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Report: Serial killer says more bodies are out there


Feb. 9: Investigators from San Joaquin and Calaveras counties in California search for human remains after receiving a tip on where to locate the bodies of murder victims from convicted killer Wesly Shermantine. (Fox40)

Sacramento television station CBS-13 has received a letter it says is from serial killer Wesley Shermantine claiming he knows of sites where the bodies of additional victims were dumped.

The station reports that in a letter with Shermatine's signature from San Quentin State Prison, the convicted killer says there are two locations where his accomplice, Loren Herzog, disposed of two victims.

Shermantine says he hasn't revealed the locations because he hasn't been paid $33,000 promised by bounty hunter Leonard Padilla.

Padilla, who recognized Shermantine's handwriting in the letter, says he's working to establish a trust account before paying. Padilla says San Joaquin County sheriff's officials have a copy of the letter. They didn't immediately return calls from The Associated Press seeking comment on it.

Shermantine and Herzog, known as the "Speed Freak Killers," are suspected in as many as 20 murders. Herzog committed suicide last month after being told Shermantine was cooperating with authorities.

Authorities have been searching a farm in Linden based on information provided by Shermantine.

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