Cult Physician Charged with Conducting Illegal Human Experiments

Sex cults? Human experiments? Fear studies? What the fuck is going on in upstate New York?

Well, there’s this cult-like self-help group known as NXIVM (pronounced Nex-e-um), which is based out of Albany but has chapters across the country. On its official website, NXIVM is described as, “a community guided by humanitarian principles that seek to empower people and answer important questions about what it means to be human.” Apparently finding out what it means to be human includes seeing how one reacts to watching videos of rape and dismemberment, but hold that thought.


Keith Raniere, NXIVM founder, photo courtesy of the New York Times

The leader of NXIVM is a man named Keith Raniere, 57, known within the group as “Vanguard.” Like most cult leaders, Raniere doesn’t have a great reputation. He’s known to be extremely manipulative and abusive, and clearly has no respect for women. Rainere has allegedly maintained a rotation of 15 to 20 women he’s had active intimate relationships with, and it is required that the women remain sexually faithful to him. NXIVM promotes men having multiple sexual partners while women must remain faithful to one man.


Now that you have a better understanding of the vibe of this cult — I mean community — let’s discuss the controversy that brought NXIVM national attention last fall. It came to light that female members of the community were being asked to enter a “secret sisterhood” with the purpose of empowering women, but, not surprisingly, these poor women got far more than they bargained for. Red flag number one is that the women who were to be initiated into the group were referred to as “slaves.” The women also had to provide naked photographs or other incriminating material that could be used as collateral should the existence of the group be exposed. As if all this isn’t bad enough, they were also told they would be given a small tattoo as part of the initiation. Instead, their naked bodies were held down for 20-30 minutes while they were branded with a symbol using a cauterizing device. The symbol contains Raniere’s initials.


Photo courtesy of Rolling Stone

Raniere was arrested in March, charged with sex trafficking and forced labor conspiracy. If convicted, he faces a potential life sentence.

Don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten about the rape and dismemberment videos (aka yes, this story gets worse). Not surprisingly NXIVM has made headlines again last week when the resident physician of the group, Dr. Brandon Porter, 44, was charged by a state oversight board for conducting illegal human experiments.

The state Office of Professional Medical Conduct has charged Porter with moral unfitness, gross negligence and gross incompetence, as well as other charges. According to the OMPC, Porter allegedly showed “human subjects an actual video of the horrific and brutal murders and dismemberment of four women by machetes; and violent film clips, including a male African American being viciously stomped by a Nazi; a conscious male being force to eat a portion of his own brain matter; and graphic gang rape.” Holy shit.

Jennifer Kobelt, a former NXIVM member, is one of the people Porter performed his experiments on. She claims Porter filmed her as he forced her to watch disturbing rape and dismemberment videos for a study he was conducting on fear. According to Kobelt, this “fright study” may have been performed on as many as 100 people. “He continued to film my reaction for at least 10 minutes as I just sat there, dry heaving like I was going to puke and crying very hard,” reports Kobelt. Kobelt reported Porter’s unethical actions to the OMPC back in September, but was told “the issues you have described are not medical misconduct.”


Fortunately, Porter was recently charged by the OMCP even though they originally shrugged off the claims against him. He has a hearing scheduled for June 27th and faces having his medical license revoked or suspended.


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Man Found Cooking His Ex-Wife’s Remains

We all know divorce is not always pretty, but the way one man in Mexico took care of his former spouse is something straight out of ‘Silence of the Lambs.’

Magdalena Aguilar Romero, 25, went to the home of her ex-husband, Ceser Gomez Arciniega, to pick up her children on the morning of January 13th. Unfortunately for Ms. Romero, this was the last time she was seen alive.

According to Roberto Alvarez, state security spokesman, the woman’s remains were found in the home of her former husband. More specifically, they were found in the kitchen. It appears the man was trying to cook the remains, as her arms and legs were found in pots on the stovetop. Her pelvis, already cooked, was found in a bag by the stove. The rest of the woman’s body was located in the refrigerator.

Arciniega is being investigated for committing femicide, the act of murdering someone simply because of their gender. You can read more on this sickening story here.

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Woman Prefers Sex with Ghosts Over Sex with Men

27-year-old Amethyst Realm has quite the unique sexual preference: she has sex with ghosts. In fact, she prefers ghosts to real men.

12 years ago, Realm moved into a new home that came with more than she had expected. Realm reports an energy being present in the new home, but this presence was interested in something entirely different than your typical haunting. According to Realm, the ghost began touching her, and the touching eventually lead to sex.

Realm goes on to say she has had sex with a total of 20 ghosts and must be bored because now she’s taking things to a whole new level: she wants to get pregnant with a ghost baby.

You can read more about this story, including the opinion of a paranormal expert on the situation, on

Stranger Things: A Bad Lip Reading

We don’t always take ourselves super seriously over here at the Hex Files, and to prove it, here’s the Bad Lip Reading crew taking on the happenings in our favorite little sci-fi town of Hawkins, Indiana. Note: this features scenes from season one earlier, so don’t worry about spoilers if you haven’t gotten around to season two quite yet.

Man Partially Disemboweled on Public Bus

Chicago city bus riders got a little more than they bargained for last Thursday when they witnessed a man stab his brother-in-law at least 25 times, leading to the victim being partially disemboweled.

The incident supposedly occurred when Darnell Scott, 37, got onto the bus and passed his brother-in-law, 50, without saying hello. This prompted the brother-in-law to approach Scott and a fight ensued, with Scott eventually pulling a knife.

The brother-in-law survived but is in critical condition. Scott has been charged with aggravated battery.

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Gang members stab man over 100 times, decapitate him then cut out his heart

Members of a gang known as MS-13 made headlines earlier this week when it was made public that they stabbed a man over 100 times, decapitated him and then cut his heart out earlier this year. This brutal homicide occurred in Wheaton, Maryland. There is currently one attacker in police custody. The 19-year-old has been charged with first-degree murder. According to Assistant State’s Attorney Kelly McGann, “He is noted as being the first individual to thrust a knife into the chest of the decedent.” To read more about this breaking story and to learn more about MS-13, check out this article in the Washington Post.