Dark Ambition: The Shocking Crime of Dellen Millard and Mark Smich by Ann BrocklehurstShortlisted for the 2017 Kobo Emerging Writer Prize, Nonfiction Category
Longlisted for the 2018 Frank Hegyi Award for Emerging Authors
Tim Bosma was a happy young father with a promising future when he listed his pickup truck for sale online, went for a test drive with two strangers, and never returned. The story of the Hamilton mans strange disappearance in May 2013 captured headlines across the country and took over social media, resonating with everyone who had ever taken a test drive or bought and sold goods online.
When Dellen Millard and Mark Smich were eventually arrested and charged with Bosmas murder, the mystery only deepened. Millard was the wealthy heir to an aviation business. Smich was his neer-do-well best friend from a middle-class family. There was no obvious reason why the pair had made it their deadly mission to steal a truck, murder its owner, and incinerate the body. Tim Bosma was their randomly chosen thrill kill target.
Veteran journalist and private investigator Ann Brocklehurst had a front-row seat at Millards and Smichs 2016 trial, where many of the questions about their shocking crime were finally answered. Others still linger, waiting to be further explained at two more murder trials set for 2017. Both Millard and Smich have been charged with the first-degree murder of Laura Babcock, who disappeared in summer 2012. And Millard alone faces murder charges in the death of his father, which previously has been ruled a suicide.
Compelling and suspenseful, Dark Ambition chronicles an unfathomable crime and its chilling perpetrators.
Dellen Millard and Mark Smich
The subject who is truly loyal to the Chief Magistrate will neither advise nor submit to arbitrary measures. Laura Babcock is shown in a Toronto Police Service handout photo. A packed Toronto courtroom erupted into cheers and a standing ovation Monday after the judge announced two men convicted of murdering a young woman would not be eligible for parole for 50 years. Dellen Millard is "profoundly amoral and dangerous" while his partner in crime, Mark Smich, "enthusiastically" participated in the murder of Laura Babcock, 23, whose body was never found, Justice Michael Code said. Millard, 32, of Toronto, and Smich, 30, of Oakville, Ont. Millard and Smich had previously been convicted in the murder of Tim Bosma, a year-old Hamilton father who went missing in May after going on a test drive with two men interested in buying his pickup truck.
Millard, 33, could have testified on his own behalf at any or all of his three murder trials — for Bosma, his former girlfriend Laura Babcock and his father, Wayne Millard. Or, he could have spoken up when, before sentencing after the first two guilty verdicts, a judge asked him whether he had anything to say. At every opportunity, he declined. However, during a break in his second trial he began communicating with the Post, through rudimentary sign language at first. Millard then initiated a series of lengthy jailhouse interviews, both in person and over the phone, the most recent of which came after he was found guilty of murdering his father. The Bosma and Babcock families have both said there is no need for them to hear more about him. And while he still professes his innocence, all know he is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, confirmed through three separate trials by two juries and a judge.
Two men charged in the death of a Hamilton man, who disappeared after taking a pair of prospective buyers on a test drive, are headed straight to trial on first-degree murder charges. Dellen Millard and Mark Smich are accused of killing Tim Bosma, whose remains were found about a week after he vanished on May 6, , burned beyond recognition at a southwestern Ontario farm belonging to Millard. Preliminary hearings are held to test evidence and determine whether there is enough to commit the case to trial. Millard and Smich are also charged in Toronto with first-degree murder in the death of Laura Babcock, with whom Millard was romantically linked, and Millard is also charged with first-degree murder in the death of his father. Twitter; Instagram.
This copy is for your personal non-commercial use only. As the jury filed out — not for the first or last time Wednesday — Mark Smich turned around and grinned at Dellen Millard. Hard to evaluate that brief smile between the one-time best friends and, allegedly, buddy-killers in the murder of year-old Laura Babcock.
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The subject who is truly loyal to the Chief Magistrate will neither advise nor submit to arbitrary measures. What if Sharlene had told Tim not to go with them? Laura Babcock is shown in a Toronto Police Service handout photo. Millard was convicted of first-degree murder in the death of his father, Wayne, in Toronto in Bosma as his third victim. Now 33 years old, Mr.