Alex Betancourt was told by Keith Raniere that he was Benito Mussolini in his past life.
I am not making this up. Many people in NXIVM know this is true.
Mr. Raniere says he “knows all” – including the “past lives” of his followers. And he told Mr. Betancourt he was previously Mussolini in an earlier life.
In a sense, this was said as a high compliment because it showed Mr. Betancourt was formerly a world leader and had the ability to rule an empire.
It was also a warning since if Mr. Betancourt could wind up on the wrong side of a war and be toppled and executed brutally as Mussolini was – it could happen again if he was not more careful in this life.
In fact, Mr. Raniere assured Mr. Betancourt that it would be better if he remained a humble and obscure individual if he did not choose to follow a more ethical path.
Mr. Betancourt had taken many hours of Executive Success Programs’ training programs and spent many hours with Mr. Raniere. Mr. Raniere was “his” Vanguard.
Many people [past and present] in NXIVM know that Mr. Betancourt was told he was Benito Mussolini – and that Mr. Betancourt said he believed it to be true.
Mr. Betancourt discovered Executive Success Programs in 2002.
After he was told he was formerly Mussolini, he – a native of Mexico City – opened a center there for ESP in 2006. Today, it remains as one of ESP’s last thriving centers.
Around this same time, Mr. Raniere advised Emiliano Salinas, whose normal sexual propensities reportedly veer toward heterosexual, that he should have a homosexual relationship with Mr. Betancourt. The two men agreed and became more than business partners.
This is well known. Most of the inner-circle within NXIVM knew that Alex and Emil were gay lovers.
The outside world, however, was not made aware of this secret arrangement.
In addition to serving on ESP’s Executive Board, Alex became one of its qualified trainers. He and Mr. Salinas also operate a company called Prorsus Capital.
Someone should take this “data” and evaluate how one man could persuade another man that he was formerly Benito Mussolini – and then persuade a heterosexual man to be his gay lover.
If this all sounds like fiction, so be it. Like the saying goes, “Truth is stranger than fiction”.