ABC’s 20/20 to air investigation into NXIVM & Raniere, Friday December 15th


The ABC TV show “20/20” has been investigating NXIVM for some time and has announced their show about the now infamous cult will air on Friday, December 15th (10:00-11:00 p.m. EST), on ABC.

The full hour is expected to be devoted to NXIVM and its founder, Keith Raniere.

20/20 spoke with a number of former members and people familiar with NXIVM – and, by all accounts, has taken great pains to collect documents and video footage.

“20/20” is anchored by Elizabeth Vargas and David Muir. David Sloan is senior executive producer.

The hour will include a look at claims that NXIVM is associated with a women’s secret society [DOS] that brands and blackmails women.

Broadway World reports

Anchor Elizabeth Vargas sits down with former NXIVM member Sarah Edmondson, who filed a New York Department of Health complaint about the alleged branding. Edmondson says she went to the initiation expecting to receive a tattoo and was surprised to learn that she and others were to be branded. She tells Elizabeth Vargas that the branding procedure, in which she and other women took turns holding each other’s legs while they received their brands with a cauterizing iron, was “horrific,” and she says she later realized that the brands contained Keith Raniere’s initials.

Vargas also sits down with Mark Vicente, a 12-year member, and Toni Natalie, a former girlfriend of Raniere’s who knew him before he started NXIVM.

“20/20” also reports on Hollywood actors who are known NXIVM members, including “Smallville”‘s Allison Mack and India Oxenberg, daughter of “Dynasty” actress Catherine Oxenberg. Vargas sits down with Catherine, who details her so far unsuccessful efforts to convince her daughter to leave the group.

The hour also explores NXIVM’s litigation tactics against former members and critics.


20/20 is in its 39th season.
20/20 is an American television newsmagazine that has been broadcast on ABC since June 6, 1978. Created by ABC News executive Roone Arledge, the show was designed similarly to CBS‘s 60 Minutes in that it features in-depth story packages…  The program’s name derives from the “20/20” measurement of visual acuity.

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  • It is a good sign that more and more people are investigating and keeping the heat up. It looked to me that the storm had gone by and it was going back to normal. But I guess that a 1h TV special is the advertisement Keith always dreamed of.
    Let us hope the show will be good, I mean they put a lot of work into it and maybe they will feature Keith himself. That would be entertaining to see some higher up being roasted.

  • On the bright side, this will be a positive and encouraging chance for all of Vantards friends to show him homage. Hopefully in the form of stoning. With real stones.

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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.” In addition, he was credited in the Starz docuseries 'Seduced' for saving 'slave' women from being branded and escaping the sex-slave cult known as DOS.

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 premieres on May 22, 2022.

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