Motivational Speaker Charged in Sedona, Arizona, Sweat-lodge Deaths

Arizona Republic:  “The self-help guru who captured international attention when his Sedona-area sweat-lodge ceremony turned fatal was arrested Wednesday on three counts of manslaughter.  Yavapai County sheriff’s deputies arrested James Arthur Ray on Wednesday afternoon at his attorney’s Prescott office, and the multimillionaire later was booked into jail in Camp Verde with bail set at $5 million.  An indictment in the case came after nearly four months of investigation. It alleges that the deaths of Kirby Brown, 38, of New York; James Shore, 40, of Milwaukee; and Liz Neuman, 49, of Minnesota, during or after Ray’s Oct. 8 ceremony were a result of Ray’s recklessness.”

Lawsuits Filed in Sedona Sweat Lodge Deaths

Arizona Republic:  “The first two lawsuits against the personal-financial guru who led a fatal sweat-lodge ceremony were filed in Coconino County Superior Court in Flagstaff on Friday, with a survivor and a victim’s family members claiming wrongful death, negligence and fraud, among other allegations. Attorneys representing survivor Sidney Spencer, 59, and relatives of Liz Neuman, 49, who died, filed the suits and named James Arthur Ray and his company, James Ray International, as defendants, along with Michael and Amayra Hamilton, who own the retreat center where the sweat lodge was built.”

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