13 episodes

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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    Episode 12: Aftermath

    Episode 12: Aftermath

    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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    • 34 min
    Episode 11: Psychopathy

    Episode 11: Psychopathy

    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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    • 34 min
    Episode 10: Ghosts and Letters

    Episode 10: Ghosts and Letters

    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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    • 34 min
    Episode 9: Normalcy

    Episode 9: Normalcy

    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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    • 41 min
    Episode 8: Happy Face

    Episode 8: Happy Face

    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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    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

Green PJs ,

Terribly distracting music

Yes, the podcast is interesting. However, I think it would have been so much more listenable/ accessible had they thought a little more about who they hired to produce/write/direct the soundtrack.
The soundtrack is mopey, the lyrics are distracting to the interviews, and the voices of the singers (and this is more subjective) are often cliché and uninspired.
From a full-time musician’s perspective, I feel like the creators of the podcast should have evaluated critically the music they choose to pair with their otherwise interesting podcast.

Maidag ,

Annoying music...

I was so close to stop listening several times because of the horrible music and all the commercials for other podcasts - just incredibly annoying and just too much!
The lasts 3-4 episodes were the best. The first half was not very well made, as if they had to learn how to do this as they made the podcast. It’s a 3. The episode with Dr James Fallon is a 5.

Trultelult ,

A haunting story

This podcast is very good. It starts being about how Melissa can see ghosts and an incident she had when she was young.

Which is very fitting as it explores how her father’s crimes has haunted her and trying to reconcile the image she had of her father as young and the terrible things he did later, even the abuse. Listening to this podcast as Melissa was able to let go felt like a privelige.

Not to mention the choice of music sublime.

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