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Season one of HBO’s The Vow is ending this week. The Vow is a docuseries about NXIVM, a self-help group turn sex-cult that was under investigation for sex trafficking and racketeering. NXIVM was run by Keith Raniere who was supposedly one of the smartest men in the world. The Vow also delved into NXIVM’s slave-master sorority called DOS that was led by Smallville actress Alison Mack. They branded members, groomed them to be sex partners for Keith Raniere, forced members to give collateral for blackmail if they decided to leave and made them take a vow of servitude to the ‘masters’ for life.
Clare Bronfman, a Seagram liquor heiress who was a coach and financial backer of NXIVM, has been charged with several counts associated with the cult and was sentenced to 81 months in prison. We now await the trial and sentencing for Keith Raniere and Alison Mack.
Season one of The Vow followed ex-members of NXIVM and actress Catherine Oxenberg. She was trying to free her daughter from the cult and worked with prosecutors to build a case against the organization. On Friday, HBO announced that they had greenlit a season two of the show. Below is more of the story from People:
Season 2 will follow the federal trial of the United States against Keith Raniere, co-founder of the controversial New York-based self-improvement group Nxivm, which fell apart amidst criminal charges of sex trafficking and racketeering conspiracy. According to the network, the new episodes will offer an exclusive look at Raniere’s closest confidantes and dive into the stories of Nxivm’s top leadership in the U.S. and Mexico, as well as members of the DOS, the secret “master-slave” sorority within Nxivm.
The next season will track the group’s founders, supporters and defectors as new evidence and revelations come to light, while federal prosecutors and defense attorneys battle for opposing views of justice.
The Vow’s season 1 finale airs Sunday, coinciding with the premiere of Starz’s four-part documentary series, Seduced: Inside The NXIVM Cult. Seduced will tell the story of actress India Oxenberg’s journey through the world of the self-help-group-turned-sex-slave-cult.
I am totally fascinated with con artists and cults. I used to be obsessed with Elizabeth Holmes and have moved on to NXIVM. I know it is easy to fall into cults because they sort of sneak up on you. You think you are doing a good thing and then BAM! you are in a cult. More fascinating about the NXIVM story is the fact that the Bronfman sisters are financially backing it and the Dalai Lama legitimized it with a very publicized visit. STARZ also released its documentary Seduced: Inside the NXIVM Cult on Sunday which will follow India Oxenberg’s journey.
Once I am done working at the polls for early voting, I am definitely gonna check out the STARZ series and wait for Season 2 of HBO’s The Vow.
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