The “Speed Freak” killers Loren Herzog and Wesley Shermantine have resurfaced in the news on Tuesday, August 28, and Fox News reports that money is being exchanged for dead bodies of the duo’s victims.
Seven months ago plans were put into place for Wesley Shermantine to be released from prison in order to help searchers locate his remaining victim’s bodies.
His partner in crime,Herzog, allegedly chose to take his own life in January when he first heard about it. He had gained his release for the duo’s murderous spree in 2010 on a technicality and it is believed that he feared new trials and additional incarceration according to bounty hunter Leonard Padilla.
FOX40 reported that Padilla thinks there could be as many as four wells with bodies in them from the two convicted murderer’s crime spree that began as early as 1984.
All in all, however, Shermantine is claiming that 72 people lost their lives to his former partner and another man during the years that followed. And he claims to know where many of the bodies are buried, motivating the FBI to allegedly pay him for each one found.
A 1998 interrogation video of one of the convicted murderers (seen to the left of this article) highlights that police believed both men were involved. Investigators sought to gain the willingness of Herzog to rollover on Shermantine, initially, or to provide forensic samples of his body fluid in order to eliminate him.
He was reluctant to do either, continuously denying any knowledge or involvement at the time. However he would go on to gain his freedom after being convicted when a judge ruled in 2010 that his admission of guilt was coerced by law enforcement.
Shermantine, however, would remain behind bars and eventually work with police to broker payment for any bodies found that was a result of his and Herzog’s “speed freak” crime spree.
In the case of Cyndi Vanderheiden, the 25-year-old missing girl last seen with both men, her family finally gained closure in February of this year when Herzog’s partner told police where to find her body, which was located on property once occupied by Wesley Shermantine’s family.
“If this is Cyndi, it will be a closure and we will go on with that,” the victim’s mother Terri Vanderheiden said at that time.
Following this weekend’s search for victim’s bodies, Wesley Shermantine was returned to his prison cell Sunday night. Three bodies were located as a result of his first search effort with authorities. Two have been identified and one remains unknown.
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