Released Convicted Killer Takes Own Life

LASSEN COUNTY, CA - Loren Herzog, thought to be a serial killer, took his own life, authorities said.

"I'm glad he saved us a lot of money," Lassen County resident Terri Wilson said.

Another resident said: "It's sad but I felt relief."

Herzog was initially convicted of several murders. He was released in late '10 and lived in a trailer on the grounds of High Desert State Prison in Lassen County. When this ankle bracelet signaled his parole officer of low batteries, authorities came to the trailer and found Herzog had apparently hanged himself.
Some residents say they never saw Herzog in the community after his release.

Residents said little notice was given when a court ruled police used coercive tactics, and Herzog was freed. Herzog was released into a town far from the Central Valley, where the killings he was first convicted of took place. Protests were held.

"I think remote counties are getting tired of it," a Lassen County resident said.

She also said: "suicide is not the answer for anybody I don't care who you are suicide's not the answer."

Authorities are promising to look into the death.

Herzog is one of two people thought to be responsible for a series of meth-fueled killings called the 'speed freak killings.'
The other, Wesley Shermantine, is on death row.


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