Cult flight – Mexican Actress Ludwika Paleta puts Albany home for sale

Ludwika Paleta
Famed Mexican actress and NXIVM cult member Ludwika Paleta has listed her Albany area home for sale.  The 2,400 square foot home at 18 Silo Rive is in Waterford NY – a suburb near Albany.  She purchased the home less than a year ago – on June 8, 2017 – for almost $500,000.
Ludwika, who is a star in Mexico, is married to NXIVM High Rank, Emiliano Salinas, who is the son of former Mexican president Carlos Salinas.  Ludwika has listed the home for $512,000. Based on current market trends, it is expected to sell within days.
Ludwika’s Albany home has an in-ground pool.
As of a few days ago, the lot was overgrown. But a landscaping crew just came in and cleaned up the property. Ludwika reportedly has not been there in months. The home was only a short walk to the home of NXIVM cult leader, Keith Raniere, who fled the Albany area last fall and went to Monterrey.
Raniere was arrested in Puerto Vallarta on March 25 and deported to the US. He is now at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, having been denied bail on charges of sex traffickimng, sex trafficking conspiracy and forced labor conspiracy. Also charged was NXIVM member and actress Allison Mack.
NXIVM member Justin Elliot is rumored to be managing Ludwika’s property and another home in the small community at 15 Farmview that belongs to Mexican NXIVM member Loreta Garza.
Ludwika barely had a chance to use her Albany home. When she did visit, which was rarely, she caused neighbors to be concerned. When she left the home – pulling out of the driveway in her Land Rover – another car would mysteriously appear on the road and follow her.
Emiliano Salinas and wife Ludwika Paleta.
It is not known if this was a bodyguard, someone to escort her to Raniere, or one of the classes, or to one of her friends in the community. For a time, Ludwika was reportedly warmly entertaining Vancouver actor Mark Hildreth, a NXIVM cult member, who also stayed frequently in the Albany area.
Hildreth later slipped out of the cult, reportedly anguished after he found out his girlfriend had been branded with Keith Raniere’s initials on her pubic region.
The red balloon marks where Ludwika’s home is. It is now for sale for $512,000.
It is not known if Ludwika’s husband, Emiliano, stayed with her at her Albany area house. Emiliano’s lover and business partner, Alejandro Betancourt, built a home on nearby Moe Road and Emi may have stayed there with him when he came up to Albany to be in the presence of Raniere.
If anyone is interested, Ludwika’s home features: 2,571 square feet, plus a full basement: It has 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, a Security System, Wood Floors, Wall to Wall Carpet, a Deck, Patio, In-Ground Pool and a half acre lot.


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  • In response to your question whether Emiliano ever used the house, the answer is yes. I saw them together last year at the Healthplex (by Aldi) on RT 9, and also at Sushi Thai at the Park. Never saw Alejandro with them. They caused a stir with the small and close knit Mexican community of CP, we recognized them right away.

  • I guess this means the high ranking members from Mexico are publicly trying to cut off every tie to Vanguard and NXIVM. I’m sure every property owned by them will quietly be sold over the summer.

    *It’s ironic that Keith fled to Mexico because he felt not only safe there, but literally immune from any law enforcement actions.

    He felt as though he had the ‘ear’ of the Mexican government. He felt that they’d protect him because he was Vanguard. He probably thought he was equivalent in rank to the military generals in Mexico.

    I wish I had a photo of his face (showing his eyes) of the moment Mexican Federal police came to arrest him.

    He must have been screaming “Phone Salinas! Phone Salinas!”

    When that didn’t work, he probably said “tengo un millón de dólares para ti”

    When that didn’t work, he probably screamed “Phone Clare Bear!”.

    When that didn’t work, he probably said “I want my mommy”.

  • Is Clare’s farm, located on West Wind Rd in Delanson NY, where liar, fronting as a lesbian Angel Smith resides, using Clare’s second story north east facing bedroom to seduce young males for her sexual pleasure? It is not known if Clare is aware that her canopy covered bed is used by Angel Smith to seduce young males into sexual intercourse. Other decor in the room includes night stands on either side of the bed, one which has the book Odin and the Sphinx on it written by Keith, a decorative, petrified piece of wood and various Buddhist references.

  • I wonder if she kept Mexican teenagers in her basement like we have heard about Rosa Laura Junco.

    I would not want to buy such a house.

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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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