Keith Hunter Jesperson | 9 Creepy Works of Art Made by Criminals

Keith Hunter Jesperson

The “Happy Face Killer” earned his moniker by signing his confession letters to the media with a smiley face. Jesperson was upset that his murders were being attributed to others and not garnering enough attention, so he wrote long letters to newspapers and prosecutors detailing his crimes. All in all, Jesperson was convicted of eight murders, mostly prostitutes, although, in a clear act of self-aggrandizing, he claimed to have killed 160 people. Sentenced to life imprisonment, Jesperson whiles away the time by drawing and painting, and true to the impulse that made him sign his letters with a smiley face, a cheerful motif to decorate a tragic story, his art is no less.

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