A rock band bass player-turned-computer whiz vanishes after telling a 911 operator he was going to commit suicide.
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:
According to Jennifer, Taylor’s behavior grew more and more bizarre:
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:
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:
Jennifer also said Taylor told her he’d meet his friends at their hotel that afternoon:
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.