NXIVM’s founder Keith Raniere was convicted on Wednesday on all seven counts against him, for creating what prosecutors described as a sex cult in which female members were branded with his initials and kept in line through blackmail. According to the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York Richard P. Donoghue, Mack recruited women into what they believed was a “female mentorship group that was, in fact, created and led by Keith Raniere.”
Charles Manson, the cult murderer, died of natural causes, Sunday, at the age of 83. Manson’s death raises hopes for his followers, involved in his crimes, of receiving parole. One member of Manson’s ‘family,’ Susan Atkins, died in prison before facing her death sentence, another was granted parole, while the rest have been repeatedly denied release.