Raniere claims he finished high school at 16, records show he graduated when he was almost 18

With Keith Raniere one never knows what to believe.

How old was Keith Raniere when he finished high school?

He told the Albany Times Union he was 16.

In the article “Troy man has a lot on his mind,” [June 26, 1988]:

By the time he was 16, the Brooklyn-born genius says he had exhausted the curriculum at his high school. He dropped out of school and entered RPI.

In another Times Union story, “Secrets of NXIVM: [February 24, 2012], we learn Raniere attended

Rockland Country Day School …. He left the school at age 16 because he felt the curriculum was holding him back, and enrolled at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy.

Rockland Country Day School is a private school that serves students in Pre-K through 12th grade. It is located in Congers, New York.

From his bio: keithraniere.com:

Keith Raniere entered Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) at age sixteen.

In a sworn affidavit in a lawsuit against Cult deprogrammer Rick Ross, filed in 2003, Mr. Raniere swears:

I entered RPI just after my 17th birthday.

2003 Full text of _Raniere Affidavit Ross Case

Since Mr. Raniere says he was born on August 26, 1960, “just after” his 17th birthday would be sometime around September 1977.

According to Rockland Country Day School, Mr. Raniere did not graduate from high school until 1978.

A newspaper report in the White Plains Courier Journal [June 28, 1978], corroborates the 1978 date, reporting that Mr. Raniere graduated from high school in 1978.

This then is not age 16 – and it is not “just after his 17th birthday”. It is, in fact, two months shy of age 18 – which is average for high school students.

Maybe it has no significance.

Defenders of Mr Raniere say it makes no difference whatsoever.

Frank Report understands that some people have “appearances” to keep up – especially if they’re “…the smartest man in the world.”.  That’s one of the things that every new ESP student is told.  Another is that Mr. Raniere has “total recall” of everything that’s happened in his life – and all of his past lives.

So, given how smart he is – and given that nifty power of total recall – couldn’t he at least get his story straight on how old he was when he graduated from high school?

Sure it sounds smarter to have graduated at age 16 rather than at nearly 18 years old.

However, since it is not true, once it is found out that he is lying, doesn’t it make the man look rather silly and narcissistic?


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With Keith Raniere, one never knows what to believe.


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5 years ago

This is very petty. Suppose V forgot 16 years old or 17 years and 10 months. What’s the difference. It’s unbelievable what you are doIng to him. Stop this. This is insane.

Monte Blu
Monte Blu
6 years ago

This is very petty. Suppose V forgot 16 years old or 17 years and 10 months. What’s the difference. It’s unbelievable what you are doIng to him. Stop this. This is insane.

1 year ago
Reply to  Monte Blu

Boy oh boy did you end up looking like a total fool. Is V still your God? I bet not lmao. I suppose V will have plenty of time to remember now that he’s serving life in prison 🤷

6 years ago

Although I agree with Vandouche that Raniere’s lie about how old he was when he graduated from high school is no big deal, it does tell you something about this Budding Buddha. Namely, that he’ll lie about anything to make himself look superior to everyone else. The same is true, of course, with respect to all his other absurd claims about his accomplishments and talents: e.g., early reader, genius mathematician, total recall, concert-level pianist, judo champion,100-yard dash NYS record, etc., etc., etc. Raniere lives in a fantasy world and has surrounded himself with a group of people who want to believe in his “greatness”. What a sad commentary on all their lives.

6 years ago

Lying about graduating HS at 16 is a “pitter patter” of a lie compared to the enormity of the other ones he tells (or tells others to tell). When I read about history and the massive personalities that existed and what they did and produced, my “favorite” lie is the idea that Keith Raniere is “the most ethical man” in the world, which has got to be one of the most outlandish and laughable things I’ve ever read.

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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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