Raniere: ” I had an odd type of intelligence”

In an interview with what appears to be a female devotee, identified as Grace Park, Keith Raniere, AKA Vanguard, talks about a favorite topic – his amazing childhood.

Raniere youtube an odd type of intelligence early on

Raniere says, “I did things very early. I spoke very early. (at age one) I had some really deep profound thoughts at an early age .”

“I had a real almost like in a way it would be considered something odd but I had a very strong personification of even objects, pets, things like that. I was very concerned about the way they felt.”

Raniere illustrates his concern for his own toy by telling how in first grade in Brooklyn the children in class were all required to bring in a used toy for a fund raising sale.

“I brought my little toy and I bought my toy back … the reason I wanted it was in a way it was like rescuing the toy… that was how I felt about it. I didn’t care about normal things like that as a little kid.”

No Raniere knew his toy could never be with a better teacher than himself.

Raniere spoke about how “very early on” his desire for getting Christmas and birthday presents lessened, “rapidly that wasn’t so interesting to me.”

He was beyond the need for material things at such an early age.

At age 10, Raniere said he “worked for a whole summer to earn points go to the toy store” and “when it came time to collect I had a recognition that the toy store did not hold anything I really cared about.  It’s not what interests me …there’s nothing there, it’s not where happiness comes from.”

So amazing, is’t it. A 10 year old who saw through the vanity of toys. He worked for the sake of working. He eschewed the need to be paid in toys, at such a young age too.

This is a very odd intelligence. A toyless boy. A boy beyond toys.

At age 12 Raniere had a recognition that “the only thing that mattered really in life was … why I like this and why I dislike that” and Raniere displayed his amazing profound ability to make things he disliked into things he liked at will, so strong a mind had he.

He said, “The other day I was at Clare’s house and there was a sound, a siren type of sound and most people were cringing and at the time I felt really good.”

Raniere explained, “it brought me back to this time when I was 12. One of the cars my father owned, my parents actually were separated and when you open the door…[Raniere makes a horn sound] and liked that bothered me so I sat there one day for like 20 minutes listening to the sound saying ‘why does this bother me?’ and then thinking of other sounds that I liked and attributing those feelings to the sound and things like ultimately really feeling a sense of that the sound reminded me of my father and my father’s a car and nothing about the sound at all was annoying — I went through a number of things nn that exploration. Now when  I hear a sound like that it brings back that it brings back the car it’s really great…”

While all of his stories are meant to support his theory that he had an odd type of intelligence early on, if any of the stories are true, they are really not terribly odd or unusual and in many ways he seems like rather a boring little child.

That Raniere cared about a toy he already owned and did not want to sell; he did not care to possess toys his schoolmates or the toy store were selling; was able to make an obnoxious sound pleasant to himself, despite it being, at one time, annoying to him and typically annoying to others, is not proof of anything extraordinary. Indeed all children have unusual feelings about strange and odd things.

He doesn’t really seem to make the point. But perhaps readers will find a deeper more profound truth that I entirely missed.




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Rebecca Alexander

6 years ago

The people in this group make me smirk. Like their leader, many of them on their various social media accounts have used the term “humanitarian” to describe themselves. You guys work for a for-profit life coaching organization in the mold of an Amway-like multi-level marketing scheme that sells courses purporting to teach executive success and ethics. Humanitarian doesn’t just mean to be pro-human or something like that. Just because you allege you are humanitarians doesn’t make you such. They’ve effectively usurped the term and applied it to themselves without actually doing what it entails. Give me a break. Humanitarians are people like Abdul Sattar Edhi who Google is celebrating today via their main search page. A man who dedicated his entire life to serving the poor since the age of 20 until he died last year at the age of 88 years old. People like him are true humanitarians. This kind of specious self-attribution of labels reminds me of these mega-rich people like billionaires who call themselves philanthropists. Please. You guys are part of a collusive debt-driven system that is causative of the ridiculous disparity between rich and poor that enables you to purport yourselves to be so-called “philanthropists”. Get out of here.

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Been Down that Road....
6 years ago


Mr. Parlato, Isn’t this improper contact by the Bronfman’s of you? It seems they are trying to get discovery on you for their criminal case which is totally illegal. You have attorneys which Clare Bronfman knows. Any P.I. asking about Keeffe would be controlled by Clare Bronfman, as she is V.P. of Operations of NXIVM, in charge of all Operations, and on the NXIVM board – so says her Linkedin profile and the various transcripts of her testimony available on the internet. You should bring this up to the Judge in your case. NXIVM did the same thing to Rick Ross, google “Rick Ross” Cult Sting Operation. Guessing Clare Bronfman is desperate to ascertain whether Keeffe will testify against her…. If Clare did this she is in BIG TROUBLE. Save that Madeline’s contact information and have your attorney give it to the Judge.

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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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