Evil Happy Face killer strangled women to put them out of their misery

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A depraved serial killer trucker who killed scores of women by strangling them to death has said he believed his victims "needed to be put out of their misery".

Keith Jesperson, a Canadian from the region of British Columbia, now aged 66, roamed the United States murdering women in the 1990s after a bad breakup with his wife.

He claims to have killed about 166 people, but only eight have ever been proven. A number of these victims attributed to him have never been formally identified, with a number of them being homeless people and prostitutes.

His known victims included Angela Subrize, a 23-year-old woman who he dragged out of the back of a moving lorry so her body could not be identified.

A documentary which aired on Sunday called 'Snapped Notorious: The Happy Face Killer' showed rare footage of him recounting his murders.

In one clip he talks about the horrific killing of Ms Subrize, detailing the effects of his sick act on her body:

"I tied her by the ankles underneath my trailer, and I drove out onto the freeway, drove for about 12 miles with her face down on the pavement."

"From about her ears forward were gone,' he said. 'Her chest cavity was gone. She lost her arms and her hands 'cause I put her hands taped up in front of her so that she'd lose them first. And they never found the body for about eight months."

Jesperson became known as the 'Happy Face killer' after he began to send taunting letters to newspapers and law enforcement that were signed with a smiley face.

Some of the footage in the new brand new doc comes from exclusive chats with investigative journalist M William Phelps.

He made the documentary alongside Lauren Bright Pacheco and had been corresponding with Jesperson for ten years before the release of the special.

Mr Phelps admitted in a recent interview that a number of their interactions had left him "traumatised", and felt like "torture".

He said: "This guy would talk about strangling a woman, staring in her eyes, waiting for life to leave her, and he'd be smiling. He'd talk about it like he was talking about a football game that he watched."

"To sit there and really have to smile and be his friend knowing what he's done is psychological torture."

However, he says he is no longer in contact with the murderer after the release of the new show and a 2017 book called 'Dangerous Ground: My Friendship with a Serial Killer'.

He believes the interactions give Jesperson too much power and are unlikely to provide any new information.

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