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Slaying renews tension of feud

Phillip Kramer, 50, who is being held held without the possibility of bail, faces a charge of second-degree murder.

By STEVE THOMPSON
Published October 22, 2004

NEW PORT RICHEY - The beating death of an 80-year-old man Monday sparked new threats in the long-running feud that may have caused it, according to a Pasco County sheriff's report released Thursday.

After Bruno Kramer's adult son was arrested in the killing of their next door neighbor, Kramer reported the dead man's son threatened him.

"If you bond your son out, there is going to be trouble. You'll pay one way or another," Robert Page told Kramer, according to a complaint Kramer made to deputies. Kramer, 82, said he wanted the incident on the record in case Page made good on the threat.

Page, 47, is the son of John Page, who died after his head was split open in the beating, sheriff's officials say. The younger Page threatened Kramer hours afterward, the report said.

Page later told a deputy, "If he bonds his son out, there will be trouble. . . . They killed my dad. He knew his son was (messed) up; he could have stopped him."

The deputy noted John Page smelled strongly of alcohol as he cried and repeated, "They killed my dad, they killed my dad."

Deputies made special patrols by the two homes in Greenbrook Estates on Tuesday evening. They asked that corrections officers notify them immediately if 50-year-old Phillip Kramer were bailed out of jail.

But he remained in jail Thursday, held without the possibility of bail. He faces a charge of second-degree murder.

The newly released report refers to Phillip Kramer as "mentally ill." However, that assertion is not supported in other Sheriff's Office reports.

The feud between the two families apparently spans more than a decade. Court records and Sheriff's Office reports detail a string of incidents dating as far back as 1991. The conflict has included death threats, rock throwing, door slamming, ethnic slurs and now, possibly, a murder.

It is unclear what aroused the bad feelings, but things got so bad in 2000 that John Page sought a protective injunction against his neighbors.

A few weeks before his death, Page tracked down his former attorney and left an urgent message: "Things are heating up again."

Steve Thompson covers crime in Pasco County. He can be reached in west Pasco at 869-6245, or toll-free at 1-800-333-7505, ext. 6245. His e-mail address is sthompson@sptimes.com

[Last modified October 22, 2004, 01:26:11]


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