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Shadow of Doubt Publication Date Advanced to Coincide with Oland Appeal

21 September 2016

Goose Lane Editions announced today that it will advance the publication date of Shadow of Doubt: The Trial of Dennis Oland by CBC reporter Bobbi-Jean MacKinnon to Tuesday, October 18. Publication will now coincide with the appeal of Dennis Oland’s second-degree murder conviction.  

On July 7, 2011, Richard Oland, scion of the Moosehead brewing family, was found murdered in his Saint John office. The killing was brutal. Oland suffered forty-five blows to his head, neck, and hands, all inflicted by a weapon that would never be found.  But as shocking as the killing was, it was the arrest and subsequent trial of Oland’s only son which kept the nation riveted.

Shadow of Doubt is reporter Bobbi-Jean MacKinnon’s fast-paced, on-the-scene account of the murder, the police investigation, and the trial. MacKinnon covered the case from the beginning. She was present at the crime scene and at every day of the trial. She was also a driving force behind the legal battle that led to the unsealing of search warrants and other key evidence, including the release of the recording of the full police interview with Dennis Oland. MacKinnon broke several key stories about the investigation and trial, including stories about the admissibility of evidence and the violation of Oland’s Charter Rights.

Readers can count on:

  • An up close, court-side seat at one of the most sensational murder trails in recent history.
  • A behind-the-scenes account of the controversial police investigation.
  • New details about relationships within the Oland family.
  • Information on evidence presented and not presented at trial, including evidence that was missing from the crime scene and was never recovered.
  • Commentary from first-person interviews conducted prior to, during, and after the trial.


Oland’s appeal of his second-degree murder conviction will be heard from October 18 to October 21. The Supreme Court of Canada will hear Dennis Oland’s bail appeal on October 31.

BOBBI-JEAN MacKINNON is a reporter and web editor for CBC News.  She has also worked at the Toronto Star, the Ottawa Citizen, and the Telegraph-Journal. MacKinnon has been a finalist for two National Newspaper Awards and three Atlantic Journalism Awards, including one for her early reporting on the Richard Oland murder. She lives in Saint John.  

Print and digital ARCs are now available for media. Finished copies will be available for media distribution during the week of October 3. To arrange an interview with the author, or to receive a copy of the book, please contact:
Debbie Gaudet (Toronto) at  or (888) 926-8377
Kathleen Peacock (Fredericton) at or (888) 926-8377

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