New Stripe Path ‘rankings’ said to be safeguarded by Vanguard University curriculum

Mark Vicente is a filmmaker. Perhaps one day he will produce a film about Vanguard.

Sources say that some NXIVM members are confused and unhappy about the proposal to change the game rules for NXIVM’s Stripe Path after they have spent so much time and money to achieve their present rank. For nearly 20 years, the Stripe Path, which uses different colored sashes to signify each member’s rank, has been the basis of hierarchy at NXIVM.

Clarification by NXIVM officials was offered to concerned Coaches and those interested in making their living as Proctors [Orange sash]: One surefire method to maintain higher rank on the new Stripe Path is to sign up for the winter semester at Vanguard University. The cost is $5,000 per month.

The University will teach students how to rise in the new hierarchy, which has not yet been revealed by Keith Raniere (NXIVM officials have told some Coaches about it).

This too caused consternation for some NXIVM Coaches at the summit this past week in Albany, primarily because of the cost.  Up until now,  in order to maintain Coach status, one had to pay for Ethos classes, which costs about $300 per month. The new requirement that Coaches attend Vanguard University will push the cost up to $5,000 per month, a  more than 1500% increase.

Some Coaches are said to be grumbling because they fear that, without signing up for Vanguard University, they will be bypassed by those who can afford to pay for the equivalent of an Ivy League education.

Sources admit a Coach might be able to maintain their higher status if they do not take the University classes. According to several sources, one way to do that might be to become a member of DOS.

Others said that while the cost of the University is $5,000 per month, payment plans are offered for those who cannot afford to pay entirely in cash. There is an option to work for the company at modest wages to offset part of the tuition. Future commissions can also be pledged to pay for up to half of tuition cost.

The official reason Keith Raniere is said to have decided to reset the Stripe Path is because of the defections of High Ranked Sarah Edmondson and Mark Vicente last spring.

The NXIVM position is that a new system will fix the myriad problems now facing NXIVM: to wit, suppressives achieving high rank in NXIVM [e.g., Mark Vicente and Sarah Edmondson]. They lied about NXIVM creating this horrendous blast of false media attacks. The Stripe Path, therefore, has to be fixed via an overhaul to weed out suppressives and latent suppressives. Part of that weeding process consists of a much deeper personal and financial commitment to the Stripe Path.

Ironically, sources also told Frank Report that before Mr. Vicente left NXIVM/ESP, he disclosed that he thought the Stripe Path was “broken and had lost its way.” According to sources, Mr. Vicente said that Keith Raniere would promote people on a whim. Preference was given to women who were skinny and had a tendency to have romantic interactions with Raniere.

Jimena Garza became the latest person to be promoted to the High Rank of Green after bringing five women from Mexico to be branded on their groins with Keith Raniere’s initials.


Mark Vicente is a filmmaker. Perhaps one day, he will produce a film about Vanguard.

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Street Justice
5 years ago

I respectfully disagree with the comment Ionwhitepoetry made about Keith. He’s not broken at all. If anything, he’s probably annoyed he’s getting less sex with young women. But he controls a massive amount of wealth, is in a highly unethical country where he can be as unethical as he chooses to be (and we all know he can be very unethical against his enemies but I think you’ll see some new awful and scary tactics ) and there’s little chance of him ever going to jail. Unfortunately if you want to get justice on Keith it won’t be through the highly inept, and stupid authorities that exist who gave him a pass for years. It’ll be employing the use of very bad people to get street justice. And I don’t think anybody on the anti-Keith side has the stomach for that.

Darth VanDouche - Chicken Shit
Darth VanDouche - Chicken Shit
5 years ago
Reply to  Street Justice

I agree with this assessment. VanDouche is a sociopath. They don’t break. They don’t emotionally give a fuck. Guilt is non-existent for them because they have no conscience. If they display emotions, it is only in mimicry of those who actually have them because they have no empathy. The only “emotion” they feel is annoyance and frustration to things not going their way. And they have a persistent urge to dominate others.

The only way VanDouche will get legal justice is if someone in the U.S. government pushes to extradite him. Otherwise, if you want “street justice”, just hope Karma catches him in a country whose citizens are as unethical as him and won’t tolerate his bullshit.

5 years ago

If ever anyone needed evidence that Keith and his latest, best and longest lasting scam is falling apart, it’s this. Only the most moronic and lost human being is going to buy into this goofy scheme to separate a fool from his money. Even if Vanguard never sees a day inside prison, he’s been broken. On a personal level and for personal reasons, I find this deeply satisfying. Putting Keith in prison where he belongs will be the icing on the cake of his karma and justice served.

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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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