Saturday, July 30, 2011

And Then She Was Five! Fire Witch Rising's 5th Anniversary

Fwah! Five years strong and no end in sight.

I don't post as much as I used to, but it's still great knowing I have a place to sound off when no other place will do.

Thanks to all who keep reading and contributing.

Here's to another great year.

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Friday, July 22, 2011

New Age Guru Guilty in Sweat Lodge Deaths

Hat Tip, AK48

New Age Nutters cooked alive in a hippie sauna. Guru found guilty.

Justice!

New Age Guru Guilty in Sweat Lodge Deaths
By MARC LACEY
Published: June 22, 2011

PHOENIX — A jury found James A. Ray, a self-help guru, guilty of negligent homicide on Wednesday in the deaths of three of his followers during a botched sweat lodge ceremony near Sedona in October 2009.

The decision, delivered after a nearly four-month trial in Yavapai County Superior Court in Camp Verde, Ariz., means Mr. Ray was found to have caused the deaths of Kirby Brown, 38, of Westtown, N.Y.; James Shore, 40, of Milwaukee; and Liz Neuman, 49, of Prior Lake, Minn., but did not necessarily recognize the risk he put them in. He could face anywhere from probation to more than 30 years in prison on the three guilty counts as court proceedings continue next week.

The prosecutor, Sheila Polk, had pursued a more serious charge of manslaughter, arguing that Mr. Ray should have known that the way he ran the two-hour ceremony, in which hot stones were piled in the center of the sweltering lodge, risked death and that he disregarded that risk.

The case drew international attention, largely because of the bizarre circumstances and because the deaths took place at a pristine campground within sight of the red rocks of Sedona, a well-known New Age gathering place.

A motivational speaker and author, Mr. Ray seemed to breathe a sigh of relief when he was found not guilty on the first manslaughter charge. But he looked stunned a moment later when the guilty verdicts came in. Watching the verdict were relatives of Mr. Ray as well as family members and friends of the victims, many of them holding hands as the decision was read.

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