In 1988, nine-year-old Michaela Joy Garecht was abducted in broad daylight from a Hayward, California supermarket, by a pockmarked young man with long blond hair. Perhaps, if they had had Amber Alerts back then, the outcome would have been different. But in any cases, she was never found and her abductor was never identified, although many suspects have surfaced over the years.
Well, the cops are now looking into the possibility that Wesley Shermantine and/or Loren Herzog, the so called “Speed Freak Killers,” are responsible for Michaela’s abduction and presumed murder. Shermantine’s on death row and Herzog, who was on parole, killed himself early this year. Shermantine recently wrote a letter accusing his friend Herzog of a slew of unsolved murders, and Michaela’s was one of those mentioned. This article points out that Herzog resembles the sketch of the abductor.
Personally, I doubt he had anything to do with it. I think Shermantine’s just trying to screw around with people. As far as I know, both men victimized adult women and teens, not little girls. But presumably the police will make up their own minds about this.