|The Rosary Murders|
|Directed by||Fred Walton|
|Written by||William X. Kienzle|
|Produced by||Robert G. Laurel|
|Edited by||Sam Vitale|
|Music by||Bobby Laurel|
|Distributed by||The Samuel Goldwyn Company|
The Rosary Murders is a 1987 American neo-noir mystery film starring Donald Sutherland as Father Koesler, based upon the novel by William X. Kienzle. Kienzle received screenplay credit, as did Elmore Leonard.
The story involves a series of murders in which the victims are all either Roman Catholic priests or nuns, each of whom is found with a black rosary. Father Koesler goes in search of the murderer but is caught in a quandary when the murderer confesses the crimes to him. He is unable to break the seal of confession by going to the police.
The film was shot in Detroit, Michigan at Holy Redeemer parish, a century old Roman Catholic church on Detroit's Southwest side.