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How Three Teen Sisters Were Allegedly Groomed into NXIVM Leader Keith Raniere's 'Sex Cult'

The self-help guru presented himself as a genius tutor and mentor who could help them deal with their parents' separation.
Sarah Berman
2 days ago
Money

The NXIVM 'Sex Cult' Story Keeps Getting More Disturbing

Lauren Salzman testified that Keith Raniere envisioned thousands of "slaves" and even one of them running for office.
Sarah Berman
5.20.19
money-scams

An Ex-Prosecutor Breaks Down the 'Sex Cult' Trafficking Case Against NXIVM Leader Keith Raniere

The broad strokes of the celebrity trial are not all that different from cases against street-level pimps.
Sarah Berman
5.15.19
News

Everything You Need to Know About the NXIVM Sex Trafficking Trial

A lot has happened since alleged cult leader Keith Raniere was first charged with sex trafficking in March 2018.
Sarah Berman
5.3.19
crime

'Smallville’ Actress Allison Mack Pleads Guilty to Racketeering

“I have come to the conclusion that I must take full responsibility for my conduct and that’s why I am pleading guilty today.”
Sarah Berman
4.8.19
crime

‘Slave’ to NXIVM ‘Sex Cult’ Leader Pleads Guilty to Racketeering

Lauren Salzman, recruiter for a secret group that allegedly branded women, entered a sealed plea Monday.
Sarah Berman
3.29.19
Views My Own

Making Friends Is Tough After You Leave a Cult

How Seven of Nine from ‘Star Trek Voyager’ spoke to my social dilemma.
Star Spider
3.26.19
News

NXIVM President Nancy Salzman Pleads Guilty to Racketeering Conspiracy

The conviction and new court filings suggest more ex-insiders are cooperating with the feds.
Sarah Berman
3.13.19
The believers

The Controversial Guru Who Wants to 'Upgrade Civilization'

To his devout followers, Bentinho Massaro is an inspiration—but his critics have accused him of “cult-like” practices and peddling fringe conspiracy theories.
VICE Staff
2.13.19
scams

How to Get a Friend Out of an MLM

There are definitely some giant mistakes you shouldn't make.
Caroline Thompson
10.22.18
Australia Today

This Aussie Cult Boss Was Allegedly Inspired by Russell Crowe in Gladiator

The leader of a cult in the Adelaide Hills made his followers salute him like Marcus Aurelius, a court has heard.
Gavin Butler
10.19.18
cults

The Alleged Plot to Put NXIVM’s Critics in Mexican Prison

The FBI is continuing an investigation into a self-help group accused of sex trafficking, racketeering and other crimes.
Sarah Berman
9.26.18
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