The First Episode of “Cults and Extreme Belief” Examines the So-Called Self Help Group NXIVM

Peeling back the layers of secrecy surrounding a cult is a tough endeavor since a cult by design is isolated from the outside world. But it’s a challenge journalist Elizabeth Vargas is taking head-on for A&E Investigate’s new series debuting May 28, called Cults and Extreme Belief. 

The first episode of the show, hosted by Elizabeth Vargas, presents a harrowing look at the headline-grabbing alleged sex cult NXIVM, led by a self-proclaimed “genius” named Keith Raniere. Smallville actress Allison Mack allegedly helped build the group and is accused of helping recruit women who effectively became sex slaves. 

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