Another woman speaks out: ‘I thought he was insane’

Keith Raniere is the Vanguard, the most ethical teacher to his followers. They never stop to wonder if there is another more personal side to Mr, Raniere.

A woman who I will call “Lisa” told me about yet another woman who Raniere slept with, a woman I will call “Mary.”

According to Lisa, Mary was referred to Keith by Nancy Salzman who had been counseling Mary.

Lisa said: “Nancy Salzman knew Mary’s’ vulnerabilities because she had counseled her and Nancy helped abuse Mary and helped destroy her. Together they did destroy her. Together Nancy and Keith conspired to get her to sleep with Keith. Then they took control of her life.”

Mary declined to talk to me other than to say that Raniere did try to destroy her and that she has left NXIVM/Executive Success Programs (ESP).

I asked Lisa, what about you?

Lisa admitted that she too slept with Keith. She said, “With me he used Pam Cafritz. Her come on line was ‘it is spiritual sex’. Pam was advocating that I should stop resisting his advances, giving me the green light. Keith said Pam is his ‘heart love.’  It scared me and that was my response.  It did not seem like spiritual sex, it seemed like polygamy.  I though he was insane. He wanted to take control of my life. He took control of Mary’s life and he tried to destroy her.”

Did he destroy your life? I asked Lisa.

“No. Keith is a monster but I got out early.”

Mary did not and is paying the price today, Lisa says,



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S@#T you can't make up....
S@#T you can't make up....
7 years ago

Truly the only way Salzman and Raniere can be stopped is by those harmed taking a stand together via a Class-action law-suit against NXIVM. Reaching out to Peter Skolnik who is handling Ross vs Nxivm pro-bono might be a first step towards a path to ending the madness. Even coming forward to Mr Parlato is a giant step. Kristin or Barb if you are reading this, you both seem to have the ability to turn the tables and launch a counter-offensive. If Bill Cosby’s women can come forward to the media years later and expose him, so can you. Time to peel away the layers of the NXIVM onion.

7 years ago

Someone needs to lay a can of whoop-ass on these people since the law is being manipulated via their access to large amounts of cash to prevent them from being brought to a court of justice instead of just the court of public opinion. If even an attempt was made by Keith and his pimp women to move on a female in my family I would beat the **** out of him. But that would probably happen after my brother did since he can get a temper on him and he has two daughters so he most likely would’ve done it first.

About the Author

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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