If you want to know the real story, go home, talk to the people Roy Moore grew up with. That’s what a local newspaper did, and the results were a goldmine. Ask around Gadsden, Alabama and guess what? Everyone knew! You didn’t know? You must not be from here. Oh, gosh, where have you been?

It was the proverbial “open secret” that Roy Moore liked to hang out with teenagers long after he was a teen.  Check out this account from AL.Com:

“These stories have been going around this town for 30 years,”said Blake Usry, who grew up in the area and lives in Gadsden.  “Nobody could believe they hadn’t come out yet.”

Usry, a traveling nurse, said he knew several of the girls that Moore tried to flirt with.

“It’s not a big secret in this town about Roy Moore,” he said. “That’s why it’s sort of frustrating to watch” the public disbelieve the women who have come forward, he said.

But wait, there’s more.  Reporters from The New Yorker have also been in Gadsden, and it’s the same story.

“This past weekend, I spoke or messaged with more than a dozen people—including a major political figure in the state—who told me that they had heard, over the years, that Moore had been banned from the mall because he repeatedly badgered teen-age girls. Some say that they heard this at the time, others in the years since. These people include five members of the local legal community, two cops who worked in the town, several people who hung out at the mall in the early eighties, and a number of former mall employees.”

So why didn’t someone say something before now?  Fear? Humiliation?  Both?  But now they have spoken up.  And the walls are closing in around Roy Moore.