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Happy Face

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Rank #135 in True Crime category

Society & Culture
True Crime
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For Melissa Moore, 1995 was a nightmare. That’s the year the teenager learned her father, Keith Hunter Jesperson, was a serial killer. It’s also the year Melissa Moore’s doubt spiral began: When you look like your father, and you share his intelligence and charisma, how do you know you’re not a psychopath, too? Happy Face is the story of Keith Hunter Jesperson, his brutal crimes, and the cat and mouse game he played with detectives and the media. But it’s also the story of the horrific legacy he gifted his children. Join Melissa Moore as she investigates her father’s crimes, reckons with the past, and wades through her darkest fears as she hunts for a better future.

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For Melissa Moore, 1995 was a nightmare. That’s the year the teenager learned her father, Keith Hunter Jesperson, was a serial killer. It’s also the year Melissa Moore’s doubt spiral began: When you look like your father, and you share his intelligence and charisma, how do you know you’re not a psychopath, too? Happy Face is the story of Keith Hunter Jesperson, his brutal crimes, and the cat and mouse game he played with detectives and the media. But it’s also the story of the horrific legacy he gifted his children. Join Melissa Moore as she investigates her father’s crimes, reckons with the past, and wades through her darkest fears as she hunts for a better future.

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Great podcast

By nicolerf34 - May 15 2020
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I thought it was a great podcast overall. And I actually quite enjoyed the music it set the tone. Terribly sad story. Hopefully the victims can Rest In Peace.

👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽

By Bvvcn - May 10 2020
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Very interesting and love the first person account!!!

iTunes Ratings

7844 Ratings
Average Ratings
5252
1208
641
366
377

Great podcast

By nicolerf34 - May 15 2020
Read more
I thought it was a great podcast overall. And I actually quite enjoyed the music it set the tone. Terribly sad story. Hopefully the victims can Rest In Peace.

👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽

By Bvvcn - May 10 2020
Read more
Very interesting and love the first person account!!!
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Happy Face

Latest release on Jan 08, 2020

All 12 episodes from oldest to newest

Episode 1: Childhood

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Sometimes it's hardest for the people who are closest to see the obvious clues. Melissa Moore reckons with the reality of her childhood and growing up with a serial killer for a dad.

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Sep 28 2018

31mins

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Episode 2: Disruption

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For years, Melissa believed her mother held much of the blame for tearing their family apart, but soon comes to understand that her father was never really a hero. 

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Oct 05 2018

29mins

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Episode 3: Keith

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Melissa’s mother believes Keith wasn’t born a psychopath, but that he was raised to be that way by his father, Les. 

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Oct 12 2018

34mins

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Episode 4: Broken

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Melissa was 15 years old when she found out her father was a serial killer, and the news couldn’t have arrived at a worse time: she just found out she was pregnant. Melissa confronts her high school boyfriend to get a better grasp on the time.

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Oct 19 2018

33mins

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Episode 5: Misdirection

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How did Keith get away with murder for so long? It comes down to luck... and the bizarre story of a couple who tried to take credit for the crime. 

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Oct 26 2018

34mins

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Episode 6: Leroy

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Melissa faces Don Findlay - the son of Jesperson’s last victim. Why has he been living a double identity for so long? What does he know about Keith? And can he forgive a person he sees as an extension of the man who brutally murdered his mother? 

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Nov 02 2018

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Episode 7: Don

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Though Jesperson has clearly left his mark on both of their lives, Don and Melissa manage to find solace in their shared experiences. 

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Nov 09 2018

33mins

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Episode 8: Happy Face

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Keith Jesperson savagely killed at least 8 women between 1990 and 1995. Eluding capture, he taunted law enforcement and media with letters signed with a smile. But the detectives and journalist who helped end his killing spree say his reputation as a macho, murdering mastermind is not what it seems.

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Nov 16 2018

35mins

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Episode 9: Normalcy

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Melissa married her husband Sam hoping to find stability and distance herself from her father’s crimes - but her inability to open up emotionally is destroying their marriage - and it leads them both to question whether Melissa is capable of feeling compassion - a psychopathic trait she and her father seem to share.

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Nov 30 2018

39mins

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Episode 10: Ghosts and Letters

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Melissa is conflicted by how her father’s crimes have shaped her life and her career. She’s also conflicted about the paranormal ‘gift’ they both share-- seeing and feeling ghosts. Does this bolster Sam’s psychopath argument? And has she passed this trait to her son as well? 

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Dec 07 2018

32mins

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