The Keepers (Netflix, 2017)
The Keepers is an Emmy-nominated documentary that explores the unsolved murder of nun Catherine Cesnik in 1969 and the horrific secrets and pain that linger nearly five decades after her death. Cesnik taught English and drama at Baltimore’s all-girls Archbishop Keough High School, and her former students believed that there was a cover-up by authorities after she suspected that a priest at the high school, A. Joseph Maskell, was sexually abusing students.
While the seven-episode docuseries is not for sensitive viewers, as it is explicit and at times very raw, it is undeniably riveting, intelligent, and fascinating. But what really makes The Keepers one of the best true crime documentaries ever is its intense focus on the victims and its generous decision to finally give them the voice that was denied to them for so long.