James Ray’s Deadly Helpers: Hiding Behind a LieMarch 8, 2010
Detective Diskin: There’s been a lot of people calling us, upset about Colleen Conway and the way that was handled [by James Ray and his staff]…
Police interview with Megan Fredrickson
The San Diego Police Dept have so far failed to properly investigate the events surrounding death of the first (known) victim of James Ray, the con man, scammer and alleged manslaughterer who caused the death of four people within three months.
Staff members of James Ray International colluded to cover up this earlier death and led police to believe a lie.
The cause of Colleen Conaway‘s death is more difficult to identify than than those that occurred in Ray’s infamous death lodge in Arizona. Heat and oxygen depletion are traceable causes, but psychological causes are more tenuous and difficult to identify, let alone prosecute. But investigation is necessary and prosecution is indeed possible, as shown in a similar case in Australia.
But by failing to investigate properly, police have effectively ruled Ms Conaway’s death suicide by default. Thereby they have also declared the actions of Ray’s staff non-criminal. They didn’t fabricate evidence and they didn’t destroy evidence, because if there was no crime, there was no “evidence” to be destroyed or fabricated.
DESTRUCTION AND FABRICATION OF EVIDENCE
*The journal that Colleen kept during the seminar was (I assume) destroyed.
*Fake calls to Colleen’s cell phone (which staff themselves had earlier collected) were left, even after they had confirmed her death and then handed over to Colleen’s family.
See Salty Droid’s sickening exposé of these despicable lunatics
Furthermore, all Ray’s groups are audio recorded. Police could easily review those tapes. (Unless of course Megan Fredrickson, uhm, can’t recall where they are.)
Ray’s groups include public humiliation and techniques for confusing and disorienting people, pushing them into extreme states of consciousness.
Ray’s ridiculous “God Game” from the sweat lodge retreat lasted six hours, revealing what a sadistic and dangerously mentally disturbed man James Arthur Ray really is (under that sadistic and deranged exterior).
As countless witnesses testified in the death lodge investigation, Ray also uses sleep deprivation to break people down.
Sleep deprivation is also a known cause of psychosis.
Ms Conaway was not in any way suicidal. She went to Ray as part of her plans for a better future. She had concrete long-term business plans, as well as plans for the immediate future – she’d even left a snack in her car for her return drive back from the airport.
The ruling by police that she “committed suicide” is not supported by any evidence and is contradicted by Colleen’s friends and family.
I assume that Michele Goulet did not inform police that Ms Conaway had even planned and paid for future James Ray groups.
With the release of witness statements and interviews from the sweat lodge, more and more information and parallels emerge between the sweat lodge deaths and the death of Colleen Conaway.
Just like the three later deaths, this death also occurred before the very eyes of JRI staff, and just like after the sweat lodge, failed to notice anything unusual.
JRI staff member Greg Hartle witnessed Colleen’s fall and for unknown reasons, decided he simply had to twitter about it –
His sole purpose in being there was to ensure the safety of participants – surely???? Or was he just there to hang out with Mr God Ray and eat a nice salad for lunch?
Sound familiar? After the sweat lodge, while his victims were being driven in ambulances or air lifted to hospital and being signed in as Jane Doe, Ray was comfortably eating a late lunch in his cabin.
Ok, so they are eating lunch together and no doubt Hartle is babbling about how he saw someone die. Then it’s time to all pile onto the bus, and someone was missing. Did they even know who it was? Did they have a list or a was it just a head count?
According to Megan Fredrickson,
…please know that this, like this has happened in previous years where someone didn’t come to the bus and it was because they had found their own way back to the hotel or because they had met someone interesting and we got a phone call an hour later saying oops I’m at the Jack in the Box, I lost track of time. So it wasn’t at that point a red flag…
They knew they were one short, and wow, this is all just so normal, to be one short after Greg Hartle has witnessed a suicide while participants are going through a life changing experience after being humiliated, belittled, sleep deprived and God knows what else.
Of course there were no red flags, because it was all just so normal. Normal. Just like the death lodge was normal, just like the sweat lodges in the past which to others looked like a “war zone” were normal. Just like they thought it was “normal” for people to pass out, vomit, fly into a psychotic rage and start swinging punches….Just like they didn’t realise anything was wrong in the sweat lodge until well after it was over…Just normal.
They left a staff person called Rebecca Collaway to wait in a car at the meeting point. Did she know who she was looking for? How long did she wait for? What exactly were her movements in the intervening SIX HOURS?
It was “8 o’clock” when they finally confirmed Colleen’s location. And they didn’t tell participants. They didn’t even tell other staff members.
Why did they cover it up?
Salty Droid uncovered (and retouched) this photo of Greg Hartle and the “thumb ring brigade” Michele Goulet and Megan Fredrickson celebrating on the night of Colleen’s death. Participants were told nothing.
Just like after the sweat lodge, instead of responding to a disastrous situation like a normal caring human would, Ray’s staff were merely interested in averting bad PR. Just as Ray was drafting an email after the death lodge declaring the event a success despite some participants having taken ill, Colleen’s death was also supposed to be kept from the light of day.
At least one of the sweat lodge victims stated in the witness statements after the deadly sweat lodge that they trusted Ray, having done his Creating Absolute Wealth seminar a few months earlier and felt safe with him. That person did not know that as she was enjoying a party at the conclusion of that group, one participant was dead, signed in – just like Ray’s fourth victim three months later – under the name Jane Doe.
Of course, telling participants “One of you died eight hours ago and we saw it happen, but we didn’t know it was one of you” is not going to engender trust. Especially not the kind of trust that persuaded that participant that she could put herself in life threatening situations and trust that Ray knew what he was doing.
Ray contacted his lawyers immediately after the group (just like after the death lodge) and instructed his staff to inform anyone asking about Colleen to say that she had been found, was ok, and had decided not to return to the group.
Why were staff also not informed? Staff members (at that time) Melinda Martin and Amy Hall first discovered it after the sweat lodge. Why was it not discussed internally at least? It is to be noted that the police were informed shortly afterwards, and they both quit in disgust. Had they known earlier, they no doubt would have blown the whistle, and no doubt Ray and his hench-people knew that too.
In colluding to conceal this not only from authorities, but even other staff, Hartle, Goulet and Fredrickson enabled Ray to cause three more deaths.
The mentality behind this cover up is what is most shocking. Partying, and getting unwitting participants party along too, after something like that has happened is not normal behavior for human beings.
The automatic and ice cold way that they switched straight into cover up mode suggests that they are well trained in such matters and eager to prevent Mr God from being caused any inconvenience.
These people must be called to account for their despicable and inhuman behaviour. They gained Colleen’s trust, took her money and even continuing to charge her for the groups she had planned in the future. And then led police to believe she didn’t want to live anymore.
Now they are hiding behind that lie.
Michele Goulet, Greg Hartle, Megan Fredrickson and James Ray (and any other staff present) should be the subject of a homicide investigation, as well as for charges relating to the destruction and fabrication of evidence, and misleading police.