Monday, October 1, 2012

Wesley Shermantine 'Speed Freak Killer' Claims Dozens Of Victims

One of the so-called 'speed freak killers', who terrorised California's San Joaquin Valley in the 1980s and 90s, has said he may have killed as many as 72 people.

Wesley Shermantine maintained his silence on death row for a decade but last year started to reveal information about the string of methamphetemine-fuelled murders after a bounty hunter offered to pay him to identify where the bodies of some victims were buried.

Authorities already suspected that Shermantine, along with his childhood friend Loren Herzog, were responsible for 22 deaths but the 46-year-old's claims, if true, would make the pair some of the most prolific serial killers in US history.

In a letter to a reporter he said there were "24x3" victims and suggested that Herzog, who killed himself in January, was largely responsible.

A phone line set up by investigators earlier this year brought calls suggesting that up to 65 missing people could have died at their hands. Read More