Photos of the late Barb Jeske, old harem woman

Barbara Jeske was 63 when she died on September 3, 2014.

Barbara was born in Grand Haven, Michigan to Raymond and Ruth Jeske and resided in Clifton Park, New York for the last 22 years of her life.

She was formerly a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church of Grand Haven, MI and Redeemer Lutheran Church of Stuart, FL. Barbara attended  Michigan State University, and became a member of the harem of Keith Raniere.

She was a pre-Vanguard harem member.

After Vanguard tired of her, Barbara lived with her dogs.

She brought a lot of people into ESP and was given the Purple Sash, the highest rank, along with Pam Cafritz, another harem member who is also deceased.

Barb’s father Raymond outlived her as did her sisters, Beverly and Cynthia, and her brother, Brad. She was predeceased by her mother, Ruth, and brother, David.

Barb – despite being the highest ranked on the stripe path, a Purple – died broke and in debt.

She was not a Keith-built millionaire.

In fact, she did not make millionaire status despite not paying taxes.  Here is a federal tax lien filed against Barbara in 2007 for $126, 953.

She died of brain cancer. Keith told her when she first started feeling unwell that she had carpel tunnel syndrome.

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Here are a few pics of Barb.

Barb was born in 1950. She was 10 years older than Keith.


If Keith had been an adult and known her then, he would have had sex with her and then went after her girlfriend. But alas, at the time of this picture, Keith was only two years old and could read, write, fix computers and play piano.  He did not know Barb then.



Keith’s ideal age.







Chief enablers of targeting women into the love cult of Keith Raniere: Karen Unterreiner, Keith Raniere, Pam Cafritz and Barbara Jeske. {Cafrtiz and Jeske died.]


Before he was Vanguard, his mainstays in his harem were Pam, Karen and Barb, plus any little girls they could round up for him.
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Since Keith was so busy, Pam and Barb often had only each other.


Keith was wonderful to the ladies of his harem.




Barbara became integral to the ESP sales team. Note hole in Lauren’s head…


Ultimately, as she grew too old for Vanguard, she had a dog to keep her company


No men, for Barb, but she got to be friends with Vanguard’s ladies. The young ladies were able to please Keith in his bedroom better than the elderly haggard Barb. While the then young ones thought they were on their way to glory, they too soon aged out of favor.
Barb with ESP ladies.







Barb with her dog and NXIVM shirt.
She went fast…
Keith Raniere was teary eyed over Barb’s passing… or at least he said he was ….

Many slaves in Raniere-world owe their ruination to Barb, and yet she possibly was unaware of the harm she did to others…

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6 years ago

Barb J is dead, Pam K is dead, Nancy S has a 2nd round of cancer. Who’s next Karen U. she be the last of Keith’s old maids.

Barb's friend
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6 years ago

This is so sad. I met Barb in 2008 and she was a striking woman. Present and powerful. Towards the end she seemed lost… like the light went out of her eyes. Keith knew how to pick em. Naive women who had some kind of power. Whether it was money, social influence or the ‘it factor’. Barb had the ‘it factor’. Keith used it to his advantage and to her demise.

6 years ago

“Barb with Mexican ESP ladies” is incorrect since the person in the middle is Sarah Edmonson from Vancouver.

6 years ago
Reply to  VanDouche

BUT it’s kind of funny that Emiliano is one of the ladies. JAJAJAJA!

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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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