Henry Roan was found dead in his car on the Osage Reservation in Oklahoma on Feb. 6, 1923. Roan, 42, had been shot in the head. Some time before he died, Roan had taken a $1,200 loan from local rancher William Hale, who then illegally made himself the beneficiary of Roan’s $25,000 life insurance policy. When Hale attempted to cash it in, he drew the suspicion of investigators in the case.
John Ramsey confessed to killing Roan. He said Hale, who served as a pallbearer at Roan’s funeral, offered him $500 and a new car for the murder. Ramsey would later try and pin the murder on another Hale associate, Curly Johnson. Despite claiming his innocence, Hale was eventually convicted of killing Roan and sentenced to life in prison. However, he was paroled in 1947. Ramsey was also convicted and sentenced to life in prison. He was paroled in 1947.
Roan was murdered during the Osage Reign of Terror.