Tomorrow marks the day that edited versions of search warrants and related documents in the Richard Oland case will be made available to two media outlets. It’s been over a year since the Saint John beer titan’s murder and still no arrest. Maybe this will finally shed some light on what has been going on.
In the last year I have never written about Oland, and for good reason. My parents still live in Saint John, and I grew up in a house approx. 4 blocks from where Oland’s body was discovered. I know the South End of Saint John very well; when I was a teenager it was my playground. (note: from birth to age 12 I lived in Montreal. At the time of my sister’s disappearance, we moved to Saint John, New Brunswick where I lived from the age of 12 until I went to college.)
If you want to know why everyone is being so hush-hush about this, all I can tell you is, if you ever lived in Saint John then you’d know. A close-knit community, controlled by a few powerful and very influencial families (the Olands, the Irvings, the McCains). Say the wrong thing to the wrong person and you’ll quickly find yourself unemployed in a region with one of the highest unemployment rates in Canada. Certainly I have heard stories about who killed Richard Oland, and I’m not saying anything. My parents still live there. You don’t sh*t where you eat.