Matt Sandusky had the terrible misfortune of being adopted by POMC (piece of monkey crap) Jerry Sandusky.
Matt was one of 6 kids adopted by Jerry and Matt testified for the prosecution that his dad molested him. Tuesday Matt, who is now married with 4 kids of his own, filed papers to change the last name of his entire family. 2 of Jerry's other kids are pretty prominent figures in football. Jon is the Director of Player Personnel for the Cleveland Browns and his son EJ is a coach at West Chester University. So far they, and all other family members have decided to keep their surnames.
When a name becomes infamous, it can disappear. In the 1930's at least 20 states had families with the surname Hitler. By 1945 there were none. His literal partner in crime Benito Mussolini however still lives on. Here's a 2004 LA times story about his granddaughter Allesandra figting Italian authorities for the right to pass her name onto her son instead of the fathers. She once told supporters she was so proud of her grand pappy she was going to name her son Benito but instead named him Romano after her father.
Al Capones only son changed his name in the 40's. And there were lots of applications to change names in the past from people in the 60's named Lee Oswald and Ted Bundy in the 70's. Most recently people in 13 states including South Carolina, filed to change their name from Casey Anthony. But those are all different because it's the same first and last name. I would expect someone named OJ Simpson to request a name change after 1994. But Jeff Simpson or any other first name is fine. The Sandusky name is still a common and proud name. There's even a great town in Ohio with that name!
So I'm sorry that Matt Sandusky and his entire family feel the need to change their name. I hope that gives them some of the closure they need to put this behind them. But there are worse names to have. Like Michael Bolton Our poll question of the day (on the left) asks if someone became infamous with your last name would you change it? With a last name like Nash it's easy for me to say no, because it's such a common name. If I was Kelly bin Laden or Kelly Khomeini I'd probably have to seriously consider it!