Happy Face Investigative

Hosted By: Melissa Moore

After learning that her father was the serial killer known as the Happy Face Killer, Melissa Moore’s life changed.

After years using her experience to become a known expert on trauma, violence and recovery, Melissa opens the doors to what it was like growing up as the daughter of a serial killer, the clues along the way that now are obvious and how she continues to work through not attaching her father’s crimes to herself.

From an inside look at the letters her father sent her from prison to the moment she confronts the son of one of his victims, you’ll find yourself in her shoes in a way that will have you questioning everything.

Happy Face Podcast Host:

Melissa Moore is the daughter of Keith Hunter Jesperson, a man infamously known as the “Happy Face Serial Killer.” Her intuition and courage forged a drive within her to create a new way of life–one rich with contribution and full of meaning. As a national best-selling author and speaker, she shares a dynamic message of having the courage to shine through adversity and the unlimited power of choice in our lives.

Moore, the author of Shattered Silence: The Untold Story of a Serial Killer’s Daughter, has been featured and appeared as a commentator on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Dr. Phil, Good Morning America, Fox News, America’s Most Wanted, and E! Entertainment, as well as in People and In Touch magazines.

Praise from Listeners*:

  • Intimate Perspective: Melissa Moore’s personal experiences offer a captivating insight into the rarely explored world of a serial killer’s family member, creating a truly unique and compelling narrative.
  • Authenticity and Vulnerability: Listeners appreciate Melissa’s honesty as she openly shares her struggles, emotions, and moments of healing, creating a powerful connection and fostering empathy.
  • Empowering Message: Happy Face offers hope and empowerment by emphasizing the importance of breaking the cycle of violence, fostering empathy, and advocating for victims’ rights, ultimately encouraging listeners to make a positive impact in their communities.

Criticisms from Listeners*:

  • Insufficient Focus on Victims: A few critics suggest that the podcast focuses too heavily on Melissa Moore’s experiences and personal journey, sometimes overshadowing the stories and experiences of the victims and their families.
  • Pacing and Length: A few listeners have commented that certain episodes feel stretched out or could benefit from tighter editing, leading to a sense of repetition or unnecessary details.
  • Sensationalism Concerns: Despite efforts to humanize the subject matter, a few critics express concerns that the podcast may inadvertently glorify or sensationalize the actions of serial killers by delving extensively into their stories.
  • Overemphasis on Personal Healing: A small number of critics argue that the podcast places excessive focus on Melissa Moore’s personal journey of healing and growth, potentially overshadowing broader societal issues related to crime and punishment.

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