Cult of NXIVM Series Taking Off in WNY – Some warn ‘Raniere will sue you!’

The Cult of NXIVM series I have been writing for Artvoice and the Niagara Falls Reporter – now in its 10th installment – which appear in print and online weekly  – has taken off locally with people reporting they can’t wait to see next week’s edition.

The series has clearly attracted a wide audience  – with a buzz in western New York about the disturbing cult that crooked up [and broke] the law and is led by a bizarre, if not insane man.

Many have warned me that Keith Raniere will do something dastardly – and will also sue for libel. Truth by the way is a defense for libel.

A lawsuit would be quite helpful to me in popularizing the series and give me an excellent opportunity for discovery from Raniere which might lead to the exposure of his many crimes.

Meantime, it might bring a national audience. The bizarre decadence of NXIVM is unique and has much to offer – not only for cult watchers – but for decadence watchers.

Stray tuned.



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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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