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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.
||ExplicitEpisode 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?||12/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 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.||11/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 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.||11/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 7: Don||Though Jesperson has clearly left his mark on both of their lives, Don and Melissa manage to find solace in their shared experiences.||11/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 6: Leroy||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?||11/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 5: Misdirection||How did Keith get away with murder for so long?||10/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 4: Broken||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.||10/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 3: Keith||Melissa’s mother believes Keith wasn’t born a psychopath, but that he was raised to be that way by his father, Les.||10/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 2: Disruption||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.||10/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 1: Childhood||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.||9/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Great interviews, bad music
I’m really enjoying this so far. The interviews are very raw and personal. It’s chilling and fascinating at the same time. The only thing I don’t like is the music. I find the lyrics very distracting and I wish it wasn’t peppered throughout the episodes.
I thought this was going to be a true crime podcast
Instead, we have constant shifts into awful and generic “moody girl with a guitar” music and, of course, commercials. The actual “substance” is comprised of disjointed audio clips and an attempt at a narrative thread, but they’re so often interrupting themselves to overproduce this show that you lose interest. If your episode is only 30 minutes and most of that feels like interstitial material, you have a problem.
Wacky and stupid production
What is with the background banjo, didgiredoo and faint sounds of people wailing? Long awkward pauses. Just weirdly put together. The material is interesting but this whacky, crumby editing made me switch it off