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Shadow of Doubt

The Trials of Dennis Oland, Revised and Expanded Edition

by (author) Bobbi-Jean MacKinnon

Goose Lane Editions
Initial publish date
Oct 2019
General, Rich & Famous
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2019
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A national bestseller, now updated, expanded, and revised to tell an even bigger story.

On July 6, 2011, Richard Oland, scion of the Moosehead brewing family, was bludgeoned to death in his Saint John office. In a shocking turn, the multimillionaire’s only son, Dennis, was arrested for second-degree murder. Found guilty by a jury in 2015, Dennis Oland successfully appealed his conviction and was retried three years later.

In this new revised and expanded edition, MacKinnon takes readers inside every stage of one of Canada’s most gripping murder trials. She addresses the issues with the original police investigation, Oland’s appeal and his subsequent appearance at the Supreme Court of Canada, new evidence and witnesses brought forward at the retrial, and the sensational final verdict.

A reporter for the CBC, Bobbi-Jean MacKinnon covered the Oland case from the very beginning to the judge ’s final verdict. In this definitive account of a series of trials for a horrific crime, she lays bare the tribulations of a prominent family and the inner workings of the justice system that led to Dennis Oland’s contentious conviction, retrial, and acquittal.

About the author

Bobbi-Jean MacKinnon is a reporter and web editor for CBC New Brunswick. She previously worked at the Toronto Star, the Ottawa Citizen, and the Telegraph-Journal. She is the winner of a Saint John Arts Award and an Atlantic Journalism Award, and a finalist for two National Newspaper Awards and three Atlantic Journalism Awards. The first edition of Shadow of Doubt was a national bestseller and a finalist for an Arthur Ellis Award from the Crime Writers of Canada. It won the New Brunswick Book Award for Non-Fiction.

Bobbi-Jean MacKinnon's profile page


  • Short-listed, Arthur Ellis Best Non-Fiction Crime Book Award
  • Winner, New Brunswick Book Award for Non-Fiction

Editorial Reviews

"[MacKinnon’s] coverage of the trial was best-in-class. ... The book’s relentless accretion of detail is impressive. It shows a laser-like focus."

<i>Globe and Mail</i>

"MacKinnon offers up the Oland family history, guiding readers through the many twists and turns of the story, from the murder to the trial itself. A thorough journalistic investigation."

<i>Sun Times</i>

"Very impressive to read. ... Fascinating, extensive coverage from Day One of the investigation nicely rounded out with details that only a dedicated insider like MacKinnon could glean."

<i>Miramichi Reader</i>

“With a multimillionaire victim, an ungrateful son, an anger-filled affair and alleged police misconduct, it doesn’t get much juicer than that.”


"[MacKinnon] keeps to the present moment ... blending crime thriller pace with a barrage of details — half Agatha Christie and half dutiful crime reporter."


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