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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

James Arthur Ray: short-timer

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Somebody call the waaaaaaambulance! Poor convicted killer James Arthur Ray,
aka Inmate 267823, needs your help. As reported by my fake robot pal Salty Droid today, Death Ray is in in a terrible fix. Writes Salty:
Now that his saggy guru ass is only a few months from semi-freedom :: it seems the comeback plans have begun. He’s starting small of course :: with destitution … and then maybe he’ll work his way back up to Harmonic {I stole your} Wealth™.
Here's the problem. Although his absolute maximum release date is October 24 of this year, word is that James will be prolly actually be released on July 12. Now, you would think that would be a good thing in James' perspective, especially seeing as how he was given such a short sentence in the first place -- less than two years, actually -- for the deaths of three lovely people who will still be dead even after he is no longer forced to wear the orange.

But things aren't as rosy as they seem, because, oh my, he is destitute -- destitute, I tell you! -- and doesn't have a suitable place to stay during the 110 days that he must remain in Arizona, according to the terms of his parole. Apparently Salty got hold of an email that James' brother Jon sent out to special people. Wrote Jon, in part:

The alternative to us NOT being able to find him lodging, would be that he would have to stay in a “group home” (or halfway house) with other recently released prisoners. Although we all hope that newly released prisoners come into society with the intentions of leading a reformed life, the reality is that these halfway homes tend to be full of drugs, theft, and violence. James is simply hoping for a place to have solitude, and a location that he can begin to re-acclimate to life as we all know.
Once again… I apologize in sending out this straight to the point e-mail; however, I have simply exhausted my and James’ resources (me being 1200 miles away) and now am counting on the universe to guide someone to the right resource to help us in this desperate situation.

Oh, the horror, the horror! As Salty writes, Death Ray's "righteous self may be forced to slum it up in some halfway house with dirty drug using crooks who have never even been on the Today Show." To me this is nothing more than an indication that Ray hasn't been humbled at all by his experiences. He's still playing the elitist role, fancying himself above everyone else. This despite the fact that before he went to prison, his family told ABC that James was actually looking forward to the opportunity to help his fellow prisoners.

But for now, Ray plans to offer his brand of positive thinking to his fellow inmates as he begins his two year stint in prison, his family said.

He was in good spirits and said this would give him the opportunity to help people in prison that need it," Ray's brother Jon told the AP.

It's something Ray's core group of loyalists say they have no doubt he'll do.

"Wherever James goes," [James Ray loyalist David] McCall said, "he always does good."
I guess his helpfulness and desire to do good do not extend to people who, like he, have just been released from cages and may very well be making sincere efforts to get their own lives back in order. But I am thinking that maybe they are better off without his help.

Anyway, Salty decided to write to Jon, who as he notes was on the bus with
Colleen Conaway the day she died, about this email. Jon whined about how the death lodge tragedy had also devastated poor James, adding that anyone who thinks differently obviously has an "agenda and vendetta to carry the hatred and pain for as long as they can." Jon also wrote, "Although my brother still lives in human form, he has died many internal deaths since this unfortunate accident." Says Salty:
How many “internal deaths” does it take to equal one actual death? I’m no expert in death math :: but I’m thinking it takes many more than many.

In the spirit of unhelpfulness, Salty placed an ad on Craigslist on behalf of Death Ray, which, alas, was flagged for removal. But you can read it on his post. It's darkly hilarious.

Whether he has to slum it in a halfway house or not, it looks as if James Arthur Ray will be getting out of the joint on July 12, thirteen days before the fourth anniversary of Colleen's death in San Diego. Salty is still trying to help her family find a measure of justice for her death. And the families of Kirby Brown, James Shore, and Liz Neuman continue to deal with the pain and emptiness. James' early release is just another way of rubbing their faces in it.

Meanwhile, many of the rest of us are taking bets on which Scamworld scumbag will be the first to help James pick up where he left off. Will it be Kevin Trudeau (provided he doesn't end up in prison himself)? Bob Proctor? Joe Vitale? Or... horrors... will he be forced to cast his lot with C-List scammers like the Supreme Founders of the IBMS Master's Society scam? (That's a fate worse than a halfway house, in my book. But hey, it could happen. After all, as Peter once wrote in a comment on my blog, "...James Ray is not a bad guy. Maybe he just pushed the envelope a little hard and tragedy struck. I feel awful for the deceased, those who were hurt and the families who were affected...")

Or will James Arthur Ray be a pariah even in Scamworld?

What do y'all think?

Whatever happens, it is up to those of us who care about the victims and their loved ones to never let the world forget the damage that James Arthur Ray has done. I think he is yet another one of many Scamworld leopards who has not and will not change his spots. Whether or not he ever does another "extreme" event such as a phony sweat lodge, he is a sociopath and, in the opinions of many who have experienced him up close and personal, a dangerous man.

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Blogger Mariah said...

I can't believe his own family can't scrape up $2k or so to find him a place to stay. And he himself is unable to manifest a mere $2,000? I think it's disgusting that they are asking followers for helps. Arizona peeps, don't let this criminal into your home!

Saturday, May 18, 2013 9:19:00 PM  
Blogger Cosmic Connie said...

Amen, Mariah!

Sunday, May 19, 2013 3:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If he believe's his own teaching, all this is happening because he created it. He is responsible for it and it's serving him. I think he needed this lesson. I'm guessing he'll be on the comeback trail with even deeper workshops once he can muster the office space to start marketing. Maybe Tony Robbins to lend a hand? He's dug himself out of several messes. None involving death but what the heck - Do I see a metaphor? I attended one weekend workshop with James. What a piece of work. Anyone who voiced anything less than 100% support was singled out and bullied. After his death lodge incident, I trashed all the materials. Not a vibe I want around. I would hope he is changed. My heart goes out to the families of the dead - Maybe Oprah will reach out and do an interview with him...seems she's trolling the jail and rehab systems these days.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013 2:11:00 PM  

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