Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Serial Killer Loren Herzog kills himself a year after he was released from jail

Officials said Tuesday once-convicted serial killer Loren Herzog has committed suicide.

Herzog's body 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.

Herzog was in the middle of a fierce debate over his residence and the target of a lawsuit seeking his banishment from the remote northeast California county.

He 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.

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, 25 in November 1998.

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. Read More