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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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Episode 1: Childhood

Episode 1: Childhood

2018-09-2800:31:18182

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
Episode 2: Disruption

Episode 2: Disruption

2018-10-0500:29:5591

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
Episode 3: Keith

Episode 3: Keith

2018-10-1200:34:2782

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
Episode 4: Broken

Episode 4: Broken

2018-10-1900:33:3777

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
Episode 5: Misdirection

Episode 5: Misdirection

2018-10-2600:34:2867

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
Episode 6: Leroy

Episode 6: Leroy

2018-11-0200:43:0262

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
Episode 7: Don

Episode 7: Don

2018-11-0900:33:5960

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
Episode 8: Happy Face

Episode 8: Happy Face

2018-11-1600:35:1346

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
Episode 9: Normalcy

Episode 9: Normalcy

2018-11-3000:39:1545

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
Episode 10: Ghosts and Letters

Episode 10: Ghosts and Letters

2018-12-0700:32:2134

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
Episode 11: Psychopathy

Episode 11: Psychopathy

2018-12-1400:32:5936

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
Episode 12: Aftermath

Episode 12: Aftermath

2018-12-2100:32:5635

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
Host Rainbow Valentine discovers her artist mom and 'businessman' dad were deeply involved in the illegal drug trade and unknowingly spent her childhood among a massive pot distribution operation. As she talks with her father in intimate interviews, Rainbow Valentine uncovers a history of her childhood that causes her to reassess everything — and gives us a unique personal window into the infamous counter-culture of Marin County in the 70s and 80s -- from Ken Kesey's acid tests and the birth of the Grateful Dead to a drug culture that hardened and became more dangerous in response to the War On Drugs. Disorganized Crime is now available wherever you get your podcasts. Listen here. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Comments (197)

Akinboboye Akinwande

Nick seemed like a nice guy. idk why Melissa was trying so hard to paint him like an abusive monster. she tried to make him admit there was physical violence which from his reaction and from her reaction to his reaction, there wasn't.

Dec 10th
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DAWN

Just watched this woman on a talk show and I knew I had to listen to hear the rest of her story.

Dec 10th
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Drago Nvale

not a good podcast. slow, boring, and sound is mediocre at best. stopped listening to it. waste of time

Oct 17th
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Lisa Yerger Opdyke

Melissa is amazingly strong and what an inspirational story. I had daddy issues with pain and abandonment, but wow! Things are in perspective. Melissa is incredible

Oct 6th
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Seyed ali Zolfaghar

i'm so sad when listened

Sep 2nd
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dok dicer

I feel I'm listening to a completely different podcast than the critics around here. There's hardly any advertising (only in the beginning and at the end of the episodes), and the music is lovely and helps so much with the mood and immersion. I hardly ever binge podcasts but I am bringing this one. The only other one I've ever binged was TANIS, largely for the same reasons, the cool music and mood being the most important one.

Aug 12th
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Kaity Strong

the 4 weddings and a funeral ad is horrendous. those people reading the script should be banned from radio and tv

Jul 24th
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No Comment

yea making peace with a murderer is like trying to win a fight with a wall. my best advice, move on cut him off, don't communicate in any way shape or form. Most of all psychopathy is not an inherited trait, and your not him. everytime you react to his shit he wins. take your life back and move along and most of all don't look back. he is truly not worth your time. good luck

Jul 14th
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Floy Wilson

Really fascinating hearing from the child of a Serial Killer. Great podcast!

Jun 19th
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Jenice Vd Berg

Keith's voice sounds like Jax Teller's dad in SOA..

Jun 19th
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Suzy

What a strong person she is , with a beautiful soul. Absolutely Amazing. I wonder how her siblings have dealt with everything?

Jun 14th
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Crystal Cadger

Leroy's pain was so intense. It really took me back.

Jun 13th
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Conan Gracie

Poor mother. So sweet and always CUT OFF by her daughters fucking greed. How many ads do you need? You already made so much money off this fucking story. Psychopath

Jun 3rd
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Conan Gracie

Yeah, abuse your female audience by telling them their hair looks shittier than it used to in order to sell them shit gummy bears when you can just buy omega gummy vitamins at walmart. The victim here is the unintelligent woman who married this psychopath and has a daughter who doesn't see her for years until she needs her for a story.

Jun 3rd
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Conan Gracie

Yeah, abuse your female audience by telling them their hair looks shittier than it used to in order to sell them shit gummy bears when you can just buy omega gummy vitamins at walmart. The victim here is the unintelligent woman who married this psychopath and has a daughter who doesn't see her for years until she needs her for a story. Her poor mother seems so sweet.

Jun 3rd
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Conan Gracie

Just watch the documentary free on youtube. Listen to My Favorite Murder, Serial or Last Podcast on the Left. Not this sociopath try to sell you a bunch of garbage. Her story has been told elsewhere with less bullshit.

Jun 3rd
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Conan Gracie

Best way to start out your podcast about childhood trauma is by peddling snake oil in gummy bear form. Then leggings. Then a phone network. Sociopath. Even drug addicts see their parents at least once a year. This would be an incredible story if the BTKs family and the Iceman's family hadn't already told it. Always a loving family man that loves his children out of narcissism and abuses their mother. Open your eyes, everyone.

Jun 3rd
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Kelly Gaskin

I don't think anyone should be judging this young lady and her motives. her life has been hell and maybe this process helps her cope. unless you have lived it you can't make judgements about her character.

May 30th
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Kathy Marie

These ads are fucking ridiculous. It’s a 20 minute episode with 10 minutes of that being ads and music. If you didn’t have the content to make a podcast, you shouldn’t have made one.

May 16th
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Multli M

Seems to me that this vile man only wants to continue to destroy others and being now locked up Melissa is the easiest target for him to continue being who he is.... I personally do not even want to call Melissa his d......... but I guess that's not my place to say that, I totally feel for her and hope that the steps she has taken to process all will eventually completely rid her of all her pain re that vile man.......

May 7th
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