Buried In Baltimore: The Mysterious Murder Of A Nun Who Knew Too Much
May 15, 2015 - accent chair
On a wintry day in Nov 1969, Father Joseph Maskell, a clergyman of Archbishop Keough High School in Baltimore, called a tyro into his bureau and suggested they go for a drive. When a final bell rang during 2:40 p.m., Jean Hargadon Wehner, a 16-year-old youth during a all-girls Catholic school, followed a clergyman to a parking lot and climbed into a newcomer chair of his light blue Buick Roadmaster.
It was not surprising for Maskell to give students rides home or take them to doctor’s appointments during a propagandize day. The burly, charismatic priest, afterwards 30 years old, had been a arch devout and psychological advisor during Keough for dual years and was obvious in a community. Annual fee during Keough was customarily $200, that captivated working-class families in deeply Catholic southwest Baltimore who couldn’t means to send their daughters to fancier private schools. Many Keough relatives had attended Maskell’s Sunday masses. He’d baptized their babies, and they devoted him implicitly.
This time, though, Maskell didn’t pierce Wehner home. He navigated his automobile past a Catholic sanatorium and industrial buildings that surrounded Keough’s campus and gathering toward a hinterland of a city. Eventually, he stopped during a rubbish dump, distant from any homes or businesses. Maskell stepped out of a car, and a blonde, speckled teen followed him opposite a immeasurable area of mud toward a dim immature dumpster.
It was afterwards that she saw a physique crumpled on a ground.
The week prior, Sister Cathy Cesnik, a renouned immature nun who taught English and play during Keough, had dead while on a Friday-night selling trip. Students, relatives and a internal media buzzed about a 26-year-old’s disappearance. People from all over Baltimore County helped a military brush internal parks and wooded areas for any pointer of her.
Wehner immediately famous a routine physique as her teacher. “I knew it was her,” she private recently. “She wasn’t that distant left that we couldn’t tell it was her.”
“You see what happens when we contend bad things about people?”
Cesnik was still clad in her aqua-colored coat, and maggots were crawling on her face. Wehner attempted to brush them off with her unclothed hands. “Help me get these off of her!” she cried, branch to Maskell in a panic. Instead, she says, a clergyman leaned down behind her and whispered in her ear: “You see what happens when we contend bad things about people?”
Maskell, Wehner understood, was melancholy her. She motionless not to tell anyone. “He shocked me to a indicate that we would never open my mouth,” she recalled.
Two months later, a military announced that a span of hunters flitting by a dump outward of Baltimore had stumbled on a physique of a blank nun. Cesnik had throttle outlines on her neck and a spin hole about a distance of a entertain in a behind of her skull. An autopsy reliable she had been killed by a blow from a blunt object, substantially a section or a ball-peen hammer. But no one came brazen with information about a murder, and a military never solved it.
Over a past year, however, Wehner and other Keough alumni have begun piecing together their memories and clear plainly for a initial time in decades about a traumatizing things that happened to them in high propagandize — events they trust are connected to Cesnik’s murder. And a organisation of them has launched their possess review in hopes of responding a questions that continue to annoy a police: Who killed Sister Cathy — and why?
Gemma Hoskins set a play of Doritos and a image of sugarine cookies on her dim wooden coffee list and upheld out typed copies of a Jan assembly agenda. One by one, her guest took their places around a oriental carpet in her pale-yellow vital room. “I’ll start by introducing everyone, given we have a few new faces here,” Hoskins said.
Tom Nugent, a former Baltimore Sun reporter, cumulative a primary mark in a wooden rocking chair in a corner. A late Baltimore military questioner a organisation calls “Deep Throat” staid into an armchair subsequent to him. Teresa Lancaster, a Keough alum and Baltimore-area attorney, sat subsequent to her husband, Randy, on a oatmeal-colored sofa. Hoskins and another former Keough student, Abbie Schaub, pulled adult chairs from a dining room to form a circle.
Hoskins, 62, is energetic and irreverent, with cropped, painted red hair and a bent to lift around snacks for people — a robe that’s lingered given her days as a Harford County “Teacher of a Year.” Today, she lives with her labradoodle, Teddy, in a duplex in Halethorpe, Maryland, a working-class suburb of Baltimore. Hoskins was a comparison during Keough in 1969 when Cesnik disappeared. Now, she is during a core of a bid to find out who killed her. “I consider I’m Nancy Drew,” she joked recently.
Cesnik was like a real-life chronicle of Maria, Julie Andrews’ impression from “The Sound of Music,” Hoskins recalled: warm, generous and strikingly beautiful. The nun played guitar and wrote musicals for a girls to perform on stage. She took her students to see a 1968 film chronicle of “Romeo and Juliet” after they review a Shakespeare play. She invented artistic wording games to pull a girls to learn any other new, problematic words.
Cesnik lived in a medium unit in Southwest Baltimore with another nun, and her students would spasmodic dump by in a evenings or on weekends to chat, sing and play music. “She was a reason we became a teacher,” Hoskins said. “I’ve never met anyone like her.”
Around 7:30 p.m. on Nov 7, 1969, Cesnik told her roommate, Helen Russell Phillips, that she was going to pitch by a bank and afterwards emporium for an rendezvous benefaction for her cousin. According to media reports from a time, she cashed a $255 paycheck during a bank in Catonsville, Maryland, afterwards gathering to a Edmondson Village Shopping Center, where she bought buns during Muhly’s Bakery. When she hadn’t returned home by 11 p.m., Phillips called dual clergyman friends, who gathering to her unit and called a police. Later that night, Cesnik’s mint immature Ford Maverick was found unbarred and illegally parked a retard from her apartment, even nonetheless she had a designated parking mark behind a building. There was no pointer of a nun anywhere.
The male reserved to inspect Cesnik’s disappearance was Nick Giangrasso, a 28-year-old carnage questioner who had worked in a Baltimore City Police Department for 5 years. Giangrasso led a review for a 3 months Cesnik was missing, afterwards had to spin a box over to Baltimore County detectives when her physique was found outward a city limits. But Giangrasso, now 72, spent adequate time on a box to feel like something questionable was going on between a military dialect and a church.
“The Catholic Church had a lot of submit into a military department,” he said. “A lot of power.”
“It looked too clean. It had to be somebody who knew her.”
Giangrasso has a low voice and a Baltimore accent, and speaks about a Cesnik box as if it happened yesterday. He pronounced it was transparent to him from a fact that her automobile had been deposited behind during her unit formidable nonetheless any signs of onslaught that she had not been a plant of a pointless spoliation or assault. “It looked too clean,” he said. “It had to be somebody who knew her.”
The initial chairman of seductiveness in Giangrasso’s review was Gerard Koob, a Jesuit priest. Koob was one of a priests Cesnik’s roommate had called when she satisfied a nun had not returned from her selling trip, and he had been a one to call military to news Cesnik missing.
Koob, now a 77-year-old Methodist apportion vital in New Jersey with his wife, was in a regretful attribute with Cesnik during a time. Two years earlier, before he was consecrated and before she had taken her final vows, he had asked her to marry him. She incited him down, nonetheless they continued to spend time together and write any other adore letters. And 3 days before Cesnik disappeared, Koob called her from a Catholic shelter to tell her he still desired her. He was prepared to leave a ecclesiastics for her and hoped she’d leave a nunhood for him. “I said, ‘If we confirm to leave, we’ll leave and get married,” Koob told The Huffington Post in an interview.
The military brought Koob in for questioning, nonetheless he had an pretext for a night that Cesnik disappeared. He and a associate clergyman had left to cooking in downtown Baltimore and watched “Easy Rider” during a film museum afterward. He constructed profits and sheet stubs and upheld dual distortion detector tests.
Harry Bannon, another late Baltimore City carnage investigator, told a Baltimore City Paper in 2004 that he suspicion Koob knew some-more about a murder than he was admitting, nonetheless that a church forced him to behind off a priest. “The church lawyers stepped in and they talked to a higher-ups during a military department. And we were told, ‘Either assign Koob with a crime or let him go. Stop badgering him,’” pronounced Bannon, who died in 2009. “After that, we had to mangle divided from him. And that was a shame, given I’m certain Koob knew some-more than he was telling.”
Koob says he had no information that could have been useful to police. “When a military were seeking me, ‘Who do we consider did this to Cathy?’ we had no clue,” he said.
Still, Giangrasso, who late from a military force in 1980, had a tummy feeling that Cesnik had been murdered by someone with ties to a church. “I privately suspicion it was in-house, within her amicable network — a priests and a eremite order,” he said.
Giangrasso interviewed half a dozen priests who knew Cesnik as his review continued, and there was one in sold whose name kept entrance up: Father Maskell, who worked with Cesnik during Keough. Giangrasso pronounced he attempted to pronounce Maskell a series of times about Cesnik’s disappearance, nonetheless a clergyman always managed to evade him. “He was always bustling and never available,” Giangrasso said. “It got to a indicate that Maskell was a series one male we wanted to pronounce to, nonetheless we never got a chance.”
In Baltimore in 1969, Giangrasso said, it was unequivocally difficult, if not impossible, to inspect a Catholic clergyman for any crime. The Archdiocese of Baltimore is a oldest in a United States, and a church considers it to be a premier Catholic bureau in a country. More than half a city’s residents brand as Catholic. According to a Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, Baltimore City prosecutors have charged customarily 3 of a 37 Baltimore priests who have been indicted of passionate abuse given 1980. Just dual of those priests were convicted, and one of those philosophy was overturned in 2005.
Maskell in sold was a formidable target. At a time, he served as a clergyman for a Baltimore County police, a Maryland State Police and a Maryland National Guard. Maskell kept a military scanner and installed handgun in his car, drank splash with a officers during a internal dive bar, and mostly went on “ride-alongs” with his military friends during night to respond to sparse crimes or locate teenagers origination out in their cars.
Bob Fisher, a owners of an automotive correct emporium in southwest Baltimore where Maskell took his automobile on his days off, remembers a clergyman braggadocio about his military privileges to anyone who would listen. “He’d say, ‘I hear something on a scanner’ and we’d burst in a automobile and take off, and we’d locate these people!” pronounced Fisher, 74. “Really furious stories.”
Maskell’s comparison brother, Tommy, was a favourite patrolman who had been shot and harmed while perplexing to stop a robbery. Going after Maskell would meant violating a phonetic manners by that a military operated. “We’re a military family,” Giangrasso said. “The policeman’s involved, his family’s involved, we try to assistance a male out. When we found out Maskell’s hermit was a lieutenant, we knew we had a problem.”
Giangrasso remembers feeling vigour from his superiors to leave a clergyman and other members of a preaching alone. “I felt like a church was entrance in and interfering, and a sequence of management was entrance down and checking on us — ‘How many longer are we gonna be personification with this case?’– as if to say, we gotta behind off and pierce on,” he said. The Baltimore City military did not respond to a ask for comment.
That Cesnik’s physique was found outward of his jurisdiction, in Baltimore County, where Maskell was chaplain, was no coincidence, Giangrasso thought. Nevertheless, he had to spin a box over to Baltimore County police. The county military never charged anyone.
The box remained cold for dual decades. Then, in 1994, dual women came brazen with bombshell accusations opposite Maskell that tied him to a immature nun’s murder. Identified in probity papers during a time customarily as “Jane Doe” and “Jane Roe,” a women indicted Maskell of raping them when they were students during Keough. The women filed a polite lawsuit opposite Maskell, a Archdiocese of Baltimore, a School Sisters of Notre Dame, who ran Keough, and a Baltimore gynecologist named Dr. Christian Richter, seeking $40 million in damages.
The women were too fearful of Maskell and his aged military friends to use their genuine names behind then. But Maskell died in 2001, and Jane Doe and Jane Roe are finally prepared to pronounce out publicly.
Their names are Jean Wehner and Teresa Lancaster. Wehner, who claimed Maskell had taken her to see Cesnik’s physique before it was detected by hunters, supposing sum about a physique that were famous customarily to investigators during a time, according to a 1994 Baltimore Sun report. Investigators were primarily doubtful of her explain that Cesnik had maggots on her face, given maggots are customarily not benefaction in cold Nov temperatures. But an autopsy showed there were in fact maggots in Cesnik’s throat — a fact that had not been done public.
Today, Wehner is a 62-year-old residence approved reflexologist from a large, deeply Catholic Baltimore family, and Lancaster a 60-year-old ubiquitous use profession on Maryland’s eastern shore. Wehner pronounced that for decades, she had buried many of her memories of what went on during Keough. She started to remember a passionate abuse in pieces and pieces, commencement in 1992 when she saw corresponding cinema of Maskell and a school’s executive of eremite services, Father Neil Magnus, in her high propagandize yearbook. “My whole physique shook,” Wehner said. “I knew.” The cinema influenced adult dim and unpleasant memories, she said, and a sum solemnly started to come behind to her.
Although Lancaster had always remembered many of a abuse that occurred during Keough, she, too, had managed to restrain some of a sum until her mom died in 1993. She says she avoided meditative and clear about a abuse while her Catholic mom was alive, given she knew a information would fleece her. But around a time of her mother’s death, Lancaster started meditative about all of a horrific things she had gifted in high school. “She sat adult in bed one night, screaming,” her husband, Randy, private in a new interview.
Survivors infrequently misremember sum of traumatizing events. But Lancaster and Wehner’s accounts are modernized by probity annals and interviews with 8 other Keough students — 4 who explain they were abused by Maskell, and another 4 who contend they were means to deflect off his advances. And Sean Caine, a orator for a Archdiocese of Baltimore, pronounced a church now acknowledges that Maskell was “credibly indicted of passionate abuse of minors.”
Keough was a normal Catholic school, where students were compulsory to wear knee-length plaid skirts and shirts buttoned all a approach adult to their necks. But it was frequency defence to a 1960s counterculture. Former Keough students pronounced that in Maskell’s bureau and in a circuitously rectory, where he lived, a clergyman offering a girls a relaxed, big sourroundings where they could pronounce plainly about sex and drugs, splash alcohol, fume cigarettes on his red velour lounge and ask for assistance traffic with their normal Catholic parents. At a rise of a passionate revolution, Maskell was good positioned to feat a initial and rebel atmosphere of a late 1960s and early 1970s. In a treacherous time, he offering an distilled cocktail of devout guidance, hypnosis, booze, pills and himself.
Maskell was a charismatic immature male in his late 20s when he started during Keough as clergyman in 1967, dual years after it opened. Broad-shouldered, with light blue eyes, a Irish-descended clergyman also served as a school’s psychological counselor. He after warranted an modernized grade in psychology from a prestigious Johns Hopkins University.
Former Keough students pronounced Maskell used his charm, psychology training and dignified management to initial lame a immature girls, afterwards to manipulate them into passionate relationships. He targeted struggling or badly behaved students — Hoskins and Schaub, who got loyal As, pronounced he never worried them — seeking a girls if they were carrying problems during home, or if they had been intimately active with their boyfriends or used drugs. Sometimes a clergyman used repeated phrases — “I customarily wish what’s best for you, customarily what’s best for you,” one lady private him observant — to awaken them into talking.
He told her he was touching her in a “godly manner.”
Lancaster, a soft-spoken mom of 4 with wispy blonde hair, pronounced that when she was a youth in 1970, she went to Maskell’s bureau to pronounce to him about some problems during home. Her relatives had found a pot corner in her bag, she said, and they didn’t approve of a long-haired child she was dating. It was a center of a propagandize day, and Maskell invited her into his bureau and tighten a doorway behind her. He afterwards proceeded to frame her garments off and forced her to lay on his lap, naked. He told her he was touching her in a “godly manner.”
“He said, ‘I’m not ostensible to do this, nonetheless we find that we can unequivocally assistance people when we have earthy contact,'” Lancaster recalled. “I was in sum shock.”
Often, a girls didn’t comprehend they were being raped and assaulted until months or years later. Indeed, Lancaster believed for a brief time that she was in a regretful attribute with a priest. Sometimes he would play Irish song while he was with her, “almost like it was a ill date,” Lancaster said. “There was about a month or so when we indeed suspicion he desired me. … If there’s some kind of adore there, afterwards there’s clarity to all this. When we found out other people were going in there, we wondered if he desired all of them, too.”
When she started to comprehend a loyal inlet of a relationship, Lancaster never fought behind or told anyone, she said, given Maskell threatened to have her diminished for drugs and sent to a Montrose School for Girls, a dreaded youthful trickery in Reisterstown, Maryland. Once or twice, she said, he smacked her around and showed her a installed handgun he kept in his list during school. “He let me know that we possibly went along with whatever he wanted to do, or it was gonna be worse than we could ever imagine,” Lancaster said.
When Maskell speckled a lady who seemed uneasy or was intent in bad behavior, he would start pursuit her out of category over a loudspeaker for “therapy” in his office.
“I would be in class, and it could be any time. I’d hear my name over a loudspeaker, ‘Report to my bureau now,’ and we would have to news to Maskell,” pronounced Donna VonDenBosch, 58. “I remember being in class, customarily crying, ‘Don’t make me go, don’t make me go!’ And a clergyman pulled me out in a gymnasium and said, ‘We all know he’s a weirdo, nonetheless we have to go.'”
Wehner pronounced she went to see Magnus, a school’s eremite services director, for admission when she was 14 years old, given she had been feeling guilty about passionate abuse she gifted as a immature child. The clergyman incited to her in a confessional, quizzed her on a sum of a abuse, and began masturbating as she talked, she said.
After that, Maskell and Magnus would call her into their offices for corner conversing sessions, that they pronounced was for a purpose of assisting her find God’s redemption for what she did as a child. She says they would masturbate in front of her, take bare photos of her and force her to perform sex acts as partial of her “spiritual healing” process. “I suspicion they were literally praying for me,” she said.
Soon, Maskell began pursuit Wehner out of category and into his bureau nonetheless Magnus, she said. He would uncover her pornography, tell her that he was perplexing to assistance God pardon her for a abuse she suffered as a child, and rape her. “He kept observant it didn’t seem like we was open to a Holy Spirit and God’s grace,” Wehner said. “I was customarily doing what we was being told, meditative we contingency be such a terrible chairman that God can’t pardon me.”
The women remember that Maskell had a gynecologist friend, Dr. Richter, who would inspect them to make certain they weren’t pregnant. Lancaster claims Maskell took her to see Richter for a pregnancy examination and afterwards raped her on a list while Richter achieved a breast exam.
Fisher, a automobile correct emporium owner, pronounced Maskell boasted about holding high propagandize girls to a gynecologist when he forsaken his automobile off during a emporium in a afternoons. “He would say, ‘Me and a doctor, we take them behind and we give them exams and check them,’” pronounced Fisher. “There’s no doubt he was always concerned with a exams — that he done clear.”
Richter, who died in 2006, denied carrying abused a girls in an pronounce with a Baltimore Sun during a probity conflict over a 1994 lawsuit, nonetheless he certified that he competence have let Maskell into a room during their pelvic exams. “It’s probable he competence have been in a examining room, in a deficiency of parents, we don’t know, to ease a girl,” Richter said. “It’s unequivocally probable he competence have come in a examining room. She was 16. She substantially had a good understanding of faith in him.”
Maskell’s trips to a gynecologist reflected a emplacement with a practice. Lancaster pronounced he favourite to perform pelvic exams on a tabernacle of a propagandize chapel and discharge vaginal douches, enemas and anal suppositories in a lavatory of his bureau and in a rectory. Multiple other girls also pronounced they were on a receiving finish of a ridicule gynecological exams and enemas. It was a approach to settle serve management over a girls — a origination of a doctor-patient attribute — while behaving out whatever illusion desirous a abuse.
The women frequency fought back, given they were shocked of Maskell. VonDenBosch pronounced she collected a bravery to onslaught once, during her comparison year, and it did not go well. “I thought, he isn’t gonna kill me and have blood all over his building and have to explain that. So we took my pocketbook and started attack him,” she said.
VonDenBosch threatened to news Maskell, and he responded by putting a tub of his gun in her mouth. “He said, ‘You’re a troublemaker. You’re trash. Nobody would ever trust you.’ He said, ‘Look during my degree. we went to propagandize during Johns Hopkins.’”
She motionless it wasn’t value a risk to news Maskell to authorities, and she became suicidal in high school. But her classmates suspected what was going on. “There was a organisation of girls famous as Maskell’s girls,” she said. “That’s what my friends would call me, one of Maskell’s girls.”
Several of a women who spoke to The Huffington Post about Maskell’s abuse described a clergyman environment adult what amounted to a full-on brothel.
Wehner pronounced that during her comparison year, Maskell began pushing her to St. Clement Church, where he preached, after school, and that a fibre of organisation abused her in his bureau there. She does not know who a organisation were, nonetheless they referred to any other by general names — Brother Ed, Brother Ted and Brother Bob. She pronounced some of a organisation gave Maskell income in sell for a abuse. “He was prostituting us,” Wehner said.
To keep Wehner quiet, Maskell reinforced a thought that she was participating in a sex acts of her possess accord. He referred to a abuse as Wehner’s “extracurricular activities” and a organisation as her “dates.” She says a clergyman once pulpy his unloaded handgun into her temple, pulled a trigger, and warned her that her father, a policeman, would do a same thing nonetheless with bullets in a gun if he found out she had been “whoring around” with comparison men.
Lancaster, Wehner and VonDenBosch all remember uniformed military officers participating in a abuse, both in Maskell’s bureau and outward of school. Two some-more former Keough students and a third lady who attended St. Clement Church pronounced in interviews with The Huffington Post that Maskell abused them as teenagers, mostly with other men. “I remember a behind doorway light entrance by and a policeman wearing dim pants, a white shirt and a badge entrance in a behind door,” pronounced VonDenBosch, who is investigate to be a helper practitioner in Reading, Pennsylvania. She pronounced she felt scarcely intoxicated that day. She woke adult in Maskell’s bureau in a afternoon after carrying been there for hours, and her shirt was buttoned adult differently than she had buttoned it that morning.
“‘You demeanour during who a prostitute is in a room. Don’t ever act like you’re afraid.’”
She also pronounced Maskell once handed her what she assumes was a peaked splash during an outside Catholic Youth Organization cruise when she was 14, led her divided from a other freshmen students during eve and stood by as a black-haired, uniformed policeman raped her in a remote area of a park. “I felt drugged,” she said.
Wehner pronounced Maskell would mount by a doorway and act like he was safeguarding her from being caught. One time, Wehner says, he became indignant during her for behaving frightened in front of a men; she was ostensible to act like she was carrying consensual sex with them. “He pushed my face into a counterpart and he said, ‘You demeanour during who a prostitute is in a room. Don’t ever act like you’re afraid,’” she recalled.
The customarily chairman who attempted to assistance a girls was Sister Cathy Cesnik. Wehner pronounced that in 1969, during a finish of her sophomore year, Cesnik stole a impulse alone with her in her classroom. “Are a priests spiteful you?” a nun asked gently. Wehner nodded her head, too fearful to open her mouth. Cesnik told Wehner to go home and suffer a summer. She pronounced she would hoop a situation.
Kathy Hobeck, 63, pronounced she asked Cesnik to strengthen her from Maskell’s abuse when she attended Keough in 1968. “She would make excuses for me when he would ask me to come down [to his office],” Hobeck said. “She’d say, ‘She’s in a study, she can’t get away,’ or she’d make adult a story.”
In a tumble of 1969, Cesnik left Keough and took a new pursuit during Western High School, a open propagandize in Baltimore. But she still reliable tighten ties to her former students, who visited her unit regularly. Maskell remained a revisit subject of review for some of them. Two days before Cesnik disappeared, Hobeck and a classmate visited Cesnik during home, and a nun asked either Maskell was still bothering them. “We told her no, and that was a finish of it,” Hobeck said.
Not all a girls were so lucky. Wehner pronounced that notwithstanding Cesnik’s guarantee to meddle with Maskell on her behalf, a clergyman continued to abuse her after she returned from summer break, even some-more vigourously than before. And another former Keough student, who spoke to The Huffington Post on a condition of anonymity, visited Cesnik during her unit a night before she left to plead a abuse going on during a school.
In a center of their conversation, this lady said, Maskell and Magnus barged into Cesnik’s unit nonetheless knocking. “Maskell glared during me,” she said. “He knew given we was there.” The lady pronounced she left Cesnik’s unit during that point. The following day during school, Maskell called her into his office. With a gun in his hand, he warned her that if she ever told anyone about a abuse, he would kill her, her beloved and her whole family. “That we remember as nonetheless it happened yesterday,” she said, “because we have been safeguarding my family ever since.” Cesnik dead that night.
In Jun of 1992, some-more than dual decades after Cesnik’s murder, Wehner reported her abuse allegations opposite Maskell to a Baltimore Archdiocese. Caine, a executive of communications for a Archdiocese, told The Huffington Post that a church temporarily private Maskell from method for psychological analysis in Oct 1992, 5 months after Wehner reported him. Maskell had left his pursuit during Keough in 1975 and was operative as a clergyman of Holy Cross Church, about 4 miles from a high school, during a time.
Maskell “was referred for analysis and diagnosis over a subsequent several months,” Caine said. “During that time, a Archdiocese attempted to uphold a allegation, that Maskell denied, by seeking out any additional victims on a possess and by a profession representing a people who primarily came forward. After months of perplexing unsuccessfully to uphold a allegation, a Archdiocese returned Maskell to ministry.”
A orator for a school, now called Seton Keough High School, declined to comment, nonetheless remarkable that no one who now works during a propagandize was there when a purported abuse occurred.
Although a church claims it could not find any other victims to uphold Wehner’s claims, her attorneys had no problem doing so. They circulated a minute to Keough alums in 1993 and placed an ad in a Baltimore Sun seeking if anyone remembered abuse function during a propagandize in a 1960s and 70s. More than 30 women, including Lancaster, came brazen with first- and used stories of passionate abuse, according to media reports. Lancaster’s story was so constrained that Wehner’s attorneys invited her to be a co-plaintiff in a polite lawsuit opposite Maskell, Dr. Richter, a church and a sequence of nuns that ran Keough.
Maskell and Richter both vehemently denied a abuse, and in 1995, after a high-profile trial, a box was thrown out of probity on a technicality. According to Maryland law, victims of sex abuse have 3 years from a time a abuse ends or from when they learn it to record a polite lawsuit. The women’s attorneys had argued that given Wehner and Lancaster had customarily recently started remembering some of a abuse, they were still within a three-year period. “Memory spoil mostly follows trauma, and I’ve had many such cases,” pronounced Dr. Neil Blumberg, Lancaster’s psychiatrist.
But a church brought in a “false memory” expert, Catholic psychiatrist Paul McHugh, who successfully argued in courtrooms via a 1990s that memories of child passionate abuse can't be restricted and afterwards recovered. At a time, there was a vital recoil opposite a judgment of restricted memory. The 1980s saw several high-profile prosecutions of daycare workers formed on recovered memories that after valid false. Though Lancaster and Wehner’s box was different, given they had not been coaxed into recuperating fake memories by investigators or therapists, winning a box in a new meridian valid impossible.
Judge Hilary Caplan told The Huffington Post that he found a women credible, nonetheless he motionless after conference McHugh’s testimony that recovered memories could not restart a government of limitations. “The experts testified, and we found that a memory was not sufficient to clear a plaintiffs’ case,” he pronounced in a new interview.
The women didn’t win in court, nonetheless their testimonies stirred military to start questioning Maskell for rape and murder. The hunt for justification came adult dull until a Baltimore gravedigger named William Storey called military with a tip.
Storey, a groundskeeper during Holy Cross Cemetery, pronounced Maskell had systematic him to puncture a 12-by-12-foot hole in a cemetery in 1991 so a clergyman could bury a truckload of trusted files in it. The gravedigger constructed a hand-drawn map indicating a plcae of a documents.
In Aug of 1994, a military exhumed a boxes, that were mostly filled with psychological evaluations of a Keough students Maskell had counseled. Deep Throat pronounced during slightest one of a boxes also contained bare cinema of underage girls, that would have been adequate justification to detain Maskell for possession of child pornography.
“We found tough justification — these girls had their tops open,” he said. “I saw them with my possess damn eyes.”
But those cinema never done it to a justification room. The questioner pronounced they inexplicably dead after a cemetery dig, and a Baltimore Sun reported customarily that Maskell’s buried boxes contained “psychological examination evaluations and canceled checks.” Judge Caplan, who presided over Wehner and Lancaster’s polite trial, says a photos were never submitted as justification and that he had never listened of them.
Maskell valid customarily as sleazy and well-connected as he had in 1969.
As military continued a hunt for evidence, Maskell valid customarily as sleazy and well-connected as he had in 1969. Deep Throat pronounced that as shortly as he started looking into a Cesnik case, he perceived a phone call from one of his superiors in a military department.
“He said, ‘Listen kid, this is a career buster. We knew who a ruin killed her behind when it happened, and you’ll find out, and you’re gonna find out things we shouldn’t find out. Let it go,’” a questioner recalled.
Before military had a probability to doubt Maskell in 1994, he checked himself into a residential diagnosis facility, claiming he indispensable assistance coping with a highlight and stress a box had caused him. Weeks later, he sensitively checked himself out and fled to Ireland, where he continued to work as a priest. “The Archdiocese did not learn that Maskell was vital in Ireland until a Bishop in Ireland contacted a Archdiocese in Jul 1996,” Caine told HuffPost. “Maskell had left a residential diagnosis trickery dual years progressing and refused to surprise a Archdiocese where he was living.”
Law coercion forsaken a review once Maskell fled a country, and he died nonetheless ever being charged with a crime. Magnus had died years earlier, in 1988. Richter died in 2006.
Wehner pronounced she was “devastated” that her box was tossed out and that no one was ever brought to justice. She pronounced she feels tricked by a church, a school, a military and a probity system. “We had no chance, given of all these institutions that let us down, that were used opposite us instead of for us,” she said.
Gemma Hoskins’ hunt for answers about Cesnik’s murder began in a summer of 2013, when she re-connected with Nugent, a former Baltimore Sun contributor who had interviewed her about Cesnik years earlier. Both of them had been preoccupied by a box given 1994, when Wehner and Lancaster filed their lawsuit opposite Maskell and a church.
Nugent, now a 71-year-old freelance author in Hastings, Michigan, was lifted Catholic in Baltimore and had lonesome domestic crime there a reporter, and he suspected that a Cesnik story had some-more tentacles than anyone realized. He interviewed a few late detectives, including Deep Throat, who reliable they had been pressured to behind off a Catholic priests during their investigations. “It seemed apparent to me that some of this was lonesome up,” he said.
Nugent interviewed Hoskins in 2004 for a story about a Cesnik case, nonetheless he was never entirely means to impulse it. Nearly a decade later, she called him out of a blue. “Do we remember me?” Hoskins asked Nugent. “When are we entrance behind here to finish this?”
Hoskins wanted to see probity for Cesnik and her Keough classmates in her lifetime, and she now had time to persevere to a investigation. She had recently late from teaching, her father had died of cancer when they were both 35, and she never had any children. She pronounced her late father always speedy her to spend time assisting others, even when he was on food stamps given he was too ill to work. “He always said, ‘When we get comparison and don’t have to worry about money, we need to take caring of other people,’” Hoskins said. “It’s critical to me to respect that.”
Nugent didn’t need many prodding. “Gemma pricked my conscience,” he said. “I privately don’t wish to live in a universe where this kind of thing is swept underneath a rug.”
Hoskins started by seeking out some-more women who competence have been victims of passionate abuse during Keough. In Sep 2013, she logged onto a central Facebook page for Keough alumni and asked either anyone knew of such abuse holding place during a propagandize in a late 1960s and early 1970s.
“I privately don’t wish to live in a universe where this kind of thing is swept underneath a rug.”
The page started buzzing. Women who had been wordless for years came brazen with stories of abuse by Maskell and others. When Hoskins mentioned Cesnik’s murder, she pronounced “all ruin pennyless loose.” Some Keough alums indicted her of rising a “witch hunt,” and propagandize administrators kicked her off a Facebook page for posting “inappropriate” content.
But Hoskins had captivated a courtesy of a few like-minded women, including Schaub, who had prolonged suspected that a passionate abuse during Keough was somehow connected to Cesnik’s murder. The women combined their own, private Facebook organisation where a contention could continue, and those online conversations eventually developed into a full-on murder review that hundreds of people are following. “We’re not pushing this,” Schaub said. “It seems to have a life of a own.”
Schaub, a late purebred nurse, is totalled and articulate, and a many data-driven member of a group. Schaub was in Hoskins’ category during Keough and tutored her in math, nonetheless a dual weren’t tighten as teenagers. Today, however, they make a good team. While Hoskins uses her celebrity and people skills to bond with survivors of Maskell’s abuse, Schaub digs by decades-old journal articles, rapist records, matrimony and genocide certificates and skill deeds.
“Abbie and we are ideal examples of left mind and right brain,” Hoskins said. “It’s roughly like dual halves that fit unequivocally good together. I’m anxious that we’ve reconnected.”
In a dual years that a Keough women have been questioning Cesnik’s murder, they have chased during slightest a dozen leads. They looked into probable connectors between Cesnik’s murder and a murder of other immature girls in a area around a same time, requesting all files from a Baltimore military and a Federal Bureau of Investigations associated to those cases. They tracked down a descendants of Storey, a gravedigger, and contacted all a teachers and administrators they could find who worked during Keough in a late 1960s, anticipating that someone competence come brazen with a smoking gun or watcher account. They dug adult skill annals for a decayed rectory where Maskell once lived and interviewed a neighbors, anticipating a residence still contained some damning evidence.
The women have even zeroed in on a vital think they trust — nonetheless can’t nonetheless infer — participated in Cesnik’s murder. They interviewed several of a man’s family members, performed all of his aged military records, and detected that a military deliberate him a chairman of seductiveness in a Cesnik box in a 1990s. But they are still acid for a square of justification that competence infer he was involved.
As a women find justice, a military are still investigating. In Sep 2014, Wehner returned to Baltimore County military domicile to tell cops her story for a initial time given a 1990s. Four months later, Dave Jacoby, a questioner now reserved to a case, gathering to New Jersey to doubt Cesnik’s Jesuit adore interest, Gerard Koob, about a murder. Koob pronounced he had no new information for a questioner and was confused by a visit.
“At a finish of a conversation, we said, ‘Where are we guys with this? You’re going behind now, we’re talking, 40 years,” Koob recalled. “He said, ‘At a moment, we haven’t ruled out a probability it was some foreigner that came by and picked on her.’”
Jacoby declined a ask for criticism from The Huffington Post, citing a “open and active” inlet of a investigation.
The Keough women are doubtful that a military will be means to broach probity for Cesnik, nonetheless they are starting to make assent with that, given their goal has developed into something bigger. What began as a query for probity has grown into a source of support and recovering for passionate abuse survivors. Through a Facebook page that Wehner and Schaub set up, a flourishing series of Keough alums are reconnecting with any other and vocalization plainly for a initial time in decades about a abuse they suffered in high school.
Schaub pronounced that when a group’s review into Cesnik’s murder ends, a village they’ve combined for survivors will sojourn active. “This isn’t unequivocally a story to tell,” Schaub said. “It’s bigger than we are.”
Lancaster has turn a child passionate abuse activist. She works directly with victims by a Survivors Network of Those Abused By Priests, a inhabitant advocacy organisation ordinarily famous as SNAP, and she testified before a Maryland State Legislature recently in support of a check that would extend a government of stipulations on polite sex abuse cases.
In 2010, a church apologized and paid her $40,000 as partial of a organisation of settlements it done with passionate abuse victims. “Please accept my reparation on seductiveness of Archbishop [Edwin] O’Brien and a Archdiocese of Baltimore for a pang that has resulted from your experiences,” Alison D’Alessandro, executive of a church’s Office of Child and Youth Protection, wrote to Lancaster in a letter. The Archdiocese also offering her a probability to have O’Brien apologize to her in chairman for a abuse. She declined. “I said, ‘I am so by with we people and your skirts and bizarre organisation in their outfits,’” she recalled. “‘It will be a cold day in ruin when we will lay and demeanour during that man.’”
Wehner pronounced a other women’s support has altered her life. She pronounced she’s lived in fear given initial entrance brazen anonymously in a 1990s, and has a tough time removing tighten to people. Now that a Keough alums are rallying around her, though, she is rising from her shell. “I now have this community clarity of, ‘We trust you. We trust you,’” she said. “I didn’t have that 40 years ago or 20-something years ago. Every step of a approach is a extensive struggle, nonetheless we get healthier and healthier.”
Hoskins and her organisation devise to continue their hunt for evidence, nonetheless Wehner believes they have already respected Cesnik’s wishes by bringing a organisation of aggrieved Keough girls together to heal. “I know a bulletin for them is to find out who killed Cathy Cesnik,” she said. “My design is that a law be told for all a trusting victims. If Cathy Cesnik were station here, she would contend that’s what she would prefer.”
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Resources for rape survivors:
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
National Sexual Assault Hotline 1.800.656.HOPE (4673)
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1.800.273.8255
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