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Will The Keepers Return To The Halls Of Archbishop Keough For A Second Season?

Or will these seven episodes haunt us enough?

Did Jean Hargadon Wehner's comments about whether or when she'll ever remember more about Brother Bob mean The Keepers might return for a second season?

Most of Episode 7, "The Conclusion," did seem conclusive -- or at least valedictory. Jean and others got (wholly inadequate and begrudged) settlements from the Archdiocese of Baltimore; a memorial sign is posted on a tree in the woods where Jean saw Sister Cathy Cesnik's body; Abbie and Gemma tell the camera they won't give up, but with so many key figures in the case dead and the police unwilling to reveal who's on their prime-suspect list, that would seem to be that, at least for the time being.

But Jean does remember some physical details about Brother Bob; there are police officers who raped her and other girls who have never been identified or prosecuted; and recent (spoilerish) DNA results (and the abductions from Baltimore-area shopping centers of two other women besides Sister Cathy and Joyce Malecki) only muddy the waters further. Too, true-crime series like these about unsolved cases and wrongful convictions tend to focus everyone's attention on the cases involved, which could move the ball. Will Ryan White and his team check back in on the case?

I doubt it -- I think White's take is that the crime is the cover-up, and while Sister Cathy's tragic death is perhaps a part of that, we're just never going to know for sure -- but I'd watch.

Not if there's another extended sequence about the necklace, though.

Did the birthstone matching Marilyn's husband's month of birth seem like a reach to anyone else?

Marilyn notes that Cathy bought gifts with meaning that were "deep," so it's possible that was the meaning; it's possible she just liked the green and thought it would look nice on Marilyn; it's possible she didn't buy it at all.

It's not really possible that Edgar Davidson is going to have anything useful to say here, and I kind of admire the interviewer's perseverance through the awkwardness of asking in so many words if Edgar used to drive "with both feet," since that would match a theory that whoever drove Cathy's car back to her apartment complex used both feet. But "The Conclusion"'s questioning of Edgar struck me as more about lingering on his sunken toothless face and mostly vacant stare and weird semi-hoard than about getting anywhere worthwhile with the answers.

The sympathy card Father Maskell "sent" to the Malecki family after Joyce's death, same problem. They lived near St. Clement, where Maskell used to work, but the card was "signed" by two other senior church staff, and not by hand. It's the equivalent of the holiday card you get from your accountant.

Would Ryan White handle the Joyce Malecki part of The Keepers differently if he had it to do again?

Not that he had a ton of choices, because it's part of Gemma and Abbie's research, so he can't leave it out entirely -- and whether or not it's related, either to the Maskell cover-up or to a larger serial-killer case encompassing these four abductions, it's similar in terms of the buck-passing that's gone on in investigating it. Apparently the FBI took charge of Joyce's murder because her body was found on federal land, but then they handed off the case to Anne Arundel County, who claim they never got any files, so the whole thing just fell through that crack. Abbie's FOIA requests have been keep-awayed to various "information specialists" for months. This is horrendous for the family and for all the other families also struggling to get law enforcement to focus on their losses, but Joyce's case probably merited its own feature. Here, it (and the late entrance of C.T. Wilson, who's doing good work and making excellent points) felt shoehorned in a bit.

But let's just take a moment to appreciate Wilson's dudgeon at the Church's contention that the statute of limitations shouldn't be extended, because it compels victims to come forward sooner lest others be victimized.

This isn't really a question; that disingenuity is rage-making. Just when you think this institution can't find any other ways to blame the victims, here's another one.

Is the Church ever going to learn?

It boggles the mind that, to this day, after the myriad accusations of child molestation and institutional conspiracy going back decades, the Catholic Church thinks the correct response is to deny everything, punt perpetrators to other parishes, shame the victims into shutting up again, and refuse access to files. Y'all: we know you knew. You can't fix it now; you can only do better and get with the transparency, because it's not about the PR nightmare it creates for you. It's about not enabling predators, and not for nothing, but refusing to hear and help victims just makes your "optics" even worse.

Shame on you.

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