Stephen Langham was the chief volcanologist at the Saint Marie Volcano Observatory, having worked at the facility for fifteen years. Six months previous to his death, he suffered a heart attack. A dedicated scientist, Stephen refused to sign off on planning permission that moved the Mount Esmee volcano exclusion zone several hundred meters so Mayor Joseph Richards could build a hotel.
Unfortunately, this was his undoing. Mayor Richards offered Victoria Baker 4 million East Caribbean Dollars to change Stephen's mind. When he still refused, Victoria conspired with Daniel Langham and Emer Byrne to kill him and split the money. Asphyxiating him with carbon dioxide in his quarters, they staged it to look as if Stephen had died of natural causes while walking up the volcano.