NXIVM

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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After weeks of relentlessly lurid testimony, federal prosecutors in New York have wrapped up their case against a former self-improvement guru accused of sex trafficking.

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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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A woman has told a jury she was forced to perform a sex act with the leader of a secretive upstate New York self-help group.

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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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A wealthy heiress has pleaded guilty to charges implicating her in a sex-trafficking conspiracy case against an upstate New York self-help group.

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With jury selection beginning at the federal case against a cult-like upstate New York group, TV actress Allison Mack pleaded guilty Monday to charges she manipulated women into becoming sex slaves for the group's spiritual leader.

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A woman implicated in the sex-trafficking case against an upstate New York self-help group has quietly pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges.

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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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WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Mike Spain, Associate Editor of The Times Union, about the ongoing investigation into Niskayuna-based self-help group NXIVM.  The pair also discuss the death of Schenectady community activist Ralph Boyd.

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An heiress to the Seagram's liquor fortune has been released on $100 million bond after pleading not guilty to racketeering charges related to a New York self-help group accused of branding women and forcing them into unwanted sex.

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Miles Reed, Managing Editor of The Daily Gazette, about Tuesday's arrests in the NXIVM case. They also discuss the felony charges against New York State Assembly candidate Robert Smullen of the 118th district.

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A federal judge has denied bail for the founder of a purported self-help group under investigation for alleged sex-trafficking.

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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.

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WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Mike Spain, Associate Editor of the Times Union, about a secretive Colonie, N.Y.-based organization: NXIVM.  The organization's leader Keith Raniere was arrested in Mexico by the F.B.I. on alleged sex trafficking charges.

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Women say they were branded and traumatized by doctors in a secretive New York group, and state officials say they'll review why authorities didn't act sooner on the women's reports.