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15 Seemingly Upstanding Members of Society Who Turned Out to Be Monsters

When you think of evil, the people that come to mind are Hitler, Stalin, or the Koch brothers, but you never think of run-of-the-mill folks that act nice and keep to themselves. As you’ll soon find out, a lot of people that were secretly evil were able to keep their terrifying natures a secret by scaring their victims into silence, paying them off, or killing them and hoping for the best. True evil takes many forms, and in many modern cases, the big E rears its head whenever someone is in a position of power over children. For whatever reason, some of the most “normal” people seem to focus on young people as a way to work out their brutal fantasies while putting on a mask for the rest of the world.

These stories of upstanding citizens secretly being monsters make a strong case for not ever trusting an authority figure again. Why be nice to your assistant principal if he probably has a couple of students chained up in his basement? And your favorite athlete? He probably kidnapped a woman while wearing a rubber mask that made him look like an extra from Point Break. After reading about these nightmare people who were masquerading as bastions of society, the only people you’ll want to surround yourself with are the rude and volatile, the people who couldn’t pretend to be someone else even if they wanted to.

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    Who knew that the House Republican Chief Deputy Whip would be a real life boogey man? This ex-Boy Scout volunteer, former high school teacher, and longest-serving Republican Speaker of the House in history was hiding the secret that as a teacher at Yorkville High School in the '70s, he sexually abused a student and paid him off over the years to the tune of $1.7 million with the promise of topping it out at $3.5 million.  

  • Frank Beck

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    Throughout the '70s and '80s, Frank Beck worked with Leicestershire Social Services with emotionally damaged children. His peers thought that he was a charismatic and innovative social worker, but in reality, he was pretending to pioneer a form of "reversion therapy" in order to cover his extreme sexual assault of children. Not only did Beck dress his patients like babies and have nurses cut up their meals, but he also violently sexually assaulted one 12-year-old boy so severely that he had to cover up the child's death by pretending that it was a suicide

  • Jason Stokes

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    As a rule of thumb, firefighters, whether they're in New York City or not, get a pass with most things. If you're willing to run into a burning building, then you can have a free cup of coffee. But in 2016, Jason Stokes, a New York firefighter, burned down his own home in an apparent attempt to smear the Black Lives Matter movement.

    Fire investigators found the message “lie with pigs, fry like bacon” written on some siding outside the burned-down home, but that didn't fool the detectives, who discovered multiple gas cans placed throughout the home, which they said appeared to be booby-trapped.

    Stokes hasn't commented on the crime, but it's obvious that he was trying to help create a false narrative about the anti-police brutality activists. 

  • Ron Haskell

    Before killing six people, ranging from 4-year-old Zachary Stay to 39-year-old Stephen Robert Stay, in a domestic dispute in the middle of nowhere in Texas, Ron Haskell was a fairly normal, well-liked guy.

    At his high school in Alaska, he was not only a class clown, but someone who made body positivity a thing. Former high school classmate Carolee Beckham told the Houston Chronicle, "He made everyone feel like it was OK to be who you were."