My foreign mother pronounces words incorrectly all the time, and will accidentally say something perverted (for example, she innocently calls the "hamper" the "humper"), and my father tends to make really lame dad jokes that are ridiculously punny.
Embarrass me as they might, I am incredibly grateful for them; and I am thankful that neither one has turned out to be a murderer, although I am sure I have made them mad with my silly antics when I was younger and they were holding in a lot of anger.
It sadly isn't the same for others. The two daughters of serial killers have bravely spoken out about the shame and damage the actions of their fathers have caused them, but they have decided to no longer let it affect them.
Melissa Moore is the daughter of Keith Jesperson, and felt she had a normal childhood until she noticed he would torture animals in front of her. A giant grin would spread across his face, which is a pretty big clue as to what evils he was capable of committing.
Jesperson later raped and murdered eight women, and was arrested in 1995. A majority of the women were prostitutes, or homeless, and he was given the nickname the Happy Face killer, as he would write letters admitting to the crimes and he would sign them with a happy face.
She wrote the book Shattered Silence: The Untold Story of a Serial Killer’s Daughter to tell her painful story.
Jenn Carson is also a daughter of another serial killer known as Michael Carson. Jenn's father was part stay-at-home-dad and part pot dealer. Her parents divorced and her father remarried when she turned 5 years old.
Three years later, Jenn discovered a newspaper article describing how her father and his new wife Suzan had murdered three people they believed to be witches.
Of course, these killers were placed behind bars, but left behind are their shame-filled daughters who struggle with lifelong feelings of loneliness and pain.
Melissa has found the strength within herself to write about her experiences and helps the families of serial killers that are left with the mess and hurt of their family member. Check out this video from Crime Watch Daily in which the two women fearlessly talk about their fathers and their feelings:
Horror films tend to focus on the killer and their murdered victims, but we forget about the other victims in their lives: their families. It breaks my heart to hear Jenn question herself and wonder if there is a sort of "devil inside of her," as her father's doings have left such a dark mark on her.
I think it's absolutely brave and uplifting to see Melissa make the best of her situation by trying to help those who have suffered the same ordeal as she did. I think that is completely impressive and admirable.
[Source: The LAD Bible]