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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

‘Speed Freak Killer’ Describes How His Partner Raped And Killed Woman – ‘Slashing And Hacking’

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One of the ‘Speed Freak Killers’ has described how his partner raped and killed a woman in footage of a police interrogation which emerged yesterday.

In a videotaped police interview obtained by KTVU-TV, Loren Herzog described how Wesley Shermantine killed 25-year-old Cyndi Vanderheiden.

The station aired a segment of the videotape on Friday which showed Herzog being questioned by investigators in a police interrogation room shortly after his arrest in 1999.

‘I heard a click – I knew what it was,’ Herzog said. ‘Man I started gettin’ out of the car then, it was too late, he was already slashing and hacking, man.’

Herzog also claimed to be scared of Shermantine, saying ‘He ain’t the same person no more’ and suggesting that his partner had tried to kill him.

‘He told me one time, he killed 24 people or somethin’,” Herzog continued. ‘I thought he was just being full of s***.’

He concluded: ‘I wish I could turn the clock backwards, turn the time back.’

Known as the ‘Speed Freak Killers,’ Shermantine and Herzog went on a methamphetamine-fueled killing spree in the 1980s and 90s, possibly murdering dozens of people before their 1999 arrests.

The case gained renewed national attention after Shermantine, who is on death row, recently began disclosing where victims were buried after bounty hunter Leonard Padilla offered him money for the information.

Investigators digging in the areas specified by Shermantine have turned up two bodies and hundreds of bone fragments.

Shermantine was convicted of four murders, including that of Ms Vanderheiden and 16-year-old Chevelle Wheeler, and sentenced to death.

Jurors found Herzog guilty of three murders, but those convictions were later overturned after a judge determined his confession was illegally coerced.

He instead struck a plea deal on one count of voluntary manslaughter for Vanderheiden’s death and was paroled in 2010.

Herzog died in an apparent suicide last month, hours after receiving a call from Mr Padilla warning him that Shermantine planned to reveal the burial locations.

The station didn’t disclose how it obtained the tapes, which it said were played during the killers’ trial.

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