Remember the Survivors

SNAP - Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests - Tennessee
The cover-up of clergy sexual abuse continues . . . how much longer?

Edward J. McKeown

Assignment record of Edward J. McKeown.  Click here.
Edward McKeown was one of the most prolific abusers in the history of Tennessee.  He died December 31, 2018.  If you are a victim of McKeown, contact us if you feel strong enough to tell us your story.  We need to investigate the Dioceses of Knoxville, Nashville and Memphis.  There is no better example of why this needs to be done than Edward McKeown.  Email us if you wish to talk.  We need to hold the church accountable for its failure to McKeown's victims.    

McKeown and Richards abused together.  Richards is a free man.
McKeown's sometimes partner in crime is Franklin (Frank) T. Richards.  He is free although he and McKeown abused countless boys across East and Middle Tennessee.  If you are a victim of Frank Richards, we need you too to help us hold the church accountable.  Email us if you feel you can talk.  
Edward McKeown is a priest pedophile in Tennessee.  At the time of his death, he was in prison for abuse that occurred AFTER he left ministry.  He never paid in prison for the many young men he abused WHILE he was a priest.  Why?  The Catholic diocese hid his crimes and moved him around in silence.Edward McKeown abused young men in East and Middle Tennessee.  He was never assigned in West Tennessee.  His assignment record as listed in the Catholic Directory can be found by clicking here.

The hierarchy of the Diocese of Nashville knowingly and criminally kept the abuse of Edward McKeown a secret.  They never reported him to the police; they simply reassigned him to new places where he had a new group of boys to abuse.  The bishop is to blame.  His fellow priests who knew and did nothing are to blame as well. 

Here are some of the articles from Tennessee newspapers about Edward McKeown.  

Below are links to a number of articles which mention Frank Richards in relation to the abuse. Richards and McKeown often molested boys together at the same time.  If you read the press accounts of what Richards and McKeown did and how many boys they admitted abusing, it will tell you the scope and extent of their crimes.  There are very few articles that speak of him alone.  Because of his affiliation with McKeown, he has kept off the radar screen. 
  • Article 1 Sexual abuse cases prompt new policy
  • Article 2 Diocese says it tried to protect the public
  • Article 3 Catholic Diocese says it's not liable if boys abused after priest left
  • Article 4 Judge says nothing links McKeown case


Timeline from the Nashville Tennessean that tells a story of corruption and deceit on the part of the Catholic Church in Tennessee.