Captive - A Mother's Crusade to Save Her Daughter from a Terrifying Cult

Author(s): Catherine Oxenberg; Natasha Stoynoff (As told to)


In 2011, Catherine Oxenberg went to a Nxivm leadership seminar with her oldest daughter. India, then nineteen, was a novice entrepreneur on the verge of starting her own company; Nxivm's timely Executive Success Programs promised to sharpen her business skills and give her an edge in the workforce. But what began as a simple mother-daughter bonding activity quickly turned into a mother's worst nightmare. Nxivm appeared to be a standard self-help organization, encouraging its clients to become the best versions of themselves. But lurking behind the seminars and exercises was a much darker, nefarious purpose. Catherine watched in horror as her beloved daughter fell under the spell of Nxivm's hypnotic leader, Keith Raniere. India was drawn deeper into the cult, eventually joining the elite, secret inner circle. This covert "sorority" was a barbaric system designed by Keith in which women became "slaves" overseen by "masters." These women were pressured to bend to Keith's every twisted whim. If they disobeyed, they could be punished-ordered to run forty miles a week. Keith insisted that they live off a starvation diet of five to eight hundred calories a day, and to show their allegiance, they were often branded with Keith's initials. Catherine had to endure seeing her once-vibrant daughter turn into a confused shell of her former self. In Captive, Catherine Oxenberg shares her harrowing personal experience and shows the lengths that a mother will go to save her child. Featuring the horrifying stories of members who have escaped this cult, Oxenberg draws back the curtain on their shocking activities and how they lured their victims in. With a new afterword giving an update on India and what's happened to Keith, Captive is a fascinating journey into the dark world of a dangerous cult. Book jacket.


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  • : 9781982100667
  • : Gallery Books
  • : Gallery Books
  • : July 2019
  • : 1.1 Inches X 6 Inches X 9 Inches
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Catherine Oxenberg; Natasha Stoynoff (As told to)
  • : Paperback
  • : English
  • : 791.43028092
  • : 416