Author’s reminiscences #2: Did Raniere spend a lot of time with you

More questions from readers:

Q: Did Keith spend a lot of time with you, feeling you out, before trusting you?

A: We spent a fair amount of time together. Although I never made it to the Friday night volleyball games, I had a lot of one on one time with him on the phone.

My personal meetings with him however almost always saw Nancy Salzman in attendance and were usually at her house where, I later learned, they secreted large amounts of cash in the basement.

Nancy kept an elegant, clean home, nicely but comparatively sparsely furnished.

She had a large comfortable couch and Keith and I would sit on the couch talking; Clare Bronfman, if she was there, would sit at his feet; Nancy and Kristin Keeffe and others might sit across from us and discuss strategies.

I recall Raniere saying that I was the first outside consultant who was available round the clock, had moved to Albany to be available – and was competent to get work done.

I also had a very competent assistant and Raniere remarked humorously that he wished he had an assistant like her since no one in NXIVM had her hard work ethic.

Raniere seemingly trusted me from the start because we spoke as equals and that I was sincerely trying to help him.

I was told he began to distrust me when I began to snoop too hard into the Los Angeles real estate deal. When I uncovered the fraud against the Bronfman sisters and recovered $26 million from an absconding partner – the partner Raniere, himself, selected –  I was done, finished, as far as Raniere was concerned.

Too dangerous to be permitted to stay.

At that time I believed Raniere, like the Bronfmans, was a victim of the partner. Sometime later I reevaluated that premise.

And now I wonder if Raniere was not involved in the systematic fleecing of the Bronfman sisters out of part or all of about $100 million in the commodities and real estate markets.

I will explain in detail how this occurred in some future post or to law enforcement when they are ready to listen or will feel compelled to as the facts emerge.

It will be an eye opener.


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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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