Suspected serial killer Billy Chemirmir is accused of going to senior residing houses, smothering aged girls with a pillow, and stealing their jewellery.
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One after the other their names have been known as out. Eighteen girls who police imagine have been killed by Billy Chemirmir.
The households of these victims introduced three new legal guidelines on Wednesday aimed toward defending residents in impartial residing services. The group Secure Our Senior’s Safety stated the payments launched would create a voluntary certification program and budget-neutral legislation.
The payments embody requiring services to report all crimes on their property and carry out enhanced background checks on staff.
One other invoice would power Money for Gold shops to maintain information of who they do enterprise with.
Former Dallas Cowboy Cliff Harris, whose mother-in-law is likely one of the Chemirmir’s victims spoke with WFAA Tuesday in regards to the invoice proposal.
“If we had recognized there had been murders and deaths that have been unaccountable we’d’ve been extra cautious and brought extra care. This was a preventable accident,” he stated.
That is in response to a string of killings that occurred from 2016 to 2018 at senior residing houses in Dallas and Collin counties. Two of which embody Preston Place Retirement Group and The Custom Senior Residing.
Based on police, Chemirmir allegedly smothered his victims with a pillow after which stole their jewellery. He is accused of killing at the least 18 aged girls.
“Sociopaths exist on this world. We rely on individuals who run these services to guard [residents] they usually failed,” stated Paul Abramowitz, the son of one of many victims.
The group Safe Our Senior’s Security is led by Shannon Gleason Dion, whose mom Doris Gleason is among the many victims.
Dion talked about going to select up her mom for church on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2016. Doris normally sat on a bench and waited for her daughter, however that morning she wasn’t there.
Dion went to search for Doris in her dwelling, however she was lifeless.
“I noticed momma on the ground,” stated Dion.
Dion stated she although it was odd she could not discover her mom’s guardian angel necklace.
“It matches the one I put on round my neck,” stated Dion.
Dallas Cowboy legend Cliff Harris additionally spoke on Wednesday.
The Corridor of Fame security needs individuals to recollect his mother-in-law, Miriam Nelson.
“Great, fantastic girl. I cherished her pot roast that she cooked for me. She was so form,” stated Harris.
Harris stated his mother-in-law known as them two days earlier than her demise after a person knocked on her door and claimed he needed to return in her dwelling to repair a leak. She additionally lived in an impartial residing facility.
“She known as us as a result of she was involved in regards to the stranger at her door, so my son went to spend the evening together with her,” stated Harris.
However 48 hours later, police say she was smothered with a pillow by Chemirmir and her jewellery stolen.
“What occurred to my mother-in-law three years in the past is the worst factor I’ve skilled in my life and my spouse nonetheless has nightmares,” stated Harris.
Police stated a number of girls have been killed at some impartial residing services. Households stated they by no means knew it till Chemirmir was arrested.
“If we knew there was a stranger was roaming the halls we’d have executed one thing completely different,” stated Harris.
The households stated the brand new payments concentrate on extra accountability and transparency.
“We’re in search of obligatory background checks for all staff, monitoring ins and outs of the residents, and the disclosure of legal exercise,” stated Dion.
Monitoring the crimes
Police stated Chemirmir would usually take the jewellery he stole to locations that purchase and promote gold, nevertheless it was powerful to trace.
“I imply it is simply ridiculous that to assume you realize you possibly can promote somebody’s gold and soften it down and never should be accountable for the place you bought that gold,” stated Harris.
One of many payments would make these companies preserve a database of who offered them gold and an outline of the merchandise.
“We’re not going to curve up in sorrow or cover. We’re going to combat like hell for different seniors so different households gained’t should undergo this,” stated Dion.
The households hope the payments will turn into legal guidelines to guard seniors, and these shall be their family members’ legacies as a substitute of their deaths.
“They’re watching over us as we defend these to return,” stated Dion.
In December 2020, Chemirmir’s lawyer Phillip Hayes stated all of the proof in opposition to his shopper is circumstantial.
“It looks as if they wish to make him out to be a horrible serial killer so they’re pinning all these deaths on him,” Hayes stated.
Chemirmir’s trial is scheduled to start out in April, if he is convicted he may face the demise penalty.