|Full name||Roland Vane|
|Cause of death||Asphyxiation|
|Family||Beatrice Vane (wife)|
Adam Bentley (foster brother) †
|Appears in||Criminal Case|
|First appeared||Case #50: Snakes on the Stage (s1)|
Roland was the Opera director in charge of the play "Madama Serpent". He was the husband of Beatrice Vane and the foster brother of socialite Adam Bentley. Ronald 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.
Roland was found dead in his dressing room, eaten by a snake called a giant boa. In the morgue, Nathan Pandit told the player that the victim died by suffocation after the snake crushed him. When he was dead, the snake started to eat him. Nathan also said that the snake was handled with care, since he looked for traces of bad treatment, bruises, and found nothing. This confirmed that the killer knew how to handle snakes.
Killer and motives
The killer turned out be Opera understudy Annabel Stewart.
Annabel thought that Roland gave Beatrice Vane (his wife) the lead role for "Madama Serpent" in an act of nepotism, as although Annabel thought she had the role but when Roland moved to Grimsborough and became director of "Madama Serpent", he fired Gerald Riverton and gave the role to Beatrice instead in spite of Annabel working so hard day and night. Annabel thought the only solution to Roland's suspected nepotism was to kill him and have a new director for "Madama Serpent". The only way Annabel would kill Roland undetected was to put sleeping pills in his tea, break the cage of the giant boa, and trap both Roland and the giant boa in the dressing room, lock the door from the outside, and flow out of the crime scene, but at the cost of losing her key and one of her jewels. David Jones countered that Annabel should have talked to Roland instead of killing him, but Annabel had no patience in Roland, which explained why she made the fatal decision.
In court, Annabel felt that her career had to end because of her killing Roland, but Judge Hall countered that killing an innocent man to build such opera career was not the solution to stop such nepotism, as Annabel snapped that Beatrice was not talented at all.
Annabel was sentenced to 20 years in jail, with parole eligibility in 17 years for the murder of Roland Vane. Jones felt that Annabel's ambition and impatience drove her to murder Roland, and realized that the force was bound to run into people like Annabel in the line of duty.
- Snakes on the Stage (Case #50 of Grimsborough)
- It All Ends Here (Case #51 of Grimsborough; mentioned)