FJA 2019 / Shortlist

Category: Outstanding Investigative Reporting

Christine Kenneally (Australia)

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

August 27, 2018

It was a late summer afternoon, Sally Dale recalled, when the boy was thrown through the fourth-floor window. “He kind of hit, and— ” she placed both hands palm-down before her. Her right hand slapped down on the left, rebounded up a little, then landed again. For just a moment, the room was still. “Bounced?” one of the many lawyers present asked. “Well, I guess you’d call it — it was a bounce,” she replied. “And then he laid still.”

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