Parents' Guide to

The Keepers

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Riveting docuseries delicately dissects vintage murders.

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age 18+

Based on 1 parent review

age 18+

Riveting and Unbelievable!

This is definitely NOT family material but tells an amazing story about very BRAVE women investigating on their own and also with others about the murder of a Catholic Nun in the late '60s. I went to Catholic Grammar and High School. It seemed pertinent to watch, especially as I have not been associated with the church (or any religion) for many years. This movie is astounding and I applaud the families and women who came forward to tell their stories. Amazing that they are still sane! Definitely a must watch documentary! Tells how powerful the Church was (and is).

Is It Any Good?

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Gripping, moving, and shot through with sadness, this series is the best kind of true crime: It stimulates your empathy and makes you think. The story of the murders of Sister Cathy Cesnik and Joyce Malecki seems at first a simple one: dark roads, unsuspecting women, some faceless maniac. Tragic, but typical. But the twists start arriving at the end of The Keepers' first episode, masterfully doled out in a way made for binge-watching. A Jane Doe was only one of the weird aspects of this case, which was only sparsely reported outside of Baltimore

Meanwhile, we watch our lead pair of amateur investigators, Gemma Hoskins (described as a research "bulldog") and Abbie Schaub ("the intellectual"), cohorts and former classmates who were enchanted with the young nun who made English class so lively back in the late 1960s. Now in their sixties, Hoskins and Schaub use every tool in their arsenal to dig up clues: the local public library, interviews with former investigators and those who knew Malecki and Cesnik, even a Facebook group that invites the public to write in with information. As Hoskins tells us in the first episode, "We're going to do what we have to do to get justice." Nearly 50 years after they died, Cathy Cesnik and Joyce Malecki are certainly due that justice.

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