“Collateral” explained in the view of the women and Vanguard


They were told there was a new exciting and exclusive women’s group that was going to change the world. It was secret. Even their boyfriends and husbands couldn’t be told about it.

But if they wanted to join, they’d have to give “collateral” to ensure they wouldn’t tell anyone about the group and its secrets.

So, they did what they were told – and sent a nude picture.  What’s the harm?

They didn’t know Keith Raniere, who prefers to be referred to by his self-given title of Vanguard,was behind it. What hey didn’t know Clare Bronfman is that – and her IT men – had access to the “collateral”.

One DOS woman said her slave master rejected her pictures because they were something a girl might send to her boyfriend.  The pictures had to be graphic.

A number of people have seen at least some of the “collateral”.

One person said, “They were sexually perverse and vile. I saw fuckin’ spread legs and I said, ‘I’m not looking anymore. I’ve seen enough.’ Some of the others looked more closely. I was disgusted and they were disgusted.”

Every month, the women have to provide new “collateral”.

After a few months of being a member, DOS leadership [i.e., Keith Raniere] will not accept any more nude photographs or videos.

If a woman has assets, “collateral” now takes  the form of transfers of bank accounts, amendment of wills, deeds to real estate, and similar asset transfer documents.

For women who did not have assets, confessions were allowed.  But the confessions had to be about things that would ruin the women’s lives if they became public.

The purpose of “collateral” is to give DOS enough power that it can destroy a woman’s life if she reveals the existence and secrets of the group.

Women are required to provide audio or video recordings, confessing to crimes, betrayals, or sleazy or damning information about themselves and others.

If they run out of things to confess, they have to make something up.

DOS will accept false confessions provided they sound plausible.

Some women were disturbed by what they were required to do. The confessions were driving them into betrayals of friends and family. Damning stories about husbands, boyfriends, parents, friends, employers, even their children.

“Some of the girls don’t have a lot of damaging things in their life,” said one source. “They start making shit up.”

And, now, all of the DOS women live in fear that their “collateral” will soon become public, that their friends and family will find out these women’s deepest, darkest secrets.  For some, it’s enough to keep them from leaving. For others, it’s enough to make them think about suicide, which many believe is Vanguard’s “final solution” fro women that are causing him problems. Only the strongest DOS women are able to take a deep breath and walk into a new and free life.

It is not all fun and games at ESP. There is a darker element that those who get close to the founder, Keith Raniere, soon discover.



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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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