One of the reasons I first got interested in the Dellen Millard case was because it reminded me of Leopold and Loeb.
Well, today, many months later, I checked out the Leopold and Loeb Wikipedia page, and was shocked to see how many things the Dellen Milllard and Mark Smich case does indeed appear to have in common with that notorious 1924 Chicago murder, which was dubbed the crime of the century. Here’s a comparison:
- Leopold and Loeb were wealthy. So is Millard. Smich not so much.
- Leopold and Loeb wanted to commit the perfect crime. Motivation for the murder of Tim Bosma is still unexplained although there have been reports that it was a thrill kill.
- Leopold and Loeb bonded over their mutual interest in crime. Millard and Smich appear to have also shared a fascination with crime. Smich made violent videos and Millard bought concealment holsters on eBay.
- Leopold and Loeb began with petty theft and vandalism which escalated to more serious crimes including arson. Dellen Millard has no prior criminal record but is now being investigated for the death of his father and the disappearance of his friend, Laura Babcock. Mark Smich had a series of petty crime convictions.
- Leopold and Loeb planned to kidnap and murder a young boy at random in order to commit the “perfect crime.” Police have said that there was no connection between Tim Bosma and his accused murderers.
- The incomprehensibility of the Leopold and Loeb case captured the public’s attention in the same manner as the murder of Tim Bosma, which was the country’s most searched for news story of 2013, according to Yahoo Canada.
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