by Melissa G. Moore
Memoir of a serial killer's daughter.
Melissa Moore's father, Keith Jesperson, was known as the "Happy Face" killer. He wrote his own book called "I" The Creation of a Serial Killer, which I may have to read.
I thought Moore's book was just okay. I love true crime books, so the title interested me, but mostly she tells about her life growing up. Her dad did kill some cats, and she related these awful memories of him doing so, and she also told of inappropriate things he said to her, but for the most part her dad was not a vicious, mean, abusive father. After her parents divorced, her mother moved her and her siblings around many times and she had to switch schools. Her father made a point to stay in the kids' lives, and her siblings looked forward to his fun visits where he took the kids to buy things and played with them by throwing them over his shoulder and carrying them around like dads do. Melissa claims she was afraid of her father, but not for a specific reason. She said she just didn't trust him. He never physically abused or molested his children.
While Melissa was in high school, her father was arrested for the murder of his girlfriend and subsequently admitted to killing seven other people between 1990 and 1995. He was sentenced to three consecutive life terms.
Again, the book was just okay. I read it in two days and it held my attention, but I've read a lot of true crime books and it wasn't that exciting. I hate to put it like that because, after all, her father really was a serial killer and that is awful! Her growing up years were not great because her parents were divorced, they didn't have a lot of money, her mother married a deaf man with anger issues, Moore had to switch schools a couple of times, but I'm not sure it was worth writing a book. After reading "A Child Called It", nothing compares to the treatment Dave Pelzer endured as a child.
I am curious to read her father's version.