Harem member: Raniere is a backbiter who destroys women’s credibility

There is a reason not to state whether an unnamed source is a present or past harem member: It will be harder for the harem master to identify who is seeking to escape.

For purposes of this post, I cannot identify whether the source is currently with Raniere’s harem or a past member.

I asked this “harem member”: How do the women feel about being in the harem?

She said: What Keith does sometimes may seem foolish and idiotic; but it is genius. It is such a brilliant psychological entrapment. It’s hypnosis. It is evil. You can’t imagine what he can do. He spent his whole life studying subliminal suggestion. The harem really are brainwashed and once the spell breaks; once you start to recapitulate, it is like a horror. Then you know what his power is. You lost everything.

I believe what Keith does is all a distorted lie to harm people. It is like a mental rape. Intelligent people understand it.   But the harem doesn’t question Keith. They take what he says as Wikipedia and nobody evaluates their firsthand experience against what he says. Nobody evaluates the [ex-harem] women who had close relationships with Keith that come forward [to tell their stories about Raniere] and the harem all dismiss it and they take his word as fact not opinion.

If they start to question anything Keith says as not to be a fact, Keith will systemically disrespect people behind their backs. He sabotages them so disastrously to the whole organization behind their back that nobody believes anything they say. He did that to Barbara Bouchey for years [before she left.] She had no idea he was destroying her credibility for years. He started right after the first time she objected to something. Then he started undermining her. As if he was planning in advance for her to go – setting up a plan that when she ultimately spoke against him no one in his group would believe her. He had destroyed her credibility before she left. It is genius – but in an evil way.

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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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