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Philip Taylor Kramer

A rock band bass player-turned-computer whiz vanishes after telling a 911 operator he was going to commit suicide.


Philip Taylor Kramer

 


The former rock star became a family man


Kramer drove off one day and didn’t return

CASE DETAILS


Kramer’s remains were found in his van

On February 12, 1995, a Los Angeles, California, 911 operator received a phone call from a man who said that he was going to kill himself.  Then he hung up.  Right after making the 911 call, he disappeared, and his wife and the police are still trying to understand why.

His name was Philip Taylor Kramer.  Philip, known to his friends as Taylor, was the bass player for the rock band Iron Butterfly during the 1970s.  By the 1990’s, Taylor had settled down with his wife and two children. Taylor was also a math and computer whiz who had founded his own high-tech multi-media company in 1990. According to Jennifer Kramer, Taylor’s wife, in the weeks leading up to his disappearance, he had been working around the clock on a new breakthrough project:

“He said, ‘It’s very simple. It’s been here the whole time.  It’s so simple that no one has discovered it.’  And he said, ‘Imagine, Jennifer, a computer and a camera being able to find a missing child in a sea of thousands of people by just showing the computer a small piece of that child’s face, and then finding that child in a fraction of a second.’”

According to Jennifer, Taylor’s behavior grew more and more bizarre:

“The day before he disappeared, we went on a hike to the top of the hill by our house and we looked across and you can see the whole valley where we live. And there’s a cross up on the hill that belongs to one of the colleges nearby.  And he turned around and he pointed to the cross and he said, ‘Look, honey, our house is right in the path of this cross.’  He started to see sacredness in everything.”

The day after the hike, Taylor left home around 9:00 A.M.  He planned to pick up friends who were flying into town. Taylor went to the airport as scheduled, but left before his friends arrived. From his car, he made a series of phone calls. One of the calls was to Iron Butterfly drummer, Ron Bushy:

“His voice sounded stressed and scared, like maybe he’d even been crying. I don’t know.  But apparently, he also called Jennifer and a lot of other people.”

During Taylor’s call to Jennifer, he told her that he would not be able to meet his friends at the airport. Jennifer also said that he told her he would always be with her:

“I said, ‘Taylor, where are you?  Where are you going?  What are you doing?’ And I started to get scared and I thought something was wrong with him.”

Jennifer also said Taylor told her he’d meet his friends at their hotel that afternoon:

“Really calmly and lovingly, like he normally talks to me, he said, ‘When I see you, honey, I have a big surprise for you.’ But I knew in my gut that Taylor wasn’t going to be at the hotel.  I just knew that he wouldn’t be there.”

Update:

In May of 1999, four years after Taylor’s disappearance, two hikers exploring Decker Canyon near Malibu Beach discovered the rusted shell of his van. Taylor’s remains were inside. The cause of death was a blunt force trauma, but authorities can’t determine whether his death was a suicide, an accident, or a homicide.


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Comments

Anonymous's picture

The government has facial recognition software. This man happend to think what he was doing was right, but in reality he would have unknowingly released the software to terrorists & foreign governments access to finding covert operatives. He was contacted by someone threatening the lives of his family leaving him instructions to do to keep them safe.

Anonymous's picture

More like the pedos don't want their victims found, that's all the government is a big flaming pack of pedos.

leafyishere's picture

People all die at some point anyway.

E Goldstein's picture

We need to investigate who Philip Taylor Kramer REALLy was to meet at the airport, including his background. I can almost guarantee you that in itself will reveal the RIGHT direction to take...leading, ultimately to the truth...the truth behind the technology claims, threats against his family, and what some believe now, was a failed attempt by Philip to fake his own death.

mimi's picture

so, he calls 911, says he is going to kill himself, and then hangs up. Why make the call? If he wanted to make sure he was found, then he could have simply kept the line open, Maybe it was a test to see if his software would find him; maybe it was just a trial stunt gone wrong....

Don's picture

He didn't make the call.

Don's picture

Maybe he wasn't the one who made the call.

Slight ends 's picture

The government killed him he had to much knowledge of what could possibly cause an uproar and have people upset with the law so he killed himself or someone else did and got away with it

LUIS FREEH's picture

"I" THINK HE WENT TO "DOJ" TO JOIN "WITNESS PROTECTION PROGRAM" AND TWO "FAKE AGENTS" MET HIM (NOT AT A AIRPORT) AND "KILLED HIM" FOR WANTING TO TELL ON DRUG DEALER'S IN THE MUSIC BUSINESS! "RINGO" MAY "HAVE TOLD ON MANY" BUT WHAT HE NEVER TOLD WAS HE WAS A DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF THE F.B.I. NEVER! RINGO STAR THE BEATLES PAUL MCARTNEY.

CHANITA's picture

Oh MY GOD! Why WOULD HE COMMIT SUICIDE?

Thomas Simpson's picture

Taylor Kramers MURDER was ordered by Peter Olson 100 percent .Who caried it out is the only question remaining. I walked Decker Canyon river bed from top to PCH two weeks after the 911 call that contained and hidden message about the OJ Simpson trail. Other evidence has also been left out that is very damning to the new TMM managment. Nobody spent more time with him the last two weeks of his life than i did. This is an undisputed truth. The original investagation at decker cyn made by the Ventuta County Sheriff's dept and moe and larry. Called it a suicide. When the other co-founder of the company when to virw the crash site we discovered the car om the LA coumtu side. Friend and founding CEO pf TMM demanded the LA county corner investigate the site they found it NOt to be a suicide but leaning more to a stage scene. Im not staying quite any longer . let see what accidents happen next
He wanted me to drive to the airport with him but i need a nteak and ised the excuse i.had to go to my daughter's game. Its the truth , yes a convenient truth. And i hate myself every single day. Sorry bro see ya soon

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