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'Speed Freak' killer's sister: 'You’re not a saint'

February 20, 2012 |  1:30 pm

The sister of convicted "Speed Freak" serial killer Wesley Shermantine said she still loves her brother, but also said she knows he is not innocent.

Dolly Shermantine, 44, and her children have left the Central Valley in an attempt to move beyond a troubled past brought on by her brother's crimes.

"You're my brother. I love you, but you're not a saint. Stop preaching to me ... how you've done this and how you've done that. You can't fully give yourself to God until you tell the truth," she said.

Investigators are looking for victims of the so-called Speed Freak Killers, Shermantine and Loren Herzog, who were arrested in 1999 for a series of slayings that may have spanned more than 15 years.

Shermantine was sentenced to death for killing four women. Herzog was to receive 77 years to life for three murders, but his sentence was overturned by an appeals court that said his confession to some of the crimes had been coerced.

Herzog served 14 years on a plea deal and was paroled in 2010. He committed suicide two months ago, shortly after a bounty hunter told him that Shermantine was going to give the location of victims' bodies to authorities.

Dolly Shermantine said she believes she was one of Herzog's first victims when he allegedly raped her when she was 12 years old. She said he took the "coward's way out" when he killed himself.

She said she has always urged her brother to reveal the locations of where he and Herzog buried their victims –- and that she would have turned the information over to authorities if she had it.


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-- Fox 40 Sacramento