Shocking story in Albany Times Union: Women Scarred by Study, Branding (VÉASE ABAJO PARA LA TRADUCCIÓN EN ESPAÑOL)

As the world continues to be outraged by the grotesque horrors of Keith Raniere, his hometown paper continues on their ground-breaking investigations.

Brendan J. Lyons reporting: Women Scarred by Study, Branding




Impactante historia en Albany Times Union: mujeres cicatrizadas por el estudio, branding

Mientras el mundo sigue siendo indignado por los horrores grotescos de Keith Raniere, su periódico de la ciudad natal continúa en sus investigaciones pioneras.

Brendan J. Lyons Reporting: mujeres cicatrizadas por estudio, branding


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6 years ago

The list of law enforcement officials who were bought off or scared off by the Bronfman’s money is very long and very intertwined. But the person who had the most active role in helping NXIVM to utilize the legal system to go after its “enemies” is P. David Soares, the Albany County District Attorney. Justice will not be complete until he has been indicted and goes to jail.

Gurdjeffty is Five
Gurdjeffty is Five
6 years ago

There are certain life-mistakes, common pitfalls that beset gurus and the super-rich who love them. But it’s also possible to transcend these mistakes. All that Raniere and his sponsors have to do, is ask to be branded with the initials of every woman in the secret sorority. If they will honestly and fearlessly do that, then I guarantee they will emerge from that process as different people.

Kudos to Albany Times Union for getting its mojo back !
Kudos to Albany Times Union for getting its mojo back !
6 years ago

The Albany Times Union used to be the go-to outlet for NXIVM news. But instead of backing award-winning reporter James Odato when NXIVM launched their flying monkeys of lawyers against him, they left him twisting in the wind.

But the NYT scoop seems to have given the ATU its mojo back!

New revelation, not included in the NYT story: “Edmonson’s complaint [to NY State health department against alleged brander Dr. Danielle Roberts] identified [Allison Mack] as having “started” the secret women’s group with Raniere.”

The NYT made no statement about the gap between Sarah Edmondson’s March branding and her departure from Raniere’s world (and closure of the Vancouver ESP center in June. The ATU story says “Edmondson, who was associated with NXIVM for 12 years, left the organization in June after she learned the brand that she received contained the initials of [Allison] Mack and [Keith] Raniere.”

But the main topic of the article is more information about Jennifer Kobelt and others being forced to view violent scenes from films up to actual “snuff” films, while being monitored by EEG (brain waves) by disgraced Dr Brandon Porter. New revelatiin: Lauren Salzman is implicated in recruiting up to 100 subjects for the disgusting psychological experiments performed without informed consent.

The experiment seems to be the embodiment of one of Keith Raniere’s many non-sensical patents:

“Determination of whether a Luciferian can be rehabilitated ”

“Another example of a test to determine whether a person is a Luciferian that may be given is to have the subject view a film of human torture. Instrumentation 20 will reveal that a Luciferian subject viewing a torture movie is experiencing a pleasure response.”

For those not fluent in ESPian jargon, a Luciferian is a devil, a person with inverted values, who perceives pleasure in the pain of others.

Raniere’s giant joke on ESPians, and the world, is that he himself is the perfect Luciferian….

Times Union and SmAlbany
Times Union and SmAlbany
6 years ago

At first there was just the sound of CRICKETS from the Times Union after the NY Times article hit. Sure the link-up to the NYT article on a banner, and the links to the 2012 series Secrets of NXIVM appeared but all in all: CRICKETS. I even emailed Brendan Lyons with a “Did you see this?” and “What say the TU?”

I am sure Brendan who picked up coverage after James Odato was rubber-roomed and then let go was itching to get writing again about Albany’s home-grown cult. I mean when,, The Daily Mail, RadarOnline, Jezebel, Gothamist, not to mention the Old Gray Lady (New York Times) herself scoop you in your own back yard its the journalistic version of a cock block.

Regarding NXIVM, I have always considered Albany aka SmAlbany the equivalent of Stephen King’s Derry Maine as in the book IT. Pennywise is Keith Raniere in my version. Every so many years, news about Keith bubbles to the surface after some atrocity (this time DOS) and then after people’s horror fades and the legal system fails to act, most people forget about the cult in their midst. Keith and his minions fade into the fabric of Half Moon and Pennywise aka Keith continues to feed on new meat in the form of the next nubile twenty-something who is brought in by his harem and the insanity continues.

But hopefully, not this time…..

Mark Vicente is taking a lead from Leah Remini and is now blogging about how to get out and get help and how he got in and why he got out. Check out He is up to Episode III of How the Bleep did it happen? or as David Byrne of the Talking Head would sing My GOD HOW DID I GET HERE?

Another take-away from the Albany Times Union story: [name redacted] who backed Sarah up in her complaint was also branded. It appears that women may not be branded until the slave pod of 6 is filled.

Keith Raniere as Pennywise
Keith Raniere as Pennywise
6 years ago

I love the image of Keith Raniere as Pennywise!!!

Mr, Parlato, this is your cue for some Photoshopping….

6 years ago

NYS DOH clearly is getting paid off… there’s no way they would otherwise be willing to look past that whole physician vow to “do no harm”. I hope these two lose their licenses. It would be a small amount of justice for these poor women.

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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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