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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.

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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Duration:00:04:51

Episode 12: Aftermath

12/21/2018
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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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

Duration:00:34:07

Episode 11: Psychopathy

12/14/2018
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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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

Duration:00:33:52

Episode 10: Ghosts and Letters

12/7/2018
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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? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

Duration:00:32:30

Episode 9: Normalcy

11/30/2018
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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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

Duration:00:38:45

Episode 8: Happy Face

11/16/2018
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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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

Duration:00:36:31

Episode 7: Don

11/9/2018
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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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

Duration:00:34:12

Episode 6: Leroy

11/2/2018
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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? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

Duration:00:42:54

Episode 5: Misdirection

10/26/2018
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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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

Duration:00:35:16

Episode 4: Broken

10/19/2018
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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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

Duration:00:34:14

Episode 3: Keith

10/12/2018
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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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

Duration:00:35:03

Episode 2: Disruption

10/5/2018
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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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

Duration:00:30:10

Episode 1: Childhood

9/28/2018
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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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

Duration:00:31:36

The Letter

9/14/2018
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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." Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm And to learn about your ad choices when listening to podcasts, visit https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices

Duration:00:01:26

The Visitor

9/5/2018
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"Were you ever afraid of him?" Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htm And to learn about your ad choices when listening to podcasts, visit https://www.howstuffworks.com/privacy.htm#ad-choices

Duration:00:01:34