(UnitedVoice.com) – In 2022, a Texas court convicted Billy Chemirmir of killing 87-year-old Mary Brooks. The victim was one of 22 elderly women he was charged with murdering. The other families will never get justice in the court of law.
On September 19, authorities found Chemirmir dead in his cell at Coffield Unit in Tennessee Colony, Texas. The 50-year-old had been serving two life sentences without parole at the prison. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) named the killer’s cellmate as the perpetrator. He was also serving a life sentence.
Authorities have not released any other information about the killer’s death. The news of his murder spread quickly among the family members of his alleged victims. Chemirmir is accused of smothering 22 elderly women to death over the course of two years. He reportedly killed them so that he could steal from his victims. Most of the deaths were originally determined to be natural, but the cases were later reopened.
Phyllis Payne, 91, was one of Chemirmir’s alleged victims. Her daughter Loren Smith heard the news about his death and told local news that she couldn’t believe he was dead. “My first response was shock, chills running all over my body,” she said. Smith went on to say that while she doesn’t condone murder, she’s happy the saga is over.
Shannon Dion, the daughter of Doris Gleason, another alleged victim, said her mother was afraid when she died. She said it gives her “some relief” that Chemirmir “did not have a peaceful passing.” The grieving daughter went on to say that she was processing the death and called it “shocking” but expressed “relief” that her “nightmare is over.”
Victim Catherine Sinclair’s nephew, Dan Probst, called Chemirmir’s murder “jailhouse justice.” He explained that he didn’t know what emotion to feel because of all the pain his family has been through.
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