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HBO’s ‘The Vow’ is a cautionary inside look at the downfall of the NXIVM cult

HBO's 'The Vow' is a cautionary inside look at the downfall of the NXIVM cult

The threshold for bizarre, horrifying news is high these days, but certain stories rise above the cacophony of Bad and stick in the mind as unusually disturbing. The story of the NXIVM cult and its sex trafficking sub-sect DOS (Dominus Obsequious Sororium) is one of those stories that stick. 

In October 2017, a New York Times article revealed that NXIVM, thought to be a self-improvement practice-cum-multilevel marketing scheme popular with celebrities and influential persons, was in fact a criminal enterprise that facilitated sexual and physical assault at the hands of its founder Keith RaniereSmallville actor Allison Mack was implicated in and later pled guilty to charges related to the cult’s crimes, and NXIVM’s long history of brainwashing and intimidation came to light.  Read more…

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