Dones Depo. Part #3 NXIVM ‘rips away at self esteem’

Susan Dones

While many readers have read Susan Dones’s 2010 deposition in her bankruptcy case, there is much information for potential candidates for NXIVM classes to learn from Ms. Dones about the Vanguard, Keith Raniere and his Cult of NXIVM.

Here are some excerpts which have been edited slightly for simple clarification.


The questioner is NXVIM attorney Robert Crockett. Susan Dones provides the answers.

Marriage based on inner deficiency?

Q:    What other teaching method has NXIVM employed that involves a twisted view of ethics?

A;  …. they teach … that if somebody is in a marriage that that is just a place of fulfilling your inner deficiencies. And so I believe that NXIVM teaches that a marriage, a primary relationship, is not a good thing to have.

Q:  Have you ever seen any written course materials from NXIVM saying that a marriage is not a good thing to have?

A:  …. In their relationship module …. they talk about relationships coming from a place of inner deficiency.

Q:  …What other conduct did you think was inconsistent with what NXIVM taught in terms of ethics?

A:  I think that lying to people about people’s character is a twisted form of ethics. I was told several times that Barbara Bouchey was a full suppressive and that she was crazy…. I was told by Nancy Salzman that her and Keith hypothesized that I was a full suppressive.…. I think that there’s a lot of behavior that goes on within

Are these two capable of ascertaining who is a suppressive? Keith Raniere and Nancy Salzman are Vanguard and Prefect of a new movement of ethics.

another. …. if you’re asking somebody to come in and pay $6,000 for a course …  that the founder and the president of the company don’t even follow, then to me, that’s — that’s consumer fraud…..

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7 years ago

Of course Raniere teaches marriage is based on inner deficiency. He doesn’t want the women he stalks to think about marriage so they can be hypnotized to join his inner circle of puppet sex women. What a loser.

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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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