Guest View: VanBucks for Books – Another Con


Guest View: VanBucks for Books – Another Con

The Vanguard Library con has been going on for decades now. Ever since V-week moved from a 2-day event held at a rustic girl scout camper-van, to Silver Bay; soliciting contributions to a fund for his birthday present started at Silver Bay.

The Bronfmans gave him a check one year for a lot of money (it was millions of dollars). It was one of those big blown up checks like you see lottery winners holding up. They had not been in very long but there was such the buzz in the room with them buying their way to the top of the organization.

Sara Bronfman, at the time was more popular; she was on the board, and was flying her Queen Prefect all over the world. Clare was like the redheaded step child, not so loved… yet. The sight with them on the stage was shocking. Right then I knew NXIVM leaders were going to milk these women dry, if not stopped.

After the check was presented, the leadership ran around making sure no one had gotten a picture of the presentation on their cellphones. How could the Vanguard, with no money to speak of, and owing many States money for his CBI days fines, have such wealth to his name.

The money was to be put in trust for him for research or some goofy thing which never seems to amount to anything productive over the years. To this day, it’s most likely tax fraud if veteran investigation is done on all their non-profits.

During the years I was there, I never saw a large library either. Sharing a house with three other women, it couldn’t fit in there and it wasn’t at the Center. Not with the amount of money I know people were putting into this fund.

In my opinion, it was just another way to con people out of their money.


Yes the library started small.
But is soon doubled. And every time people donated for the Vanguard library, we are assured, the money went into making the library greater.

Books are expensive, but your dollars went to buy them for Vanguard to  further his research and his endeavors. When he was not sleeping, eating, having sex, walking with slender young girls, having more sex,  then sleeping more, he was busy doing research and furthering his endeavors. Your donation to his library made it all possible.

Vanguard library gets its first book in the new Vanguard Library
As soon as your donations poured in, the shelves became loaded with important books for Vanguard to continue his research and his endeavors.
“Hey Pam…. my old life partner….  do you think the blonde in the red pants, reading the book, maybe she would like to make some money by walking your dog…?”

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Frank Parlato

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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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