Death of Philip Schneider
The Death of PHILIP SCHNEIDER January 17, 1996
Written by; Cynthia Drayer
It has now been over a month since the body of my former husband, Philip Schneider (DOB 4/23/1947), was found in his Wilsonville Apartment. His address at the time was: 10980 S.W. Wilsonville Rd. #75, Wilsonville, OR 97070. His body was discovered after he had already been deceased for approx. 5 to 7 days. Initially his friend, Al Pratt, who conducted Bible studies with Philip, suspected something was not right when he came by Philip's residence several days in a row, saw his car, but got no answer at his door. He called the Manager of the Autumn Park Apartments on Wednesday, January l7th, and the Manager, Doug Marshment, and a detective from the Clackamas Co. Sheriff's office went into the apartment.
The only person listed on his emergency card with the apartments was Blaine Schmeer, his best friend. Blaine arrived and called me (Cynthia Drayer) from the apartments.
CAUSE OF DEATH
The initial cause of death was that he had a stroke. His body was taken to Mt. Scott Funeral Home at 4205 S.E. 59th Ave., Portland, OR 97206. I spoke with Mr. Rob Gasgill, the funeral director, at Mt. Scott the next day (1/18/96), to make funeral and cremation arrangements.
At that time I asked to see Philip's body, as I wanted to make sure there was nothing else wrong with him. For the last two years Philip had been on a lecture tour talking about Government cover-ups, black budgets, and blowing the whistle on certain actions being taken by the government. He had mentioned several times that he felt his life was in danger, and that our daughter Marie had been threatened so that he would stop talking at these lectures. I had a strange feeling that there was something not right. Mr.Gasgill assured me that the Clackamas Coroner was very good and gave me his name and number. I told Mr. Gasgill that I wanted to make sure that Philip didn't have a gun shot wound to the head or any evidence of foul play.
Again, Mr. Gasgill advised against me viewing his body, stating that the decomposition was too traumatic, so I left. The next day, 1/19/96, I received a call from Detective Harris that "something was wrong - that there were marks on Philip's neck" and that his body had been removed from the funeral home and was at Emanuel Hospital being scheduled for an autopsy at 10:00 AM. That afternoon I met Det. Randy Harris, Med. Exam. Jeffrey McLennan, and another detective, at Philip's apartment in Wilsonville. Det. Randy Harris stated that he had been in the same room while Philip's body was autopsied by Dr. Karen Gunson, Medical Examiner for Multnomah County. (The autopsy was not at Emanuel Hospital, but near by at the Medical Examiner's office on N.E. Knott St.). He was able to describe in detail that a rubber hose was wrapped once around Philip' s neck and was knotted in front. When I asked for specifics about the knot, he said it was a double knot. He was able to give me many other details about the autopsy, such as the incisions, the organs, etc., that convinced me that he was actually there. The conclusion from the autopsy was that he had committed suicide. He had wrapped the tubing around his neck, and tied it in a knot, blocking the flow of blood to his head, becoming unconscious, and falling to the ground.
Certain discrepancies began to appear after this. The autopsy report written from Dr. Gunson's taped notes state that the tubing was wrapped _three (3)_ times around his neck, tightly, and that it was only tied in a _half knot_. There is no mention in the autopsy report that there was a plastic sternum, half of a right lung, a plate in his head, nor a previous tracheotomy. Hut the most striking discrepancy was the description of his genitalia. The autopsy report states that they were "unremarkable". This would mean that they were normal. This is not the case. Due to infections and injury, Philip's penis was sliced down the top, from tip to back, so that it looked like a hot dog bun. To any woman, or to any man for that matter, that would be remarkable.
Another discrepancy is the statement that Philip had on an adult diaper. Before his body was removed from his apartment, his friend Blaine looked under his shorts to see what he was wearing. There was no adult diaper on him.
What is mentioned in the autopsy report that should lead to some questions about him committing suicide in this manner, is his left hand injury. Philip received disability payments from SSI due in part to physical injuries to his left hand. He had an 80% disability as many of his fingers were either amputated or damaged to any useful purpose due to an accident with a saw.
It would have been very hard for him to take tubing, wrap it around his head three times, and then tie it into any type of a knot.
NO SUICIDE NOTE & OTHER CURIOUS ITEMS
There was no suicide note. Philip would have left some type of note, written or verbal, to his daughter, Marie. There is none. The position of his body was unusual. When Blaine saw Philip's body for the first time in the apartment, he asked the Detective if he thought anything looked unusual, because he could not understand how Philip's body could get into such an unusual position. The feet were under the bed. His head was in a wheelchair seat, at an unusual angle, and the rest of his body was on the floor, hands by his sides. There was blood on the floor near the wheelchair, but there was no blood on the wheelchair. There was no head trauma or cut that could have produced this blood. Assuming it was a stroke, the detective believed the blood came from Philip's mouth due to the stroke. But if it had come from Philip, there would have been blood on the wheelchair seat as well. No sample of the blood was taken, as natural causes (and even suicide) did not warrant a test. When I sat on the edge of Philip's hospital bed, where his body had been, I can see how his feet could have slipped under the bed if he was sitting on the edge when he lost consciousness. Can you imagine anyone sitting on the edge of a bed, wrapping a tubing around your neck three times, knotting it, and then waiting to die sitting up! It would be a slow and painful way to go. Philip was an expert about chemicals. He had a whole counter full of medications. Just one handful would have ended his life so much easier. The manner of his "suicide" is unusual. He had a gun with ammunition in his dresser. He could have shot himself easier then tightening a cord around his neck. Why did he have a gun in his room?
When I found this large 9 mm gun in his dresser drawer, I was confused. Philip had told me that he did not want to have a gun around. He had gotten rid of all of his guns, so why was there one now? Later, as I informed his friends of his death I made contact with Ron Uutella. Ron had loaned Philip his gun in November, 1995, because _"Philip felt he was in danger and wanted a gun to protect himself!!"_ I returned the gun to Ron at Philip's memorial service.
What was Philip's health like and mental state before he "committed suicide"? I requested his medical records from Dr. Forseman, his family physician, at the N.W. Primary Care Clinic. His medical records show that he was taking medications only for pain. He was not taking any medications for any mental condition, such as depression. His chart indicates slightly elevated cholesterol and blood pressure, but nothing that worried his physician. He had incontinence (loss of bladder control at times) and used a condom catheter and occasionally adult diapers.
(note: Who is Dr. Rhine? see calendar from Philip's chart. Note states cancer tumor) [Cyn.]
catheter and occasionally adult diapers. He had reconstructive surgery on a huge scar down his chest in 1987 and had back surgery in 1988. He also had been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.
He had Osteoporosis, or degeneration of the bone structure. When I first met Philip in 1986 he had large lumps in his legs from tumors. He was on crutches and had his legs wrapped. I inquired about his condition and he told me of the tumors and that they were pressing up against his arteries. He had been told that if they got much bigger, that he would loose his legs.
I was surprised to hear him say that "if it gives me one more day to live, then I would do it" This was Philip's philosophy. He fought for every day. He lived every day with extreme pain, but he lived every day with earnest. Throughout all his operations and pain, he always thought about the next days activities. He never dwelt on death or dying. He did, however, prepare for the eventuality of death by having a will.
In July, 1995, Philip drew up a will with his friend, Blaine Schmeer, as executor. He showed me the will and asked for my comment, as he was leaving most of his possessions to our daughter, Marie. In November he changed his will to make me the executor and left all his worldly good to Marie. On December 25th, 1995, he showed me his will, per advice from his attorney, Mike McNicols. He also had a Dual Power of Attorney giving me the power to take care of his afstlgairs if he became incapacitated. There was also a set of papers to be filled out by Philip asking him what he would want me to do if certain things happened, such as maintaining life support if we was declared brain dead. I asked Philip, "What do you want me to do?". He replied, "Don't pull the plug, you never know, I might come back!" This does not sound like a person who would commit suicide. Philip was a very religious person. He studied the Bible once or twice a week. He did not believe in suicide, as he believed he would not go to Heaven. He thought too much of his soul to have committed suicide.
PHILIP'S STATE OF MIND
Philip had housekeeping services through Senior and Disabled Services in Clackamas County.
He had a housekeeper, Laura Lee Laughlin, come every Wednesday. She saw Philip on January lOth and did his laundry. She deals with family members that have bi-polar mental health issues, and understands depression. She stated to me that, "Philip was not the type to commit suicide. He had so many plans for the future. And he loved his daughter Marie so much.
He would never have left her without saying goodbye. If he was going to commit suicide because of his pain or illness, he would have done so a long time ago as he had much more pain in the past." Philip lectured with Al Bielek throughout the United States. He says "Philip was enjoying his lecturing. He felt he was making a difference, and was helping ordinary people understand the Government's cover-up on UFO's and aliens. He had plans to move to Colorado, to write a book, and continue lecturing. He had no reason to kill himself." His friend, Mark Rufener, states, "I saw Philip the weekend of 1/6 and 1/7/1996. We were going to buy land in Colorado. We were excited because he was going to hire me to help me write a book about his knowledge on UFO's and aliens, the One-World-Government, and the black budget. He did not commit suicide, he was murdered and it was made to look like a suicide." I know that Philip was in a good state of mind during Christmas. We went on a shopping trip three days before Christmas, and bought his daughter a "Barbie" car, and some new shoes. We spent a pleasant Christmas day together and he treated us to dinner. He also had Marie over for 3 days during the Christmas break. He talked about his plans, he was excited about the future. While we were there he played a video of him presenting one of his lectures. Enclosed is an article titled "Esoteric World News" in which Philip's video is summarized, and he mentions the threats against his life. There is also a cassette tape in which he mentions the threats against his daughter's life.
Philip enjoyed eating out at the 76 truck stop in Aurora, Oregon. The waitress, Donna, remembers his stops, and they talked about his work. She even purchased some books from him on 1/3/96. His state of mind was on his future trip to Washington State (to visit Mark as stated above). Philip mentioned that there had been 19 attempts to stop him from talking.
Donna states that Philip said _"If they ever say that I have committed suicide, vou will know that I have been murdered!" _ (note: verified by Al Bielek) [Cyn.]
She stated that Philip believed that he had a mission to talk out about what he perceived to be a Government cover-up about aliens and UFO's, and that there were forces out there to stop people who talked. She says that Philip was going to Washington D.C. on 1/16/96 to testify to a grand jury, as 110 people had a class action suit against the CIA. Philip's body was found 1/17/96, but he had already been dead for almost a week.
Was Philip worried about finances? Due to his lecturing, Philip was reimbursed for all of his traveling expenses. He was on the verge of receiving royalties due to his videos and cassettes.
His father's estate was on the verge of being settled, and he was about to inherit additional monies. His friend, Blaine, had seen several thousand dollars in assets and so had his friend Chuck. He was better off financially when he died then he had been in his recent past.
WHEN DID PHILIP DIE?
So when did Philip actually die? The death certificate states 1/10 to 1/17/96, when the body was found. I believe that he was murdered on 1/11/96 because of the following: The milk in his refrigerator expired 1/10/96; the housekeeper had done his laundry on 1/10 and there was only _one dirty towel_ in the duffle bag where he kept the dirty laundry (no dirty underwear); and the mail in his mail box that eventually came to my address, had 1/9/96 for a post mark. Philip was a very clean individual and did not leave expired milk in the refrigerator. For the same reason, he did not wear dirty cloths or leave dirty items of clothing around the apartment.
According to the autopsy report, he had no food, fluids, or pills in his stomach, so it must have been in the late morning of the llth. He was a heavy eater, and would have had food or pills still in his stomach if it were any other time of the day.
MOTIVE FOR MURDER
Why was Philip murdered and what would the motive be? As mentioned above, Philip had been lecturing all over the United States, and had been taken to Japan to talk about what he knew about certain top-secret items, such as UFO's, Philadelphia Experiment, Trojan Nuclear Plant, Deep Underground Mountain Bases (DUMB's), Aliens and their agenda, Murder by suicide, Gunderson freight cars with 130 pairs of shackles to hold people, Federal concentration camps throughout the United States, the Oklahoma City bombing, the One-World-Government, Stealth Bomber, man-made earthquakes, etc., etc. In his lecture tours he had several suitcases full of photographs, lecture materials, books, and alien metals that he showed to participants. All of the subjects that he talked about created controversy, the type of controversy that makes the government sit up and take notice. A letter from Kevin Russell to Philip (copy enclosed) _"hope plans are going well on your dealings with the FBI"_ All of the items in Philip's apartment looked intact on the surface. Assets of money, gold coins, and his wallet were all untouched. Jewelry and mineral specimens were where they should have been. But, it was later discovered that many of the most important (and revealing) photos that he used in his lectures are missing; that two books with mathematical equations used in time travel are missing; that all the "alien" metals that he showed at his lectures are missing. The motive for the murder was to silence Philip and to take his lecture materials and metals.
HOW WAS HE MURDERED? & SIMILAR CIRCUMSTANCES OF A FRIEND
In 1993 a friend of Philip's was found shot to death in Forest Park. (note: not this park, but another one) [Cyn.] His name was Ron Rummel, and I have enclosed an article describing his work and death by Ray Crowe. Ron, like Philip, had been in Area 51 in Nevada, and was collecting information about UFO's and aliens. The two of them had helped to publish, "The Alien Digest", which ended when Ron died. Then he was first found in Forest Park, his death was labeled a suicide. The police believed that he had shot himself in the head. It was later determined, with Philip's persistence on behalf of his friend, that he had been murdered. Two people have been arrested in Texas for his murder. (Not proven yet) [Cyn.] Now someone needs to advocate for Philip, for he did not commit suicide. He was murdered. Will we ever find out who did it? I doubt it, but I would like to have something done by the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, I would like the blood and urine examined for traces of substances that would not normally be there, such as Sodium Pentothal, or any other chemical that may have contributed to his death. Philip was a very strong individual, and he knew how to defend himself.
If he had been "strangled" he would have struggled, and there is no evidence that he struggled.
Philip mentioned to me and all his friends that he was receiving experimental shots for his M.S.
He had a nurse come to his apartment once a week to give him a shot. I believe he was expecting someone that morning and that he willingly let them into the apartment. I believe he was shot full of something that knocked him out, and then the cord was placed around his neck.
He. may have died of asphyxiation, but it was not of his own doing. ;` His brother, George Schneider, is a sheriff for Multnomah County. He believes that there was foul play as he does not believe his brother would have committed suicide, and he knows of only one other case where a person committed suicide by wrapping a rubber hose around their neck. "It would be a highly time consuming and painful way to go. Most cases of strangulation are by 'hanging' , but there was nothing for Philip to hang himself from.'
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