Dark Ambition: The Shocking Crime Of Dellen Millard And Mark Smich

Hardcover | November 8, 2016

byAnn Brocklehurst

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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 man’s 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 Bosma’s murder, the mystery only deepened. Millard was the wealthy heir to an aviation business. Smich was his ne’er-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 Millard’s and Smich’s 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.

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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 man’s strange disappearance in May 2013 captured headlines across the country and took over social media, resonating with everyone who had ev...

ANN BROCKLEHURST is a veteran journalist and licensed private investigator who writes about crime, courts, and business. Before working on the crime beat, she reported for the International Herald Tribune from Berlin and worked for Reuters in Hong Kong and Toronto, covering banking and finance. Along with reporting, she currently works...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:400 pages, 9.29 × 6.24 × 1.25 inPublished:November 8, 2016Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0670070149

ISBN - 13:9780670070145

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“What a terrific book this is—technically of the true-crime genre, but so lucid and calm, it raises the bar. In a world where uninformed opinion flourishes, author Ann Brocklehurst keeps her head and treats a ghastly story with facts, fairness and dignity.”—Christie Blatchford, National Post courts columnist and author of Life Science“Brocklehurst deftly pulls together the disturbing narrative of Tim Bosma’s murder and the trial of his killers. Dark Ambition avoids sensationalism while exploring a horrible, fathomless crime. A compelling page-turning read.”—Robyn Doolittle, Globe and Mail journalist and author of Crazy Town: The Rob Ford Story