Raniere makes 21 “fact” claims in his bio, what would snopes find out?

Snopes.com is a website covering urban legends, Internet rumors, e-mail forwards, and other stories of questionable origin.It is a well-known resource for validating and debunking such stories in American popular culture, receiving 300,000 visits a day.

One wonders what would be the result if the Vanguard, Keith Raniere’s bio which is published on his website http://www.keithraniere.com were subjected to the kind of scrutiny snopes might give it.

In short, is Raniere telling the truth?

If he is, he lists a marvelous batch of accomplishments that should provoke our awe of the man or, as some of his devotees think, ‘god.’

On the other hand, if a Vanguard has not told the truth about his accomplishments – what are we to think about anything he tells us.

Who would follow a liar to lead them to truth?

A recent email from a reader got me to thinking. My correspondent wrote, “Raniere is my age and there is no way he won the NY state meet 100 yard dash back in high school. A male classmate of mine went to states during those years and there were no white kids in the 100 who won. As a matter of fact i believe it was a kid from Mt Vernon high school who did. I ran track and field (distances) back in the day and at one point had the results of the state meets. Dang pre internet days. I will also bet dollars to donuts that Karen U who has an RPI degree and Kristin Keeffe probably have higher IQs then Keith.”

Most of Keith Raniere’s accomplishments as listed on his webpage refer to his youth.

Let us examine them one by one.

He claims:

  1. By the age of one, he could construct full sentences and questions
  2. he was able to read by the age of two.
  3. he is an ‘autodidact’ (i.e. self taught)
  4. He was an East Coast Judo Champion at age eleven.
  5. He excelled in:
    1. volleyball,
    2. tennis
    3. table tennis
    4. diving
    5. softball
    6. cycling
    7. skiing
  6. By age twelve, he taught himself to play piano at the concert level
  7. He  mastered many musical instruments.
  8. He taught himself high school mathematics in nineteen hours at the age of twelve
  9. At age 13 he was proficient in third-year college mathematics
  10. At age 13 he was a professional computer programmer
  11. He entered Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) at age sixteen.
  12. From his first semester, he began taking Ph.D. level mathematics courses,
  13. He became RPI’s first triple major, earning degrees in mathematics, biology and physics, with minors in philosophy and psychology
  14. He is “noted as one of the world’s top three problem solvers,”
  15. He  was honored in 1989 by the Guinness Book of World Records in the category of highest IQ.
  16. He has an estimated problem-solving rarity of one in 425,000,000 with respect to the general population.
  17. He transformed a five-person organization into a corporation of nearly 400,000 in two years.
  18. Consumers’ Buyline, Inc., was responsible for one billion dollars in sales in its second full year of business
  19. It was featured on American Spotlight.
  20. He was a millionaire at the age of thirty
  21. At age 32,  Keith Raniere was worth $50 million.

How much of this is true?


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Alicia Hampton
Alicia Hampton
5 years ago

Just raising (rather, echoing) the question with no investigative effort has no journalistic value. One expects some new information.

5 years ago

Snopes does not cover anything that makes the Left look really bad, which is why they have yet to run an article of any kind on the cult or Allison Mack’s arrest.

5 years ago

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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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