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.
Did You Know?
Contrary to what was shown, the FBI had minimal involvement in the several homicides. The cases were investigated by the local agencies the FBI supervisor had demeaned early in the movie. See more
The FBI was called in supposedly due to the murder taking place in Oregon and the body being dumped in Washington. The problem with this is that there was no defined crime scene. Cases such as these are investigated within the jurisdiction where the body was located. If evidence that the crime took place elsewhere was discovered, at that point it would be investigated and prosecuted there.
The Sheriff states at the medical examiner's office that the only evidence was the happy face, bar stamp on her hand, and that her zipper had been cut out. The hand stamp would be insufficient evidence to define a crime scene. See more