Keith Hunter Jesperson a Canadian-American serial killer known as the Happy Face Killer. He murdered at least eight women between 1990 and 1995. Jesperson's victims were sex worker transients who were raped and murdered by strangulation. His eight confirmed victims were killed in California, Florida, Nebraska, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming. Jesperson was known as the Happy Face Killer because he drew smiley faces on his many letters to the media and prosecutors. Jesperson claimed to have killed hundreds of victims, authorities say only eight murders have been confirmed. Keith Hunter Jesperson was ultimately sentenced to four terms of life imprisonment.
Serial Killer Keith Hunter Jesperson (aka) Happy Face Killer, was active for 6 years between 1990-1995, known to have ( 8 confirmed / 185 possible ) victims. This Serial Killer was active in the following countries: United States
Keith Hunter Jesperson was born on April 6th 1955 in Chilliwack, city in the province of British Columbia, Canada. He was raised by both parents. He was raised as a middle child and had two brothers and two sisters. His father, Leslie (Les) Jesperson, a domineering alcoholic. His mother, Gladys Jesperson. His father abused alcohol and/or drugs. During his education he had academic, social or discipline problems, including being teased or picked on. Keith Hunter Jesperson was physically psychologically abused at some point of his life.
Keith Hunter Jesperson a heterosexual male citizen of Canada. He took an intelligence quotient test before or after his crimes, Keith Hunter Jesperson had an IQ of 102. He completed 12 years of school, received a high school diploma. He divorced. He had three children, including Melissa Grace Moore.
In 1990 (Age 34/35) Keith Hunter Jesperson started his killing spree, during his crimes as a serial killer he was known to strangle, rape, and murder his victims. He was known to kill victims at his own home. At the time of his crimes he was living with himself, alone as a truck driver, where he was known to work as a serial killer.
He was arrested on March 30th 1995 (Age 39), convicted on June 3rd 1998 (Age 43), sentenced to life imprisonment, four life terms at Oregon State Penitentiary in Salem, Oregon, US. He was convicted on charges of murder and other possible charges during his lifetime.
Keith Hunter Jesperson has been listed on Killer.Cloud since November of 2016 and was last updated 6 months ago.
The unlawful killing of two or more victims by the same offender(s), in separate events. Serial Killer as defined by the FBI at the 2005 symposium.
Rape is usually defined as having sexual intercourse with a person who does not want to, or cannot consent.
Strangulation is death by compressing the neck until the supply of oxygen is cut off. Stranglers kill by Strangulation.
|Name:||Keith Hunter Jesperson|
|Nickname:||Happy Face Killer|
|Victims:||8 - 185|
|Years Active:||1990 - 1995|
|Ages Active:||34/35 - 39/40|
|Active Countries:||United States|
|Life Span:||1955 -|
|Astrological Sign:|| ♈ Aries |
Mar 20 - Apr 20
|Children:||three children, including Melissa Grace Moore|
|Living With:||himself, alone as a truck driver|
|D.O.B.:||Apr 6, 1955|
|Birth Location:||Chilliwack, city in the province of British Columbia, Canada|
|Siblings:||two brothers and two sisters|
|Raised By:||both parents|
|Birth Category:||middle child|
|Father:||Leslie (Les) Jesperson, a domineering alcoholic|
|Highest School:||12 years of school|
|Highest Degree:||high school diploma|
|Arrested:||Mar 30, 1995 (Age 39)|
|Convicted:||Jun 3, 1998 (Age 43)|
|Sentence:||life imprisonment, four life terms|
|Prison Location:||Oregon State Penitentiary in Salem, Oregon, US|
|Cause of Death:||N/A|
|Killed In Prison:||N/A|
The 10 dates listed below represent a timeline of the life and crimes of serial killer Keith Hunter Jesperson. A complete collection of serial killer events can be found on our Serial Killer Timeline.
|Apr 06 1955||Keith Hunter Jesperson was born in Chilliwack, city in the province of British Columbia, Canada. #19550406|
|Apr 06 1975|
|Apr 06 1985|
|Keith Hunter Jesperson started his serial killing spree. #1990|
|Keith Hunter Jesperson ended his serial killing spree. #1995|
|Mar 30 1995|
|Keith Hunter Jesperson arrested. #19950330|
|Apr 06 1995|
|Jun 03 1998|
|Keith Hunter Jesperson was convictedand sentenced to life imprisonment, four life terms at Oregon State Penitentiary in Salem, Oregon, US. #19980603|
|Apr 06 2005|
|Apr 06 2015|
The following serial killers were active during the same time span as Keith Hunter Jesperson (1990-1995).
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|father drug abuse||TRUE||192|
|problems in school||TRUE||221|
|teased in school||TRUE||218|
|kill at killers home||TRUE||319|
|living with children||FALSE||268|
|mother drug abuse||FALSE||195|
|kill at victims home||FALSE||322|
|sex with body||FALSE||429|
|ate part of body||FALSE||450|
|totem body part||FALSE||364|
|totem personal item||FALSE||353|
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|1733630600||Serial Killer Stranglers||Kevin Smith|| 164 Total Including |
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|0759528306||The Last Victim||Jason Moss|| 25 Total Including |
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|0312241984||I: The Creation of a Seri...||Jack Olsen||Keith Hunter Jesperson||1|
|1844545474||The Happy Face Killer||Jack Olsen||Keith Hunter Jesperson||1|
|0312983840||I: The Creation of a Seri...||Jack Olsen||Keith Hunter Jesperson||1|
|1599552388||Shattered Silence||Melissa Grace Moore||Keith Hunter Jesperson||1|
|0743288106||Sex, Lies, and Handwritin...||Michelle Dresbold||Keith Hunter Jesperson||1|
|1548119644||The Big Book of Serial Ki...||Jack Rosewood|| 60 Total Including |
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Juan Vallejo Corona
|1439851557||Creating Cultural Monster...||Julie B. Wiest|| 9 Total Including |
|0786040858||Dangerous Ground||M. William Phelps|| 3 Total Including |
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Keith Hunter Jesperson (born 6 April 1955) is a Canadian-American serial killer who murdered at least eight women in the United States during the early 1990s. He was known as the "Happy Face Killer" because he drew smiley faces on his many letters to the media and prosecutors. Many of his victims were sex workers and transients who had no connection to him.
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