Organizer of sauna debacle in AZ tries to delete tweets, isn’t fooling anyone

Motivational speaker and host of the “Spiritual Warrior” retreat Thursday at which two event-goers died and 19 others were hospitalized has deleted some tweets that may be of interest in the deadly incident.

James Arthur Ray, who charged attendees nearly $10K for the event, tweeted throughout the retreat and even while guests were falling seriously ill. Tweets from Ray on the night of the event can only be described as ill-advised and bizarre:

JamesARay: Day 5 of SPW. The Spiritual Warrior has conquered death and therefore has no enemies, and no fear, in this life or the next.

JamesARay: is still in Spiritual Warrior… for anything new to live something first must die. What needs to die in you so that new life can emerge?

After the deletion, Ray adopted a more somber tone:

JamesARay: I’m shocked saddened by the tragedy occuring in Sedona. My deep heartfelt condolences to family friends of those who lost their lives

JamesARay: I also offer my strongest prayers for a speedy recovery for those who were taken ill. There are more questions than answers at this time

JamesARay: I also offer my strongest prayers for a speedy recovery for those who were taken ill. There are more questions than answers at this time

A series of general “Spiritual Warrior” related tweets (in reverse chronological order) posted prior to the sauna incident were also deleted:

JamesARay: SPW day 4. Your actions often speak louder than your words. A life of honor is living you values above and beyond your moods.

JamesARay: Few quick pics from hike w/some World Wealth Society members to Hopi ruins @ Boynton Canyon, Sedona: http://bit.ly/4l2rxW (expand)

JamesARay: Is how you live a reflection of how you talk? Are the things you say are important to you glaringly apparent in your life? SPW day 4

JamesARay: Day 4 of SPW, What does it mean to live n honorable life? Is your word law?

JamesARay: Day 3 of SPW, It’s the illusion of separateness that breeds wars and enslaves mankind.

JamesARay: Day two of SPW “Ware must you be willing to give up to live the life you say is important to you?”

JamesARay: First day of Spiritual Warrior (SPW), “Who do you choose to be?” “How do you choose to live?”

JamesARay: http://twitpic.com/k59ew – Greg Hartle my Director of Biz Growth is ready for Spiritual Warrior!

JamesARay: – Megan my Director of Ops is ready for Spiritual Warrior! 🙂

JamesARay: I’m heading into the deep desert for Spritual Warrior I’ll not B around much for the next week but keep the conversation alive stay strong

While the events at the retreat are tragic and incredibly sad, Ray’s Twitter deletion should serve as a reminder that anything posted on the internet is nearly impossible to retract. And while no one knows as of yet what caused the dangerous conditions, Ray’s deletion of the tweets certainly doesn’t look good. Public opinion is one thing, but legally, actions such as these could possibly be seen as an attempt to hinder an investigation.

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