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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 12: Aftermath

Episode 12: Aftermath

2018-12-2100:33:2425

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
Episode 11: Psychopathy

Episode 11: Psychopathy

2018-12-1400:33:3027

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 10: Ghosts and Letters

Episode 10: Ghosts and Letters

2018-12-0700:32:4828

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 9: Normalcy

Episode 9: Normalcy

2018-11-3000:40:0634

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 8: Happy Face

Episode 8: Happy Face

2018-11-1600:35:5335

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 7: Don

Episode 7: Don

2018-11-0900:34:2949

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 6: Leroy

Episode 6: Leroy

2018-11-0200:43:4251

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 5: Misdirection

Episode 5: Misdirection

2018-10-2600:35:1157

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 4: Broken

Episode 4: Broken

2018-10-1900:34:0365

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 3: Keith

Episode 3: Keith

2018-10-1200:35:1066

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
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Comments (158)

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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Randall Fields

Kathy Marie American Nightmare Podcast has NO ADS and it's better than this. This is pure greed. I implore you. Go check it out.

May 25th
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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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Samantha Booker

too many adds, too short episodes too much music. makes you think you don't have have enough content

Apr 26th
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Ray

Samantha Booker 👍agree

Apr 27th
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Jason Freestone

I'm going with opposite ends of the spectrum here, first the positive. Great topic pick. You have the serial killer documentary which is very interesting but nothing new, but you also had the killer's wife, daughter and son of a victim view points. Very original and very interesting! Well done! My hat is off to all the victims both living and dead. God bless. Now for the negative. It was a bit too touchy feely at times, but I get it. The "GOOD HELL!!! " portion that at times made made me turn it off because I was wretching, is the "music". I am sure they are nice people, tried hard, etc. and there may be like two people in the world that would voluntary listen to it outside of their parents, but it is litterally WORSE than nails on the chalk board! They should play that stuff at Guantanimo Bay and the terrorists would be singing out information like canaries; anything to make it stop. It makes the podcast almost unbearable to listen to. Had the rest of the production not been so interesting I wouldn't have finished it. As it was I wore out the fast forward button on my phone. Rough.

Apr 11th
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Martin Riggs

too self obsessed and quircky

Apr 6th
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Jonas Grumbie

Martin Riggs I thought the early episodes were interesting, lost interest after she met up with a victim's son

Apr 6th
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Almost Lawli

Considering the number of really disparaging comments about Melissa on the last episode, I'm happy to see none of that here. She deserves nothing but sympathy and peace of mind. So happy to hear the weight being lifted off of her in this episode.

Mar 27th
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Shellie Shand

The music! Too much, very annoying

Mar 27th
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James Williams

This is a strange episode. Melissa and Don have a really strange morbid connection. It’s like they both are getting pleasure from going through the facts of what happened.

Mar 20th
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James Williams

If Keith had of killed his father as a kid I really believe a lot of people would have been saved.

Mar 19th
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James Williams

I have to agree with most of the comments I’ve scrolled through. The background music and songs are really annoying. I really prefer podcasts with music at the beginning and end and none throughout.

Mar 19th
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Colby Jackson

this got boring

Mar 9th
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Tommie Gilleran

Stopped listening due to the ridiculous amount of ads and their placement made this really difficult to enjoy!!

Mar 7th
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Jamie Lee

... and podcasting is free of course there are going to be ads!

Feb 25th
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Jamie Lee

don't you guys have fast forward? I fast forward through the ads and when I heard the stuff about the cat I fast-forwarded through that I know it was going to be bad.

Feb 25th
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Alex Jasper

I absolutely agree with you Bonnie VanKirk Hays, I think and wish they had out more of the importance of their lives in as a memorial of who these women were. like tanja benson.

Feb 24th
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Jon P.

Great background music!

Feb 20th
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L Leigh White

When there is speaking and music with lyrics at the same time, it’s hard to focus on the speaking. Background music playing quietly would be ok, but lyrics and speaking at once is overwhelming. I’m not a fan of the songs anyway;/

Feb 16th
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Laurin LaBonte

okay..loving it up until the neurologists incorrect definition of a sociopath. I'm looking at my copy of the DSM5 Right now and contrary to what he says, about sociopaths (Aka those with antisocial personality disorder) having feelings and being able to feel remorse, this is wrong completely. number 7 of criteria for the disorder states: "Lack of remorse, as indicated by bring indifferent to or rationalizing having hurt, mistreated, or stolen from another."

Feb 10th
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Laurin LaBonte

I just started this, love it! the only downside is there is a LOT of ads for such short episodes and they're long ads too

Feb 9th
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Randall Fields

Laurin LaBonte Please check out American Nightmare Podcast no ads

May 25th
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hoodcat

Oh boy 😂 Chillywack. It's pronounced chill-ah-whack!

Jan 24th
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