|Couple Dies Mysteriously at High-rise
Husband overdoses; wife falls 21 stories, police say
|By Mark Miller, The Dallas Morning News
|A Dallas psychiatrist and his psychologist wife died Sunday after
the woman fell from her high-rise Turtle Creek condominium and her
husband apparently overdosed on drugs, police said.
|Clad in a robe and pink slippers, Traudl Elizabeth Jordan, 57,
jumped or was pushed out a window of her 21st-story condominium in
an exclusive complex at 3525 Turtle Creek Blvd. shortly before 10
a.m., homicide investigator P.E. Jones said. The pajama-clad body of
her husband, Dr. Fred Henrick Jordan, 58, was found almost two hours
later sprawled in the living room of the condo, Jones said. Jordan
apparently died of an overdose of an unspecified drug, police said.
An autopsy had not been completed.
|Police called the deaths a murder-suicide and said it is unclear
if Mrs. Jordan jumped or was pushed from a window in a bedroom used
as an office. The window was closed, police said, when they arrived.
Police also could not tell if Jordan administered his own drug
overdose or if he was poisoned.
|No ruling has been made by the Dallas County medical examiner's
office on causes of death.
|“Some evidence we are dealing with was taken from the window
sill,” Jones said, declining to elaborate. “It's going to
reflect one way or the other (on whether Mrs. Jordan jumped or was
pushed). I will treat this as a homicide until we know more.”
|Police also said they were investigating the possibility that the
Jordans made a suicide pact and that Mrs. Jordan, too, had taken a
drug overdose before falling from the condo. Results from toxicology
tests on both bodies will not be available for several weeks,
|Throughout the Jordans' condominium, the word “total”
was scrawled in orange-red lipstick and what appeared to be
petroleum jelly on mirrors, cabinet doors and a glass table. The
word also appeared to be spelled “tattle” in some
locations. Investigators said they were baffled about the word.
|An illegible note also was found in the condo, but investigators
said that they did not know if it was related to the deaths.
|Both Jordans were retired staff members of the Beverly Hills
Hospital, a Dallas mental institution that closed in 1980, according
to records with the Dallas County Medical Society.
|The Jordans had lived in Dallas since 1953, when they moved from
Germany where they were born, the society's records show.
|After Jordan obtained his degree in medicine from the University
of Munich in March 1951, he served for a year with the 98th General
Hospital of the U.S. Army Medical Service in Germany. His wife also
received her doctoral degree in psychology from the university,
|During this time, Jordan apparently changed his name from the
Fritz Heinrich Jordan listed on his diploma to Fred Henrick Jordan.
|Jordan left the Army hospital in 1952 and came to Dallas for a
one-year internship at Baylor University Medical Center, the records
show. At the end of the year, he married Traudl Diener in Munich.
|After the Jordans moved permanently to Dallas later in 1953,
Jordan spent a year interning with Beverly Hills Hospital, the
records show. From there, Jordan went to Timberlawn Psychiatric
Hospital, where he worked until September 1956, when he returned to
Beverly Hills Hospital as a staff psychiatrist, records show.
|Mrs. Jordan worked with her husband as a staff psychologist at
Beverly Hills Hospital and both retired in 1980 when it closed,
according to a former colleague of the couple.
|“He did develop a period in which he had bad health and lost
his voice for a while,” Dr. Ludlow Pence, the former colleague,
said of Jordan. “I think he retired because he didn't feel up
to a full-time practice.” At the security-conscious, 22-story
condominium complex, residents were stunned by the deaths and
swiftly retreated into their homes as reporters and onlookers milled
about outside. The Jordans had lived at the complex for many years,
one floor below the penthouse owned by actress Greer Garson.
|“They were very continental,” said Sigmund Mandell of
his neighbors, the Jordans. “They traveled a great deal. He was
very handsome, tall and Nordic-looking. She was very small. She
always looked very well.”
|Another resident said the couple seemed outwardly happy.
”They were a striking couple,” said the woman, who asked
not to be identified. “I never saw one without the other. You
just don't know the inner souls of people.”
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|Staff writers Rita Rubin and Ed Housewright contributed to this