Raniere has ‘taken the fall’; but shall we hate as Raniere hates?

Two spiritual masters: The Dalai Lama and Master Raniere. Although they teach different philosophies, Master Raniere's slaves say that his teachings are as high or higher than the Dalai Lama's.
The author makes surprising revelations as he exposes a dirty laundry list of meanness Raniere completed. It proves he has 'taken the fall' but does that mean people should hate him?
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Keith Raniere has ‘taken the fall’.

Does a teacher of ethics who has destroyed the lives of many  – in particular his former students,  girlfriends, employees, and those who trusted him – deserve mercy?

This question cropped up when a reader, having read my post, “RANIERE IS NOT EVIL; HE IS A FRIGHTENED CHILD”, wrote as follows:

“I wouldn’t give this guy [Raniere] any excuses, or any leeway to be interpreted as such. The fact of the matter is, he chooses to behave the way he does. His behavior displays all the signs of sociopathy. Despite being described as highly intelligent, he’s manipulative and uses people; despite being a 50-plus year old man, he’s an immature baby and bully; and despite claiming to be an ethical person in the likes of say a Buddha, he’s a moral imbecile.”

In the post referred to I suggested Raniere was frightened and so he acted as he does.

For that we should feel sympathy.

We all know frightened people act in ways that they would not if they were brave. Compare the lion and the fox.

Of course I realize that what keeps Raniere from being identified (by his own followers) as a cowardly soul is the Bronfman millions.

$100 million in the hands of a sociopath can wreak havoc and hide a multitude of sins.

But, upon discovering the hypocrite (with $100 million), a man who pretends to teach compassion but is hateful, does he deserve compassion?

From his days at Consumer Buy Line, to his rape of underage women, to his planned adultery, and lies to women about his monogamy, to his torment of Toni Natalie, to his scams with commodities and real estate and preying upon the pathetic weaknesses of the affection-starved and childlike Bronfman sisters, to his serial tormenting of women who he once promised to love such as Svetlana Kotlin, Barbara Bouchey and the mother of his child, Kristin Keeffe, to the terrorizing attacks on women who devoted their business lives to him like Susan Dones and Kim Woolhouse, and others he threatened and intimidated, to the imprisonment of Daniela Fernandez and her mother, and worse – the abuse, denial and wickedness displayed toward his infant son –Raniere has added to the misery and sorrow of the world.

There are many whom he touched who felt his ugliness.

And Raniere smiled to the delight and mystery of causing pain to people he once promised to cherish.

He has – to use his own terminology- “taken the fall.”

It is only by perpetuating that which people say is sociopathic – can he continue to maintain operations.

NIXVM and hence Raniere are forced to continue hurting people to survive.

He must continue to sue, must find ethically challenged lawyers to seek indictments of enemies and use the color of law to hunt people and wreak havoc in their lives.

Take any one of scores of people.

Poor Barbara Bouchey. All she did was want to leave and get some of the money Raniere took from her. She did not get the money, plus he made her spend her last dime defending herself.

Consider, she went on a NXIM password-protected website for 15 minutes going only on the social media section – using Svetlana Kotlin’s password – and what did this man of compassion do?

He spent $100’s of thousands of dollars with lawyers to “purchase” her indictment.

He wanted her in a prison for going on a website for 15 minutes.

This for the woman he once said would bear his child.

And let us not speak of his attempt to get her and others lured to Mexico and have them arrested.

Who wants to imprison ex-lovers – unless they have blood lust?

This was not an eye for an eye.

This was a life for a pinprick.

The Dalai Lama said to Nancy Salzman in Dharmasala, “if what your critics are saying is true about (Raniere and) you than you must admit, apologize and change.”

Raniere did not want the Dalai Lama’s wisdom. He wanted his endorsement so he could better (dishonestly) pose as a teacher of love and ethics.

It worked terribly for him.

Instead of getting the adulation he craved, he committed crimes and punished people who did not worship him.

And the press exposed him.

He who could have had everything chose to trade it for sex, warped devotion from a group of scared devotees who follow him in bunker mentality and no peace anywhere.

Everywhere critics of NXIVM are howling, some in pain, some in derision.

His reputation is shattered. He can never be trusted.

His organization is falling apart.

Egoism, arrogance, conceit, selfishness, greed, lust, intolerance, anger, lying, cheating, gossiping and slandering and sex was the consolation he had because he could not love.

Who cannot feel sympathy for a tormented man such as Keith Raniere?

Pray for the man who took the fall.


For those who want to read some choice selections on Raniere, try these:

1992 05 21 Discount service target of probe pyramid scheme alleged

2010 11 Press The Heiresses and the Cult _ Vanity Fair

2003 10 19 The Saratogian self improvement group draws mixed reviews

2010 01 31 Press Brfnm Times Union – Court documents claim NXIVM is ‘a cult’

2010 10 22 Press NY Post ‘Cult’ leader Keith Rani..

2009 01 05 Metroland_ Holy Dalai Lama!

2010 08 12 Village Voice critic of the The New York Observer vs NY $100 cult

2010 06 28 … And yet more from the Nxivm follies — Metroland2010 Metroland Online – Newsfront

2010 09 07 Ex-NXIVM student_ ‘I think it’s a cult’ – Times Union

2010 03 23 Metroland_ Thumbing through the Nxivm patent

2006 08 06 Fear and tears after Nxivm class

2010 11 Vanity Fair – The Heiresses and the Cult

2010 11 22 Ex-NXIVM trainer_ Students are prey – Times Union

2010 03 30 Niagara Falls Reporter Conman Plyam cons New York Post

2003 08 18 Cult News Goldie Hawn to appear at cult leader’s birthday bash

2010 02 22 Metroland_ Ex-NXIVM associate Barbara Bouchey and the private investigator

2009 03 11 Cult deprogramer faces defamtion claim Courthouse News Service

2009 03 29 Op-ed column_ Dalai Lama’s visit to Albany sponsored by cult-like group

2015 09 18 Judge tosses NXIVM hacking lawsuit – Times Union

2012 02 22 In Raniere’s shadows – Times Union

2012 02 24 Secrets of NXIVM – Times Union pt 1

2013 03 13 ‘NXIVM is a litigation machine’ – Times Union

2012 02 20 ‘Ample evidence’ to justify investigation – Times Union

2012 11 16 Cult NewsExecutive Success Programs (ESP) Archives – Cult News

2014 11 26 Brf Press Politco Journalist on leave afte..

2014 11 18 Press Nation NXIVM wages war

2012 02 22 NXIVM courts rich, powerful and influential – Times Union

2012 02 28 NXIVM foe indicted in Texas – Times Union

2012 02 22 ‘The girls’ back NXIVM with millions – Times Union

2012 02 16 Ex-NXIVM aide takes NXIVM to federal court – Times Union

2012 03 06 NXIVM pressed district attorney – Times Union

2012 02 28 Probe of DA sought by foe – Times Union

2012 02 20 NXIVM leader urges going ‘off the grid’ – Times Union

2014 11 18 Press Nation NXIVM wages war-2

2012 02 20 what is NXIVM- Times Union

2012 02 24 NXIVM – Times Union Secrets of NXIVM cover page

2013 07 09 Courthouse News Service Ross Interfor

2011 06 06 NXIVM flexes legal muscle – Times Union

2015 09 21 Legal papers_ NXIVM officials probed finances of 6 federal judges, Senator Schumer, others – Times Union

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Frank Parlato

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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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