‘Cult Basher’: Raniere and his ‘pimp women’ harem helpers
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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.” In addition, he was credited in the Starz docuseries 'Seduced' for saving 'slave' women from being branded and escaping the sex-slave cult known as DOS.
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 premieres on May 22, 2022.
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I applaud this woman for telling her story. I don’t applaud her for the gullibility she revealed of herself as she kept giving such a guy who was screaming red flags of sociopathy from the moment she met him, and especially so after he fetched his pimp women on her to be love bombed.
However, I can definitely understand it was her vulnerable state of mind that made it easier to be so.
Sociopaths are known charmers who feed off of people’s vulnerabilities. That’s what makes them so dangerous as leaders of a human potential/LGAT [Large Group Awareness Training] group that is actually a hidden cult, since the whole point of a participant’s willingness to expose their vulnerabilities – emotional or otherwise – that are holding them back from achieving their potential – that’s the story at least – is so that they can overcome them, not so that they can be manipulated for whatever underhanded motivation is desired.
In the case of Raniere, that appears at least to be: to sleep with women, ingratiate his ego, and use their money however he sees fit, mostly to do the former two things.
True ethical leaders who have an actual message they believe in are out there on the front lines, people like Martin Luther King, Jr. (whose birthday is being celebrated today), Gandhi, Malcolm X, Jesus, Buddha, Dalai Lama, etc..
Ironically, these are the people these cult members like to quote ad nauseum just to recruit into their human potential “courses”. They aren’t hiding behind their lovers in a Half Moon townhouse playing night games of volleyball, celebrating their birthday for an entire week, and perpetually trying to extend their harem of women through their pimp women.