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Happy Face

Rank #33 in Society & Culture category

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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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Well done!

By Takeoutblonde - Feb 14 2019
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Well researched and reported. I’m impressed!

I can’t believe I’ve never heard of this

By rcl111 - Feb 08 2019
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Love the pod hate the music

iTunes Ratings

5728 Ratings
Average Ratings
3918
802
464
262
282

Well done!

By Takeoutblonde - Feb 14 2019
Read more

Well researched and reported. I’m impressed!

I can’t believe I’ve never heard of this

By rcl111 - Feb 08 2019
Read more

Love the pod hate the music

Cover image of Happy Face

Happy Face

Rank #33 in Society & Culture category

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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.

Warning: This podcast is a series podcast

This means episodes are recommended to be heard in order from the very start. Here's the 10 best episodes of the series anyway though!

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Rank #1: Ghost Story

Aug 30 2018
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"I felt like I wasn't alone...that I was being watched in every room."

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Rank #2: The Visitor

Sep 05 2018
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"Were you ever afraid of him?"

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Rank #3: The Letter

Sep 14 2018
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"The letter, unsigned and written on pale blue paper, has a Happy Face at the top of the first page -- two tiny circles for eyes, an upturned sliver of a moon for a mouth: Have a nice daaay."

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Rank #4: Episode 1: Childhood

Sep 28 2018
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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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Rank #5: Episode 2: Disruption

Oct 05 2018
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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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Rank #6: Episode 3: Keith

Oct 12 2018
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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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Rank #7: Episode 4: Broken

Oct 19 2018
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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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Rank #8: Episode 5: Misdirection

Oct 26 2018
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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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Rank #9: Episode 6: Leroy

Nov 02 2018
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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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Rank #10: Episode 7: Don

Nov 09 2018
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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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Rank #11: Episode 8: Happy Face

Nov 16 2018
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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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Rank #12: Episode 9: Normalcy

Nov 30 2018
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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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Rank #13: Episode 10: Ghosts and Letters

Dec 07 2018
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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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Rank #14: Episode 11: Psychopathy

Dec 14 2018
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After getting a PET Scan, Melissa meets with a neuroscientist who believes brain patterns can identify psychopaths. Dr. James Fallon also happens to be a psychopath. He shares his incredible personal story before revealing her results.

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Rank #15: Episode 12: Aftermath

Dec 21 2018
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How has this journey changed Melissa’s life? And were she and her father tormented by his ghosts or their shared inner demons? Melissa now has an answer.

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Rank #16: Introducing Broken Harts

Dec 28 2018
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On March 26, 2018, the Hart family’s SUV was found at the bottom of a cliff in Mendocino, CA. Join Glamour's Elisabeth Egan and Justine Harman as they investigate the real story behind the Hart family’s picture-perfect exterior. Now available on Apple Podcasts and wherever you get your podcasts.

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Rank #17: Introducing: Monster: The Zodiac Killer

Jan 09 2019
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From the team who brought you Atlanta Monster comes a new season and a new monster. Season 2 tackles the riveting story of one of the most infamous serial killers in history - the Zodiac Killer. In the late 1960s, a mysterious, faceless fugitive attacked and killed five people in San Francisco. As the murderer went about his gruesome work, he regularly mocked the police and the public by sending letters containing confusing cryptograms to the Bay Area newspapers. Throughout the exhaustive search, there were 2,500 Zodiac suspects, yet none strong enough to make an arrest and, 50 years later, the killer has never been identified.With new interviews and information, join hosts Payne Lindsey (of Up & Vanished) and Matt Frederick (of Stuff They Don’t Want You To Know) as they take a deep dive into the real story behind the headlines and new clues that may offer insight into the identity of this nameless fugitive. Listen and subscribe to MONSTER: The Zodiac Killer on Apple Podcasts, the iHeartRadio app, or wherever you get your podcasts. 

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Rank #1: Ghost Story

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"I felt like I wasn't alone...that I was being watched in every room."

Aug 30 2018
3 mins
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Rank #2: The Visitor

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"Were you ever afraid of him?"

Sep 05 2018
1 min
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Rank #3: The Letter

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"The letter, unsigned and written on pale blue paper, has a Happy Face at the top of the first page -- two tiny circles for eyes, an upturned sliver of a moon for a mouth: Have a nice daaay."

Sep 14 2018
1 min
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Rank #4: 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.

Sep 28 2018
31 mins
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Rank #5: 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. 

Oct 05 2018
29 mins
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Rank #6: 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. 

Oct 12 2018
34 mins
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Rank #7: 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.

Oct 19 2018
33 mins
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Rank #8: 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. 

Oct 26 2018
34 mins
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Rank #9: 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? 

Nov 02 2018
43 mins
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Rank #10: 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. 

Nov 09 2018
33 mins
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Rank #11: 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.

Nov 16 2018
35 mins
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Rank #12: 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.

Nov 30 2018
39 mins
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Rank #13: 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? 

Dec 07 2018
32 mins
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Rank #14: Episode 11: Psychopathy

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After getting a PET Scan, Melissa meets with a neuroscientist who believes brain patterns can identify psychopaths. Dr. James Fallon also happens to be a psychopath. He shares his incredible personal story before revealing her results.

Dec 14 2018
32 mins
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Rank #15: Episode 12: Aftermath

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How has this journey changed Melissa’s life? And were she and her father tormented by his ghosts or their shared inner demons? Melissa now has an answer.

Dec 21 2018
32 mins
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Rank #16: Introducing Broken Harts

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On March 26, 2018, the Hart family’s SUV was found at the bottom of a cliff in Mendocino, CA. Join Glamour's Elisabeth Egan and Justine Harman as they investigate the real story behind the Hart family’s picture-perfect exterior. Now available on Apple Podcasts and wherever you get your podcasts.

Dec 28 2018
4 mins
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Rank #17: Introducing: Monster: The Zodiac Killer

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From the team who brought you Atlanta Monster comes a new season and a new monster. Season 2 tackles the riveting story of one of the most infamous serial killers in history - the Zodiac Killer. In the late 1960s, a mysterious, faceless fugitive attacked and killed five people in San Francisco. As the murderer went about his gruesome work, he regularly mocked the police and the public by sending letters containing confusing cryptograms to the Bay Area newspapers. Throughout the exhaustive search, there were 2,500 Zodiac suspects, yet none strong enough to make an arrest and, 50 years later, the killer has never been identified.With new interviews and information, join hosts Payne Lindsey (of Up & Vanished) and Matt Frederick (of Stuff They Don’t Want You To Know) as they take a deep dive into the real story behind the headlines and new clues that may offer insight into the identity of this nameless fugitive. Listen and subscribe to MONSTER: The Zodiac Killer on Apple Podcasts, the iHeartRadio app, or wherever you get your podcasts. 

Jan 09 2019
2 mins
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