Melissa Moore – SHATTERED SILENCE – A Serial Killer’s Daughter Talks


Melissa Moore is the daughter of a serial killer.

She learned that horrifying truth when she was just 15 years old.

It would be her dark secret for many years.

Then one day, the silence was shattered

Shattered Silence by Melissa Moore

(excerpt) Throughout her life, Melissa Jesperson Moore had to hide her true identity. She had pretended that life was perfect after her parents divorced and she was suddenly uprooted from everything familiar and loving. She had to be silent, and to pretend not to be disturbed or upset by her father’s actions. Those experiences prepared Melissa to hide the deepest, darkest secret of all. As she began making different choices, building a successful and loving life on her own, her heart began to fill with rays of hope, though she could never quite rid herself of the dark shadow of secrecy and shame. Then one day, her beautiful, innocent daughter looked into her eyes and said, “Mommy, everybody’s got a daddy. Where’s your daddy?”

Shattered Silence is an astonishing, true narrative of personal and spiritual transformation. From her secret life as “the daughter of The Happy Face Serial Murderer” to a woman that bared her soul and inspired millions, Melissa leads the reader on the vulnerable, compelling, and sometimes very raw journey of what it took to shatter the silence, and claim her own life. (end excerpt)



Melissa and daddy Keith – The Happy Face Killer

Melissa’s father, Keith Hunter Jesperson  is a Canadian born American serial killer known as the “Happy Face Killer” for the smiley face he drew on his many ‘taunting’ letters to the media and the authorities.

Overall, Melissa’s father murdered 8 people in Nebraska, California, Florida, Washington, Oregon, and Wyoming. He was a long distance truck driver at the time he committed these murders. He is serving three consecutive life sentences at the Oregon State Penitentiary in Salem.


Keith Jesperson is quoted, as saying of his victims…

“It was their fate to die by my hands, like a car accident or illness. “


In November, 2008, Melissa Moore (the Happy Face Killer’s daughter) appeared on a talk show to discuss her father. She recalls living with her dad until her parents divorced in 1990.  Melissa noticed her dad was different when she was in elementary school. Their house had an apple orchard and her dad killed stray cats and gophers that wandered nearby. But one day, she watched, horrified, as he hanged her pet kittens from the family’s clothes line and beat them to death.

Melissa Moore would be even more horrified in the near future when her daddy would be arrested, tried and convicted of being an American Serial Killer.

Read her story and get the insight into a child of a serial killer.