'Healer' arrested in connection with Phoenix man's death

PHOENIX - A Congress, Arizona man has been arrested on misdemeanor charges for his connection to the bizarre death of a Phoenix man in July, 2012.

Yavapai County Sheriff's deputies booked "John Doe Living Being" on May 1, 2013 for failing to give his correct name to police officers and for failing to report the death in a timely manner. 

Joe Fitzpatrick, 24, who suffered from Type 1 diabetes, died in the man's Congress home last July. Fitzpatrick had stopped taking his insulin and hoped the man could help him find a cure for his diabetes.

He collapsed inside the Congress home, but nobody called 911 until several hours after Fitzpatrick died.

Fitzpatrick's friends and family told the ABC15 Investigators he believed the man was a healer.

John Doe Living Being is also facing charges for failing to appear in court on an unrelated charge. 

His bond is set at $12,250.

THE CASE HISTORY

The night Fitzpatrick died, a 911 dispatcher got the call, "What is your emergency?"

"Greetings. Am I speaking with a living human being?" a woman's voice asked.

The caller identified herself as "Living Being," and reported that a guest in the house died. "He passed away while he was here, so we'd like to have someone come and pick up the body," she told the 911 operator.

It was the body of Joe Fitzpatrick, whose best friend remembers him as a lovable guy.

"I learned a lot from him about being open minded," Ellen Eichelberger said. He was an activist who fought for the working man, she said.

Before he died, Fitzpatrick had taken a hopeful road trip from Phoenix to Congress to see a healer. He wanted to find a cure for his Type 1 diabetes, according to Eichelberger.

A GRIEVING MOTHER

Sandi Fitzpatrick never had the chance to say goodbye to her youngest son until she saw his body inside a body bag in the front yard of that Congress home.

"I kissed him. I gave him a hug," she said, "and the only thing that pulled me away from that body is that I knew he wasn't there anymore."

She said before her son died, he had spent hours on the phone talking about his health with a healer, who called himself Richard or "Living Being." The ABC15 Investigators found it documented in Fitzpatrick's journals.

Sandi Fitzpatrick said her son had stopped taking his insulin as part of a detox, but experts say Type 1 diabetics need insulin to survive.

"When he was vomiting three days before, I would say, ‘Joe, I've never detoxed, but I don't think this is right,'" she said. "And he would say, ‘Richard says this is normal.'"

A CONTINUING INVESTIGATION

Firefighter Jason Herschberger was one of the first emergency responders on the scene after dispatchers received that 911 call asking someone to come get Fitzpatrick's body.

When he got there, he said, "It was obvious there was nothing we could do."

The people inside the home, he said, were sitting silently on lawn chairs in a circle in the middle of the living room. They didn't say much, he said, but pointed toward Fitzpatrick's lifeless body.

"It wasn't normal," Herscherberger said. "They just pointed to the hallway like they had no concern."

According to the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office, the people inside the house said they had asked Fitzpatrick if he wanted to see a doctor and he refused.

Herschberger said he wondered why no one called for help when they found his body on the floor in the hallway. "You kind of feel for the guy," Herschberger said.

The ABC15 Investigators tried to ask Richard what happened inside that home that night, but he avoided our camera and didn't respond to our calls.

For Eichelberger, the issue is clear.

"He didn't go up there thinking he was going to die," she said. "He went up there looking for help."

We asked Fitzpatrick's mother what she thinks happened up there. Her answer was simple. "I think they let my son die," she said.

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