HBO’s The Vow particulars the tales of a number of former members of the NXIVM cult, together with Barbara Bouchey, the ex-girlfriend of founder Keith Raniere. At present, Bouchey appears to be steering away from public life, however she’s taken the time, prior to now 12 months or so, to share extra particulars of her story with the media and the general public.
In a 2019 interview with CBC, Bouchey revealed particulars about her time with NXIVM, together with how she first obtained concerned with Raniere after being launched by way of NXIVM cofounder Nancy Salzman. She joined NXIVM in 2000, she stated, and he confided particulars of his childhood to her.
“Keith additionally advised me that when he was 13 years previous, he believes that is when he had what he deems this transformation of himself. That is when he believes he, quote, ‘turned enlightened.’ And his final, quote, ‘attachment to the surface world’ disappeared,” she defined. Bouchey additionally revealed that Raniere’s father gave her extra context about his mindset: he was examined as a “gifted” baby and, upon studying the outcomes, “in a single day he became like Jesus Christ. And that he was superior and higher than everyone, like he was a deity. He stated it was that dramatic and that profound, he stated it went proper to his head.”
Bouchey additionally detailed how Raniere had a number of simultaneous relationships and performed them off of one another, though she claims she did not know she wasn’t in a monogamous relationship till a few 12 months in. “Having intimacy along with his key ladies gave him these additional levels of freedom, management, affect, and the power to control the ladies,” she advised CBC. His manipulation of her reached into the monetary: he even had a commodities account beneath her title, and he or she claims she misplaced round $1.6 million on account of his buying and selling in her title. Bouchey herself detailed the fraudulent monetary dealings in an October 2019 visitor column within the Frank Report, revealing that NXIVM had falsely sued her for years, believing her to be a supply to the media.
Bouchey fled NXIVM in 2009, however that was removed from the top of her story, as she discovered herself being relentlessly harassed by Raniere’s followers. She ultimately turned a whistleblower, one of many “NXIVM 9” who first confronted Raniere concerning the abuses within the group, then gave info to the authorities.
Through the trial, Bouchey additionally spoke at CrimeCon about her ordeal. “I am crying myself a river within the again aisle of the courtroom. I am listening to issues I am unable to even comprehend, and my thoughts is racing so quick to attempt to perceive what occurred throughout my time there and why,” she stated, as reported by Oxygen. After the responsible verdict was learn in June 2019, Bouchey advised CBS Information, she felt a “feeling of freedom and security . . . To me, it is a new day, to dwell unencumbered by the specter of what he would possibly do subsequent.”
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