TMZ

Our TV Shows

Got a Tip?

Call TMZ at (888) 847-9869 or Click Here

'Happy Face Killer'

Victim Sues Over Lifetime Movie

I'm Not a Whore!

9/3/2014 6:03 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0903_happy_face_killer_lifetimeThe woman who survived the real-life killing spree of the "Happy Face Killer" is suing Lifetime ... claiming she was wrongfully portrayed as a prostitute in the made-for-TV movie ... TMZ has learned. 

In her suit, Daun Slagle says she was definitely NOT a hooker when Keith Jesperson brutally assaulted her in 1990 ... yet she was portrayed as a prostitute named Candy who voluntarily performs oral sex on the serial killer in front of her infant child. 

Slagle also says the Lifetime movie -- which aired back in March -- left viewers "with the sense that [she] somewhat provoked and/or deserved the attack due to her low character, criminal behavior and taunting of Jesperson, creating a certain sympathy for the killer."

Slagle says the portrayal is "false, egregious and disgusting."

0903_keith-jesperson_mug

FYI -- Jesperson -- who killed at least 8 women in a 5 year span -- was deemed the "Happy Face Killer" because he used to taunt journalists and law enforcement with letters which he often signed with a happy face.

60 COMMENTS

No Avatar
1.

belyoe    

:)

50 days ago
2.

spaz    

Crazy

50 days ago
3.

40cal    

What a surprise a white serial killer,

50 days ago
4.

Shag Me Frida    

That's a seriously crappy thing to do to a woman who has already been through hell. I hope she takes them to the cleaners.

50 days ago
5.

Preacher    

She probably was a hooker

50 days ago
6.

Seraphina    

Tmz , some story's you need to walk away from,

50 days ago
7.

Jannie    

From the geniuses who brought us Liz & Dick, Anna Nicole, The Betty Broderick Story (hilarious!), Death of a Cheerleader, She Woke Up Pregnant (FTW????), and the list of cinematography jewels goes on and on and on... What else did anyone expect? Reliability and accuracy is not their forté.

50 days ago
8.

Ginger    

Lifetime= leann & Eddie. Tori & Dean

50 days ago
9.

Mihalick    

And here I always thought the smiley face thing was a fictitious plot for Red John in ABC's show The Mentalist. Never knew they ripped that of.

50 days ago
10.

Herr_Wolfe    

She's a skank not a whore. Know the difference. Skanks do it for free.

50 days ago
11.

NASA    

Wow. That's awful. Take em to the cleaners, lady.

50 days ago
12.

Bridget    

Blaming the victim to make it more dramatic? Is there a level you won't sink to Lifetime? Sue the living heck out of them girl. To victimize someone again? For a stupid movie? WTF?

I'm soooo glad "Houdini" kicked your "Saved by the Bell Story's" butt. ha ha ha flop.

50 days ago
13.

MrsEdwards1219    

What a lowlife move, lifetime. This woman has had a ****ty life. Number 1: she's a registered nurse, not a prostitute. She had a fight with her husband and went to a mall to cool off which is where she met him. No she shouldn't have gotten in to a car with a man she barely knew, but they had bonded over his recent divorce and him missing his kids. He tried to rape her and strangle her in front of her child. He even pled no contest to the charges (she would have been his second victim). Then after all of this, her then husband murdered her two year old son within a year of this attack. She's been through hell! Leave her alone and pay up for being incredible douchebags!

50 days ago
14.

Dee    

I just haven't been able to even force myself to watch a Lifetime movie

50 days ago
15.

Noog    

What a traumatic event to go through. Lifetime owes her an apology and a basket of flowers.

50 days ago
| 1 | 2 | Most Recent | Next 15 Comments

Around The Web