Sweat Lodge

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Police Seeking Suspect After String Of Arsons In Mpls

Police are asking for the public’s help to find an arsonist in Minneapolis. According to Minneapolis Police, five fires have been intentionally set in the Phillips neighborhood since Oct. 30, with the most recent occuring on Monday.

11/18/2014

James Ray was arrested on Feb. 3, 2010 for the deaths at an Oct. 8, 2009 ceremony intended to be the highlight of his five-day "Spiritual Warrior" event. (credit: Yavapai County Sheriff's Office)

Attorneys Wrap Up Briefing In Sweat Lodge Appeal

Attorneys for a self-help author imprisoned in the deaths of three people say the prosecution has done little to show the case wasn’t plagued by error.

03/08/2013

James Ray was arrested on Feb. 3, 2010 for the deaths at an Oct. 8, 2009 ceremony intended to be the highlight of his five-day "Spiritual Warrior" event. (credit: Yavapai County Sheriff's Office)

Judge Imposes Sanctions In Ariz. Sweat Lodge Case

A judge has imposed $4,000 in sanctions against prosecutors in the Arizona sweat lodge case but then stayed the penalties.

03/01/2012

James Ray was arrested on Feb. 3, 2010 for the deaths at an Oct. 8, 2009 ceremony intended to be the highlight of his five-day "Spiritual Warrior" event. (credit: Yavapai County Sheriff's Office)

Ariz. Prosecutors Press Author To Prove He’s Broke

Prosecutors who secured negligent homicide convictions against a self-help author want him to prove he’s broke.

01/18/2012

James Ray was arrested on Feb. 3, 2010 for the deaths at an Oct. 8, 2009 ceremony intended to be the highlight of his five-day "Spiritual Warrior" event. (credit: Yavapai County Sheriff's Office)

New Trial Sought In Sweat Lodge Case

Jurors who had just convicted self-help author James Arthur Ray of negligent homicide listened as prosecutors played an audio clip of his words that the defense was certain had not been heard before in court.

07/13/2011

James Ray was arrested on Feb. 3, 2010 for the deaths at an Oct. 8, 2009 ceremony intended to be the highlight of his five-day "Spiritual Warrior" event. (credit: Yavapai County Sheriff's Office)

State Argues Aggravating Factors In Guru’s Case

When prosecutors in a self-help author’s trial argued that the families of three people who died following his sweat lodge ceremony suffered emotional harm, the defense didn’t dispute that.

06/30/2011

James Ray was arrested on Feb. 3, 2010 for the deaths at an Oct. 8, 2009 ceremony intended to be the highlight of his five-day "Spiritual Warrior" event. (credit: Yavapai County Sheriff's Office)

Families Of Sweat Lodge Victims Detail Emotions

They lost a daughter, husband and mother in an Arizona sweat lodge ceremony.

06/29/2011

James Ray was arrested on Feb. 3, 2010 for the deaths at an Oct. 8, 2009 ceremony intended to be the highlight of his five-day "Spiritual Warrior" event. (credit: Yavapai County Sheriff's Office)

State Presents Aggravating Factors In Guru’s Case

Jurors will resume deliberations Thursday on whether aggravated factors should figure in the sentencing for a self-help guru in a deadly Arizona sweat lodge ceremony.

06/28/2011

James Ray was arrested on Feb. 3, 2010 for the deaths at an Oct. 8, 2009 ceremony intended to be the highlight of his five-day "Spiritual Warrior" event. (credit: Yavapai County Sheriff's Office)

Nonprofit To Serve As Voice Of Sweat Lodge Victim

In hindsight, the family of a woman who died in an Arizona sweat lodge ceremony said the red flags were obvious — nearly $10,000 for a weeklong retreat with no refunds led by a self-help author who employed high-pressure sales tactics and had people sign away the risk of serious injury and death.

06/24/2011

James Ray was arrested on Feb. 3, 2010 for the deaths at an Oct. 8, 2009 ceremony intended to be the highlight of his five-day "Spiritual Warrior" event. (credit: Yavapai County Sheriff's Office)

Self-Help Author Convicted Of Negligent Homicide

Jurors in central Arizona have reached a verdict in a self-help author’s manslaughter trial.

06/22/2011

James Ray was arrested on Feb. 3, 2010 for the deaths at an Oct. 8, 2009 ceremony intended to be the highlight of his five-day "Spiritual Warrior" event. (credit: Yavapai County Sheriff's Office)

Jury Begins Deliberating Ariz. Sweat Lodge Case

Jurors have begun deliberating the fate of a self-help author facing manslaughter charges in the deaths of three people at an Arizona sweat lodge ceremony.

06/21/2011

James Ray was arrested on Feb. 3, 2010 for the deaths at an Oct. 8, 2009 ceremony intended to be the highlight of his five-day "Spiritual Warrior" event. (credit: Yavapai County Sheriff's Office)

State Details Final Moments Of Sweat Lodge Victims

The prosecutor in a self-help author’s manslaughter trial says the author senselessly and recklessly snuffed out the lives of three people who were determined to complete a sweat lodge ceremony he led.

06/16/2011

James Ray was arrested on Feb. 3, 2010 for the deaths at an Oct. 8, 2009 ceremony intended to be the highlight of his five-day "Spiritual Warrior" event. (credit: Yavapai County Sheriff's Office)

Self-Help Author’s Manslaughter Trial Nears End

Attorneys in a self-help author’s manslaughter trial spent Wednesday morning arguing about what the jury can and cannot consider in its deliberations.

06/15/2011

James Ray was arrested on Feb. 3, 2010 for the deaths at an Oct. 8, 2009 ceremony intended to be the highlight of his five-day "Spiritual Warrior" event. (credit: Yavapai County Sheriff's Office)

Settlement Ends Sweat Lodge Lawsuit

The owners of an Arizona retreat where a self-help author’s sweat lodge ceremony turned deadly have settled a lawsuit brought by the victims’ families and other participants.

05/17/2011

James Ray was arrested on Feb. 3, 2010 for the deaths at an Oct. 8, 2009 ceremony intended to be the highlight of his five-day "Spiritual Warrior" event. (credit: Yavapai County Sheriff's Office)

Witness Emotional Describing Sweat Lodge Ceremony

The youngest of the witnesses in a self-help author’s manslaughter trial brought jurors back to the scene of a deadly sweat lodge ceremony Thursday, describing the conditions of three people who had to be dragged out of the sweltering structure after it had been emptied of other participants.

05/13/2011

James Ray was arrested on Feb. 3, 2010 for the deaths at an Oct. 8, 2009 ceremony intended to be the highlight of his five-day "Spiritual Warrior" event. (credit: Yavapai County Sheriff's Office)

Sgt.: Guru Didn’t Admit To Leading Sweat Lodge

A Yavapai County sheriff’s sergeant who responded to a deadly sweat lodge ceremony says a self-help author told him someone else was in charge.

05/12/2011

James Ray was arrested on Feb. 3, 2010 for the deaths at an Oct. 8, 2009 ceremony intended to be the highlight of his five-day "Spiritual Warrior" event. (credit: Yavapai County Sheriff's Office)

Arizona Detective Testifies In Sweat Lodge Case

The Yavapai County sheriff’s detective who led the investigation into a self-help author’s sweat lodge ceremony says he did not jump to conclusions as the defense has asserted.

05/04/2011

James Ray was arrested on Feb. 3, 2010 for the deaths at an Oct. 8, 2009 ceremony intended to be the highlight of his five-day "Spiritual Warrior" event. (credit: Yavapai County Sheriff's Office)

Lead Detective Testifies In Ariz. Sweat Lodge Case

The Yavapai County sheriff’s detective who led the investigation of a self-help author’s sweat lodge ceremony resumes testimony Thursday.

04/28/2011

James Ray was arrested on Feb. 3, 2010 for the deaths at an Oct. 8, 2009 ceremony intended to be the highlight of his five-day "Spiritual Warrior" event. (credit: Yavapai County Sheriff's Office)

Fire Tender Testifies In Arizona Sweat Lodge Case

A woman who called 911 following an Arizona sweat lodge ceremony says she believes a self-help author’s words convinced participants to stay inside the sweltering structure.

04/20/2011

James Ray was arrested on Feb. 3, 2010 for the deaths at an Oct. 8, 2009 ceremony intended to be the highlight of his five-day "Spiritual Warrior" event. (credit: Yavapai County Sheriff's Office)

Judge Weighs Mistrial Request In Sweat Lodge Case

A Yavapai County judge will hear arguments Wednesday on defense request to declare a mistrial in a self-help author’s manslaughter case.

04/13/2011

James Ray was arrested on Feb. 3, 2010 for the deaths at an Oct. 8, 2009 ceremony intended to be the highlight of his five-day "Spiritual Warrior" event. (credit: Yavapai County Sheriff's Office)

Legal Arguments Delay Arizona Sweat Lodge Trial

Attorneys defending a self-help author on manslaughter charges say prosecutors withheld evidence that shows their client isn’t to blame for the deaths of three people following a sweat lodge ceremony.

04/12/2011

James Ray was arrested on Feb. 3, 2010 for the deaths at an Oct. 8, 2009 ceremony intended to be the highlight of his five-day "Spiritual Warrior" event. (credit: Yavapai County Sheriff's Office)

Defense Questions Witness On Heat In Sweat Lodge

A defense attorney for a self-help author charged with manslaughter began his cross examination Thursday of a man who helped out at the author’s sweat lodge ceremony.

04/07/2011

James Ray was arrested on Feb. 3, 2010 for the deaths at an Oct. 8, 2009 ceremony intended to be the highlight of his five-day "Spiritual Warrior" event. (credit: Yavapai County Sheriff's Office)

Witness: Scene Following Ariz. Sweat Lodge ‘Ugly’

Fawn Foster expressed disbelief at the conditions of people who were participating in an Arizona sweat lodge ceremony.

04/01/2011

James Ray was arrested on Feb. 3, 2010 for the deaths at an Oct. 8, 2009 ceremony intended to be the highlight of his five-day "Spiritual Warrior" event. (credit: Yavapai County Sheriff's Office)

Coroner Takes Stand In Arizona Sweat Lodge Trial

Jurors in a self-help author’s manslaughter trial are expected to hear from a doctor who performed autopsies on two people who died in a sweat lodge ceremony.

03/31/2011

James Ray was arrested on Feb. 3, 2010 for the deaths at an Oct. 8, 2009 ceremony intended to be the highlight of his five-day "Spiritual Warrior" event. (credit: Yavapai County Sheriff's Office)

Jurors Hear Different Versions Of Guru’s Retreat

Dr. Jeanne Armstrong raised her arms in the air with fists clenched to show jurors Friday her demeanor after a sweat lodge ceremony that, for her, was a cinch to complete and a celebration of personal achievement.

03/19/2011

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