Roland was the Opera director in charge of the play "Madama Serpent". Roland had graying hair and deep blue eyes, and wore a pair of glasses. At the time of his death, he wore a gray vest over a white shirt, with a scarlet scarf around it.
Jones and the player found Roland in his dressing room being eaten by a giant boa. They sent the body to Nathan, who said that the boa had crushed and suffocated the victim before eating him. Given that the snake showed no sign of bad treatment, Nathan concluded that the killer knew how to handle snakes.
Relationship with suspects
Roland and his wife, Beatrice Vane, had moved into Grimsborough just six months prior to his death. Roland had given Beatrice the lead role of his latest opera, but he was trying to convince Beatrice to take a break, worried for her mental health. In an effort to introduce new talents to the opera, Roland had fired Gerald Riverton, who stole his harpsichord in revenge. Roland had also planned for understudy Annabel Stewart to headline his next production. Furthermore, Roland was foster brothers with Adam Bentley, often looking out for him in their foster home. However, Adam did not want his past to come up so he could fit in with the Maple Heights community.
Killer and motives
The killer turned out be Annabel.
Annabel thought that with Roland giving Beatrice the lead role, she would never get her lead role in the Opera. She then thought that the only way she would get her big break was for a new director to be named. She then laced Roland's tea with sleeping pills, freed the giant boa in his dressing room, and then locked them in. However, she started regretting her own impatience after finding out that Roland was going to give Annabel the lead role soon. Judge Hall sentenced her to 20 years in prison, with eligibility for parole in 17 years.
- Snakes on the Stage (Case #50 of Grimsborough)
- It All Ends Here (Case #51 of Grimsborough; mentioned)