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'Speed Freak Killer' says map may provide clues to more bodies

April 25, 2012 |  9:16 am

One of the drug-fueled "Speak Freak Killers" responsible for killing at least a dozen people in the '80s and '90s says a detailed map shows where the bodies of more victims may be buried.

Wesley Shermantine says the map shows another well, now covered by a driveway, just feet from the original dig site,  Fox40 News in Sacramento reported.

Victims' remains were found earlier this year after Shermantine provided hand-drawn maps — which he made in his San Quentin cell — showing where he and his late childhood friend Loren Herzog dumped their victims during 15 years of thrill-killing.

The men are believed to have killed at least a dozen and as many as 72 people, according to Shermantine. They were dubbed the "Speed Freak Killers" because they were often high on methamphetamine when they committed their crimes.

Shermantine, who was sentenced to death for four murders, provided the directions to bounty hunter Leonard Padilla in exchange for a promise of $33,000 to pay off a restitution order, buy headstones for his parents' graves and acquire a television and other comforts.

Grass is now growing over investigators' original dig site on Flood Road in San Joaquin County. The excavated well yielded three bodies in the decades-old case. Kimberly Billy and Joann Hobson's remains were identified. A third body is still considered a Jane Doe.

Shermantine’s map includes misspelled road names, tips for Padilla and notes about where he and Herzog spent years killing people and dumping their bodies.

“He sent us this map because then he can actually sit in his cell and tell us where to go on this map, and we're not guessing. It's working out quite well,” Padilla told Fox40.

Padilla says the fact the well is now covered over by concrete won't be a problem.

“In a situation like this, the bones are still giving off emissions and they come up and hit the cement and they roll off to the sides,” said Padilla, explaining that trained dogs will be able to sniff out the emissions.

The bounty hunter spoke with Shermantine on Tuesday morning and says there is no reason law enforcement and the public shouldn't trust the convicted killer.

“As far as the project, whatever you want to call it, it's bearing fruit because we were able to get the bodies in Calaveras,” Padilla said, referring to the bodies that were found.


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-- Andria Borba and Ian McDonald, Fox40 News