After a chilling experience involving her mother’s mysterious death one woman warns families with loved ones in senior living facilities to be vigilant about their security.
Unthinkable Turn of Events
In a world where concerns about elderly family members typically revolve around their well-being and health, Mary Jo Jennings had her life forever altered by an unthinkable turn of events.
An Ordinary Morning Takes a Dark Turn
In 2016, Mary Jo Jennings’s routine chat with her mother, Leah Corken, would end up being the last interaction she had with her.
She Was Getting Her Hair Done
Corken told her daughter she was about to go get her hair done. That was the last time Jennings heard from her mother.
She Rushed to the Facility
Jennings rushed to Tradition Prestonwood in North Dallas, only to discover her mother in an inexplicable posture with her jewelry missing.
‘It Was Just Horrible’
Jennings recalls that fateful day, saying, “It was just beyond sadness, grief, shocked, screaming ‘Mom,’ you know, it was just horrible.”
A Terrifying Revelation
Two years later, in December 2018, Jennings received a distressing call, hinting at something unimaginable.
The Victim of a Serial Killer
Her mother, Leah Corken, might be a victim of a serial killer named Billy Chemirmir.
An Alarming Pattern Emerges
Multiple healthy older women were found dead under similar eerie circumstances, each missing their jewelry.
Eight Victims at One Location
Tradition Prestonwood alone had eight potential victims within a short span of three and a half months.
Shockingly, there were no efforts made at the senior living facility to link these perplexing deaths together.
Director Says Killer Was Never There
The assistant executive director of Tradition Prestonwood lied to Jennings, saying that Chemirmir had never been in the facilities.
Confrontation is Met With Denial
When Jennings confronted the assistant executive director of Tradition Prestonwood, Jonathan Perman, she was met with a disconcerting denial.
‘I Have a Lot of Anger With That Owner’
Jennings expresses her anger towards Perman, stating, “He, in fact, was someone who had personally escorted him out of the building.
So, I have a lot of anger with that owner, Jonathan Perman.”
The Chilling Accusations
Billy Chemirmir, accused of killing 22 older women over a span of two years, was ultimately convicted for only two of these murders.
A Dark Ending
Chemirmir was found dead in his prison cell in rural East Texas, ensuring that Jennings and other victims’ families would never see him face the consequences of his heinous crimes.
‘I Was Thrilled’
Upon learning of Chemirmir’s death, Jennings shares, “I’m not going to lie — I was thrilled.”
A Haunting Warning
Jennings’s traumatic experience has made her an advocate for others with family members in senior living facilities, urging them to scrutinize the security and not take everything at face value.
‘Check the Security’
Jennings imparts her critical advice, “Check the security because the truth is not always what’s advertised.”
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