Cops OK Search for 'Speed Freak Killers' Victims

Inmate Loren Herzog. Photo Courtesy of the Stockton Record
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Authorities have decided to move forward with plans to transport a convicted serial killer to California's Central Valley, where he says a dozen or more victims are buried.

Death row inmate Wesley Shermantine is offering the information after a bounty hunter struck a deal to pay him more than $30,000. Shermantine claims the bodies were stashed in San Joaquin and Calaveras counties.

Investigators say Shermantine and childhood friend Loren Herzog went on a methamphetamine-fueled killing spree during the 1980s and 90s. They were dubbed the "Speed Freak Killers" during their trials.

Federal, state and local officials held a meeting Friday to discuss the claims amid concerns over Shermantine's credibility.

Afterward, San Joaquin Sheriff Steve Moore said they want to bring Shermantine to the supposed burial grounds in the "near future."