Reflections on Timothy Bosma

Since his disappearance earlier this month, virtually everyone in southern Ontario has come to know the name ‘Tim Bosma’. His name, face and images of the truck that brought the alleged suspects into his life have been plastered on TV screens, newspapers, websites, lamp posts and transit shelters.

While his family and friends anxiously waited for news, tens of thousands of strangers shared his picture, provided tips to police and did what they could to help.

Sadly, it was for naught. Timothy Bosma’s remains were found today, and the police made a grim announcement that he had not only been killed, but his body, burned.

What happened to Bosma puts on display the worst of humanity, while the outpouring of grief and the number of people who took time to hang posters up near their homes, share his information on Facebook and who had talked with family and friends about him, simultaneously demonstrated humanity at it’s finest. It showed empathy, concern and caring about a fellow man.

It is shocking to think that something as simple as selling a used vehicle might mark you for murder. That someone’s life would be valued at less than a truck is frightening and cruel.

Tonight Tim’s child went to bed without a father, his wife without a husband and a community without a pillar of good. That is a pain no one, but those who are forced to experience it can know. Bosma will undoubtedly be mourned by those who knew him best, but in many ways his story and his tragedy will also mark the lives of everyone who held out hope that some way, some how this good man, who was simply trying to sell his truck, would come home again.

We can talk about the safety of buying and selling items online, but that isn’t and shouldn’t be the point of this story.

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One Response to “Reflections on Timothy Bosma”

  1. Rene Says:

    Well it is a tragedy to be sure, and my sympathies to the family and friends of Mr. Bosma.

    But I would be wary of drawing conclusions too quickly on the matter, because even though charges have been laid against one individual, they have yet to be proven in court and the investigation is still ongoing.

    Unfortunately, the individual charged, Mr. Millard, is being subjected to a trial by media on news media discussion threads on the basis of limited information, with the usual suspects, that is the “hang em high” lynch mob agitators of Reform using the tragedy to denounce Canada’s judicial system, denouncing the suspect’s defense attorney and demanding that he be submitted to jail and torture along with the suspect identified , with said death penalty agitators waving pliers and other instruments of torture and demanding the police allow them access to the interrogation room to extract a confession from the suspect themselves, to a demand for immediate capital punishment before charges have been laid and a trial date set.

    This reminds me that civilization is but a thin veneer under which lies some pretty vicious savagery, for all our condemnation of the cultural backwardness of immigrants from less developed lands.

    What strikes me here is the ease with which this investigation was pursued, that is the trail of breadcrumbs left by the alleged suspect all along the path of the crime, as if the suspect criminal was either completely incompetent as criminal or inviting the police to come and arrest him. And then there is the issue of motive, raised by the defense attorney, to wit that if Millard had wanted to purchase a used pickup truck, he had sufficient means to purchase one himself without engaging in robbery, or even that if he was criminally inclined, he had the means to arrange a simple theft, and limit the crime to simple theft, by having others carry it out on his behalf without personal involvement.

    As it stands, all the circumstantial evidence conveniently left on the trail for police to follow, the tattoo prominently displayed to another seller, the cellphone left behind containing invaluable information, the trailer conspicuously parked in his mother’s driveway, of all places, when any other location would have aroused less suspicion, a body disposed of on his own property to conspicuously implicate himself, when one might assume any reasonably intelligent criminal would pick any location other than his own property to dispose of his victim’s remains – all this suggests the suspect named is incredibly incompetent and mentally deficient, or that more is involved than meets the eye, and that while Millard may not be innocent of involvement in crime, he may not prove to be the instigator and prime suspect.

    That is why we have courts, that’s for the trial to determine.

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