We Saw Nuns Kill Children: The Ghosts of St. Joseph’s Catholic Orphanage

We Saw Nuns Kill Children: The Ghosts of St. Joseph’s Catholic Orphanage


– All I really want is an honest apology, and for them to come face to face with me, tell me these things did happen, honestly, tell me that they
were sorry it happened, and that would they
please, if at all possible, never let it happen to children again? (dramatic music) – How can a person forget
something so awful as abuse? (dramatic music) – [Narrator] Governments
in Germany, the UK, Canada, Ireland, and
Australia have all uncovered horrific abuse at orphanages. But America has never
reckoned with the effects of the orphanage system, even though during the 20th century, more than five million
kids passed through it. Many of them weren’t actually orphaned. Oftentimes, they had young single mothers, or parents who struggled
with alcohol, the law, or simply couldn’t afford to raise them. In the mid-1990s, more
than 100 former residents of St. Joseph’s Orphanage
in Burlington, Vermont, came forward and said they
had been brutally abused, but neither Vermont nor
the federal government pressed criminal charges. If survivors wanted justice,
it would be up to them to try to get it on their own. 28 of them sued the diocese, the order of nuns that ran the orphanage, and the local government
agency that oversaw it. Christine Kenneally is
an investigative reporter who spent four years
researching St. Joseph’s for Buzzfeed News. – The only reason I was able
to learn about this story was because these people in
their 60s and 70s and 80s who have been trying to
forget what happened to them their entire life were
willing to give me a chance, were willing to tell me
their story once more, to see if I would believe them. – [Narrator] Sally Dale
lived at St. Joseph’s from age two to 23, perhaps longer than any other child. She said the nuns there
beat her regularly. – [Interviewer] That photograph
is a photograph of you at a time when you were receiving
virtually daily beatings at the hands of people at
the St. Joseph’s Orphanage? – Yes, sir. – [Narrator] Repeatedly locked
her inside a small container that was kept in the attic. – I could not really sit up straight. I definitely couldn’t stand up, and you really couldn’t lay down flat. – [Narrator] And sexually abused her. – After whatever happened in her bedroom, she’d bring me by the hair, and bring me back to my bed. Of course, before that,
she’s spank me in her room, ’cause, tell me I was a bad girl. In the morning, when we got up, she would have me sitting
on the floor beside my bed, and she would make all
the other kids laugh at me and tell them what a bad
girl I was during the night. – [Narrator] But those aren’t
the most serious allegations. – I saw somebody push
a boy out the window, and I was looking up at the building, and to tell you who the
nun was, I can’t say, but I knew it was a nun, because she had the habit. And he kind of hit, and (smacking). – [Interviewer] Bounced? – Well, I guess you’d call it, it was a bounce, and then he laid still. – [Narrator] Sally also
said she saw a boy drown, after he was thrown off a
rowboat and into a lake. – All I said was, did he drown? – [Interviewer] And who’d you say that to? – To the nun, and she said, oh, don’t worry. He’s going home for good. – [Narrator] Many other
kids from St. Joseph’s told similar stories. This is Ed Duprey, explaining
how he was thrown off a boat. – I was fighting for my life
when I was swimming ashore. – [Interviewer] Did this
happen to other children? – Oh, yes, yes. All the time that I
was there, it happened. Every summer. – [Narrator] Patty Zeno said
a nun named Sister Pricil tried to push her off a windowsill, when she was standing on the outside, washing the window. – Windows were open, probably like this, so that they could hold
you by your ankles, and she just went. (dramatic music) – [Interviewer] Okay. And what happened? – I started to fall. – [Narrator] The survivors who
sued said that for decades, they’d lost hold of their memories, and only recently
remembered the awful things that had happened. Sally said she recovered
her memories of the abuse after attending a survivors’ reunion. – The memories all flowed back me, okay, in 1994, at that first reunion. The idea that childhood
abuse could be repressed and then recovered at a later date was a relatively new and still
very controversial concept. Many experts thought it
was basically a fraud. – The idea of having
repressed memories is a theory which was developed, and which
has never been substantiated. – [Narrator] The nuns’
lawyer, John Sartori, on attorney known as Darth
Vader by some of his colleagues, uncovered a number of inconsistencies in the former orphans’ memories. For example, Patty said she
first remembered the incident with Sister Priscil
when she read an article in the local paper about Sally’s lawsuit. – I went ballistic. – [Interviewer] In what sense? – Literally flew out of the chair, started shaking, crying. – [Interviewer] Was that the first time you had recalled that incident? – Yes, sir. – [Narrator] But Sally said
she and Patty talked about it shortly after the
reunion, two years prior. The question of when the
memories were recovered was just one of the inconsistencies in the former orphans’ memories. Some of the details about the
events they were describing didn’t line up, either, and these inconsistencies cast doubt on the basic credibility
of their testimony, especially since, as defense
attorneys kept pointing out, the events were so far in the past there was almost no way to verify them. Did Sister Priscil
really try to push Patty out of a window? Is it plausible that
Sally could’ve managed to haul her friend back in? (dramatic music) In the course of trying to find out if the St. Joseph’s survivors
were telling the truth, Christine Kenneally tracked
down Sister Priscil. – She hadn’t been in
the order for many years by the time I spoke to her. She was still very loyal to the order. She was proud of her life with the order, she was a proud Catholic, and very committed to her religion, and to her family. Towards the end of her
first interview together, I told Sister Priscil
that I’d heard a story about a nun pushing a girl
out of a second story window, at St. Joseph’s, and she
said, yes, that was me, and then she told me that what
she remembered of that day was that the girl had
stood in the windowsill, cleaning the window, as Sally had said, but that she had fallen, and that when she’d fallen,
Sister Priscil screamed. Sally actually reached
out and grabbed the girl. Sister Priscil said she just
stood there and screamed. She said there was
another nun in the room, and that she didn’t know
what to do about it. For a lot of the time that I’d spent looking into that story, I had the voices of the
defense attorneys in my head the whole time, suggesting
in many subtle ways that maybe this story
actually wasn’t true at all, maybe it had been completely made up. To find Sister Priscil herself, and to have her validate that the incident had, in fact, happened was extraordinary. – [Narrator] Sally’s case was dismissed. A judge said she hadn’t
actually recovered the memories. She’d had them all along, so the statute of limitations
had long since expired. Several other cases were dismissed, too. A few people got settlements. One said the amount was so
small that when she saw it, all she could do was laugh. America still hasn’t really confronted the damage done by the orphanages that housed millions of children, and as for St. Joseph’s itself, it went out of commission in the 1970s, and stood mostly empty for years. Recently, a developer bought it. It’s been turned into condominiums. (dramatic music)

100 Replies to “We Saw Nuns Kill Children: The Ghosts of St. Joseph’s Catholic Orphanage”

  1. Shit like this makes me so fkn mad your sick asf if you harm a CHILD a child that can’t defend or fight you back 😡😡😡😡

  2. My mother age 97 , was severely abused in a NY Catholic orphanage the stories I was told by her and my uncle her brother , was heart breaking ..

  3. Such things did not only happen at orphanages or in the hands of nons. Times were different in the days where violence were more used in the upbringing of a child. My father told me that he remembered incidents in the local school which would not happen unpunished today – from bleeding ears to a boy falling a couple of meters. The difference is that none of those children died from the abuse but it was still abuse.

  4. Suppressed memories ARE REAL….I was molested as a child by 2 family members & the memories started coming back with my depression & to this day I truly believe I still have more suppressed memories that would totally come out through therapy or hypnosis!!!! So to ALL of the INOCENT CHILDREN who have ever been abused in any way……I BELIEVE YOU!!!!

  5. All over the world, this Happens often. Priests, Nuns, abusing children and they are using the Lord Word? Fu..K Them Evil Bastards! In Church, there are the evil people on Earth. Nuns buried their babies from abortions and newborns, killing them for people not knowing what they were doing. I hate false Believers.

  6. My dad, & all of his siblings were at St Joseph's Catholic School in SD. He said they were abusive & treated them like animals. They rationed their foods, they were beaten by the nuns & priests, they were punished for speaking our traditional language, they were forbidden to practice anything from our culture. It was very traumatizing for them. My grandfather was in one of the earlier boarding schools & they w ere even worse. My generation got put in boarding school, I was in there for 8.5yrs. We only got to see our family once a week. They were really strict. It was literally; school-boarding school-eat-sleep-repeat. We got checked out on friday, had the whole Saturday, then got checked back in on Sunday. Now that I think of it…3 generations of boarding school are basically a perpetuation of generational trauma.

  7. Well, Oprah, you tell us since you went to Epstein's Island…..your name is on the list of passengers! The only things you people did were evil and ugly! You Bitch! You are going to jail too

  8. Prosecute the Catholic Church for their crimes against children! Confiscate their wealth and use it to end world hunger and poverty!

  9. Children naturally have breaks in their memories. If a lot of children are saying that there was abuse, they are most likely telling the truth.

  10. Yes, I agree that nuns can be cruel! I grew up with them! Pent-up sexual needs must be the cause of their cruelty!

  11. Any individual who still observes Catholicism after so many abuses by the church should take a long hard look at themselves.

  12. Why can’t people just understand? When people think they have God‘s permission. They can do anything. Our war is not with each other, but with religion.

  13. My heart goes out to all the children that were so brutally abused!! Its a crime to be so Brain washed to believe that these nuns were anything close to god!!I believe that the victims probably understated the abuse afraid of the repercussions!!! No child should go through any of that!!But trust and believe that those hag's are burning in hell right now,God wasn't going to protect them forever!!!!!

  14. Don't forget the jolly homes in conyers GA. I lived thew it all. Thank god. I'm now 74 and it's Just like it sll happened yesterday.

  15. I tell everyone i can how evil the catholic religion and many of the orphanages are and the the Nuns & Priest are demonic !

  16. I lived in Sacred Heart Home Pueblo Colorado back in the mid-80s it used to be an orphanage anyone out there heard of this place

  17. What is truly terrifying is that the Catholic Church virtually has a grip on our Healthcare System most of the hospitals we have are in fact Catholic run as well as most of your Ivy League colleges

  18. Why do governments fear churches? Why are churches and their clergy seemingly protected from prosecution, especially Catholic Churches? They deserve to be fully Hate-pennoed without lube for their crimes, on a daily by their cell mate Bubba, a 200Kg Sasquash, who will show them as little compassion as these clergy gave these innocent children.

  19. Most don't know that the QUEEN OF ENGLAND AND HER SPOUSE BOTH WAS TO APPEAR IN FRONT OF A HUMAN RIGHTS COURT( but never did) FOR THE.DISAPEARANCE AND MURDER OF NATIVE INDIANS IN CANADA IN 1962 I THINK OR CLOSE TO THAT. LESS THAN 3WEEKS BEFORE THE LAST TWO SURVIVORS THAT WAS TO TESTIFY MYSTERIOUSLY DIED OR COMMITED SUICIDE. THE SURVIVORS SAID THAT THEY KILLED AND.THEN FEASTED ON THE CHILDREN AND THEIR BLOOD FOR.HOURS. THEY HAD COME TO CANADA WHICH WAS BRITISH RULED TO VISIT AN ORPHANAGE OF NATIVE AMERICAN. CHILDREN AND TAKE.THEM ON A PICNIC BUT ONLY 3 OF THE 12 KIDS RETURNED AND THE NUNS AND PRIEST COVERED IT UP. THIS COURT THAT DEALS WITH HUMANITARIAN CRIME CAN BE GOOGLED TO CHECK OUT THIS STORY . JUST RESEARCH.IT IN DIFFERENT WAYS AND YOU WILL FIND IT . IT WAS ALSO A YOUTUBE DOCUMENTARY WHEN I SAW.IT AT.FIRST

  20. We all know what the truth is. Because there are millions of children raped and murdered thoughout the history of the death cult!!!

  21. I'm telling you people, the catholic church's are evil, wicked, demonic. My late wife was raised in the catholic orphanage, and told me stories, that were unreal. And children were taken out of the orphanage and placed in homes were they were abused and raped and would run away if they got the chance. And also girls being pushed out windows beaten and girls were taken to the priest so the priest could have sex with the girls even the boys. It makes me sick to this day even hearing the things that happened in the orphanage in Pueblo Colorado it make sick to even tell this now .

  22. The only thing that makes a person good is the spirit of God the father that dwells in a person. And the Catholics have no spirit of God in them. They have not been reborn as jesus talked about. Here are some big red flags for everyone.
    Jesus said call no man on earth your father for you have one father which is in heaven. Jesus never said to go ask the priest for the forgiveness of sins. A man can never forgive you of your sins. The Catholic priest have confession, then they tell you to go say 50 hail Mary's wich is praising Mary not God. Jesus told the priest even in his day . That the priest make the people 5 times more the children of the devil than they are. And it continues to this day. And not only do the priest have sex with children they sacrifice them to the devil. Even the Pope has been stopped by marshals from killing children as a sacrifice to the devil in the basement of the Vatican. And the rosary was devised by catholic priest and witches. The beads represent the bones of rats. The first rosaries were analyzed and found to be the bones of rats. You people and Catholics better wise up and read the bible for yourself, the bible says depend on no man for your salvation.

  23. Nuns arent as Godly as you would think…those are some frustrated bitches…and dont think they dont lie….that's bs.

  24. Wake up people .the royals and religions are all full of satanic nonces.
    The same bloodline that use to sacrifice virgins(children) in the open!

  25. Hmmmmm sounds like the government were using the nuns to test how much abuse the children could take just like mk ultra. Break them down and get split personalities

  26. Here's something else for you all to digest that I only learnt about decades later at a School a Reunion.
    At the end of the 2nd World War, there was a shortage of skilled workers including Teachers. When men went to the Labour Exchange ( job centres ) they were asked 1, do you own a suit and 2, would you like a job as a Teacher, along with the question, ' are you Catholic ? Or, would you like to work in the Shipyards or, Coal Mines ? Which would you do given that choice ?
    Most, if not all, were unqualified to teach and placed in front of 40 + children and told to get on with it.
    In the meantime, at least in Scotland, there was a massive School building project underway and as there was the 11+ examinations still in place, the Country needed a workforce to replace those killed in the War, as there was a massive shortage of workers so, many children were deliberately failed at the tests to fill those new Schools to justify the building of them. The Government had in place apprenticeship schemes galore for boys and girls to learn a trade.
    We left School with no qualifications as we weren't taught anything significant at secondary level, only the basics which we leant at primary. They just wanted a compliant workforce who'd ask no questions.

  27. Christianity is just pagan satanism, sacrifices, blood, pedophilia and on & on… Even their unholy book is a man creation ("saint" Luke) and not from God.

  28. My mom sent my two older sisters to Catholic school and both of my sisters along with their classmates were all severely abused by these sadistic nuns. I use to think that the Catholic religion was beautiful because I have equally had good experiences in the Catholic church and had met many wonderful Priest and nuns that were true to their faith. But, on the flip side there is this extreme evil that does exist. I am now convinced 100 percent that the Catholic church is demonically evil and it has been increasingly more so evil over the years, especially in most recent years.

  29. The Catholic church is being the hell in the world, and the Vatican is the nest of the Devil or Satan.

  30. God is not mocked! If anyone hurts these little ones …it would be better that a millstone be tied around their neck and tossed into the sea…God, I pray that if anyone is doing theses things, please save them that thru Your Holy Spirit they will see the great sin in this and repent! Thank you Lord Jesus!!

  31. the world wide sex ring ???
    Jeffrey epstein ???

    Since I entered politics, I have chiefly had men's views confided to me privately. Some of the biggest men in the United States, in the field of commerce and manufacture, are afraid of something. They know that there is a power somewhere so organized, so subtle, so watchful, so interlocked, so complete, so pervasive, that they better not speak above their breath when they speak in condemnation of it.

    Woodrow Wilson, The New Freedom

  32. It happened to so many kids all races so horrible! The Church were entrusted with our little angels. How did Evil hurt our poor little ones. I hate to say what I would do to someone hurting a child.

  33. There telling the truth why would they lie about this shit after all these years they just want ppl to know the truth I'm sure it's eating them alive inside how sad

  34. how can we not see RC religion does nothing but trouble against God Almighty, ppl love being fooled? RC can't handle God's word, they prove that again and again but ppl keep going back to the pedophile priest's gluttons for punishment or they like selling their children into slavery
    and get molested, wake up Italian pplz. this is preposterous ppl wake up from your Roman Catholic brainwash. its making Romans look very bad. REPENT and LIVE…

  35. I had a vatican-ectomy years ago, and think all religions are evil and should pay their dues and taxes, or leave.

  36. I used to go to a christian catholic school and..There was too nuns they were really nice and had kind souls but i dont why the nuns in this video keep abusing children

  37. Well i think some nuns and priests who are catholic They believe in god but they dont believe that demons exist

  38. This is sad how these organizations dismiss these individuals they will answer to God one day for their corrupted decisions

  39. To much blood and evil in this world for people to pretend there deserving to go to heaven. God will drop the truth on them but it will be to late for them. Got to earn your wings.

  40. I grew up catholic in Brooklyn, New York in the late 60's and 70's and also and was also studying to become an altar boy. I also remember the nuns hitting me with a long ruler in the palms of my hands and on the back of my legs when I could not remember certain studies from the Bible. They were extremely mean to all of us. The nuns use to touch us boys in our private part. I even remember seeing a nun masturbating one of the boys but I didn't know at the time what she was doing, I was only 8 or 9 years old. Many years later I remember telling my mom about what had happen.

  41. That don't surprise me a bit. I knew a girl that told me about her evil daddy putting her in a catholic orphanage and she told me that nuns DO like little girls. They all seem to be pedophiles. That church IS from satan. NO DOUBT ABOUT IT.

  42. Catholicism is totally not for me they charge too daRn much in their schools they brag too much about it im thank full i been told the wrongs of it

  43. I would be ashamed to call myself "Catholic." My ex mother in-law is Catholic and she thought she was holier than thou! These children were probably sexulally abused also.

  44. Why everyone still a Catholic then.yall are brainwashed or don't have no creativity. y'all are conneted with the black pope,the Illuminati,the sex pedophiles ring, real worshipping the devil.. regular Christians don't have non of y'all problems.crazy is only white churches have those problems.smh .shows half of humanity is sleep.and won't awake..

  45. The governments of the world have all been part of the coverup with the churches. That's why they have been able to commit their crimes and go untouched by the law. It has been happening for centuries. 
    You only have to see how the catholic church backed Hitlers evil regime all the way to realise how crooked an organisation it really is. A lot of other religions are just as bad, they had terrible abuses happening in their orphanages as well.

  46. where is the fuckin neflix series on surviving the Catholic church?…..these fuckers have been operating with impunity for centuries but r kelly is just that important right? fuck outta here…..they need to start murdering these fuckers

  47. I do not wish to detract anything from this story as we the readers do not have sufficient information both from the accusers and from defenders to form an intelligent opinion, but having been in an orphanage myself [ run by Franciscan Order] I know the hardship on many children to stay within the RULES and submit to discipline . Many of the orphaned children in my group were children of war and hunger and death and many were not able to follow the rules. I wonder if anyone would consider doing a social stability profile on the victims?

  48. I wanna know why they would believe that these old people would make any of this up? The fuck do they have to lose at this point? Religion is nothing but a Bunch of wolves in sheep’s clothing. Even God himself is embarrassed of it.

  49. Truth they are wicked ppl . Everyone who has been encounter with the Catholic Church and the evil priest has been abused in some way or other . They are wicked nuns supposed to be like angels but lack of sex makes them EVIL and WICKED .

  50. This is why l don’t do religion it is the root of all evil . The most horrid ppl are the people of the cloth . So called Christians catholic moron the witness all wicked ppl . I am a spiritual woman l don’t belong to no institute religion is restriction and lm am a free spirit so they can never clip my wings . The abuse that goes on in these places of worship is horrendous. The Catholic Church to give all the money they make back to the poor ppl and at least so repentance will be made for these lost murdered forgotten children xx

  51. I never trust them, I never trust the priests and nuns no matter what. No matter how kind and caring they are, don't forget evil is done in secret.

  52. How right was St. Paul when he told the Romans that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God! As the old hymn says, "Where can I go to but the Lord?" (And even that song's writer would have been a sinner.)

  53. I've seen many , many, many reports like this about both nuns and priest committing horrible crimes against boys and girls. At a church that I once attended a lady spoke about this. Things are this are beyond horrible. ALL pedophiles should absolutely be castrated . Both male and female. I expect liberals to eventually say this sort of despicable behavior to be OK.

  54. This is real my mother born 1923 was placed in an orphanage with six other sisters and brother , yes the horror stories she's shared with me " is truly sad and angry it had left me , NUNS ARE EVIL EVERYONE OF THEM THE WHOLE CATHOLIC RELIGION IS A DEMONIC CULT THE PRIESTS RAPE LITTLE BOYS AND THE NUNS WOULD PHYSICALLY ABUSE CHILDREN.. MY MOTHER IS AN ANGEL ITS NEVER TURNED HER THE SAME WAY " ABUSING HER CHILDREN SHE NEVER DID " SHE IS A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN. IT HAD BARTHERED MY MOTHER SO MUCH TI THIS DAY SSHE HAS A ROPE BURN ON HER LEFT HAND, THAT SHE RECEIVED FROM TRYING TO CLUMB OUT OF A TWO STORY WINDOW WITH A THICK ROPE.. TO ESCAPE THE HORRORS.. BUT OF COURSE SHE WAS PUCKED UP AND BROUGHT BACK..

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