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  • Behind her father's loving facade lurked a violent killer

    Melissa Moore's parents, Rose and Keith Jesperson, were married in 1975. "When you're young, you don't realize that this person's going to become who they become," Rose said. "At the time he was a very charismatic, considerate young man and I had no clue that this is what he would become."
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  • Behind her father's loving facade lurked a violent killer

    Keith Jesperson holding daughter Melissa when she was a baby. Melissa was in high school when her father, a long-haul truck driver, was charged with multiple murders. Now in prison for life, Jesperson says he loved his three children very much and always will.
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  • Behind her father's loving facade lurked a violent killer

    Melissa, 2, on the couch with her dad, Keith Jesperson. Today she describes him as a "Disneyland Dad," because of the way he would blow into town and lavish them with gifts and then depart again, leaving her mother to take care of the three children. She says she adored him as a child.
    Courtesy Melissa Moore
  • Behind her father's loving facade lurked a violent killer

    Melissa, 8, standing in her First Communion dress with her mom, Rose; dad, Keith Jesperson; and younger sister. Melissa's parents would eventually get divorced, but Jesperson visited the family whenever his trucking jobs took him their way. "He would come into town and the first thing he would do is take us out to eat," Moore said. "Then after going out to eat, he would say, 'Well, let's go shopping,' and then after shopping he would take us to the grocery store and then he would stay the night and leave the next morning."
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  • Behind her father's loving facade lurked a violent killer

    Melissa and Sam Moore while they were dating. They met at a church dance in April 2000, when Melissa was 21. By then her father was in prison. "I knew that our relationship was going towards marriage ... and I thought, well, this is something he's gonna need to know," Melissa said.
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  • Behind her father's loving facade lurked a violent killer

    Melissa Moore and her husband, Sam, cutting their wedding cake. They married in November 2000, seven months after they met. "I said, 'Hey, you know, you always ask me, you know, who my father is. I want you to know he's in prison,'" Melissa said. "And then I said 'He's' a serial killer.' [Sam] put a face on that it didn't bother him."
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  • Behind her father's loving facade lurked a violent killer

    Melissa and Sam Moore with their two kids, Aspen, 9, and Jake, 6. Melissa admits she used to be afraid that her son "might have characteristics or DNA that would prove -- that he is capable of being a sociopath like my dad." She later learned that research has found there is no genetic link.
    Courtesy Melissa Moore
  • Behind her father's loving facade lurked a violent killer

    Two people falsely confessed to killing Keith Jesperson's first victim, Tanjua Bennett. In 1990, Jesperson, a long-haul truck driver, left this note at a rest stop bathroom. It says: "I killed Tanjua Bennett in Portland. Two people got the blame so I can kill again. Cut buttons off jeans -- proof."
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  • Behind her father's loving facade lurked a violent killer

    In 2005, Melissa Moore and her husband, Sam, took their two children to visit their grandfather in the Oregon State Penitentiary in Salem. That was the last time Melissa saw her dad.
    Courtesy Melissa Moore
  • Behind her father's loving facade lurked a violent killer

    In December 2009, convicted serial killer Keith Jesperson was extradited to Southern California to stand trial in the cold case murder of a young woman. Jesperson, also known as "The Happy Face Killer," is suspected of killing eight people mostly in the northwest. He is currently serving three consecutive life sentences in Oregon.
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