The Caddo Herald
May 26, 1922
Man Murdered Near Durant Last Friday
The body of R. C. Means was found dead on a little used road near Mead last Friday; the head was battered to a pulp, as if with a hammer. Nearby was found a Buick six touring car, with blood all over the floor. The car was stalled on a high center in the road.
A letter on the body identified the man. He had lived a while in Dallas and was going to Tulsa. His brother-in-law from Chickasha came to Durant and attended to shipping the body to Missouri, his old home.
Bryan county officers immediately got to work on the case and expect every minute to get the perpetrators of the deed.
Mr. Means is said to have been a very accommodating man and he is thought to have given two men a lift about Calera, as two men were seen in the car with him at Calera; and these men are the ones who killed him for his money and the car.
I spent some time reading other newspapers and there was extensive coverage of the trial of Max Howard Bracken, convicted of the murder and sentenced to life in prison. His partner in the crime, Harry Zack, was released on bond, but I can’t find any mention of what happened to him…yet. Most articles simply stated that his trial would be held at a later date.The Means had only been in Tulsa for a month, where Robert was employed by the White Swan Laundry as manager of the cleaning department. They had friends in Denison and Dallas. Mr. Mean’s brother-in-law Fred Hamilton lived in Chickasha. Mrs. Means returned to Sedalia, MO with her seven-year-old