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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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  • Most people think of comedy superstar Bill Cosby as America's Grandpa, but the sick truth of the matter is that he's been dealing with sexual assault allegations since the mid-60s, when he was just getting to the height of his stand-up comedy career. It wasn't until 2014 that Cosby's history of rape allegations was pushed into the national spotlight when comedian Hannibal Buress dedicated a stretch of his set to Cosby. According to the LA Times, more than 40 women have come forward to accuse Cosby of drugging them and then committing some type of sexual assault.

    In April 2018, after being tried for assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004, Cosby was found guilty of three counts of aggravated indecent assault. The comedian faces up to 10 years in prison.

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  • It's an understatement to say that Jerry Sandusky was a big deal in the world of Penn State. From 1969 to 1999, he worked as an assistant coach to Joe Paterno, and upon his retirement, he received "both an unusual compensation package and a special designation of 'emeritus' rank that carried special privileges, including access to the university’s recreational facilities."

    After a three-year investigation, in 2011 Sandusky was indicted on 40 counts of sex crimes against young boys. The assaults took place in his basement, a high school, a random hotel room, and in the Lasch Football Building on Penn State's University Park campus.

    This scandal had a terrible effect on the community surrounding Penn State - not just because the football team was suddenly in turmoil, but because the institution of Penn State knew about Sandusky's molestation allegations and never did anything about it. They even went so far as to allow Sandusky to run a summer football camp for boys on a Penn State satellite campus for six years after they knew about the allegations. 

  • Douglas J. Allison

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    In 2016, Doug Allison, the principal of Mountain View Christian School, a Seventh-Day Adventist school, was charged with raping and sexually assaulting a 10-year-old girl and her classmate, whom he claimed had been "asking for it."

    It's frightening enough that Doug was a pillar of the religious community, but the fact that he used his position as an educator and as someone who believed that they had a direct line to a deity to molest children doesn't simply ruin the lives of the children he came into contact with, it destroys the credibility of everyone he worked with.

  • Jimmy Savile was a guy who did everything on BBC. He raised money for charity, hosted Top of the Pops, was friends with Margaret Thatcher, and had even been knighted. Let that sink in. HE WAS A KNIGHT.

    People loved him, he could do anything he wanted, and he did. It wasn't until after his death in 2011 that the allegations of Savile's sexual abuse began to be reported in the media. He molested over 70 adults and children over the course of his career, according to.reports. One of the most heinous claims was that after filming a 1973 Christmas episode of Top of the Pops, he dressed as a Womble in order to rape a 10-year-old boy and sexually assault a 12-year-old girl.