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Scott Smith visits Wesley Shermantine at San Quentin

On Feb. 24, The Record and announced reporter Scott Smith would be visiting convicted serial killer Wesley Shermantine at San Quentin State Prison.


  1. Smith has covered serial killers Wesley Shermantine and Loren Herzog since 2006. His stories on Shermantine and Loren Herzog are available at
  2. Smith ventured to San Quentin early from San Joaquin County to make it to the Bay Area location by 9 a.m.
  3. In the Feb. 25 issue of The Record, victim Chevelle "Chevy" Wheeler's death notice ran. It follows Cyndi Vanderheiden's earlier in the month.
  4. Smith fielded questions in the early part of the morning about his visit.
  5. As he waited, he recorded images and thoughts from San Quentin State Prison.
  6. Smith's correspondence with Shermatine spanning those years has recently led searchers to unearth the remains of Cyndi Vanderheiden and Chevelle “Chevy” Wheeler. Investigators also found an apparent mass grave in a Linden well and possibly a fourth grave site in Calaveras County.
  7. Smith talked to Shermantine for nearly two hours at San Quentin on Feb. 25.
  8. Smith was not allowed to bring a recording device during his interview, but was able to take some notes.