This is a 12-part podcast from How Stuff Works which follows Melissa Moore, a writer from Washington State who also happens to be the daughter of a serial killer called Happy Face Killer.
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.
Jesperson, a six-foot-six truck driver who spent much of his life on the road, murdered at least eight women over a five-year span in the early 1990s. (He claims to have killed many more.) Now serving a life sentence, Jesperson earned his nickname from the gloating, smiley-face-laden notes he sent to police after his kills.
Happy Face stands out because of Moore’s intimate tie to the criminal in question. But its biggest strength is the way it focuses on the more potent personal impact of Jesperson’s crimes — not only on the victims, but on his long-suffering family.
Where Do I Listen To Happy Face True Crime Podcast
You can listen to this podcast on iTune (see here) or via other popular podcast syndication services.