How 'Dynasty' Star Catherine Oxenberg Fought to Save Daughter From Suspected Cult

08 August, 2018, 19:58 | Author: Dominic Spencer
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Catherine Oxenberg shares every parent's worst nightmare in Captive (Gallery Books; August 7, 2018; Hardcover), the heartbreaking and shocking exposé of the secretive organization that held the Dynasty star's daughter hostage and the details of Catherine's mission to save her.

Originally established in 1990 as a buyer's club known as Consumers' Byline, NXIVM was eventually renamed and rebranded as a self-help group, one that attracted many members from the upper crust of society, including several celebrities and public figures, according to the New York Post. Its leader is the charismatic Keith Raniere.

Member of Serbia's royal family Princess Jelisaveta Karadjordjevic (L) poses for a picture with her daughter USA actress Catherine Oxenberg (C) and grand daughter India (R) at her home in Belgrade's suburb of Zemun June 11, 2004.

Oxenberg says India was both a slave and a master in the group, and may have been sleeping with Raniere herself.

"I brought her in". Page Six reports that when a friend of India's called Catherine, who later contacted authorities, "She was terrified to speak on the phone, she was afraid that she was being tapped and she said, 'You need to save India.' She said they had signed a lifetime vow of obedience to their master. and then I flipped out", Catherine tells Megyn. And they said, 'Would you stop blaming yourself? I needed to get to the truth, and fast.


"I'm so incredibly grateful because if they hadn't been arrested I would have had to run for my life ..."

But Oxenberg is not taking all the credit for the demise of NXIVM or her daughter's harrowing escape. "At first I felt horrendous guilt that I had participated in bringing my daughter into an organisation that was this deviant and risky". Then I started to educate myself. Oxenberg recalls in the new tome, which documents her efforts to extract her young daughter from the upstate organization whose founder is now facing sex trafficking charges. And I spoke to numerous experts. These cults are well-oiled machines.

She also repeated a statement from her daughter that confirmed she is "moving on".

The cult, pegged as an executive success program, is alleged to have branded some of its members with the initials of its leader Keith Raniere.

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