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

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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.

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