At Cause

Series 1 - Episode 3 At Cause



The story is getting dark but it’s impossible to look away from this sinisterly gripping series. We’ve already seen enough in Keith Raniere’s NXIVM self-help programme that rings alarm bells. He and his salespeople peddle a therapy-speak that sounds smart and plausible, twisting psychological insights about personal growth in the service of – well, what exactly?

Tonight, we get to the heart of the cult, and the ominous Vow of the title. We learn about women being physically branded without pain relief, the bizarre terminology of “slaves” and “grandmasters”, and the “collateral” devotees had to provide – compromising pictures of themselves, to be released if they ever dared recant.


Sarah tells Mark about DOS, a secret women's group involving masters and slaves.