Self Help Guru James Earl Ray Convicted in Ceremonial Deaths
James Earl Ray was known for his tactics in helping people breakthrough whatever was holding them back in life. In 2009, he had a seminar using a sweat lodge to do so for several people attending. James Arthur Ray told his seminar participants that
it would be “hellacious” and that they would feel like they were dying, but would do so only metaphorically.
After hearing from both sides, Judge Warren Darrow today said James Arthur Ray’s due process rights may have been violated by prosecutors when they covered up potential evidence indicating deaths in a Sedona sweat lodge, which could have been caused by the way the sweat lodge was constructed. They also claimed the prosecutors in the case failed to turn over an email that could help exonerate their client for more than a year.
The email from an environmental expert, Richard Haddow concluded that because of the shoddy way the sweat lodge was built, the victims were more at risk than other participants because they were seated in an area of the tent that was the most-poorly ventilated.
Well known self-help guru, James Arthur Ray is on trial for the deaths of three people who were involved in a spiritual transformation retreat at the 2009, “Spiritual Warrior” sweat lodge. The motivational speaker was charged with three counts of manslaughter connected to the deaths at a Sedona, Ariz., sweat lodge in October.