Episode Thirty-Four: Arizona Sweatlodge Deaths
By 2009, James Arthur Ray was at the top of his self help motivational game. He had was one of the featured speakers on The Secret movie, he had appeared on Oprah several times, he was making millions through Anthony Robbins-style seminars, weekend retreats and personal appearances.
On October 2009, Ray's dream life he had built came crashing down. At his Spiritual Warrior retreat, participants entered a sweat lodge. What happened there resulted in three tragic deaths and eighteen others being hospitalized suffering burns, severe dehydration, breathing problems, kidney failure and elevated body temperature.
After an investigation into Ray's practices on that day, he is arrested for his role in the deaths of Kirby Brown, Liz Neuman and James Shore.
Some of our research
Enlighten Us (documentary can be viewed on Netflix)
Websleuths tread that includes Native American sweat lodge practices