This post first appeared at Fellowship of the Minds

An illegal alien from Kenya is a serial killer who preys on elderly women.

On May 16, 2019, authorities in Dallas, Texas, said former health care worker Billy Chemirmir, 46, who was previously arrested in the death of an 81-year-old woman has been charged with killing at least 11 more elderly women in Dallas and Collin counties.

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Chemirmir, a Kenyan citizen, is living in the U.S. illegally.

Chemirmir murdered the women by smothering them with pillows. He also robbed the women of their jewelry and other valuables.

Chemirmir’s 12 victims were:

  • Phyllis Payne, 91, who died May 14, 2016.
  • Phoebe Perry, 94, d. June 5, 2016.
  • Norma French, 85, d. Oct. 8, 2016.
  • Doris Gleason, 92, d. Oct. 29, 2016.
  • Minnie Campbell, 83, d. Oct. 31, 2017.
  • Carolyn MacPhee, 81, d. Dec. 31, 2017
  • Rosemary Curtis, 76, d. Jan. 19, 2018.
  • Mary Brooks, 87, d. Jan. 31, 2018.
  • Martha Williams, 80, d. March 4, 2018
  • Miriam Nelson, 81, d. March 9, 2018
  • Ann Conklin, 82, d. March 18, 2018
  • Lu Thi Harris, 81, d. March 2018.

Chemirmir is also accused of trying to suffociate two other elderly women in Collin County: a 93-year-old woman on Oct. 29, 2017, at the Parkview Elderly Assisted Living facility in Frisco, and a 91-year-old woman in her Plano apartment in March 2018.

The 93-year-old victim told police that a well-dressed man knocked on her door and said he was a maintenance worker. When she told him she didn’t need any work done, he forced his way inside and knocked the woman from her walker to the floor. The man grabbed a pillow from the couch and tried to smother her. The victim told police she “began to pray, believing she was about to die.” Jewelry was discovered missing from her apartment, and cell-phone records put Chemirmir in that location around the time of the attack. He was indicted on the attempted murder charge in May 2018.

Plano Police Chief Gregory W. Rushin said at a news conference that Chemirmir used his “health care experience to his advantage, targeting and exploiting seniors. This is terribly disturbing.”

Authorities said they are reviewing 750 unattended deaths of elderly women — including deaths that were previously ruled as resulting from natural causes — to determine whether they could be linked to Chemirmir.