If Texas law enforcement officials are correct, Billy Chemirmir, 45, a Kenyan immigrant and former nurse, may go down as the most prolific serial killer in U.S. history. Chemirmir was indicted on Monday for capital murder after he was arrested for smothering and stealing the jewelry box of Lu Thi Harris, 81, in Dallas County, Texas.
According to police, this is not the first time that Chemirmir has been involved in a crime against elderly women. He is also under investigation for the attempted capital murder of a 93-year-old woman in Frisco, Texas. Chemirmir allegedly posed as a maintenance worker and gained entry into the woman’s home. The woman told police that he put a pillow over her face in an attempt to smother her. The victim told police she was praying as Chemirmir left her for dead and robbed her of jewelry. In March 2017, police allege that Chemirmir stormed into a 91-year-old woman’s home and assaulted her. The victim claimed that he yelled “go to bed, don’t fight me” before smothering her with a pillow until she lost consciousness. She was revived by first responders in Plano, Texas, and police reported that jewelry was missing from the victim’s home. His vehicle was also seen leaving the scene of another attempted murder of an elderly woman in Collin County, Texas, as he was being watched.
According to the Dallas News, police observed Chemirmir putting items into a garbage dumpster. They were executing a search warrant in relation to another elderly woman who was robbed in the same fashion as previous victims. When they checked the dumpster they found a box of jewelry and a piece of paper that linked to murder victim Lu Thi Harris. Police also found house keys belonging to Harris in Chemirmir’s car.
Officials across North Texas are now reviewing more than a thousand cases of murders and assaults on mostly elderly women to see whether Chemirmir may be connected.