A discussion from the Times Union on major developments in the saga of Keith Raniere and NXIVM, the shadowy upstate New York organization that has been at the center of a federal investigation into alleged extortion, sex trafficking and more.
Nancy Salzman: From Prefect to Prison
A federal judge sentenced NXIVM co-founder Nancy Salzman to three and a half years in prison this week.
In the courtroom, eight of Salzman's victims described her as a cold, calculating enabler and enforcer for cult leader Keith Raniere. The judge admonished the 67-year-old, saying her actions "left trauma and destruction in your wake.”
On this episode of NXIVM on Trial, Times Union Editor-in-Chief Casey Seiler and criminal justice reporter Rob Gavin discuss the sentence and its significance.
From DOS to dogs
A federal judge spared high-ranking NXIVM defector Lauren Salzman prison time. Judge Nicholas Garaufis also sharply questioned why authorities in the Capital Region failed to bring a criminal case against Keith Raniere and what he termed the "NXVIM sex cult," despite abundant evidence of wrongdoing.
On this episode of "NXIVM on Trial," host Casey Seiler and Robert Gavin discuss Salzman’s sentence, the judge's words, and NXIVM co-founder Nancy Salzman, who is expected to be sentenced in September.
A federal judge sentenced Allison Mack to three years in prison this week for her role supplying sex "slaves" to NXIVM leader Keith Raniere. During her sentence hearing in a Brooklyn courtroom, one of Mack's victims compared her to Ghislaine Maxwell, the alleged enabler of late sexual predator Jeffrey Epstein. Times Union justice reporter Rob Gavin and producer Jessica Marshall traveled to Brooklyn for the former "Smallville" actress' sentencing, and discuss what when on inside—and outside—the courtroom
Allison Mack Awaits Her Fate
Former television actress and high-ranking NXIVM member Allison Mack awaits sentencing this week for crimes involving Keith Raniere's cult organization. Mack pleaded guilty to racketeering and racketeering conspiracy charges in April 2019 and is scheduled to be sentenced June 30. She has since distanced herself from Raniere, calling him a "twisted man."
On this episode of NXIVM on Trial, former NXIVM coach Tabby Chapman shares her own experiences with Mack, with whom she worked closely with for a time.
'Don't Call It a Cult'
Keith Raniere is tucked away in federal prison, likely for the rest of his life. High-ranking members of the NXIVM inner circle still await sentence hearing dates. A small faction of former members remain loyal to Raniere as he attempts to clear his name on appeal.
The ongoing NXIVM saga is the focus of former VICE senior editor and Vancouver-based investigative reporter Sarah Berman's new book, “Don’t Call it a Cult.” On this episode of NXIVM on Trial, Sarah Berman talks to Rob Gavin about the b
'Desperation Is a Stinky Cologne'
For Sarah Edmondson and Anthony "Nippy" Ames, life after NXIVM has been busy. The whistleblowers were heavily featured in the HBO Documentary "The Vow," Sarah wrote a book, and they've started a podcast together called "A Little Bit Culty," focused on cult psychology and the stories of survivors.
On this episode of NXIVM on Trial, Times Union Editor Casey Seiler and reporter Robert Gavin check in with the pair to talk about their new podcast, and the process of moving forward with their lives.
Good information, substandard audio
This podcast is interesting and informative, even long after the trial is over. If you liked “escaping nvxium” you’ll like this. That being said the audio isn’t fantastic and there’s one episode where you can barely hear anything but they acknowledge the problem.
Sound quality very poor
So disappointed. Subject matter was so interesting but the production and sound quality was so poor. Very strange for professionals!!!
Some episodes have awful sound quality (-1 star) but contributes more insight and information on NXIVM (on top of the Uncover podcast)