Keith Raniere

Many have heard of NXIVM and its creator, Keith Raniere, the unassuming Albany man now prosecuted for ensnaring tens of thousands of people in the US, Mexico, Canada and elsewhere, to do his bidding and pay millions of dollars to participate in his self-improvement methodology. But where did Keith Raniere begin?

Enter Toni Natalie, Keith's Patient Zero, the first one indoctrinated into Raniere's methodology and the first one to escape.

She writes about it in "The Program: Inside the Mind of Keith Raniere and the Rise and Fall of NXIVM." She has written the book with investigative journalist Chet Hardin.  

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The former leader of a purported self-help group was convicted Wednesday of preying on his female devotees and turning them into what prosecutors called his sex slaves.

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A federal prosecutor says the former spiritual leader of a cult-like self-improvement group was a "con man" and a "crime boss."

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Jurors at the New York City trial of self-help guru Keith Raniere heard  testimony from witnesses who say he sexually exploited three sisters from Mexico.

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A former follower of a self-help guru is telling a jury how the leader created a sorority of sex slaves under his command.

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It was called "collateral" — nude photos and other embarrassing material that female members of a Capital Region self-improvement group turned over to their "masters" to ensure obedience, silence and sexual fealty to the organization's spiritual leader, Keith Raniere.

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The spiritual leader of an upstate New York self-help group pleaded not guilty on Monday to newly filed child pornography charges at a hearing where it became clear that his co-defendants are trying to avoid going to trial with him next month.

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A television actress best known for playing a young Superman's close friend pleaded not guilty Friday to sex trafficking after federal prosecutors said she worked as a slave "master" recruiting unsuspecting women to a cult-like group led by a man who sold himself as a self-improvement guru to the stars.