Looks like the trial of James “Death” Ray is underway. He’s the fake guru/conman on trial for orchestrating a sweat lodge ceremony where 3 people died.
Obviously, he plead “not guilty” which semantically isn’t the same as “innocent” but that’s a whole other story.
I say he’s a fake and a conman because his whole schtick is about “creating wealth” and creating the “life that you want” or some such bull. However, during pre-trial motions, his attorneys claimed that Death Ray is not a wealthy man at all, that he was broke and barely making it.
Mind you, Death Ray presented himself as a wealthy and youthful person that could “teach you the way to wealth” etc. Ray was one of the prominent people featured in the mockumentary scammy sales video “The Secret” and was also pimped hard by Oprah. So, on the surface, it looked like he was making the money that he claimed.
Turns out he wasn’t.
Turns out, according to court papers, the guy is broke as a joke. Maybe all the money is hidden offshore to avoid paying taxes, which to me, really only makes it worse. But the guy is broke.
He was also taking a lot of supplements like testosterone, hgh, a slew of vitamins and other medications to keep up his “youthful” appearance. Even that was fake.
Turns out, that Ray’s only “guru” training came from selling AT&T services to people in seminars. Turns out, other than being good at scamming money out of people, Ray has no qualifications to do anything at all.
So, I’m glad he’s getting his day in court.
I pray that the families of Kirby Brown, Liz Neuman and James Shore get some kind of closure by seeing the man responsible for the deaths of their loved ones being put on trial for his actions.
Here’s a link where you can learn more about James Ray. Be warned there is a lot of off color language on that site.
SEDONA, Ariz. — Self-help guru James Ray faces manslaughter charges in the deaths of three people during a ceremony that he led in 2009. He’s pleaded not guilty.
While jury selection for Ray’s trial continues Wednesday, a witness who participated in the sweat lodge ceremony said it feels like yesterday.
CBS 5 News sat down with one of the survivors to tell the story he said people haven’t heard.
It’s a difficult conversation for Mark Rock to have, but he said people need to know what it was like inside the sweat lodge from someone who lived to tell it.
“The world stopped that day for the people that were there,” Rock said.
He had been to Angel Valley, the Sedona-area resort where the retreat was held, before. Rock was at Ray’s spiritual warrior retreat in 2008.
“It was very fulfilling for me,” Rock remembered.
So he decided to come back the following year, this time as a member of Ray’s team.
Rock said that from the beginning, the 2009 event was different.
“Well, the whole event was more aggressive,” he said.
He described a changed James Ray.
“There was a level of agitation with him, and a lack of tolerance I felt in the people that were participating in the event,” he said.
It was evident, he said, as they stepped into the sweat lodge.
Rock was surrounded by those who didn’t survive: Kirby Brown, Liz Neuman and James Shore.
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