October 19, 2012

Details emerge about victim of 1976 Augusta murder

By Betty Adams badams@centralmaine.com
Staff Writer

AUGUSTA -- A homeless Seattle man appeared in Washington state court Thursday on extradition proceedings that would bring him back to Maine to face a charge he killed an Augusta woman in 1976.

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In this file photo, the Kimball house at 352 State Street in Augusta, near the Hallowell city line.

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In Maine, more details about the woman he is accused of killing, Blanche M. Kimball, emerged through probate court records Thursday.

And a former Mainer who lives in Seattle said Thursday she frequently saw Raub on the streets of that city and gave him leftovers from the bakery where she worked.

Raub, 63, is charged with criminal homicide and was scheduled for a second appearance in King County District Court in Seattle on Thursday, He has another court date scheduled Nov. 7. He remained held on $1.5 million bail.

No more information was available Thursday about a return to face the Maine charge. It wasn't clear Thursday whether he had yet been assigned a public defender.

Earlier this week, Maine police went to Seattle with documents charging Raub in the killing.

In 1976, Raub, known at the time as Gary Robert Wilson, was questioned twice as a suspect in Kimball's slaying when he was caught breaking into a home near hers not long after it happened. He had briefly been a boarder in Kimball's home.

He was arrested Monday in Seattle on the charge. Police said results of recent DNA tests on blood collected from the slaying scene and from saliva on gum police had Raub chew link him to Kimball's death.

While Raub has no criminal record in Maine, according to available court records, and there's no evidence he served prison time in the state, the Seattle Times reported that prosecutors in King County say he has lengthy criminal record. A message left for prosecutor's office Thursday was not immediately returned.

Kimball, 70, lived alone -- with the exception of occasional boarders -- in a rambling house masked by trees on State Street near the Hallowell city line. She inherited the Augusta house when her mother, Fanny Brooks, died in 1963.

Kimball's body was found in the living room/dining room area on the first floor, and investigators concluded she was killed between June 2 and June 12, 1976.

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Records at Kennebec County Probate Court show that Kimball was an only child, and her parents were dead at the time of her death.

Her sole heirs were two aunts, both of whom died decades ago, the Kennebec Journal confirmed Thursday.

State records show her mother, Fanny -- sometimes spelled Fannie -- Eames Kimball, married Abe Brooks in Augusta on May 5, 1919. No further information is available about Brooks.

An only child, Kimball had apparently not made out a will,. After she was stabbed to death in June 1976, her sole heirs were her aunts, Tessie Eames Godfrey, who died in March 1977 in California, and Gladys M. Swan, who lived in Melrose, Mass., and died in 1989.

Swan, with the assistance of local attorney Peter T. Dawson, inherited her niece's estate.

Records show that Kimball drove a 1969 four-door Chevrolet Impala, which was sold for $175 a month after her death. The furnishings of Kimball's home at 352 State St. went for $1,100.

The same records show a tenant was living at Kimball's home from May through October 1976, paying $60 a month. Raub told police at the time that he had boarded with Kimball for one or two weeks before moving elsewhere.

The house was appraised at about $30,000, but that asset did not go through probate court, according to a letter Dawson wrote to Godfrey's heirs in May 1977.

Once Kimball's outstanding bills were paid, including funeral costs, estate taxes, fees and other charges, the aunts were to receive $1,383.33 each from her estate.

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