Unexplained Mysteries

Death of Philip Taylor Kramer

Philip Taylor Kramer (July 12, 1952 – February 12, 1995) started his career in rock music as the bass player to the reformed psychedelic group, Iron Buttery.  Although Iron Butterfly’s most popular hit, “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida”, was made before his joining, Philip Taylor Kramer recorded two albums with Iron Buttery in the mid seventies, Scorching Beauty and Sun and Steel.  After lackluster sales, Kramer left the group in 1977 and concentrated on furthering his education.

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Philip Taylor Kramer

Kramer completed his aerospace engineering degree and his genius was reflected in his straight “A’s” in school.  His first career following school was with Northrup working on the MX missile guidance system as a Department of Defense contractor.  He eventually moved into the computer industry, working on facial recognition and communications programs.  Immediately prior to his disappearance in 1995, he reportedly developed a mathematical formula for transmissions at a “faster than light” speed.  This formula was an ongoing effort by his family to discredit Albert Einstein’s theories.

On 12 February 1995, Kramer drove to the Los Angeles airport to pick up a business colleague who never showed up.  After waiting almost an hour for this colleague, Kramer drove away and commenced to make some unusual phone calls.  He called his wife and long time friend (and Iron Butterfly drummer) Ron Bushy, stating “I’ll see you on the other side”.  He then called the police where he stated:

PTK: This is Philip Taylor Kramer.

911: Uh-huh. This is 911.  Can I help you, sir?

PTK: Yes, you can. I’m going to kill myself.

PTK: And I want everyone to know: O.J. Simpson is innocent. They did it.

Philip Taylor Kramer never returned home that day and his disappearance lasted for over 4 years.

On 29 May 1999, hikers discovered a wrecked 1993 Ford Aerostar at the bottom of a Malibu, CA ravine.  Skeletal remains in the vehicle were later identified through dental records as that of Philip Taylor Kramer.  Despite law enforcement ruling this as a probable suicide, family and friends of Philip Taylor Kramer discount this theory.  Kramer’s spouse stated he husband “would never, for any reason or under any circumstances, allow himself to completely abandon the family he loves more than life itself.”

If Philip Taylor Kramer did in fact commit suicide, he successfully withheld these thoughts from his friends and family.  So the question remains.  Did Philip Taylor Kramer kill himself or was he silenced for his monumental discovery that would have discredited the life work of many influential people?

Jim H

Jim was born and raised in Naples, Italy. He created this website in December 2009 because of his fondness for historical mysteries. Since creating the website, Historic Mysteries has grown incredibly fast and more than 3,000 people visit this site daily. Thank you for stopping by and please bookmark this site.

  • Emmanuel Goldstein

    Ok…so, 5 years later and still waiting for YOUR story…

    • Gsxr Superbike

      nope Greg Martini is indeed the investment capitalist for the industry, why do you think he would have anything more to say than what he just said?

      a quick google search reveals greg martini is an investment broker, is the age correct tho? could be I suppose?

      also if people believe there is misadventure involved here why say more than they have to?

      its common knowledge Kramer told his father if I ever say I am going to kill myself don’t believe it, and his wife has stated saying he would never under any circumstances leave his family..

      who would want control of facial recognition software? nuff said, however why wouldn’t they just buy it from them? how its done

      his wife said he was acting very strange the day before like the cross on the hill was in the path of their home they might have to move, crazy stuff like that, he may have had a mental disorder, however sad these things do happen.

  • Mike Tuck

    In 1994 there was what appeared to be a missle trail out over the pacific that was not identified as such at the time. It has always bothered me that his disappearance and the news story were never connected as the US wouldn’t have wanted anyone with the knowledge of the MX Missle to expose that it was a failure at the time. The war of misinformation is a on going war. Phil seemed to be another patriot that was really disillusioned with our government and it’s practices. Technology is a exciting field until you realize that it’s intent is far from Godly. Evil is the protectors of our capitalistic society. It’s a shame that great minds are either bought or destroyed. Tesla was a great that met up with capitalistic demise thanks to Edison who is credited with the great discoveries. Common sense is a action of the open mind, even the most educated turn their backs on common sense when it doesn’t meet with their agendas. We are a race at a stand still mode until money and power give way to hope and wisdom.

    • I loved in thousand oaks at that time (vapor trail) I took a bunch of pictures of it .. right during sunset.. it was a very unusual sight….

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