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Ahead of Netflix doc, our 2005 story "Who Killed Sister Cathy?: One of Maryland’s coldest murder cases heats up"

Ahead of Netflix doc, our 2005 story "Who Killed Sister Cathy?: One of Maryland’s coldest murder cases heats up"

No one knows who bashed-in Sister Cathy Cesnik’s head and left her in a Lansdowne ditch 47 years ago. But everyone who has looked at the case in the past two decades or so thinks it’s a good bet that the parish priest murdered the young nun, probably because she was going to blow the whistle on the priest’s sexual abuse of young girls at the school where she taught.

Yesterday, authorities exhumed the body of Father A. Joseph Maskell, dead 16 years, to obtain his DNA and test it against evidence found in Cesnik’s case. 

“Maskell was a player in this scenario that we needed to take a look at so,”

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