15 Incredible Stories About The Children Of Serial Killers

For children reading this article, we raise some serious question marks. Do you feel like your mom and dad are missing from home more than they were supposed?

Have you seen them acting strangely towards other children? Is daddy shoveling late in the night? If at least one answer is “yes” chances are you could be a candidate for a spot on the list one day.

Serial killers fascinate us for multiple reasons. Looking beyond the apparent savagery, we simply cannot resist the urge to snoop in their private lives. Those expecting their children to turn out equally deadly have few reasons to cheer.


Nevertheless, 15 stories that bring the children of serial killers in the spotlight are fascinating, each in its unique way. While some refused to believe the facts put in front of them, others went as far as hunting their parents down. You simply cannot have a normal life once the police reveal to you that the person you loved most in the world has a dark double identity.

1. Melissa Moore

Melissa Moore

via ABC News


“Could my father have killed me?” That has been a huge question mark for Melissa Moore once she found out her father’s backstory.

Keith Jesperson, more widely known as “The Happy Face Killer,” engaged in a murder spree that lasted throughout the 1990s. Although the investigation confirmed only eight victims, the man claims to have killed as many as 160 people.

His preferred targets were prostitutes and homeless people. Jesperson attracted the nickname because he sent multiple letters to the media and the police, all ending with smileys.

Melissa got the first hint about her father’s “hobby” when she saw killed stray cats at the family farm. It was not until 1995 that she learned daddy would stand trial for murder.

Jesperson’s daughter became a celeb once she unveiled her drama at the “Dr. Phil Show” and “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” Coming to terms was not easy, but Melissa went on to condemn his father and publish “Shattered Silence: The Untold Story of a Serial Killer’s Daughter.”


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