Questions for Vanguard #4: ‘Astounding gifts’ as a child?

In your bio online at you make this statement:

“From early childhood, he demonstrated astounding gifts, which were nurtured by his parents and subsequent mentors. By the age of one, he could construct full sentences and questions; he was able to read by the age of two.”

  1. Your bio clearly implies you were a child prodigy, but lacks any independent corroboration. Can you provide any?
  2. Could you define what you mean by “construct full sentences” by age one. Do you mean “Me play” or “No sleep,”?
  3. Or a slightly longer sentences like: “Give me my bottle” or “Mommy can you change my diaper?”
  4. Do you mean you constructed adult level sentences?
  5. Child prodigy and game show winner, Michael Kearney is said to have said to his pediatrician, “I have a left ear infection” at the age of six months. Are there any credible witnesses who can attest to your doing something similar?
  6. Can you recall any specific sentences you spoke at age one?
  7. Do you actually remember sentence speaking at age two or was this something you were told by your parents?
  8. Do you have any eyewitness to this? Any recording?
  9. When you say you could read at age two – what level of reading are you speaking of?
  10. Kearney was said to have learned to read at 10 months. When he was four, reportedly he was given multiple-choice diagnostic tests for the John Hopkins precocious math program; and achieved a perfect score. Cuold you provide some specifics of your reading far in advance of the average child so we can validate you were a child prodigy?
  11. You say you had ‘astounding gifts’, would you tell us why they were “astounding” and who they astounded?


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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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