'Speed Freak Killer' to be allowed to search for bodies

12:12 PM, Jul 17, 2012   |    comments
Wesley Shermantine
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SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Brown has signed a bill to allow a death row inmate to help authorities search for the remains of his long-dead victims.

The governor announced Tuesday that he had signed AB 2357 by Assem. Cathleen Galgiani, D-Tracy. The bill gives California's corrections secretary the authority to let convicted serial killer Wesley Shermantine help investigators search for more bodies.

Shermantine and a friend went on a drug-induced killing spree in the 1980s and 1990s. The other man, Loren Herzog, hanged himself earlier this year after learning that Shermantine provided crude maps to lead authorities to the remains of four of their victims.

Lawmakers say there could be dozens of other victims.
Galgiani became interested partly because her missing cousin could be a victim.

The Associated Press

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