Happy Face Killer

Synopsis: Follow the hunt and ultimate capture of serial killer Keith Hunter Jesperson. An aspiring cop turned long-haul truck driver after a failed marriage, Jesperson strangled his first victim following an argument and was back on the road again the very next day, killing at least eight women over a five-year span as he crisscrossed the country. Upset after a woman falsely confesses that she and her boyfriend are responsible for one of his murders, Jesperson begins to taunt the authorities by sending a series of disturbing letters to newspaper editors, even scribbling confessions on the walls of highway rest stops admitting that he loved killing his victims. By signing his morbid notes with a happy face, he earned himself the notorious nickname, "Happy Face Killer" and forever left his mark of fear.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
83 min

Keith Jesperson,

my favorite driver.

How you doing?


So what's in the bag?

Just some presents

for Cora and the kids

from the road.

I miss 'em

when I'm gone.

Aw, that's sweet

you spoil them like that.

Yeah, they're only kids

for so long.


Well, my 30-year-old's

still living in the garage

trying to build

a better bong.

Hey, today's the big day.

The Mounties are calling.

Yeah, I am golden.

I studied that test for a year.

I nailed it.

Took the physical,

nailed it.

And you know what?

I look real good on a horse.

Oh, well, I bet you do.

You're not

even Canadian,


I was born in Canada, Dez.

It is the most beautiful place

in the world.

And it's a better life

for me, Cora and the kids.


Dudley Do-Right

to the rescue, huh?

That's an animated character

and a cliche, Dez.

The actual Mounties

are a world-class organization.



I got stuff coming in

every day this week,

so I hope you're

around a while.

No one ever

complains about you.

Except that we don't

see enough of you.

Personally speaking,

of course.

Why don't you two

get a room?

See you later.

How's Cora

and the kids?


You know, she's the best thing

that ever came along for you,

you know that, right?

She is a saint.

How are you two lovebirds doing?

Up and down.

You and me didn't learn

a damn thing

about marriage, huh?

Except what a lousy idea it was.

I'm on my way over

to help pop build a deck.

Why don't you come over?


Oh, no, no, I got it.


You okay?

Yukon, here I come.

Hey, he's back!

I'm back from the Crusades!

Anyone home?

Where are you guys?


Yes, hello,

this is Colonel Lamaire,

from the Canadian police,

calling from Toronto.

I'm trying to reach

Mr. Keith Jesperson.

This is Keith speaking.

I've been waiting

for your call.

Good afternoon,

mister Jesperson.

Good afternoon, Colonel.

How is it up there?

Perfect, I bet.

Yes, very nice up here.

I'm afraid I have

some disappointing news, sir.

I'm sorry, I don't understand.

Well, sir,

the RC's have looked over

your medical records,

including X-rays

of your shoulder,

and I'm very sorry

to inform you

we aren't going to be able

to move forward

with your application.

Uh, no, Colonel,

there must a mistake.

There's nothing wrong

with my shoulder.

Someone read the X-ray wrong.

Nonetheless, sir,

we cannot dismiss it.

On behalf of the Mounties,

you have my deepest regret,

Mr. Jesperson.

I don't understand.

I'm sorry, Mr. Jesperson.

Are you there, sir?

Yeah, I'm here.

Thank you for the call, sir.

"Dear Keith...

...by the time you read this,

I will be at my parents

with the kids.

After 14 years together,

I can't continue

in our marriage.

You know how much

we've grown apart.

I never see you.

You're always on the road.

I've given this

a lot of thought,

and I will always care

about you,

but it's over.

You can call the kids

now and then,

but not me.


Special agent

Melinda Gand...

The only reason

I stay in the FBI.

What about stopping

criminals, Anselo?

Protecting America.

I find your

patriotism exciting.

I thought you were

getting married.

What happened,

she get to know you?

You know, Gand,

specializing in

crimes against women

is taking the romance

out of your life.

Is that right?

I sense a secret

hunger in you

for something

more thrilling

than blood spatter

and wiretaps.

We should have dinner

and talk about it sometime.

Anselo, I owe you an apology.

See, I was under

the mistaken impression

that you were living

in this century.

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Richard Christian Matheson

Richard Christian Matheson (born October 14, 1953) is an American writer of horror fiction and screenplays. He is the author of over 100 short stories of psychological horror and magic realism which are gathered in over 150 major anthologies and in his critically hailed hardcover short story collections Scars and Other Distinguishing Marks, Amazon #1 bestseller Dystopia and Zoopraxis. He is the author of the suspense novel Created By and Hollywood novella of magic realism The Ritual of Illusion, and was the editor of the commemorative book Stephen King's Emmy Winning BATTLEGROUND Matheson also adapted the short story which was made into an iconic episode of the TNT series "Nightmares & Dreamscapes" and won two Emmys. He wrote or co-wrote the screenplays for Three O'Clock High, Full Eclipse, It Takes Two, Loose Cannons Shifter, Midvale The Nature of Evil(co-written with his father Richard Matheson, Paradise, It Waits, Happy Face Killer, Voices of Midway, "Red Sleep", "Hooky", Dean Koontz's Soul Survivor as a 4-hour mini series, three Masters of Horror episodes, Stephen King's Big Driver, and 'NIGHTMARE CINEMA". He wrote for Amazing Stories, the miniseries Nightmares & Dreamscapes and adapted as four-hour miniseries HG Well's "THE TIME MACHINE", Roger Zelazny's "The Chronicles of Amber" and Whitley Strieber's "Majestic". Matheson also wrote twenty comedy and drama pilots for major studios and networks. He co-created, co-executive produced and co-wrote all thirteen episodes of the highly-rated HBO/Cinemax half-hour comedy series CHEMISTRY. He has been executive story consultant, supervising producer and executive producer for network television series. He is also the co-executive producer of the films Cub, It Waits, Paradise, Full Eclipse and Big Driver. more…

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