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Killer's daughter sharing her story

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SPOKANE, Wash. - More than 10 years ago at Shadle Park High School Melissa Moore received a phone call that would change her life forever. Her father, Keith Hunter Jesperson, infamously known as the 'Happy Face Killer,' had been arrested for murder.

Jesperson is currently serving three life sentences for the rape, torture and murder of three women. At one point, Jesperson admitted to killing more than 100 women, but later recanted that number to just eight. One of his victims, Angela Surbrise of Spokane, he met at the Ridpath and later killed.

Jesperson was dubbed the 'Happy Face Killer' after writing numerous clues to an Oregon newspaper about the women he killed and where he left their bodies. He signed each note with nothing but a happy face.

Today, Moore has a family of her own and kids who want to know about their grandfather so she has written a book to help give her the strength to share her story.

"How do you tell a little girl that there's real monsters out there in the world and one of them happens to be her grandfather," said Moore.

That's the impossible question that forced Moore to think about a past she would rather forget.

Moore says writing the book, 'A Shattered Silence,' was a way to re-live and resolve so much anger and hurt deep from inside.

Looking back at her childhood, Moore says the signs were all there and she just didn't see them.

Her father would brutally beat and torture her pets and even make subtle references to her about how to get away with murder, but she never imagined her dad was the 'Happy Face serial killer.'

"He asked me if I wanted to know why," says Moore, "but none of the answers he could give me would be satisfying."

Moore says his name, a happy face, a symbol found almost anywhere today acts as a constant reminder to her, of all of her pain and what her father did to those helpless women so many years ago.

"The happy face is supposed to symbolize happiness, but instead it symbolizes something that's sadistic," says Moore. "I can't have pleasure, it brings up the memory,  it's hard because it's everywhere."

Moore's book comes out Tuesday and in it she's changed the names to protect the privacy of her loved ones.

A majority of the book's proceeds will be donated to the Dr. Phil Foundation.

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