More on the ‘killing’ in Mexico; death by following Raniere’s advice?

My recent post about the Lebaron family being involved in NXIVM shed new light on “a thread” at least one reader “has been chasing for quite a while.”

It is a fact that in Mexico, the kidnapping for ransom of people from rich/powerful families is a big business.  It also seems to be a fact that NXIVM in Mexico successfully targets the rich and powerful, even more so than in the US.

There is a four year old trailer on Vimeo for the Mark Vicente (NXIVM inner circle member) documentary movie “Encender el Corazon”  (translated: Ignite the Heart”) about the “in lak’ech” Mexican nonviolence movement that has strong NXIVM connections.

There is some background in

Apparently the Vanguard, Keith Raniere, and his disciple, Emiliano Salinas, started the “in lak’ech” movement/program in 2008.

Mark Vincente, a disciple of the Vanguard

In 2009, a Lebaron family teenager was kidnapped for ransom, at the same time as much of the filming for the Vincente film.

It’s not clear if the timing was coincidence, or the filming started to show the response to the kidnapping. (Raniere has access to enough money, and his personal film-maker Vicente, to make that possible).

There are scenes of Raniere appearing to try to be quite Gandhi-esque and advocating nonviolent resistance.

There are scenes of the elder Lebarons following the advice, being defiant about the kidnapping, and not paying the ransom.

Apparently the teenager was released.

According to one source familiar with Raniere, “There were high-fives all around the NXIVM community. Vanguard was heroically right, and on film!”

Except the kidnappers (or someone) killed one of the elder Lebarons later.

“So there wasn’t a triumphant proof of Raniere’s philosophy after all,” my source says. “And that killing is what Raniere was talking about (in the 2009 video mentioned in our earlier post).

The Vincente movie seems to be in permanent post-production (filming done but not released). Vicente says its due to lack of post production financing. Which is obviously silly: if it would demonstrate Vanguard’s genius, Clare Bronfman would provide whatever money was needed!

The real problem, one suspects, is that it is just another demonstration that Vanguard isn’t really all that smart!

Following his advice people lose $70 million in commodities, they enter into a real estate deal with a partner who swindles them, they initiate lawsuits to shut people up which result in horrendous revelations of criminality and bizarre behavior which, had the lawsuits been avoided and the small voice of critics been ignored would have come far closer to the desired result – of not hainv the intense criticism of Raniere available everywhere in shocking detail.

And now following Raniere’s advice got someone killed.

“Although at least in this case,” my source said, “he actually was trying to do something decent, albeit to help his privileged NXIVM friends, and to be filmed being heroic.”


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  • Hello, I was watching HBO’s The Vow over here in Mexico – and I found your page. Is there any chance at all you could allow me to see the documentary that was shot in my country regarding Emiliano’s organization? It seems that it is still very much alive in social circles over here, so (you could totally say no to my request). I guess that all I am asking is…can I get the password to see it in Vimeo? Thank you very much!

    • I do not have the Mexican documentary. You might try Mark Vicente who was the director initially of the film. He can probablly be reached on social media

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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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