He was a very wealthy owner of a oil company in the early 1900's but also a cheater who was unfaithful to his wife. He had his way with many of the female maids and servants who worked at the estate. As revenge, John was murdered by Ellen and her African maid named Sukeena by being pushed out a window only a few years after his six year old handicapped daughter named April was consumed by the house over its jealousy. Ellen and Sukeena made his death look like a suicide instead of a homicide. It is unknown if his soul stayed trapped at Rose Red like many other of the victims or crossed over.