Samson Monroe Morgan, a white man from Georgia, and Boudinot Crumpton, a Cherokee, spent November 3, 1889, playing cards, drinking, and chasing women. After being seen traveling together late that afternoon, Crumpton returned alone, explaining that Morgan had received a job offer and had left Crumpton in charge of his effects and affairs.
The two men were long-time friends, which lent credibility to Crumpton’s story. Until Morgan’s body was found on Christmas Eve. Suspicion focused on Crumpton, who was arrested on December 27.
Taken to Fort Smith to stand trial, Crumpton was found guilty of murder on June 30, 1890, and sentenced to death on August 2.
Boudinot Crumpton was hanged at Fort Smith on June 30, 1892.