'The Keepers' (Ep. 6): An Autopsy And Some Lies

It seems harder and harder to deny that police had lied about certain details in the case of Sister Cathy on episode 6 of Netflix's docu-series. 

By Eric Shorey

Our investigators and the documentarians end up tracking down Edgar Davidson, AKA Uncle Ed, AKA Skippy (maybe?). Edward, significantly aged, denies ever having known Father Maskell. He also denies knowing anything about Sister Cathy's death. Throughout the interview with Davidson it's hard to tell how much he is able remember or how much he is intentionally misleading the filmmakers. Either way, he maintains his innocence and complete ignorance of the events that lead to her death, despite the increasing likelihood of his involvement.

An interview with Detective Gary Childs of the Balitmore Police reveals that Maskell had been interviewed and investigated numerous times throughout the decades that passed since Cathy's death. He maintains that there simply was no evidence (or coverup) that could have lead to his arrest. He says that the investigation is still very much open and underway. Considering the consistent presentation of the Baltimore Police as corrupt, complicit, and incompetent – it's hard to take these claims seriously.

Suspicions are raised about Gerry Koob – who, if you remember, had a passionate and unrequited love for Cathy. Koob has a pretty decent alibi (he's even got the movie ticket stubs to prove it) but his presence at Cathy's house after she was reported missing continues to raise eyebrows.

A letter of Cathy's (written slightly before her death) in which she proclaims her love for (and desire to have children with) Koob is discovered. Did Koob know about the sexual abuse going on at the school? Was Cathy admitting something because she knew she was at the end of her life?

Koob says that he faced significant intimidation from police and detectives, who allegedly presented him with literal parts of Cathy's body to stress the important of their investigation. Detectives assigned to the investigation deny this claim.

Doubts about Cathy's roommate, Sister Russell, are raised as well. Did she know about the sexual abuse at the school? Was she intimidated into silence until she died of cancer, many years later?

Deeper research reveals that numerous important police documents related to Maskell are conspicuously missing. It's hard not to think the conspiracies run deeper than law enforcement and detectives admit. In fact, it seems like numerous Baltimore priests who had been accused of sexual abuse had never been convicted. Is it a lack of evidence or is something rotten beneath the guise of justice?

Amongst the missing evidence is a letter received by Cathy's sister, Marilyn, which arrived shortly after Cathy had gone missing – in Cathy's handwriting. Marilyn dutifully turned over the letter to the police before opening it, knowing it could be crucial to solving the crime. She says that she had attempted to retrieve the letter but it was at first kept as evidence, and later “lost.”

A key piece of Jane Doe's testimony comes under more scrutiny as well: Doe maintains that when Maskell took her to see Cathy's body as an intimidation tactic, she saw maggots on the corpse's face. Numerous policemen had summarily dismissed Doe's testimony as fanciful and incorrect, saying that maggots wouldn't have been present at that time of year. Autopsy reports from Cathy's death directly contradict the police – of course. One expert describes the presence of maggots as “indisputable.”

The police, it seems, have been lying.

[Photo: Netflix]

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