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Bail agent’s investigation, warning, led to Herzog’s suicide

January 20th, 2012
Reach out and touch some scum: Self proclaimed "World Famous Bounty Hunter  &  Godfather of Bail" Leonard Padilla's call to Parolee Loren Herzog led the parolee to kill himself.
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Bounty Hunter Called Calif. Parolee Before Suicide By PAUL ELIAS | ABC News / Go.com The apparent suicide of a parolee suspected of killing as many as 19 people occurred after a bounty hunter called him earlier in the day with an ominous warning. Bounty hunter Leonard Padilla told paroled killer Loren Herzog that his partner in crime — who is languishing on death row — was prepared to disclose the location of missing bodies and was trying to pin their murders on him. Padilla said in a phone interview Wednesday that he agreed to pay Herzog’s co-conspirator Wesley Shermantine to disclose the bodies’ locations. Padilla says he called Herzog on Monday afternoon to warn him to get a lawyer after Shermantine implicated him in the alleged killings. “There’s a certain way to do things with felons,” Padilla said. “I didn’t want this to come as a surprise to him.”



Loren Herzog rehabilitated

January 17th, 2012
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Loren Herzog, who by any reasonable measure was a disgusting lump of self-propelled pond scum, was found rehabilitated shortly after midnight this morning in his trailer just outside the state prison at Susanville.  His GPS sent a low battery signal and when authorities entered his residence they found him doing a chandelier impersonation.  He left a note. Herzog was previously convicted in helping to murder three people, but a judge ruled his rights were violated.  He was paroled about 16 months ago.  Local public outrage ended up with him living in a mobile home just outside the prison, in large part for his own safety. 

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Lassen County and Susanville sue CDCr over Herzog

October 5th, 2010
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Lassen County and Susanville have both filed for a writ of mandamus in Lassen County Superior Court.  The object of the exercise is to compel the department to follow the law (what a novel idea) and their own policy and procedure in the matter of Loren Herzog, a very sick sonofabitch who likes to kill women. Herzog is currently on 3 years of parole supervision and is living in a house trailer just outside the fence of High Desert State Prison.  Under normal circumstances Herzog would have been paroled in San Joaquin County.  That was in fact the original plan, but tremendous local outcry compelled the Department to go to Plan B, which

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State penthouse for Herzog

September 20th, 2010
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Killer to live on state grounds, dime State firm on relocating Herzog SCOTT SMITH | THE RECORD  …state prison officials announced their resolve to carry out plans for releasing once convicted murderer Loren Herzog to Lassen County. In a compromise with the outraged rural Northern California community, the 44-yearold from Linden will live in quarters on state property next to the High Desert State Prison in Susanville, officials said. He will be “very actively monitored” by parole agents, fixed with a GPS ankle bracelet and forced to abide by a strict curfew. Parole agents will make frequent visits to ensure he’s following the rules, the statement reads… Herzog had been sentenced to 78 years to life in prison for three murders he committed with his boyhood friend, Wesley Shermantine , who remains on death row. An appellate court ruled that investigators coerced Herzog into confessing…In a deal with prosecutors,he pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter for 14

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Suit against sheriff may go forward

January 10th, 2014
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A federal judge is seriously considering a negligence case against Sheriff Steve Moore of San Joaquin County.  The cause for action is the S.O. using heavy equipment to exhume the remains of some of the victims of Loren Herzog and Wesley Shermantine.  The allegation is that the remains were unnecessarily damaged and commingled with the remains of other victims in the process of the recovery. A court has already ruled that Sheriff Moore can not be sued on a personal basis in this matter.  He could, however, be liable in his professional capacity. Clicking here will link to a Stockton RECORD piece on this story.



FBI tells Sheriff, “Thanks, but……”

November 10th, 2012
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The FBI has told San Joaquin County Sheriff Steve Moore that they will split the cost 50-50 on the next dig and will make the ID of any recovered remains, but they are unwilling to do the whole gig and are unwilling to accept the whole cost in this step of the Herzog-Shermantine murder investigation. I admit I can’t help but feel that there has been something going under beneath the surface here, and that something is coming back to bite the SO in the butt. Clicking here will link to a pretty decent Stockton RECORD piece on this story.



First foot dragging, now push-push-push

November 9th, 2012
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San Joaquin County Sheriff Steve Moore has given the FBI two weeks to respond to his invitation / request that they take over the search for more remains of victims of Loren Herzog and Wesley Sheremantine.  If they do not respond within that time he is planning to go ahead with his own plans to excavate at least one of the sites in Linden, using Drill Tech. and Shoring, Inc. to excavate the area.  San Joaquin County has already approved the $129,000 contract. Sheriff Moore has caught major heat for using heavy equipment in the forensic recovery effort, which very likely contributed significantly to the

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More on “Speed Freak Killer” remains search

October 10th, 2012
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There was a major piece on the Channel 13 10:00 News tonight regarding the Herzog-Shermantine case.  Some of the remains taken from the well in Linden were apparently co-mingled, possibly due to the inappropriate use of heavy equipment for the recovery.  It is possible the Michaela Garecht was among the victims.  She disappeared at the age of nine from Hayward.  Some of the bones that were originally believed to be from another victim may be hers and have been sent to the Hayward PD for DNA testing. Michaela was not originally known to be a victim of Herzog and Shermantine, but investigators have long thought

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Perfidy, incompetence and maybe more than a little cowardice (Updated)

August 27th, 2012
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Reflection on the sad response to attempts to close out the Speed Freak Killers case By Bob Walsh Most readers of this blog will be familiar with the names Loren Herzog and Wesley Shermantine, known as the Speed Freak Killers in the media.  These men are known to be responsible for the deaths of several young women in northern California and are suspected in literally dozens more.  Shermantine was convicted of only five deaths. Herzog’s case was overturned and he ended up pleading guilty to voluntary manslaughter.  He was sentenced to 14 years and became eligible for parole consideration.  I have followed this case with

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Appeals court rules placement of now-dead parolee kosher

March 13th, 2012
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The Third District Court has ruled that the decision to place Loren Herzog in parole in Lassen County was legal.  Herzog self-rehabilitated in January on the grounds of Susanville prison, apparently when it became obvious that his crime partner was about to start giving up information on women they had murdered.  A Lassen County judge had ruled that the placement of Herzog in Lassen County was illegal. Clicking here will link to a brief piece from the Stockton RECORD on this story.  Thanks to Caroline for the link.



Dancing with a devil

December 27th, 2011
Wesley Shermantine is playing games with autorities in the hope he can weedle his way off death row and out of prison.
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Condemned CA killer’s map yields fruitless search Mercury News SAN ANDREAS, Calif.—A condemned killer’s attempt to lead authorities to the body of one of his four victims in exchange for certain conditions has once again frustrated investigators and the victim’s family following a fruitless search. A search crew spent last Thursday digging up a Calaveras County hillside where death row inmate Wesley Shermantine had told the newspaper he buried 16-year-old Chevelle “Chevy” Wheeler in 1985, The Record of Stockton ( http://bit.ly/sugpoc) reports. Shermantine said he wanted his $18,000 in court-ordered restitution to be paid off for the information, The Record said. He offered to provide the location of a second body, belonging to a missing woman whose disappearance remains unsolved, if it was. But after using cadaver dogs, picks, axes and a backhoe to search the spot under an oak tree where Shermantine, 45, had said Wheeler was buried—located on his parents’ former property



Court orders paroled sex killer moved

November 8th, 2010
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By any reasonable definition Loren Herzog is one sick sonofabitch.  He is a multiple sex killer.  His sentence was cut to 12 years due to prosecutorial misconduct and he is now on parole.  Under normal circumstances he would have paroled to San Joaquin County but the families of his victims got together to persuade the Department to not release him locally.  CDCr dumped him in a mobile home on the grounds of High Desert State Prison.  The locals didn’t like it and screamed like mashed cats.  Then they sued.  The Lassen County Superior Court issued a writ of mandate ordering CDCr to follow their own procedures and

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Legal dumping: Urban trash stinks up rural communities

September 13th, 2010
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Herzog won’t be paroled in S.J. By Scott Smith | Record Staff Writer STOCKTON – Protests that local residents mounted against Loren Herzog forced state prison officials to announce Friday that the Linden man once convicted of multiple murders will be released next week hundreds of miles north of San Joaquin County in a remote corner of California. Herzog, 43, is expected to be paroled in Lassen County on Friday. Relatives of Herzog’s victims and those who testified against him in court petitioned officials to place him at least 35 miles away from them… Herzog had been sentenced to 78 years in state prison for his role in three murders. But an appellate court tossed the conviction, and Herzog later pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in Cyndi Vanderheiden’s death, cutting his sentence down to 12 years…(Full text at Stockton Record) While the residents of Lassen County are likely to get their collective dander up over

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Almost a major, high-profile whoopsie

July 24th, 2010
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Loren Herzog is not a nice person.  His road dog is on death row.  He is suspected of several murders and was originally sentenced to 78 years to life for three murders.  Unfortunately the prosecution screwed up and violated his rights.  He has pled guilty recently to one count of voluntary manslaughter in exchange  for a time-served sentence and was going to get out of prison shortly.  Fortunately, prison officials noticed a goof, he had been credited twice with 150 days of good-time credit.  A judicial hearing confirmed this and he will stay in prison for a few more weeks. There has been much local

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