Discussion in 'Up to the Minute' started by sillybilly, Oct 18, 2017.
Inside a Secretive Group Where Women Are Branded
‘Master, please brand me’: Inside the secretive self-help organization Nxivm
And from Albany Times Union, February 11, 2012:
Secrets of NXIVM
Some experts say Keith Raniere, the guru behind
an unusual training business, is really a cult leader
This is a five-part series and I recommend it as background to anyone interested in this fascinating case.
The links to the other four parts are within.
As far as being a cult, they had me at "Raniere has convinced some followers he doesn't drive because his intellectual energy sets off radar detectors..” but I realize there are people out there that need an expert to state the obvious.
Years of manipulation
Today, Oct 19, 2017
CBS "Inside Edition"
And, 2010 Vanity Fair (from the U.K. Edition)
The Heiresses and the Cult
"To family friends, Seagram heiresses Sara and Clare Bronfman are victims of a frightening, secretive cult called nxivm, which has swallowed as much as $150 million of their fortune. But the organizations leader, Keith Raniere, seems also to have tapped into a complex emotional rift between the sisters and their father, billionaire philanthropist Edgar Bronfman Sr. The author investigates the accusations that are now flyingblackmail, perjury, forgeryin a many-sided legal war."
Raniere even filed a lawsuit (which he lost) against Microsoft and AT&T
"... the appeals court issued a one-line order affirming a Texas federal court’s decision in March to dismiss the suit after finding that Keith Raniere did not have standing bring the case."
"... To prove standing, Raniere had to offer the court more than just a "piece of paper he writes up and says he owns everything.""
Hmmmm.....Sherri Papini? Is there a chapter in Redding, CA?
I think the most amazing part of this story to me is the amount of money those girls have. Or I should say that family has. Sheeeshh I think Im ballin when I splurge on gray goose.
Jokes aside this whole thing is so bizarre.
Recently a young woman went missing from a landmark self help seminar. Luckily she was found alive, but it prompted me to look into landmark since it wasnt the first time someone disappeared after a seminar.
Its truly a disgrace that organizations (for lack of better word) prey on people who attend these types of seminars and seek guidance from them.
How to find the “K-R” and ‘A-M’ in the DOS slave brand
Dude! That looks hella painful. :scared:
NXIVM co-founder Keith Raniere arrested, charged in federal complaint
Sex trafficking and forced labor counts filed as Raniere arrested in Mexico
This is so creepy. I had some interaction with these people back in the 2000s, via an equestrian organization I was working for. Even at the time, it struck me as super-bizarre, the way the heiresses seemed so starry-eyed when talking about them and so codependent on them (I remember the woman being around more than the man). I remember the woman (Nancy) being pretty much at their side all the time, at one or two particular competitions.
It was a long time ago, but I'm pretty intrigued by cults, so I have google-researched them from time to time, over the years. I was unaware of the October NYT article, and this thread lists a few other news pieces that I'm looking forward to reading. It is incredible how easily manipulated people can be by those with motive and carefully-developed processes to lure them in. Ugh.
The cult is called Nxivm (pronounced NEXIUM)
“Kreuk was also in the inner circle, but branding was a later addition to Raniere’s abuse of women,” Parlato said.called
But Mack stayed on and, according to Parlato, helped come up with the idea of sizzling the “brand” into initiates’ skin, near their groins, as they were held down. About 2-by-2-inches, the mark combined Raniere’s initials, KR, with Mack’s, AM.
Kreuk was also in the inner circle, but branding was a later addition to Raniere’s abuse of women,” Parlato said.
This article explains in more detail some of the detailed "goings-on" in the cult and it's leaders. Human smuggling, sex trafficking, assault and battery....the list goes on and on.
Unsolved Mystery: Did sex-slaver guru, Raniere, murder pregnant woman?
Smallville’ actress Allison Mack arrested for role in alleged sex cult