Keith Jesperson probably isn’t the first name that would come to mind if somebody asked you to name a famous serial killer, but he’s famous enough that I recall seeing an episode of American Justice devoted to him back when A&E was still worth watching. So I was interested when I came across an article written by his daughter, Melissa Moore. My evil dad: Life as a serial killer’s daughter
It goes fairly deep into an aspect of serial killers that you don’t often get to hear about. Sure we know about the horrible creep monster, but what about the other part of the double lives we’re so often told these people live? Is Joe the welder, the guy who’s such a nice fellow, hangs out at the bar after work, plays with his kids, is active in his community and throws a mean neighbourhood barbecue really able to flip that switch so completely? Obviously, the answer is pretty complicated. Even if dad is weird and mean sometimes, there’s no way he could be that weird…right?
And perhaps even more interesting than that is the talk of what life is like once dad’s been discovered. What do you do? What do you say? How do you cope? How do people react to you? How do you move on? Do you move on?
If you have even a passing interest in these sorts of things, give this a read. It’s pretty fantastic, heartbreaking and hopeful all at once.