of-mouth hits, has created a trend for investigations that go into more detail than even non-fiction feature films can. Not that The Keepers’ director, Ryan White, knew that when he arrived in Baltimore three years ago. Serial, the 2014 podcast that sparked the true crime craze and was soon followed by addictive TV series The Jinx and Making a Murderer, was still months from being broadcast.