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Sweat-Lodge Deaths Seen as Homicide

Self-help expert James Arthur Ray now 'person of interest' in investigation
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 15, 2009 8:05 PM CDT
Sweat-Lodge Deaths Seen as Homicide
A view of the Angel Valley Retreat Center in Sedona, Ariz.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – Authorities are now treating as homicide the two deaths during a sweat-lodge ritual in Arizona last week, with the self-help guru who was in charge of the proceedings being called a “person of interest.” Investigators have found “indications” the deaths weren’t accidental, but wouldn’t explain. They searched the California offices of Oprah Winfrey-endorsed James Arthur Ray yesterday; Ray remains in California, the Republic reports.
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