Charlotte Keckler was a pseudonym used by a woman who traveled the country in the 60's, 70's and 80's claiming to have "escaped" from a Carmelite Convent. However, she never names this convent, just that it is "foreign". But in reading her story it is interesting to note that in this country everyone speaks English. England, possibly, but I was unable to locate any Carmelite convents in England. It could not be Canada because she states that part of her journey home was on a ship.
A "pastor" by the name of Reckart put up a website defending this one and giving his proof. His proof is her Social Security Death record:
|Name||Birth||Death||Last Residence||Last Benefit||SSN||Issued||Tools||Order|
|CHARLOTTE KECKLER||12 Apr 1898||Sep 1983||94558 (Napa, Napa, CA)||(none specified)||261-58-5764||Florida||SS-5 Letter|
According to the Social Security Number Decoder, we know that this SSN was issued in Florida in 1951. "Sister" Charlotte's testimony never mentions her living in Florida. That also raises the issue of where was she between 1898 and 1951? Turning to what we do know, thanks to Rootsweb, we can see her death record as well:
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|Last Name||First Name||Middle||Birth Date||Mother Maiden||Father Last||Sex||Birth Place||Death Place||Residence||Death Date||SSN||Age||Post-ems||Order|
This gives us a little more info. But a search of the Iowa census at Heritage Quest does not reveal a Charlotte Keckler in Iowa at all in 1900, 1910 or 1920. Neither does it show her (alleged) brother John or sister Connie. So it appears the name she gave in death is as fictitious as her life. Add this to Sean's research and it can safely be said this woman was a fraud.