Irrational fears abound and mystery surround
the death of a famous psychiatrist named Dr. Hans Zonn who was
killed at The Lodge in Cloudcroft, New Mexico.
Dr. Philo Dendrum is a well regarded
psychiatrist in the Southwest and has established a limited
practice clinic in El Paso, Texas. His clinic Life
Challenges Inc. specializes in treating patients who suffer
from a variety of phobias. He will only accept patients
who lives are severely impacted by their phobia.
his patients have been in Dr. Dendrum's care for over five
years. While he has been making progress with each of his
patents, he felt that something else needed to be done to move
them along towards leading a more productive life in
Therefore, Dr Dendrum contacted Dr. Hans Zonn,
a world renowned psychiatrist with a international consummating
and therapy practice, to come to a retreat at The Lodge in
Cloudcroft, NM. At the retreat Dr. Zonn would conduct one
of his radical group encounter sessions.
Dr. Zonn was a
specialist in treating patients that suffered from phobias and
he quickly accepted the invitation by Dr. Dendrum to come to
Cloudcroft. Dr. Zonn was the leading practitioner of
group therapy and internationally acclaimed and highly
respected in the psychiatric community. As part of Dr.
Dendrum's group treatment approach to therapy, he had decided
to assemble some of his more unique cases at The Lodge and
offer intense therapy sessions, chaired by Dr. Hans Zonn to his
patents. There they could work together to try and help
each other. Dr. Dendrum had decided to bring his patents
to Cloudcroft and have them attend these meetings with Dr. Hans
Zonn. There they would go through intensive and extensive
therapy sessions both singularly and in group encounters
sessions. Because of the fragile mental condition of the
patients, Dr. Dendrum had decided not to tell his patents about
his special guest therapist. He waited until Thursday
night at dinner to tell all his patients that beginning Friday
morning a new and innovative group encounter therapy session
would start under the direction of Dr. Hans Zonn.
radical therapeutic approach had all the ear markings of
Due to the rather reserved demeanor of the
assembled patients, it was hard to tell how well received this
news was. Most of the patients said nothing and after
dinner, drinks and conversation all returned to their
Unbeknownst to Dr. Dendrum
and Dr. Zonn one or more of the patients had a real "fear"
of the good doctor's intentions which would ultimately result
11:30 p.m. on Thursday night, January 27, 2005, a call came in
to the front desk of The Lodge. The caller complained
that there was a loud party going on in the next room and that
sleep was impossible and he wanted something done about
The desk clerk dispatched Willie Seezall, a Lodge
Security guard to Room 413 to investigate. When he got to
the room at ll:45 p.m. everything was quiet and nobody answered
his knock at the door.
As he was knocking on the door,
Willie noticed that there was what looked like blood smeared on
the door jamb and the door knob. He continued to knock
and receiving no answer he used his pass key to enter the
room. The room showed signs of a struggle and confusion.
Not seeing anybody in the room he called the desk and told them
to call the local police department because something was not
Details of the murder scene are not generally
known to the case of characters. They will get their
information about the murder scene from the autopsy report and
crime scene photos.