'Speed Freak Killer' Got $33K to Tell Where Bodies Were
Wesley Shermantine, partner killed up to 20 in decade-long murder spree
By Mark Russell, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 12, 2012 7:35 AM CST
In this undated file photo provided by the California Department of Corrections, death-row inmate Wesley Shermantine is shown.   (AP Photo/California Department of Corrections, File)

(Newser) – A serial killer on Death Row is giving up the locations of the bodies of up to 20 people he killed—for the tidy sum of $33,000, reports the LA Times. Convicted murderer Wesley Shermantine drew maps of two dumping grounds after he was paid by a Sacramento bounty hunter to reveal where he and his partner hid their victims' bodies from a drug-fueled murder spree that began in the mid-1980s and lasted more than a decade. "We have information that we may have 10 to 20 bodies in that well," said an investigator yesterday, referring to a farmland site identified by Shermantine.

Shermantine's partner, who was on parole after being released from prison in 2010, killed himself last month after learning Shermantine intended to reveal the locations of the additional bodies. On Thursday, the apparent remains were found of a 25-year-old woman who went missing from her home in 1998, and a 16-year-old missing since 1985 was thought to have been discovered on Friday. "He said this could be very incriminating for him to do, but I told him he's already on Death Row and they're not going to kill you more than once," said the bounty hunter.

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Feb 13, 2012 8:35 AM CST
Look at that mugshot... that's exactly the kind of fat, reckless hillbilly that scares the bejeezus out of me...
Feb 12, 2012 11:55 PM CST
This dude is the poster boy for keeping the death penalty in California http://bit.ly/aofiUe Makes me want to pass a law in California allowing the unarmed masses to carry pieces to take out trash like this whenever they have the misfortune of running into it.
Feb 12, 2012 10:28 PM CST
I guess the reason why the bounty hunter paid the $33K for the information was because he was getting paid $100,000 to come up with the remains. So it's a Win Win situation for both the Bounty Hunter and the Killer. However, I do hope this does bring some closure to the victims families. I assume the $33K the killer gets will go for lawyers fees anyway.