Dones Part #6 The ‘Biggest Whopper NIXVM told you’

During the deposition of Susan Dones, NXIVM attorney questioned her for hours.

When Dones said she believed NXIVM officials regularly lie, Crockett pursued that line of questioning.

Crockett Q: What do you think is the biggest lie or whopper that NXIVM’s ever told you?

Dones A: … about Barbara Bouchey being a full suppressive, based on the fact that they teach a module based on that, and telling me that she’s crazy, to influence how I would be around her, and I think that was used … to keep me …. from ever believing anything that she ever said. I also think that how they’ve lied about other people who have left — everybody that’s left, it’s always been their fault and nothing within the leadership’s fault. I think them covering up the fact that Keith behaves in certain ways that people find morally and ethically not acceptable are big lies that they’ve told. I think that Nancy lying, or whoever did to the Washington State Department of Revenue, about licensing their program to third-party people …  there’s a cycle of abuse that takes place.

Q: So who told you the whopper about Barbara Bouchey being a suppressive?

A: Nancy Salzman. …. I think for the leader, the president of a company, to go around and tell people that about other people when they teach that particular module is a setup …  why would somebody that runs a company based on human potential and human behavior that teaches an entire two-hour module on (what) they call “the fall” that deals with the downfall of somebody who’s suppressive go around and speak that to anybody in their company about that?


Why indeed?


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Does it take one to know one? Nancy Salzman identified Barbara Bouchey as a “full suppressive.” Ouch!

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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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