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Old 02-12-2012, 06:53 PM
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Loren Herzog AKA 'Speed Freak' Serial Killer Found Hanged by Parole Officers

Suicide: Herzog, pictured here during a prior court appearance, was found dead Monday night near the High Desert State Prison in California
  • Accused of methamphetamine-fueled killing spree in 80s and 90s that earned him and friend Wesley Shermantine the nickname 'Speed Freak Killers'
    Released from prison in 2010 after serving 11 years
Last updated at 5:01 PM on 18th January 2012
Without the confession, prosecutors said they were left little evidence and had no choice but to offer Herzog a deal to plead guilty to voluntary manslaughter for the killing of Cyndi Vanderheiden, (pictured below) age 25, in November 1998.

Notorious serial killer Loren Herzog has committed suicide, it was revealed last night.
The body of Herzog, 46, was found Monday night hanging inside his trailer located immediately outside the grounds of High Desert State Prison in Susanville, the Lassen County Sheriff's Department said.
He was living so close to a prison because at the time of his death Herzog was in the middle of a fierce debate over where he was living and was the subject of a lawsuit seeking to banish him from the remote northeast California county.
Normally, under Californian law, once someone is released from prison they return to the last place they lived. But relatives of victims can ask that they live at least 35 miles from their homes. Until this was resolved authorities allowed him to live in the grounds of the prison.
Herzog was at the beginning of a 78-year prison sentence for three murder convictions when an appeals court in 2004 ruled investigators illegally coerced his confession.

His sentence was reduced to 14 years and he was released on parole in September 2010 after serving 11 years.
With credit for time served dating back to his 1999 arrest and time off for good behavior, the prison system was unable to hold him longer despite calls for his continued incarceration.
Herzog and childhood friend Wesley Shermantine were dubbed the Speed Freak Killers when they were arrested in 1999 for Vanderheiden's murder and several others.
The two were accused of terrorizing San Joaquin County for 15 years by going on methamphetamine-fueled killing sprees.
Shermantine is on California's Death Row after being convicted of four murders
Murderers:Loren Herzog (pictured below, and childhood friend Wesley Shermantine, were dubbed the Speed Freak Killers when they were arrested in 1999 for the murder of 25-year-old Cyndi Vanderheiden and several others

Before Herzog's release in 2010, family members of the alleged victims and influential San Joaquin County politicians persuaded California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation officials to parole Herzog far from the Central Valley region, where the murders occurred.
CDCR's decision to locate him in Lassen County set off a furor there that culminated with the city of Susanville filing a lawsuit alleging prison officials were wrong to make Herzog live there.
A Lassen County judge agreed late last year and ordered prison officials to remove Herzog.
He remained living in a trailer on the prison grounds in Susanville while CDCR appealed the judge's ruling.
Parole agents went to Herzog's home around midnight Tuesday when a low-battery alarm on his GPS unit went off.
State and county authorities are investigating his death.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...#ixzz1mD33gu4n
Please go link below to read about the confession of "Speed Freak Killer" Wesley Shermantine who agreed to reveal the location of the bodies for $33,000.00. Mr. Shermantine agreed to reveal the location of the bodies because he wanted to use the money to settle a restitution order that prevented him from being able to buy candy bars in the prison store. So basically he turned over evidence that would send his friend back to jail so he could get candy bars.
Other victims:
Chevelle Wheeler

Michaela Garecht

Missing: Michaela Garecht, nine, has still not been found since her abduction in November 1988

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Old 02-12-2012, 11:34 PM
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Re: Loren Herzog AKA 'Speed Freak' Serial Killer Found Hanged by Parole Officers

AH! I get it now, from the title it seemed to me as though the parole officers themselves hung this guy.

thank you for the post!

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Old 02-13-2012, 09:09 PM
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Re: Loren Herzog AKA 'Speed Freak' Serial Killer Found Hanged by Parole Officers

Well, as we say in Texas: "He needed killin'."

At least he killed himself. Saved California time and money.

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Old 02-14-2012, 03:45 AM
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Re: Loren Herzog AKA 'Speed Freak' Serial Killer Found Hanged by Parole Officers

He belongs dead.

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Old 02-15-2012, 10:17 AM
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Re: Loren Herzog AKA 'Speed Freak' Serial Killer Found Hanged by Parole Officers

no loss there

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