Catherine Oxenberg gets book deal with Simon & Shuster to write about NXIVM which ‘Brainwashed’ Her Daughter

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People Magazine today reported that “Catherine Oxenberg Is Writing a Book About the Group She Claims ‘Brainwashed’ Her Daughter”.

Simon and Schuster are the publishers. Her memoir is to be titled “CAPTIVE: A Mother’s Crusade to Save Her Daughter From a Terrifying Cult”, and will be released in Fall. It is co-written by People Magazine contributor Natasha Stoynoff.

According to People Magazine, Catherine decided to share her story with the hope it can help others. It recounts her estrangement from her 26-year-old daughter, India, and her attempt to rescue her from NXIVM.

“I was completely ignorant about these sorts of the dangers and traps associated with these so-called personal growth self help groups…”, Catherine told PEOPLE. “What I learned along the way could help others [and] prevent them from falling into the same trap, know what warning signs to look for, and also to give hope to those parents that are struggling and who have lost children to similar situations.

“So many people reached out to me when I went public saying, ‘Oh my God, I’m in the same situation. I’m heartbroken, I’ve lost my child. I don’t know what to do,” she adds.

People’s report reveals Catherine will also get into the dark and sinister DOS:

“Her friend, Bonnie Piesse, 34, had left the group and warned Catherine that India was taking part in what Catherine calls a “secret sisterhood.”
“You need to save your daughter,” Piesse told her, according to Catherine. “You need to save India.”

The book is not completely written since India may leave the terrifying cult and/or it may cease to exist. The US Department of Justice (DOJ) is supervising an investigation into NXIVM and there may be multiple arrests at any time.

Catherine will write the final chapter of the book to reflect any sudden changes. Indeed the book, it is hoped, may have a happy ending.

Meantime, Catherine’s immediate concern is for her daughter and the others trapped and brainwashed inside this most vicious of cults.

Read the People story here

Catherine Oxenberg for People Magazine, shot in Brooklyn Heights, New York October 21, 2017 by Allison Michael Orenstein

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5 years ago

India. Your mom loves you more than you’ll ever know.

To India
To India
5 years ago

As much as you may think your mom is trying to hurt you, she is not. She loves you unconditionally, and wants nothing but the best for you and your future.

NXIVM is not your future, because it has no future.

Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to wake up and free yourself and then free your fellow dos slaves.

About the Author

Frank Parlato is an investigative journalist.

His work has been cited in hundreds of news outlets, like The New York Times, The Daily Mail, VICE News, CBS News, Fox News, New York Post, New York Daily News, Oxygen, Rolling Stone, People Magazine, The Sun, The Times of London, CBS Inside Edition, among many others in all five continents.

His work to expose and take down NXIVM is featured in books like “Captive” by Catherine Oxenberg, “Scarred” by Sarah Edmonson, “The Program” by Toni Natalie, and “NXIVM. La Secta Que Sedujo al Poder en México” by Juan Alberto Vasquez.

Parlato has been prominently featured on HBO’s docuseries “The Vow” and was the lead investigator and coordinating producer for Investigation Discovery’s “The Lost Women of NXIVM.” Parlato was also credited in the Starz docuseries "Seduced" for saving 'slave' women from being branded and escaping the sex-slave cult known as DOS.

Additionally, Parlato’s coverage of the group OneTaste, starting in 2018, helped spark an FBI investigation, which led to indictments of two of its leaders in 2023.

Parlato appeared on the Nancy Grace Show, Beyond the Headlines with Gretchen Carlson, Dr. Oz, American Greed, Dateline NBC, and NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, where Parlato conducted the first-ever interview with Keith Raniere after his arrest. This was ironic, as many credit Parlato as one of the primary architects of his arrest and the cratering of the cult he founded.

Parlato is a consulting producer and appears in TNT's The Heiress and the Sex Cult, which premiered on May 22, 2022. Most recently, he consulted and appeared on Tubi's "Branded and Brainwashed: Inside NXIVM," which aired January, 2023.

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