AZ guru to followers: You will feel as if you're dying
Jurors were played audio recordings today in the ongoing trial of self-help guru James Arthur Ray that reveal Ray's own words in the hours before several people died in a makeshift sweat lodge at one of Ray's retreats.
Three people, including Hudson Valley native Kirby Brown, died after participating in Ray's spiritual retreat, in which participants were made to endure suffocating heat in an Arizona sweat lodge.
Recordings played today for jurors were said to have the words of Ray himself as he spoke to his followers at the Arizona retreat. "You will feel as if you're going to die, I guarantee that," Ray said on the tapes.
Witnesses have claimed that Ray's staff wasn't prepared for any medical emergencies, while the defense has claimed that the deaths were simply tragic accidents.
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