Plenty of fiction has centered on the premise of monsters living among us in the guise of human beings. Such stories reflect a difficult reality, that people living right next to us with seemingly pleasant and successful lives may be guilty of the vilest sins.
When news first broke that Jared Fogle, former spokesperson for Subway restaurants, had been raided under suspicion of possessing child pornography, one could grant him the benefit of some doubt. Accusations against famous people have certainly been unsubstantiated before.
Now, however, any doubt of Fogle’s guilt appears to have evaporated. From Complex:
Secretly recorded tapes reportedly revealing former Subway spokesman Jared Fogle’s habit of bragging about having sex with children are set to be made public on a forthcoming pair of Dr. Phil episodes, according to the New York Post. The tapes, obtained by former Florida-area journalist Rochelle Herman-Walrond while she worked closely with Fogle in an attempt to expose him, are said to contain disturbing instances of bragging and requests for Herman-Walrond to film her own children for his benefit.
“I had a little boy. It was amazing,” Fogle reportedly says in one clip. “It just felt so good. I mean, it felt—it felt so good.” When asked if he preferred “boys or girls,” Fogle responds “Both of them.” The former Subway star also asks Herman-Walrond if she might consider filming her own children or their “pretty hot” friends by placing a camera in their room, in addition to other disturbing inquiries.
Such monstrous evil is difficult to contemplate. Fogle’s fall serves as a warning for parents and other caregivers to remain vigilant in defense of children, no matter how pleasant or seemingly respectable their environment.