February 03, 2010

Ray arrested for sweat lodge deaths

Motivational speaker charged in sweat lodge deaths

By Felicia FonsecaMotivational speaker James Arthur Ray was arrested Wednesday afternoon on three counts of manslaughter for deaths that happened after a sweat lodge ceremony he led in northern Arizona last year. Ray was taken into custody on an indictment at his attorney's office in Prescott, and was to be booked into the Yavapai County jail in Camp Verde, sheriff's officials said. His bond was set at $5 million.

Ray's attorneys said Wednesday he surrendered to authorities but that the charges were unjust and they were confident he would be exonerated in court.
And:Participant Beverley Bunn previously told The Associated Press that Ray did nothing to help the sick during the October sweat lodge ceremony. Following Ray's arrest Wednesday, she said she had "many tears of joy."

"It's kind of a strange feeling," said Bunn, who was not among the hospitalized. "We've been waiting a long time."

Ray's attorneys have said he took all necessary safety precautions and wasn't aware of any medical problems until the ceremony was over. Ray declined to speak with authorities that night, on the advice of his attorneys, public records have shown.

Authorities said they quickly determined the deaths were not accidental and focused their investigation on Ray. They conducted hundreds of interviews that reached into Ray's past ceremonies and events, including one in which a man fell unconscious during a 2005 sweat lodge ceremony at the same retreat near Sedona.
Comment:  Busted!! Now all we need is a perp walk and an ugly booking photo. <g>

Even if Ray somehow manages to wriggle free, this is some vindication for the sweat lodge deaths he caused.

For more on the subject, see Courting Death in Ray's Sweat Lodges and Inside the Death Lodge.

1 comment:

Rob said...

For Ray's perp walk and booking photo, see James Ray's Perp Walk.