Kimberly Dobbie was sitting outside a laundromat in Lewiston, Maine in 2018 with her 11 year-old sons. An elderly man approached her then stabbed her 11 times, in broad daylight, in front of her children.
The 48 year-old mother bled to death after the knife punctured her heart.
A GoFundMe was established for Dobbie’s twin sons—who are being raised by their grandmother—in July of 2018 at the time of her murder. The fund, which is still active here, raised $650 of its $5,000 goal after 12 months.
This was not the first time her attacker fatally stabbed a woman in front of her children. In 1979, Dobbie’s killer murdered his wife in front of their own children by stabbing her 14 times.
He served 25 years in prison for the murder of his wife, Sandra, who had recently served him divorce papers.
The killer’s name is Albert Flick and he’s 77 years old. He was out of prison because when he was on trial in 2010 for attacking a second woman, the judge decided Flick should not receive a long sentence because his age made him no longer a threat.
When a judge sentenced Albert Flick to prison for assault in 2010, he said Flick would be too old to pose a threat by the time he was released, despite a history of violence against women.
4 years after release, Flick was charged in another woman’s death. https://t.co/2roXtCPZwK
— CNN (@CNN) July 19, 2019
Flick was in his late 60s at the time of that conviction. He got out of prison and moved to Lewiston, Maine in 2014.
Within four years he murdered another woman. And the daughter of Flick’s first victim says it didn’t have to happen.
Elsie Kimball was 12 years-old when Albert Flick murdered her mother in front of her and her half-siblings. Kimball told Newscenter Maine:
“[Dobbie’s sons] will spend the rest of their lives second-guessing and questioning themselves. ‘If I had tried to defend her instead of running, would she be alive?’.”
Kimball relayed her own lifelong feelings of guilt and doubt over her mother’s murder at the hands of the same man.
“I would like to just see [everyone involved] in a line and stand there and tell her boys, explain to them how this man was on the streets and how it’s okay.”
“How the law makes it alright for their mom to now be gone and for them to have to witness it.”
According to the prosecution, Flick became obsessed with Dobbie and followed her around Lewiston. Then, as with the wife he murdered in 1979, Flick decided if he could not have Dobbie, he would kill her.
People were outraged over what they viewed as a preventable death.
The judge should not be a judge
— Didi Watson (@angelakern) July 19, 2019
When will the courts learn that violence against women can’t be cured with age or prison? Let’s treat survivors of rape and violence as we would our own mothers. #EndRape
— CMoultie (@GSEP794) July 19, 2019
Proves a monster is never too old to be monstrous.
— Patricia Rahikainen (@ladyg2243) July 19, 2019
I mean, if he assaulted someone in his 60s, why wouldn’t he do it again in his 70s? He’s hardly going to have changed his ways ????♂️
— Ryan Benjamin (@Ryan_Benjamin) July 19, 2019
Send the judge to jail as well, poor judge of character!
— Brozzo11 (@pbrosnan69) July 19, 2019
A manifestation not only of mysogyny, but of ageism. We tend to think of the elderly as being incapable of doing much, even of committing horrific crimes.
— Sleight F. Hand (@SleightFHand) July 19, 2019
judges must not act as a psychic but follow the law and apply max harsh sentence
— Susy (@Wethepeople90) July 19, 2019
Whoever decided to release him hope he/she can explain to the twin what happened to their mom and can sleep well at night
— Howard (@HowardTom3) July 19, 2019
Flick is scheduled for sentencing in August. He faces up to 25 years in prison.
The book Women Who Soar: Stories of Challenging the Status Quo and Breaking the Global Patriarchy, available here, gives one woman’s perspective on women who challenged labels and refused to be kept “in their place.”