By Guilty Plea = Time in Prison
Allison Christin Mack (born July 29, 1982) rose through the Nxivm ranks because she enjoyed the attention, power and control she accumulated along the way.
She was made to feel important — and was willing to do whatever it took to keep feeling that way.
She was instrumental in recruiting, then coercing dozens of young women into having sex with her master, Keith Alan Raniere. These women included India Oxenberg.
It’s not really a question of whether or not she deserves the same amount of years behind bars as her master, Raniere. She doesn’t.
But she also was a master/madam/pimp or whatever term you prefer.
Mack was in the NXIVM inner circle nearly a decade, taking part in the plotting, scheming, extorting, and demeaning of other human beings along the way.
These are criminal, often inhumane acts.
Don’t sugarcoat what she did just because she pulls the little innocent girl act when it’s convenient like a page out of a TV script.
She’s a grown woman — albeit not very educated, extremely naive, and comes off as a self-absorbed person of privilege. She deserves jail time (5-7 years seems fair and reasonable).
Those cauterized brands will last a lifetime on the skin and in the emotional psyches of the women she duped and manipulated for her own benefit.
She ruined her own life by making foolish choices and ignoring huge red flags simply to serve her own ego, or to protect herself from her own collateral release. Not much ethical integrity in that choice is there? She ain’t no Joan of Arc that’s for sure.
I once told her she was in a cult.
She called it her “family” despite the mountain of evidence to the contrary.
I guess believing the truth would have left her to grapple with the reality of the utter waste of her life.
Some people go on living the lie because it serves them better. Maybe time in prison will help her sort out fantasy from reality – and she can wake up and salvage what life she has left.
I don’t know for sure, but maybe the values instilled during her upbringing set her up to be an easier mark to preyed upon for life.
I only hope that some of the particularly sociopathic NXIVM recruiters, like Esther Carlson, get what’s due them, too. Shut this evil enterprise down by punishing those who kept it going for decades (and probably hope it will continue). May justice be swift and served.