The wonderful sketches of Keith Raniere – artists’ views of the Vanguard


This wondrous view of the Vanguard – as a sort of Francis Baxon or a cross eyed Sir Philip Sydney – depicts the warm humanity and the nobility of soul that one expects from a Vanguard of humanity. This marvelous portrait hung on the walls of NXIVM headquarters for many years.
Long before his followers understood that Vanguard was a week and not a day, they knew they must celebrate his birthday. This sketch shows the cerebral Vanguard a man who is noted as being one of the top three problem solvers in the world. And since he has very large problems just now, the talent will come in handy.
Here is another magical sketch of Keith as he sits in a Fort Worth courtroom after having been arrested for sex trafficking. “It’s all a mistake” his devotees said. “He’ll be released in a matter of hours.”
This remarkable sketch includes Keith in a brown ‘coat of many colors’ flanked by his lawyers, Paul DerOhannesian [l] and Marc Agnifilio [r]. The grim but determined look of the Vanguard shows his steely resolve and the clear awareness that the case against him is an entire fabrication. He will fight for justice and win,  even if it takes the rest of his life.
My personal favorite. Some say this does not look at all like Keith Raniere, and, while it may not, it certainly captures his gruesome criminality in a way no photograph ever could. It also captures the finality of his life. He is never going to experience freedom again. I would venture to say that although Keith may not look like this sketch now, one day he will.



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  • The Chicago serial killer John Wayne Gacy became quite the artist in prison while awaiting execution.
    His paintings of clowns are collectors’ items among the Hollyweird elite like Johnny Depp.
    So Keith Raniere has quite a future awaiting him.

  • But with your rhubarb words you must contend
    To grieve me worse, in saying that Desire
    Doth plunge my well-formed soul even in the mire
    Of sinful thoughts, which do in ruin end?

  • The last is my favourite too. Captures the frog mouth, tongue pushed into the top front teeth, corners drawn up, the Raniere rictus: if you put this expression ‘on’, you can feel the contempt, as my friend says “its a face that draws murder”

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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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