Entries in Serial Killers (2)


300 Human Bones Found in Serial Killers' Lair

Joseph Devenney/Getty Images(LINDEN, Calif.) -- More than 300 human bones have been found in a Linden, Calif., mine where "Speed Freak" serial killers Wesley Shermantine and Loren Herzog buried victims of their alleged drug-fueled killing spree.

Shermantine, who is on death row, provided a hand-drawn map to San Joaquin sheriff's officers to help them locate the burial ground for as many as 10 or more victims from the spree, which occurred during the 1980s and 1990s.

Herzog, when he was told about Shermantine's cooperation with investigators, killed himself last month.

Monday marked the fourth day of searching and sifting through dirt from the mine, which police excavated in batches and then combed through for evidence. In addition to bones, investigators have found clothing, shoes, jewelry, and other personal effects.

The sheriff's department said it's too early to tell how many different bodies they've found. They say the next step is sending all the tagged items to the Department of Justice for DNA analysis. 

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Death Row Inmate Paid Over $30K for Victims' Whereabouts

Comstock/Thinkstock(SAN JOAQUIN, Calif.) -- Death Row inmate Wesley Shermantine was paid $33,000 by a Sacramento bounty hunter in exchange for information leading to the remains of victims of the "Speed Freak Killers," according to a report in the Los Angeles Times.

Authorities say Shermantine drew maps of where he and his late accomplice Loren Herzog buried their victims during a more than decade-long murder spree that began in the mid-1980s.

San Joaquin County Sheriff's spokesperson Les Garcia said deputies and employees were busy digging Saturday after recovering remains late last week.

"We have information that we may have 10 to 20 bodies in that well," Garcia told the Times, referring to the new areas identified Saturday by Shermantine.

Officials say Herzog committed suicide last month after learning Shermantine was cooperating with authorities. Worried the new information supplied by his former accomplice would lead to new charges, the 46-year-old took his life Jan. 16.

According to the Times, officials say Shermantine was motivated to make a deal due to the fact he was already on Death Row and does not have access to his prison account until $18,000 is restitution to victims' families is paid.

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