Speculation on last Friday’s court appearance from the mind of a Vanguard

By Dirk Nelson

Well, as it turns out, last Friday’s court appearance was not a total disaster for Keith Alan Raniere formerly known asThe Vanguard” now known as Federal Prisoner #57005-177 (By the way, the Feds included “The Vanguard” in the title for his pending criminal case).

A few things didn’t go exactly as he hoped:

– His top slave-women, Allison Mack, showed up but refused to acknowledge him. That’s cold – especially for someone who previously promised “eternal devotion and obedience” to him.

What the hell kind of slave is this?”


– His request for a “speedy trial” – which would have meant that the trial would have started sometime in June or July – was turned down by the judge because Allison, his co-defendant, had already waived that right and he’s bound by her decision.

Who put Allison in charge of my life?”


– The judge indicated that he was very unlikely going to consider any kind of bail package for Raniere – which means he’ll be residing at MDC until the start of his trial, which is now scheduled to start on October 1.

Doesn’t the judge understand that I haven’t had any vegetarian pizza with hot sauce for more than a month now? Isn’t that, like, cruel and unusual punishment?”


Assistant US Attorney Moira Penza announced that the Feds are planning to issue a superseding indictment – and that it will contain additional charges and additional defendants.

“Uh oh, you mean the Feds found out about some of my other crimes?”


Toni Natalie, the woman that Raniere has been harassing for the past 20-years was there and enjoyed seeing the man who had raped and harassed her in his prison-issued brown onesie.

“Has she forgotten that I’m the smartest man in the world?”


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  • Keith! Hang in there brother. Someday when you are old and grey and on your deathbed, you will look back on all of this and realize you got exactly what you deserved and can feel good about heading to the depths of hell.

  • I was a bit surprised that her lawyers didn’t make any kind of public statement last week.

    • Mack’s lawyer retainer was $150K. Their goal has got to be to get her through this as fast as possible. Which means no time or need for influencing media. Influencing public perception is exactly what Ranerie’s defense team is trying desperately to do. Good luck conveying that 20-30 minutes of second-degree burns and collateral blackmail is voluntary.

    • She could just be going by the standard NXIVM playbook, which is to pretend it isn’t happening and not acknowledge it (same thing Sara Bronfman doing with her tweets and Rosa Laura Junco doing with no reporting on The Knife Media).

    • yes she might not go to trial as the courts see her as a victim

      Danielle did the branding
      Keith had collateral on her

      they view her like Elizabeth Smart, or one of Jim Jones or David Koresh Followers

      Although I’m sure Shadowstate will say different but don’t listen to him as he was turned down by Allison and so his hatred for her runs deep.

      • Courts such as the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York protect “victims”.
        What courts such as the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York do is investigate, indict, and incarcerate
        Allison Mack is a criminal. She has been indicted and charged.
        If Allison Mack is not sentenced to prison time, or serves reduced prison time, it is because she testifies against Raniere, and hopefully the Bronfman Girls and the Salzman family.
        Allison Mack. Investigated. Indicted. Incarcerated.
        Allison Mack is no victim.
        And I have no hatred for her, these are just the facts.

        • Actually, it sounds like she was initially a victim, but crossed over into perpetrator. I could definitely see her defense team going with that AND encouraging her to testify against Raniere, and the Bronfmans.

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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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