Daily Beast just published "How I Found My Brainwashed Daughter in the Sex Cult NXIVM", an excerpt from a new book Captive, by Catherine Oxenburg, talking about her daughter's, India's, experiences in the cult.
I can't say I've followed every tidbit revealed about NXIVM, so forgive me if this is well-known, but the information in the title stood out to me, from a #pizzagate perspective.
Quoting a Bonnie, one-time friend of India in the cult:
“Then a friend of mine, another coach, confided in me that she’d been removed from her position as head trainer because she’d committed an ethical breach against Keith by refusing to have his baby. In this secret society, all babies go to Keith—it’s part of their vow of obedience. They have to sign a waiver that if they get pregnant with Keith’s child—or anyone’s, for that matter—they must give their babies to Keith.”
I know about Gaelen, the mysterious child who seemed to belong to the cult, I didn't know these details:
'Two longtime members of his harem—Pam and Mariana—lived with him, and Pam had taken ill with cancer. “She was basically dying in one room, while in the next room, he told everyone later, he was having sex with Mariana to conceive his baby—with Pam’s blessing, as she was literally taking her last breath.”
Keith had told a lot of his women that he’d father a child with them, that they were the chosen one, and that the baby would be an avatar who would change the world. Nine months later, the “Baby Avatar” was born.
But he was not Keith’s first child. A decade earlier, one of Keith’s girlfriends, Kristin Keeffe, gave birth to their son, Gaelen—and for years, Keith and the harem created a web of lies and mystery surrounding the child’s origins. A story was concocted that Keith had adopted the boy, a foundling, after his mother had died in childbirth and no one knew who the father was. At the time, Keith was presenting himself as celibate—which was ironic, considering he had a full-time harem. Keith’s foundling story, I thought, was the ultimate “Immaculate Deception.” '
My comment: Given that Rainere had a harem of young women he was having presumably unprotected sex with, one wonders how many babies belong to him and where they went. On the other hand, with a restricted calorie diet I understand for instance menstruation shuts down, so I don't know how fertile they really were.
(Also didn't recall knowing NXIVM was into cryogenics. According to this when another member died, KR requested the body or at least the head to freeze. When the aforementioned Pam died:
' “I was told by firsthand witnesses that Keith arranged to have Pam’s body snuck out of the hospital before a death certificate could be issued and kept her body submerged in ice in one of his bathtubs at home. No one knows what happened to her body.”
My comment: For a cult that's into reincarnation, preserving the physical body seems contradictory.)