Happy Face is a new podcast series from HowStuff Works premiering on Friday, September 28th. For Melissa Moore, 1995 was a nightmare. Thats the year the teenager learned her father, Keith Hunter Jesperson, was a serial killer. Its also the year Melissa Moores doubt spiral began: When you look like your father, and you share his intelligence and charisma, how do you know youre 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 its also the story of the horrific legacy he gifted his children. Join Melissa Moore as she investigates her fathers crimes, reckons with the past, and wades through her darkest fears as she hunts for a better future.


  • Mystery Man

    Mystery Man

    27/10/2020 Duração: 39min

    In this season ending episode of Happy Face Presents: Two Face, we receive the final update from Michelle Leonard, the DNA Detective. Has she found Becky's father and what does Becky do with all of this information after going on a altering journey? We are left with a heartfelt takeaway from Becky, in her own words. Learn more about your ad-choices at

  • The Letter

    The Letter

    20/10/2020 Duração: 13min

    In this bonus episode, we hear the bizarre letter Diane wrote to her post-conviction attorney in full read by an actor.  Learn more about your ad-choices at

  • The Escape

    The Escape

    13/10/2020 Duração: 40min

    Eric Mason recounts Diane Down's strange escape from prison. Her post conviction attorney, Steve Gorham, shares a bizarre letter written after her trial that changes her story of what happened the night of the shooting. Learn more about your ad-choices at

  • Jackpot Match

    Jackpot Match

    06/10/2020 Duração: 35min

    We revisit Becky's search for her biological father. DNA detective Michelle Leonard presents Becky with the definitive answer on her relation to Diane Downs, and we get a surprise match that moves us closer to solving the mystery of Becky's father. Learn more about your ad-choices at

  • The Trial

    The Trial

    29/09/2020 Duração: 37min

    The trial of Diane Downs begins, sparking a media circus as reporters scramble for details. Christie Downs makes a remarkable recovery from her stroke and is able to testify in front of the jurors. Learn more about your ad-choices at

  • DNA Detective

    DNA Detective

    22/09/2020 Duração: 35min

    How does Becky plan to uncover her Paternal Lineage? With help from two DNA and genetic experts, we sink our teeth into the reality of trying to track down a parent with limited information. Fortunately, with the DNA kits submitted by Diane's brother, James Fredrickson, and Becky, we have the first piece of the puzzle to find Becky's biological dad. Learn more about your ad-choices at

  • Diane


    15/09/2020 Duração: 40min

    Just four days after the shooting Diane participated in a reenactment of the night of May 19th for the police. Her affect throughout the reenactment caused the police and community to look at her as a suspect.  Learn more about your ad-choices at

  • The Night of May 19th, 1983

    The Night of May 19th, 1983

    08/09/2020 Duração: 34min

    Could Diane’s obsession with a married man be the possible motive? We explore her former marriage and life leading up to the shooting of the Downs children.  Learn more about your ad-choices at

  • Truth and Lies

    Truth and Lies

    01/09/2020 Duração: 38min

    After many attempts to speak with Diane's family members, Diane's brother, James, finally agrees to sit down with Becky. Learn more about your ad-choices at

  • The Secret

    The Secret

    25/08/2020 Duração: 33min

    After a viewing of a TV movie revealed to Becky what her biological mother had done, her life took a turn towards rebellion. Now, twenty years later, she's still dealing with the consequences of that discovery Learn more about your ad-choices at

  • Hidden in Plain Sight

    Hidden in Plain Sight

    18/08/2020 Duração: 26min

    In 1984, Diane Downs was convicted for the murder of her daughter and attempted murder of her other son and daughter. Shortly before her admission to prison, she gave birth to a girl. Now that daughter, Becky Babcock, begins the journey to accept the connection to who her biological mother is, and what that means for her life going forward. Learn more about your ad-choices at

  • Happy Face Presents: Two Face

    Happy Face Presents: Two Face

    05/08/2020 Duração: 03min

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  • Episode 12: Aftermath

    Episode 12: Aftermath

    21/12/2018 Duração: 32min

    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

  • Episode 11: Psychopathy

    Episode 11: Psychopathy

    14/12/2018 Duração: 32min

    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

  • Episode 10: Ghosts and Letters

    Episode 10: Ghosts and Letters

    07/12/2018 Duração: 32min

    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

  • Episode 9: Normalcy

    Episode 9: Normalcy

    30/11/2018 Duração: 39min

    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

  • Episode 8: Happy Face

    Episode 8: Happy Face

    16/11/2018 Duração: 35min

    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

  • Episode 7: Don

    Episode 7: Don

    09/11/2018 Duração: 33min

    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

  • Episode 6: Leroy

    Episode 6: Leroy

    02/11/2018 Duração: 43min

    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

  • Episode 5: Misdirection

    Episode 5: Misdirection

    26/10/2018 Duração: 34min

    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

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