Sources: Just prior to his arrest Raniere granted NY Times interview in Mexico

The New York Times Magazine is reportedly considering running a feature on NXIVM by contributor Vanessa Grigoriadis.  Sources say Vanessa accomplished something extraordinary – she both attended Jness Track #11 last fall at Apropos and interviewed Keith Raniere in person in Mexico prior to his arrest.

Apropos in Clifton Park NY is a meeting and teaching place of NXIVM.

The story, if it runs, will run on a Sunday. Some have speculated as to how Vanessa could have accomplished the twin feats of attending a high level, top secret, members-only teaching forum [Jness #11] and also got an audience with the Vanguard, who, as far as I know, has not granted an on-the-record interview with media since 2003 when he got stunned [thanks to Toni Natalie] in Forbes Magazine.

Vanessa Grigoriadis may have attended this Jness #11 Track at Apropos last fall as part of her work to research NXIVM. Here is Alliison Mack and India Oxenberg. Photos taken by a Frank Report correspondent.


Who is the woman closest to the camera walking next to Sara Bronfman [r] as they leave Jness #11 last fall? Is that Vanessa? If so, she is either a member or an incredibly talented investigative journalist who was actually able to embed herself to learn about the group.
Writer Vanessa Grigoriadis

Some say Vanessa would have to be a member of NXIVM to get such access, but is that necessarily true? She may have been recommended by Clare Bronfman, [through her PR company]; she may have known Lauren Salzman, or others, who successfully persuaded an habitually paranoid Raniere that he could get a good story. Raniere, being desperate, and in hiding in Mexico, might have thought this to be a chance to use the NY Times to undo the damage Barry Meir caused in his blockbuster NY Times story last October.

When Raniere was interviewed by Vanessa did he claim DOS slave women did what they did without consulting him? That they formed their branding [with his initials] and their collateral-cum-blackmailing sorority on their own?

In short, did he seek to blame Allison Mack, Nicki Clyne, India Oxenberg, Rosa Laura Junco etc. for DOS?

So far, he has done that in his private statements and in a public statement he had published on the NXIVM website. it has not worked.  He was arrested before the Times Magazine story came out.

Keith Raniere with his slave and mother of his son, Mariana Fernandez. This photo taken for Frank Report by a Mexican correspondent.

Will the NY Times story try to exonerate Raniere? Vanessa Grigoriadis is a published writer. A career death knell would be sure to ring if she wrote a story fully praising the man who brands women – without exploring the perspective of those who accuse him of brutish behavior, coercion, secrecy, trafficking, jaw-dropping manipulation and forced labor.

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  • Is it just me, or does Allison look like a dork/clown in bell bottoms?

    Between Keith’s 1970’s hairdo and Allison’s bell bottom pants, they have poor fashion sense IMO.

    I won’t even get into Keith’s kneepads and dorky volleyball shirt.

  • Frank, can you do an article on how many kids Raniere has fathered? I am confused about the Gaelen kid, that is not his child, correct? That child is safely away from nxivm and has been for several years, is my understanding. But this child…this is really biologically his offspring? What made him select one woman over another for ‘breeding’ without having significant relationships with them, and how did that effect the others? Did he use the promise of fathering children with someone like Mack as some kind of incentive to keep them loyal?

  • Barron’s reported, on April 20, 2018, that “Carlos Slim had just finished a round of selling NYT stocks to the tune of $46 million. Those sales trimmed the Slim family’s stake in the company to 15.4%.” This is important, Why? Because Carlos slim is a crony and beneficiary of Carlos Salinas, and Carlos Salinas is a beneficiary of Carlos Slim’s largesse and kickbacks, in the form of off-shore money an hidden investments. Neverthless, Slim has been steadily selling off his family’s stake in the grey lady for some time now.

    With all of that said, I do not think that Vanessa Grigoriadis’ piece, if it ever gets printed, will be favorable to Keith Raniere and NXIUM. That may be a possible reason why we have not seen it. However, it likely that this is a case of more investigative reporting needing to be done – more sources being interviewed, getting more corroboration, finding out more facts and evidence, etc. I don’t think that anyone could buy her off. After all, she has an editorial board and lawyers to which she has to answer.

  • Vanessa was not secretly embedded, the heads of ESP knew she was there, it was a chance for ESP to tell their side of the story, and she was given full access to the training and had multiple interviews with key members of the company. And I think she may have had a photographer with her for the Jness training. I’m curious about the mexico interview, and what she’s going to write now.

  • I think it’s common for Jness recruits to not be ESP members, but just people that other Jness members know and think could be helped / conned by the program. It is certainly not stated on any Jness web pages that it’s open only to ESP members. Of course I’m also sure that Jness recruits are told how wonderful ESP is. And ESP members are told how wonderful Jness is.

    • I was invited when they started Jness, and at that time, it was ESP only.
      That may have changed since then out of desperation to grow.

  • We like Vanessa already. She has written some great pieces for the Rolling Stone (the only magazine I still get a hold in your hands subscription too the rest are all come via Texture App) Her book Blurred Lines is on college campus sexual assault. I have heard about the book but have not had a chance to read it. I remember her article about Mattress girl, a Columbia University student who carried a mattress on her back as performance art to protest the fact that the male she accused of rape was allowed to remain a student.

    Vanessa successfully embedded herself within college campus students to gain their thoughts and insight so I imagine she could have done the same with Jness.

    Well played Vanessa!

    • Yes! I recognized her name and read several pieces over the weekend, and apparently there was a young militant feminist outrage contingent who hated her profile of Nikki Minaj, a situation I to be found most amusing. She’s a tough one. I do not anticipate her taking any crap from these people, or buying any of their nonsense either. I hope she was in court observing. My only question reading her is, why are they sitting on this for so long?

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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.” He also appeared in "Branded and Brainwashed: Inside NXIVM, and was 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 premieres on May 22, 2022.

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