Lying for Death Ray Pt 4 – James Ray’s obsession with death continuesMay 8, 2016
As we saw in the previous posts, duped journalist Lizzie Crocker has allowed the convicted killer James Arthur Ray to use her spot on the Daily Beast as a platform not only to advertise his deadly scam, but also to lie about the acts for which he was convicted. Crocker refused to interview the families of his victims and plays dumb about the facts of his conviction. Ray is well connected in the media, so sucking up to him is obviously a good career move. Either that or Ms Crocker is even dumber than Ray is, which I doubt.
But on with the final few sentences of this disgraceful piece of fraudulent journalism. For the climax of the article, Crocker recounts how James Ray gave her a sample of his profound wisdom.
Ray then told me a story from the Baghavad [sic] Gita, the ancient Hindu text which he read several times in prison, about Arduna [sic] and Krishna.
As with everything else in the article, that single sentence is riddled with lies and stupid errors. To start with, there is no one in Hindu mythology called “Arduna”. There is an “Arjuna”, and maybe Ray said it correctly and Crocker misheard him and didn’t bother checking before embarrassing herself. Or maybe Ray confused Arjuna with Iduna from Norse mythology and misspoke. Or maybe Ray misheard it from whoever mentioned it to him, because the one thing which can be excluded is the hilarious idea of Ray reading the Bhagavad Gita (note the spelling, Ms Crocker!) even once, to say nothing of “several times”.
As mentioned earlier in this series, Ray’s literacy level was ranked as “8th Grade” according to his prison aptitude test.
To translate all this, the two N’s on his functional literacy test mean that he didn’t sit his scheduled test for some reason, and the S means “satisfactory”. The Arizona Department of Corrections explains what that “Edu. 4” in the lower graphic means: that he’s fulfilled “Functional literacy needs (8th grade)”, which is one step above “Low IQ (possibly exempt)/ foreign national”. So it’s no surprise he didn’t know the name of one of the two central characters in the book that he, um, “read several times” in jail.
….Or maybe he read it during his, um, “six weeks” of “solitary confinement” and was so mentally scarred from the isolation that he can’t remember names so well anymore….
I chased up his disciplinary record since mentioning it in an earlier post. One infraction which seems to be disrupting roll call or something similar. And he of course appealed it, but his guilty verdict on this “minimal violation” was upheld… and of course resulted in six weeks in solitary…. For disrupting the roll call. Well Lizzie Crocker believed it and reported as fact, so why doesn’t anyone else?
Arduna’s having this internal battle about going to war and how he’s supposed to love his fellow countrymen, and at one point Krishna says to him, ‘You are who you are.’”
He paused, then went on…..
Well no wonder Ray paused after such a profound gem as that. And no wonder Crocker felt the need to highlight the drama of this powerful “teaching moment” with the great man…
But despite all the gravitas and Sturm und Drang that Crocker must have felt, Ray got it totally wrong. This “Arduna” fellow, as Ray wants to call him, was indeed “having this internal battle” — correct! Well done James! But his struggle most certainly is not about “having to love his fellow countrymen”. Not even close. “Arduna” is about to lead a war against his own family members, and is horrified by the idea. There’s nothing about “fellow countrymen” in the Bhagavad Gita. Ray clearly has not read the book, and is making this up as goes along.
And Krishna does not tell him “You are who are you are.” And here is where Death Ray’s falsely claimed wisdom becomes disturbing. Ray’s behavior, as recounted in police records, fits the profile of the classical psychopath quite perfectly. The last thing anyone would want a convicted homicidal psychopath to be thinking is “You are who you are.”
Death Ray continues, explaining his concocted version of Hinduism to the breathless starstruck Crocker:
“It’s folly to reject your identity, so stand up and take the action that you know you must take…
This is exactly the kind of aggressive, ruthless bluster that he was engaging in before he caused all those deaths.
…Part of the traditional personal development arena—and I want to tread lightly here because I have utmost respect for this arena—paints a picture that you always have to be positive…
Well that’s what he built his reputation teaching — the law of attraction, with his personal guarantee that it “always works, every time always”. But then when a master of manifesting your own destiny gets carted off to jail for being such a vicious, stupid and deadly asshole, some revisions must be made to the sales pitch.
…But sometimes life just kicks you in the teeth. You have to embrace it and figure out how you can turn around.”
So there you have it — Ray was “being himself” when he tortured his customers to death. This much, sadly, I must say I agree with…. And then, for reasons that Ray finds entirely baffling, “life” inexplicably “kicked him in the teeth” when he was sent to prison for doing it. And now failed journalist Lizzie Crocker is helping him “turn it around” and launch a repeat performance. But let’s give the last word to the convicted homicidal 8th grader who still hasn’t realized he needs a proofreader.
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