"It's become clear that Simon is not progressing mentally

like I initially had hoped. I suggested that Simon should keep

a book to write down the loneliness and anxieties whenever

he needed to. This seems to have gone out of control,

homever, and during the therapy sessions, it has become

clear that the book only has had a negative and terrifyring

effect. I cannot help Simon anymore. There is no

treatment I can supply to alter

his mind. I can only hope to stop his mental disorder

before he does any damage to himself, or the ones

around him. I have to find the book.

I need to destroy it.

Purnell's Introduction


Purnell is the main antagonist in the Cry Of Fear. Following Simon's accident that confined him to a wheelchair, Purnell was hired as Simon's  counselor to keep track of his mental progress due to the trauma he endured. The police took Simon to him right after he got hit by the car, where Purnell later reported the diagnosis of Simon's condition to one of the officers. After noting Simon's history of psychological issues, he resolves to make it his mission to help Simon come to terms with his new life, and overcome the griefs of his past.

Purnell notes that Simon loathes to speak of his personal affairs, refusing to comment on topics regarding his home or school life. Due to little success in their sessions, he recommends Simon try a form of cognitive therapy by writing a book to express his thoughts and emotions, to get them out of his head. [[]]Purnell instructs Simon to write a book This suggestion leads to the events of the game, a depiction of Simon's mental struggle against his inner demons and a representation of how well the therapy ultimately works. A twisted version of Purnell in a Russian GP-5 gas mask is seen in this world. The Doctor Purnell witnessed during the events of the game was just a mere depiction of him in Simon's mind - his malicious and sadistic behavior mirroring Simon's potential view of Purnell as being a strange and untrustworthy being. Simon comes to believe that the doctor is responsible for all of this.

Chapter 2 Role

[[]]Purnell decapitating a corpse Purnell in Simon's mind is first seen in Chapter 2. After Simon passed out in his battle against the Sawer, he awoke at the foot of the apartment elevator to find that he merely passed out, Purnell standing nearby and looking at him. Suspicious and uncertain of one another, Purnell refuses to explain who he is to Simon before expressing his belief that Simon may not even be real. He proceeds to leave the room through the door as someone had already locked the exit behind him, forcing Simon to take an alternative path.

Doctor Purnell is next found in a partially flooded room in the city sewers near the end of the chapter, where he was apparently torturing a man for the location of a key to the nearby exit. Having not gotten the answer he desired, Simon enters the room just in time to see Purnell brutally decapitating the man with a saw. He is surprised by the entrance of Simon, and quickly leaves and accidentally locks the door behind him. Doctor Purnell then starts to make his journey into the city, leaving Simon behind in the room to fight Mace.

Chapter 4 Role

Doctor Purnell appear once more midway through Chapter Four when Simon has successfully navigated the subway tunnels to the forest. Purnell was present at the station as Simon was exiting one of the subway tunnels, and was apparently being approached by another survivor. He supposedly did not listen to Purnell when he told him not to come closer, and thus the Doctor shot him, killing him instantly.

Purnell messes over the body that the man was clearly psychotic and likely would have ultimately killed himself anyways before moving further into the station towards another train line. Simon decides to follow him, only to find that the Doctor accidentally stepped on a button that locked the electric door behind him and that it requires two fuses to operate. By the time Simon acquires the fuses and passes through, Purnell is long gone- possibly by train. As one final insult, he appears to have also disabled the function of the rail line before leaving, causing Simon to place more fuses before being able to get the trains working again.

Chapter 6 Role

[[]]Purnell entering the asylum Purnell is seen entering the front gates of the asylum.He goes into the asylum,and Simon follows him inside. Once inside, Simon descends down into the asylum's basement in order to activate the generator to release the shutters obstructing Simon from reaching full access of the building. Eventually, Simon encounters and converses with the doctor on the second floor. Purnell is found to be safe, separated from the dangers of the asylum behind a barred door. In desperation of ending his current situation, Simon requests the barred door's respective key in order to continue. The doctor refuses, but instead purposes a trade. He tells Simon to acquire a gun from the bowling alley that he claims is his, and he will in turn give Simon the key.

If successful in achieving the gun, the player is given a choice of giving the doctor the gun or not. If the player gives Purnell the gun, he thanks Simon for his trust and gives him the key to the gate before shooting his shoulder with the gun. If the player refuses to give him the gun, the doctor expresses disappointment in Simon before tossing him the key anyways, then shoot him in shoulder with his revolver. Angered by the doctor's choice to try to kill him, [[]]Simon's encounter with the doctor. Simon pursues Purnell up to the attic of the asylum and engages him in a gun fight. Once shot down by Simon, a flashback shows the real Simon hunched over in his wheelchair, conversing with Purnell in his office. During the conversation, Purrnell suggests a sort of "cognitive therapy" to Simon. Purnell asks him to write a journal as a way for Simon to funnel his emotions. Agreeing to do so, the flashback ends and the events of the current story continues. Grasping for life on the ground, Purnell is confronted by an enraged Simon, who ignores his pleas and proceeds to stomp on Dr Purnell until he dies.

Alternate Fates

The "Real" Purnell's fate is decided on Simon's decision of giving him the gun or not, the act deciding whether or not Simon can find it within himself to trust Purnell and the advice that he offers to him.


If the player chooses not to give him the gun, Simon will murder him in his apartment in the real world. This is seen in ending 1 and ending 3.


If the player chooses to give Purnell the gun, he will state that he is glad because Simon can trust him and he is shown alive in endings 2 and 4. In the second ending, Simon still ultimately kills himself, but writes an apology to Purnell in the final chapter of his book- stating that he was the only person who ever truly tried to help him and that ultimately, not everyone can be saved.

In ending 4 Simon survives the ordeal and is placed into a mental hospital for rest of his life. Simon makes note in the final chapter of his book that Purnell is continuing to mentor him and closely monitor his progress, Simon coming to believe that he is lucky to have him as his counselor.

Doctor Mode

[[]]Purnell shown in the introduction to Doctor Mode In Doctor Mode, the real Purnell decides to get into Simon's mind in order to save him, coming to believe that the book he instructed Simon to write is ultimately doing more harm than good and thus must be destroyed.

Armed with revolver, he makes his way through familiar places in the city Simon previously visited during the single player campaign, stretching from the start of the third chapter back to the apartments in chapter 1, besieged by the demons of Simon's book the entire way in an effort to prevent him from destroying them. Fighting his way to Simon's apartment located in the complex, the doctor burns Simon's book. Upon completion, the player is rewarded with the use of the doctor's gas mask during single player, with nightvision built in. [[]]Burning the book


  • Purrnell was voiced by Lasse "BerZerK89" Holmen from ModDB.