Millionaire murderer in the making
Dellen Millard piloted a plane and a helicopter solo at the tender age of 14. A string of murders brought him back down to earth
Dellen Millard was a gifted, intelligent boy when this photograph was taken. Canada had recently reduced the minimum age to fly solo to 14 years old. The very next day, Millard became Canada’s youngest solo pilot, flying fixed- wing aircraft and helicopters.
When his father Wayne died in late 2012 it was initially ruled a suicide. According to his outwardly grieving son, Wayne was suffering from both depression and alcohol abuse. Authorities saw nothing suspicious in Dellen Millard’s story or behaviour at that point, but that was about to change.
Six months after Wayne Millard’s untimely death it was the turn of Tim Bosma. In May 2013 Bosma met Millard and his friend Mark Smich hoping to sell Millard a pick- up truck. They went with him to take a test drive, and Bosma was never seen again.
As police investigated they found Tim Bosma’s truck on land owned by Millard’s mother. Blood stains in the truck were identified as Tim’s. Looking further into Millard’s background, they discovered his former girlfriend Laura Babcock had also vanished three months before Wayne Millard’s suspect suicide.
Millard and Smich were tried and convicted of Tim Bosma’s murder in 2016 and Laura Babcock’s in 2017 and were sentenced to life imprisonment with no chance of parole for 25 years. Looking deeper into Wayne Millard’s death, police found Dellen Millard’s illegally- owned gun and discovered that Wayne was using what Millard considered ‘ his’ inheritance to finance a new aviation business. Millard’s motive for murder was established, the suicide verdict overturned, and he was convicted of murdering his father. He currently awaits sentencing.