Inside the sick NXIVM cult – how leader Keith Raniere brainwashed followers as co-founder Nancy Salzman shares her story

THE co-founder of sex cult NXIVM, Nancy Salzman, has claimed in a new documentary that she was brainwashed by leader Keith Raniere.

Salzman, now 68, helped carry out Raniere’s schemes in the New York sex cult and was known as the organization’s “prefect”.

Nancy Salzman, 68, (pictured) takes center stage in The Vow: Part II

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Nancy Salzman, 68, (pictured) takes center stage in The Vow: Part IIPhoto credit: HBO
Keith Raniere, 62, (pictured) has been sentenced to 120 years in prison on multiple charges including sex trafficking

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Keith Raniere, 62, (pictured) has been sentenced to 120 years in prison on multiple charges including sex traffickingPhoto credit: Eastern Borough of New York
Victims of NXIVM were sometimes branded with Raniere's initials

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Victims of NXIVM were sometimes branded with Raniere’s initialsSource: Youtube/ABC News

She was convicted of racketeering conspiracy in 2021 and sentenced to three and a half years in prison.

“My whole company was destroyed and my whole life fell apart,” Salzman said in the trailer for The Vow: Part II — a docuseries featuring interviews with Salzman and Raniere, who is now 62.

She added, “When I went into it, I thought Keith was innocent — I was wrong.”

Founded in 1998, NXIVM was a self-help organization but was in fact a cult that hosted victims of sex trafficking and cruel acts such as having Raniere’s initials burned into their privates.

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Raniere would turn his victims into perpetrators, the Daily Beast reported.

According to the outlet, he used his “syllabus” to exploit Salzman’s insecurities, flaws, and fears.

His students, like Salzman and Smallville actress Allison Mack, were told that they were to blame for their emotional and verbal responses to situations and that they could only do what Raniere told them to do.

“What would happen if all my secrets were exposed?” Salzman asked in the trailer.

“The benefit of letting go of your secrets is that you have a lot more freedom.

“The downside of letting your secrets out is the punishment.”

Raniere was sentenced to 120 years in prison for child sex trafficking, conspiracy and conspiracy to commit forced labor.

The cult leader was able to coerce women in his cult into founding DOS – a secret sorority where members, dubbed “slaves,” are branded, sexually abused, and mistreated.

The docuseries uncovers proven crimes by Raniere, such as planning a sex dungeon for his DOS disciples.

He also forced a young Mexican victim, Daniela, who joined the cult when she was 16, to have an abortion and locked her in a barren room for two years, according to the outlet.

Raniere also raped and photographed Daniela’s youngest sister, Camila, who was 15 at the time, and took pornographic photos of her in order to trick her into becoming a perpetrator herself.

He left a cancer dying victim, Pam Cafritz, in her feces for hours while he ate breakfast, the outlet reported.

Salzman tries to justify her motives in the docuseries by claiming that she and her daughter Lauren (who was a cult leader) were also victims of Raniere’s manipulation, the outlet reported.

At the same time, Salzman doesn’t think her hands are completely clean.

Although she defended herself as someone who wanted to improve the lives of her students, she also admitted to helping Raniere carry out his sick plans.

Salzman, Lauren, Raniere, and Mack were charged with sex trafficking, extortion, conspiracy to commit forced labor, and conspiracy to wire fraud, among other charges.

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Mack received a three-year sentence and Lauren received five years of probation and community service.

Following the initial release of HBO’s The Vow in 2020, the show’s second episode will premiere on Monday.

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