The child is father to the man – and Keith was a little bastard

Keith Raniere, a joyful child.

By Frank Parlato

Keith Rainiere, who came to be known as the Vanguard, teaches, “He who has the most joy wins.”

According to people who went to school with him, Keith was a joyful child.

Here are two examples culled from a recent article in The Epoch Times.

In 3rd grade, Keith and little Matthew were looking at flies under a microscope.  Jessica, a special needs student, asked if she could look too. Keith secretly took the flies away.

Jessica looked in the microscope. Finally, she said, ‘I don’t see anything Keith, there’s nothing there.’

Keith said, “There is, but your just too stupid to see what it is.”

Jessica said, “I’m not stupid.”

“Oh yes you are,” he said. “You’re one of the stupidest people I’ve ever met. You’re so stupid nobody wants to be your friend.”

Matthew stood with his mouth open. He knew Keith had taken the flies away and there was nothing to see.  But Keith was enjoying his superior intelligence. It gave him joy.


On another occasion Keith was riding home on the bus when a girl, “L.M.” confided to him something compromising about her sister.

They were friends, she thought, and he would not tell.

Later, Keith approached her and said, “you know, it’s like I have this little bottle of poison I can hold over your head.”

L.M. said, ‘what do you mean?.

He said ‘Well I don’t know. I just don’t think your parents or your sister would be very happy if I told them what you told me.”

She was frightened. He felt joy. He felt it further when he would call her on the phone and say, ‘little bottles, little bottles.’’

She was scared enough to tell her parents about what she had told Keith and what he was now doing.

Her mom intervened and stopped Keith from taking it further. But Keith learned a fine lesson about joy.


There are many such wondrous stories of Keith as a child. He grew up to be the Vanguard.

As New York Times Magazine contributor Vanessa Grigoriadis has written,  Raniere “had solved the equation of how to be a joyful human.”

It seems he had solved the equation at an early age.

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  • If I were that child’s father, he would never had become the “Vanguard”, he would had a totally different fate.
    First, I would had left with him, leaving that alcoholic wife/mother behind us, I would had found a real mother for him. A woman who cares about him, that don’t teach him suffering and cruelty but respect, self-esteem and caring about people as well as caring about himself like a healthy person.
    If he really was such a genius, he really would had done something cool with it, maybe working on some cool projects such as spaceprobes, etc.
    I feel concerned because I had to kiss my baby son goodbye, as he was cold for being pulled out of a fridge, as he died in his mother’s belly. It still hurts like hell. And it still makes me so angry how it’s simple for some stupid people to give birth, whereas they don’t give a fuck about their children or even worse.
    And it makes me angry thinking that, as a kid, Raniere was a little fucker because he was raised that way. I don’t feel sorry for him at all. But I’m angry because I know he didn’t had to hit that road. He was raised to become the “Vanguard”, I don’t sympathize a all, I don’t pity the abusive man he become. But I really feel for that boy.

  • Regarding the post below making the “reincarnated nazi” comment (which Frank wrote about in past articles)…

    I seriously doubt that Toni Natalie REALLY believed she was the reincarnation of the Reichsmarschall (Goering). LOL.

    Yeah I know she was brainwashed way back in the 90’s, but she’s still an intelligent woman and I doubt that she TOTALLY lost her mind and flew into the twilight zone and believed she was Hermann Goering reincarnated. LOL.

    Does she speak German? Or even dream in German? Is she a flying ace? Does she have any knowledge of flying a plane? Does she love hunting animals for sport? Does she have even one fucken thing in common with Goering?

    If not then why the fuck would anybody say that shit, even if they’re brainwashed?

    I’m guessing it was meant as pure “sarcasm” by Frank probably. He was just kidding about people believing that nazi shit, I’m guessing.

    • From Adolf Hitler to Herman Goering, NXIVM sex-cult leader Raniere told followers they were ‘Reincarnated Nazis’!

      Raniere told followers he knew about their present life, all their past lives and all future lives.
      Hitler Reincarnated? Prefect” Nancy Salzman was Adolf Hitler in a past life?
      Salzman is Jewish. Raniere told Salzman she must atone for her crimes when she was Hitler by doing whatever he told her. He alone could help her overcome the assault on Jews she committed in her past life.
      Joseph Goebbels? Longtime sex cult slave, Ivy Navares was his assistant?
      The late Pamela Cafritz was identified as an obscure and low-level Nazi whose name remains unknown.
      While Raniere taught that her low status did not exculpate her from her Nazi treachery, it was clear that she was a lower-level figure and in order for her atone her crimes she needed to be very subservient to other higher-ranking former Nazis.

    • Goering was first and foremost a big mouth and a thief. He also was a coward. All that fits other people at the top of NXIVM much better.

  • Silence Equals Consent!

    When Raniere lectured the Jewish female leaders of NXIVM on how they were reincarnated Nazis, they were Silent.
    Silence Equals Consent!

    When Raniere engaged in an extremely promiscuous lifestyle, the female leaders of NXIVM were silent.
    Silence Equals Consent!

    When Raniere engaged in pedophilia the female leaders of NXIVM were silent.
    Silence Equals Consent!

    The Silence among the women who ran NXIVM while Raniere lounged about was Deafening!
    Silence Equals Consent!

    Ultimately the atmosphere at NXIVM turned gradually more Toxic and Bizarre.
    To the point where NXIVM leaders like the nut job Allison Mack were encouraged to invent new ways to dehumanize women.
    And Ms. Mack clearly admitted in the New York Times that she invented the branding.
    Silence Equals Consent!

    Yes Keith Raniere is an anti-social individual who brought out the worst in people.
    And Allison Mack derived joy in causing women to suffer.
    But every step along the way the female leaders of NXIVM, 80% plus of NXIVM, were Silent!
    Silence Equals Consent!

    • Silence doesn’t equal consent. You sound scared, want to blame and this is the best argument you could come up with.

      • Qui tacet consentire videtur, ubi loqui debuit ac potuit (He who is silent, when he ought to have spoken and was able to, is taken to agree)
        — Latin proverb

    • Silence can equate to consent. If I walk by a person kicking another person and do nothing, I am supporting the person doing the kicking. If however, I (and thousands of others watching this clown show of justice play out) am silent because I do not believe the accusations against Keith and I do not buy-in to the dishonorable trial-by-media going on from Frank Report and other outlets, I don’t know that this makes me consenting to anything in particular. In fact, if I defend Keith or say I believe he is an honorable man, that opens me up to further acts of violence by the people taking pictures and stalking others and hacking websites (all of these actions are being done by subscribers or creators of Frank Report.) So while all of you can “say whatever you want” because you have a mob mentality “nothing to lose” rationalization, all of the rest of us, who have a lot to lose, are silent. But do not think it is because we consent.

      • Are you actually supporting them or just too much of a coward to stand up for what’s right? Or is your view of what is actually moral too warped from listening to Raniere for so many years? Scared of losing your source of income fleecing others?
        Go ahead now, whinge about how this is why you don’t speak up.
        I hope there is some decency left inside you, but I doubt it based on your words.

      • I an understand how one might support Keith because of doubts about his involvement with and / or the possible consensual nature of the slave scheme. But how does one support his civil legal-system terroristic approach to former members / girlfriends / associates? That is by no means in doubt – it is all in the public record. An ethical, kind human would not act that way! Jesus would turn the other cheek to perceived wrongs. Do you support Keith’s legal bullying? I just want to understand.

      • “Trial-by-media” is a NXIVM term that implicitly poisons the well against all media. It presupposes that people aren’t intelligent enough to discern truth from falsehood using logic and reason the rules for which are objective. “Trial-by-media” can only occur in a society without a free press and the USA is guaranteed a free press by the Constitution. In fact, it is effectively the fourth branch of government along with the other three that guarantee its separation of powers in order to prevent an authoritarian regime forming, i.e.,, the executive, legislative, and judicial. Even though the Internet is a medium that can contain slander, misinformation, gossip, etc., it is also one that can contain truth, and it has provided a means for anyone not necessarily associated to a corporate controlled media outlet to tell their stories or defend a position. As you Nxians say, it is just a “tool”. Or perhaps you have forgotten about NXIVM’s own media arm “The Knife”? It seems to me that you are simply using imagined violence to only make excuses for your silence. No one is preventing you from using logic and reason to counter anything here or anywhere else for that matter. Didn’t “Rational Inquiry” provide for you the tools of critical thinking? VanDouche is very good at playing the “non-violence” and the “ignore otherwise you give it credence” cards. He’s adept at playing the facade of a humble good guy while behind the scenes he’s nothing but manipulative and self-serving creating a kingdom of sorts for his own satisfaction.

        VanDouche isn’t an honorable man. He’s been in trouble with the law before. He’s been accused of rape (statutory or otherwise) on the record by many people. He lies about accomplishments and his abilities. He is promiscuous and sleeps around on his partners without their knowledge. He has harassed people through litigation via the Bronman millions. He has has been called out by judges as jilted and a effectively a liar. He humble-brags and exhibits false humility. He pretends to be spiritual. He uses and manipulates people. He asserts that he lives under the poverty level yet he has his followers/slaves willing to pay for all his needs and desires (which he claims he doesn’t have). The more people who come forward reinforcing this information, the more difficult it is to cry “conspiracy”.

        Your leader is an absolute charlatan. He’s exactly where he belongs.

        • Wonderful post. A spot-on description of KR, for what he truly is. I would only add that an honorable man would feel badly about imposing pain, suffering, or deprivation on people who professed to love him – or anyone. Of course in that case, it would have to inadvertent. KR’s brand of pain is intentional. May he never get out.

      • If you defend a narcissistic bully who has built a life on the manipulation degradation and suffering of his targets, that probably does imply something about your moral judgement. There is no mob here, we are not Nxivm, just a disparate group of people from all over the world, focused on supporting ex members of a violent cult or mob if you prefer. The professional and relentless hacking, stalking and taking of compromising photos is just a part of the stock in trade of the Nxivm mob, that which you defend. these are facts, a part of the reason for the legal action currently in process. The Whining, and carping of bullies exposed, even when done through expensive PR, even when done over splendid buffets of fruit and croissant on expensive kitchen islands, is still just that, whinging craven defense of the indefensible. Also I’ve never been asked to ‘subscribe’ to the Frank Report. No membership required here, no assets, no pics of my fanny, no concubinage, no initials burned over my Fallopian tubes. God knows how, but I’ve managed to be a non violent, honorable woman-of-my-word, all round good egg, but thankfully, far from perfect, without the incentive of enslavement. I’m willing to wager, on this site, I’m far from alone, one of the main reasons I come here to add my tuppence ha’penny to the just and very smart mix.

  • The black and white image show that Keith suffered from terrible deformities in his left hand when he was younger. His wrist was painfully angular and he appears to have had stuck-on fingers as a child.

  • From Keith Raniere’s description of a sociopath:

    “A Luciferian realizes his desires by any means—without consideration for others and without remorse. A Luciferian is a person lacking in conscience and loyalty to others. He commonly employs manipulation and deceit to achieve his desired end and is therefore capable of acts that could be highly destructive to those that interact with him. A Luciferian, therefore, typically experiences pleasure or gratification in situations where “normal” people would be repulsed or disturbed.”

    • The bastard actually enjoys being one. He’s “studied up” on sociopathy, and above, is tooting his own horn. A bad seed. Locked up is perfect for him. I understand that sociopaths bore easily, so hopefully that is his life sentence. He is too lazy to undertake any meaningful endeavors in prison. Hopefully he’ll get to like the TV shows.

  • And Keith Raniere has not grown up to this day.
    How else to explain a man who will tell a woman to run head first into a tree or drink from a puddle of muddy water?

    And what does it say about the women of NXIVM, particularly the leadership, who would tolerate Raniere’s inhumanity?

    NXIVM was nothing less that a machine to bring out the sociopath in people.

    • Of all the bad decisions that Nancy has made over the years, I believe her worst choice was when she decided to go along with Keith’s INSANE attacks on Toni and his PATHETIC attempts to get Toni back. To partake in and contribute to that LUNACY, was the point of no return for poor manipulated Nancy. She let Keith steal her life and the life of her daughter.

About the Author

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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