Ian Thorson’s tragic death was covered once again in the higher echelons of the mainstream press last week. CNN’s Anderson Cooper, with reporter Miguel Marquez, covers the story briefly but very well in this short video (thanks to Tenzin for the heads-up):
It is the first I have heard from the police department there, who have reportedly closed the case, and the first I have heard concerning the coroner’s report, which confirms the belief that Thorson died of dehydration and hunger. We also hear more (see the link below for the NY Times and Dateline coverage) from Thorson’s mother, who blames Michael Roach and accuses him of creating a cult, expelling her son and Christy in a delicate state of mind, and failing to inform family members at the time.
Roach, it is noted, refused all on-camera interview requests and continues to travel and teach Buddhism.
Here is some of the background:
– Christy McNally’s letter (A shift in the Matrix), April 19th– Death in the Desert in an American Buddhist Cult (ABP), May 5th
– Michael Roach’s open letter (Acknowledging Ian’s death), April 26th
– Matthew Remski’s first critical analysis of the death, May 4th
– John Stillwell’s rebuttal (of Remski), May 6th
– Remski’s followup, May 19th
– Michael Roach’s essay (defending his ‘Geshe’ title), June 2nd
– NY Times article, June 5th
– Geshe Michael Roach Cult Death hits the New York Times (ABP) – June 6th
– Dateline NBC interview discussed (ABP) – June 21st
– Further discussion, Remski’s third article (ABP) – July 9th
– CNN’s Anderson Cooper discusses the story – August 1st