Hey, y’all. Thanks for stopping by. This week, I have a review of a new true crime doc on Investigation Discovery. Did we all watch Jared from Subway: Catching a Monster this week? It came out this past Monday (3/6/2023) and I think 50% of my Instagram feed was about this documentary series. You can check it out on Discovery +. Keep reading for a summary and my thoughts on the episode.
The untold story of how the Subway Guy is exposed as a child predator.discoveryplus.com
I generally find the true crime genre to be entertaining and fascinating. I found Jared from Subway: Catching a Monster repugnant, but it’s an important story that needed to be told. I don’t know how you could tell this story in an easily digestible way.
That being said, I don’t recommend watching all three episodes in one sitting like I did because that was a real bummer before I went to bed.
The series tells the story of Jared Fogle, the former Subway spokesperson who fell from grace after his sexual attraction toward children was exposed. Y’all remember Jared, right? If you were alive between 2000 and 2015 (and if not, congrats on being able to read so young), you know who Jared Fogle is. He was constantly on commercials for Subway
Directed by Sam Miller, the series includes covert audio recordings made by Rochelle Herman, a radio host who spent years getting Fogle to confess his disturbing urges on tape. In my opinion, the documentary was dragged down a little by Rochelle’s constant camera time. In the end, her tapes didn’t mean that much in the investigation and I was screaming at her that she can’t just record people like that. I don’t want to be fair to Jared because he sucks, but I’m afraid that Rochelle encouraged Jared’s behavior by asking him leading questions. I know what her motive was but that doesn’t make her actions right.
Fogle’s comments about child pornography and sexual abuse of minors in Thailand will leave you feeling sick to your stomach. Actually, all of the audio and video of Jared will make you sick even when he’s just talking about how eating spongy cake bread and lettuce helped him lose weight.
The series also delves into the twisted story of two sisters whose stepfather Russell Taylor (who worked for Jared’s company) filmed them and their friends in the nude, with the help of their mother Angela Baldwin Taylor, as part of a larger venture that benefited Jared. I kind of need a whole documentary about this horrible couple. I won’t go into too much detail, but there’s bestiality with horses involved. Yikes.
I know that it sounds like I didn’t like the doc, but that’s not the case at all. It’s like trying to swallow a bitter pill, right?
But let me tell you, despite the emotional toll it may take on you, this documentary about Jared’s victims is definitely worth a watch. I mean, it’s not every day that we get to see such an important story being told. And let’s be real, it’s a story that needs to be told.
So, if you’re feeling up for it, I highly recommend checking this one out. Trust me, the emotional energy required to stomach this nauseating tale won’t be in vain. You’ll be helping to raise awareness and give a voice to those who have been through unimaginable pain and suffering.