30 of the best true crime documentaries to unleash your inner detective

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Seduced: Inside the NXIVM Cult (Starz, 2020)

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Directed by Cecilia Peck, Seduced: Inside the NXIVM Cult follows India Oxenberg as she grapples to make sense of her experience within NXIVM, a self-help organization that turned out to be a cult. The four-episode docuseries examines her own culpability and abuse brought on to her by NXIVM leader Keith Raniere, and her relationship with her mother, Catherine Oxenberg, who desperately fought to rescue her from the cult.

An excellent primer into the world of cults, Seduced expertly breaks down the mechanics behind NXIVM’s swindling. Oxenberg’s personal account gives the documentary a solid narrative arc, but what really completes Seduced is its comprehensive interviews with other NXIVM victims, cult experts, cult therapist, and deprogrammers, which all together expose how nefarious and corrupt the titular cult is.

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