Death and a Bogus Sweat Lodge

Presented by Doug Sundling.

Arizona, October 2009: how Death became a participant and not just a metaphor TIME: Based on the investigation interviews and evidence gathered by the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office of Arizona, a look at how self-help entrepreneur James Ray chose to disregard inherent safety features of traditional sweat lodge ceremonies and to add risks beyond any traditional sweat lodge when he designed and executed a sweat ceremony for over 50 people. In doing so, Mr. Ray designed an extreme sweat endurance event that would invite death to be a participant and to not just be a metaphor. Trial for 3 counts of manslaughter filed against Mr. Ray began on March 1, 2011.

















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