Jared from Subway: Catching A Monster - Official Trailer

Herman’s narrative is intertwined with that of two survivors of Fogle’s predation, young women named Hannah and Christian, who were the stepdaughters of Russell Taylor, the executive director of the Jared Foundation. Taylor sent Fogle child sex abuse material, some of which he shot himself by surreptitiously recording his stepdaughters and their friends via hidden camera. Taylor was sentenced to 27 years in prison last year for molestation and his recordings. His wife, Angela Baldwin, Hannah and Christian’s mother, was sentenced to 33 years. “She just was not a good mom. She was not a good mother,” says Christian, whose story is utterly heartbreaking.


Herman was clearly no expert on pedophilia and she based her calls on her gut. Ultimately, her efforts had negligible impact on taking down Fogle. But her intuition turned out to be correct: Fogle did abuse minors and his collection of child sex abuse material facilitated the abuse of more, indirectly. In Monster, an interviewer asks her how she knew that the conversations with Fogle weren’t just fantasy. She replies, “What Jared did was not fantasy. What he said, what he confessed to, what he shared, what he wanted to do—that was real.” He was eventually nabbed after Taylor’s arrest (itself the result of text messages Taylor sent to a woman regarding bestiality). Because Herman’s recordings did not hold proof of any direct abuse, at best they maybe influenced the judge to hand down a sentence that exceeded the prosecutor’s recommendation.

Fogle’s earliest possible release will be in 2029. Subway’s culpability, given Herman’s intel and other reports it received, is briefly debated in Monster, though ultimately hard to pin down. And Hannah and Christian, we learn, were just the tip of the iceberg. It’s repeated that Fogle had 14 known victims, though the docuseries does not enumerate them or the crimes committed against them. That’s probably for the best.