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

Philip Taylor Kramer

CASE DETAILS

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.

The former rock star became a family man

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.’”

Kramer drove off one day and didn’t return

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.”

Kramer’s remains were found in his van

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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12 Comments

  1. Annette Cole

    I think he was killed by someone at either the FBI OR LEDIOS. THE PEOLE WHO DESIGN AND IMPLEMENT THE FACIAL RECOGNITION SOFTWARE FOR THE FBI. PHILLIP TAYLOR CREATED THIS SYSTEM BEFORE THE FBIs launch of theirs. Follow the evidence…it’s all there. I MEAN IT’S NOT LIKE THE FBI HID THE SYSTEM FROM THE WORLD BC IT’S IN THE NEWS ALL THE TIME…IDK WHAT ANYONE CAN DO ABOUT IT…BC AT TIMES THE FBI CAN BE UNTOUCHED BUT WITH MULLER AND COMEY BEING FIRED MAYBE NOW IS THE TIME TO INVESTIGATE TO EXPOSE ALL THOSE INVOLVED…
    https://www.leidos.com/transportation-security/biometrics/next-generation-identification

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    • Annette Cole

      Let me be clear. I’m NOT blaming the FBI AS A WHOLE. BUT THERE’S SHADY PPL IN EVERY PROFESSIONAL GROUP…AND IF LEDIOS IS THE CULPRIT. THEN FBI SHOULD INVESTIGATE.

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  2. Anonymous

    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….

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  3. CHANITA

    Oh MY GOD! Why WOULD HE COMMIT SUICIDE?

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  4. LUIS FREEH

    “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.

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  5. Slight ends

    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

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  6. E Goldstein

    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.

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  7. leafyishere

    People all die at some point anyway.

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  8. Anonymous

    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.

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