Inside story on the woman Raniere imprisoned – and her two sisters in the harem

How many women were coerced into being branded? Voluntary? No. Not at all.

The original version of this article, published last night, named the NXIVM woman who was imprisoned for 18 months in a room in a house owned by Clare Bronfman – and under orders of Keith Raniere.

At the request of concerned parties – I decided to remove her name from this post.  I will call her now ‘Jane Doe #3.’  or simply “Jane.”

Many members of NXIVM, past and present, know who she is and knew it from the moment the government described her imprisonment in this case in court filings.

I was perplexed about what to do. Should I leave her named. She has been named in earlier court filings in another case. Should I simply kill the story?

After consideration, I decided to take her name off this story for no other good reason than it might give her some small peace of mind. Realizing that this case is now at the height of scrutiny, she is probably in a heightened state of concern and anxiety [as many are]. In truth, she is one of the biggest victims of Raniere – and the less her name is mentioned the better. She has told me she is trying to establish a new life where she is now living and, as anyone connected to NXIVM knows, there is always a danger lurking from the Bronfman fortune.

[As recently as a few weeks ago, I learned that Clare Bronfman was seeking to spend big money to hunt down the whereabouts of a NXIVM defector. So the fear is not mere paranoia. ]

However, the story of a woman imprisoned for 18 months by Raniere is far too important not to publish. True, It is already out there in government documents, in a previous unrelated case, and in my reporting of it – first in Frank Report – more than two years ago.  What I offer today -sans the name of the victim – is a unique behind the scenes look – from various perspectives – of a rather gruesome insiders’ view of the cult of Keith Raniere.

Finally, a woman who was also a former member of NXIVM and part of Raniere’s inner circle of harem members, has asked that I remove her name also from the post. Her name appears in an official court filing and, like the woman who was imprisoned – most insiders know who she is. I am also removing her name and referring to her now only as a Former Harem Member.


In Keith Raniere’s bail motion, his lawyers characterize the NXIVM woman who remained in a room for 18 months as something akin to being grounded.

Raniere lawyers wrote:  [T]his supposed “long-term confinement” was more akin to “grounding” than confinement, as it was in a bedroom of the woman’s own home with the door unlocked and her family present.

Frank Report: Calling the house where she was imprisoned, Jane Doe #3’s home, is like saying Raniere’s home is the Metropolitan Detention Center.

Here is what a Former Harem Member said about it in a court filing:

Camila Fernandez, underage harem member.

Harem Member: [Jane Doe #3 was] living imprisoned in the room while illegal alien, Cami Fernandez is downstairs teaching the children [Rainbow Cultural Garden] in the same … house … And, Clare and Nancy own the house….  Cami Fernandez was the head …. teacher. [She was] Nancy’s maid, who came into the country illegally, lived there illegally, and had no education except a GED that she got around 18 years old here in the U.S. when she wasn’t even supposed to be here. And, she’s the head teacher and they’re running classes in the house with her … sister locked … upstairs.

In their opposition to the bail package  the Government writes: [Raniere] admits participation in the psychological torture of a young woman. By ordering her [Jane Doe #3] to be confined to a room for a year-and-a-half, {Raniere] characterizes her imprisonment as “akin to grounding.”

Frank Report: Teenagers are sometimes grounded for a few days – which essentially means they are not allowed to go out on dates or with friends. But Jane Doe #3 was about 26. Even if she was a teenager, how many parents ground their kids for 18 months and confine them to one room?   Jane told me she was not allowed to have any books and no television. She only had a notebook so she could write about her ethical breach.


Marianna Fernandez is Raniere’s baby mama. She supported the imprisonment of her sister, Jane, because she would not join the harem.

An ex NXIVM member [not the same person as the former harem member] told Frank Report:  Marianna Fernandez is Keith Raniere’s live-in-lover who he took under his “wing” when she was brought to the United States by her parents from Mexico and left here with her brother (Adrian) and two other sisters (Jane Doe and Camellia) illegally. The story was told to the NXIVM community that [the late] Pam Cafritz (another live-in-lover of Raniere) was to take care of the Fernandez children which was a joke among the community since Pam couldn’t even take care of herself. Mariana was underage when Raniere started to groom her for a sexual relationship and most likely was underage when he first had sex with her.

Frank Report: Camila was also underage when Raniere started to groom her for sex.

In a court filing, yet another witness [and one of the bravest]former NXIVM member – turned whistle blower, Barbara Bouchey said: Two months before I quit [NXIVM in April 2009] I saw [Raniere] doing stuff with Camilla that to me was just an indication that he was grooming her. He was either already doing her or he was grooming her….  Camilla had like a girl teenage crush on him and it was ridiculous. We would be at a social event and she would have red lipstick on, a red dress, and she would be watching Keith the entire night. Going over and flirting. And, I would be like, ‘oh my god, you gotta to be kidding?’.

Frank Report: Raniere probably had underage sex with Mariana and Camila. He also tried with their sister, Jane. When she refused to become part of his harem, he imprisoned her.

The Government: This is appalling in light of evidence that …  the woman has no human contact except for occasional visits from Nxivm members who were there to make sure the woman was “healing” her “breach,” … The woman’s “breach” was having developed romantic feelings for someone other than the defendant.

Ex NXIVM: Meals were brought to [Jane] by none other than [her] brother Adrian who goes by the nickname “Fluffy”.

Frank Report: Jane’s ethical breach was she wanted to date Ben Meyers – Raniere’s main computer hacker/cheater. Ben and Jane originally got together because Keith wanted Jane to learn to be a computer hacker like Ben. But Raniere also wanted Jane to be in his harem – which meant she could not be with another man.

Ex-NXIVM member: While I was still active in NXIVM, I found it odd that [Jane] had disappeared from the community and when I asked Karen Unterreiner (Raniere’s longest lover from his RPI days and has been with him through all his illegal businesses) where [Jane] was, her explanation to me was, she was working on her breach and was being defiant with Keith.

Former Harem Member: Keith was trying to groom [Jane] to be a hacker and part of the reason why [Raniere was able to] convince … everyone [in NXIVM] that [Jane’s] ethical breach [for which] she had to be locked in this room was, she wouldn’t go through [with] the [hacking] he wanted her to do.
Frank Report: But Jane, before she was imprisoned, did help out with hacking.
Former Harem Member: [Jane helped] Clare [Bronfman] hack… her father’s email account….  [Jane] worked with Clare to embed a picture of a bear, because Clare’s father’s nickname for her was “Clare bear.” With a key logger, which is a type of virus that when you open the picture it downloads onto your computer and it records all the keystrokes, so you can get all his passwords, and everything that he’s doing. Clare went so far as to send the email to her father, “Oh, look at this thing and look at this”, but he never opened the picture. So, she went down to his office and met with him, and specifically said, ‘I want to show you this picture.’ And, went on his email with him and downloaded the virus onto his computer herself….  [Jane] then spent like a year reading all of Edgar Bronfman’s emails…  Then reporting on the contents to Keith and to Clare.

Frank Report: Nice daughter, Clare. And nice boyfriend, Ben Meyers. He agreed to stop dating Jane.  But Jane was still defiant. She told me she had informed Raniere that, if he could have other women, she could date other men. She was ordered into the room and told she could not leave until she agreed to join Raniere’s harem. She remained there 18 months  – alone with no companionship, no phone, no TV, no books. She was brought meals and that was it.

Ex NXIVM member: Ben Meyers …  went to Keith Raniere a couple of times asking that he release her from her bondage of imprisonment. Ben Meyers is either totally blind to what hot water Rainiere is getting him into or he is becoming his evil Mimi-me.

Former Harem Member: Ben knew about [Jane’s] imprisonment….  because [Jane] reached out to [Meyers] more than once for help. And, he went
to Keith very upset ….   Keith was livid that [Jane] did this. Cause, he thought he was going to lose Ben, and … that was … a large part of the
reason why she got sent back to Mexico.

Frank Report: Although Ben might have been upset about Jane’s imprisonment – he was not upset enough to leave – or call the authorities. Ben soon discovered he could tolerate [Jane] being imprisoned. It helped that Keith allowed Ben to have another women: Michelle Salzman came by to monitor Jane’s imprisonment and Ben and Michelle fell in love while helping ensure Jane stayed imprisoned. What a great way to spark romance — NXIVM style.

Government:  [Raniere] threatened to expel [Jane], who had no legal status in the United States, from the country without documentation if she did not remain in the room.

Frank Report: Jane, like many women Raniere enslaved, was illegally in the US. Clare Bronfman helped perpetrate this fraud.

Former Harem Member: Some people were just flat out illegal like, Cami Fernandez. And some people were in the country on fraudulently obtained visas. … Clare was involved with every aspect of this.

Government: Security cameras—footage from which is in the government’s possession—were installed outside the woman’s bedroom in order to ensure she didn’t leave. When the woman finally did leave the room, [Raniere] as he had threatened, had her driven to the Mexican border and ordered to walk across, without money or identification papers.

Frank Report: Jane told me she escaped through the second story window and saw daylight and freedom several times then sneaked back in. She disobeyed Raniere especially during Vanguard Week when Raniere and most of the others were away and went outside and breathed fresh air repeatedly.

Her father – a dedicated NXIVM member, agreed to her imprisonment. Raniere told him Jane was a psychopath. Raniere did not tell her father that his daughter’s ethical breach was that she wouldn’t have sex with him. Not that this father would have cared. He believed in something higher than father-daughter bonds. He believed in Raniere. It was Jane’s father and the former harem member who drove Daniela from Albany to the Mexican border. But the father disobeyed Keith to a degree. Jane was supposed to be dropped off without a dime and no papers. But the father gave Jane  $100 – possibly so she would not starve.

What a guy.

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  • What possible excuse is there for Clare to be walking free. The only excuse we should accept is if they are following her every move to gather more of her current crimes against defectors. Otherwise it’s time to start investigating the investigators.

    • Financial crimes like money laundering are less tangible and harder to understand that brutal physical acts like sex harems, blackmail and branding sex slaves.
      Clare will eventually be brought down because she associated with “ass clowns” like Keith Raniere and Allison Mack.

  • Frank, the Times Union is still referencing personal names from your first article (e.g. they’re using the old harem member’s name as a person who drove her over the border).

    Also, that same article is incorrectly claiming that you said Jane “escaped and was driven across the border by her father”….thus implying that her final act of leaving Keith’s detention was an ‘escape’ (not an order from Keith to boot her back to Mexico). Clearly, that’s not what you said. You said she escaped to get fresh air during V-week, not that she escaped back to Mexico on her own decision.

    Also, they are implying that she wasn’t driven to the border on orders from Keith. They are implying she was driven to the border, after ‘escaping’, based upon her father’s own decision (which you clearly did not say; since you only said that her father defied Keith by giving her money).

    Not a big deal but you should at least correct them.

  • The false imprisonment and kidnapping of the young Mexican woman demonstrates why the US government must use the RICO law to smash NXIVM forever

  • Alison Mack did some despicable acts on young women of nxium. You tube has her actively seelking young ‘slaves’ for Raniere. I hope she get s incarcerated for her role in what Raniere ultimately

    • Allison Mack’s “time in the barrel” is coming up soon.
      Watch for Allison Mack and Keith Raniere to be indicted on RICO (racketeering) charges for collecting blackmail materials on young women.

  • I think it’s incredibly ironic that the Mexican police did the same thing to Raniere that he did to [Jane]: took him to the border without any cash and made him walk to the other side. Even better, the U.S. Marshals just happened to be on the other side looking for a rotund, smelly cult leader who likes to abuse women. Hopefully, they had body-cams on because that footage has got to be absolutely hysterical.

    Note to Lauren: I’ve decided to send the recording of one of our phone conversations to the FBI (You’ll know the one I’m talking about). Just wanted to give you a “heads up” in case you were going to lie about that too. Or in case you wanted to try to cut a deal with them before that’s no longer possible.

  • This alone should be sufficient to earn him a long prison sentence – hopefully life. HOW DARE YOU, you MFker, imprison someone, deny her basic comforts (even books or television for company????), and then have her dropped at the Mexican border with no cash or identity papers??? You approved of this and directed it, so I wish the same or worse circumstances on you. I suppose you will raise the “it was consensual” bullshit defense to this. I apologize for the rant – I am just so ANGRY about this, seeing it laid out this way on the Frank Report. Frank, you remind me of those people committed to reminding people that the Holocaust really did happen. Thank you.

  • Imprisoning a female member bc of an ethical breach… same thing happened in the The Path tv series on Hulu.

    Another example of Cult manipulation and mind control tactics. Fking sick bastards.

  • I had thought perhaps Clare was only going to be looking at money laundering issues (like massive amounts of cash coming back from Mexico on her plane), tax evasion, illegal immigration issues… I was on board with her having known all about the illegal immigration, and unpaid (forced) labour.

    I wondered how exactly they were going to be able to tie Clare to the serious human rights abuses. I do think at least some of those DOS Slave messages were her, so I think she is probably in deep in that, along with the other top 7 or whomever.

    Her even deeper ties to this situation… I don’t see how she is going to be able to buy her way out of this, after all.

    What does it say about her relationship with her father that she couldn’t even get him to open a picture from her in an e-mail? That is actually incredibly sad. Still, no excuse for everything she has done.

    I still think the child porn was planted on John Tighe’s computer, and there is a high possibility that was Ben. If that is true, Ben will 1,000% percent do whatever he is told, because they have the ultimate collateral on him. That would explain part of the reason why he would let a situation like this go on.

      • I don’t think he cared.

        I think if he had cared about Sara or Clare, he would have made some sort of effort to blend his family, but I don’t think he ever did.

  • Waaaah! An 18 year old girl won’t have sex with me a 50+ year old man because I’m not attractive her because I don’t bathe and I’m a gigantic douche. Waaah!

    The guy belongs in prison for practically imprisoning her and using vocabulary related to “ethics” in a base attempt to justify it.

  • Where is [Jane] ow? I hope she is a witness for the prosecution and they put all these bastards in prison for false imprisonment, kidnapping and cruel and unusual torture
    The MDS is too good a place for Keith and his followers
    Anyone that knew and remained silent is complicit

    • [Jane] is in Mexico and is free, and a survivor, other than that it is unknown what kind of PTSD she may have suffered or if she had help to recover from her ordeal. That is a story, I would love to hear, her side. From what I have been told, there is no contact with Marianna or Camilla who are now also in Mexico and funded by Clare. But she was reunited with her brother, Adrian aka Fluffy recently and that is a great thing. Fluffy, may have brought her meals when she was imprisoned but remember he was just a teenager, also in the US illegally, and may not have understood what really was going on, other than [Jane] is healing her breach with Keith.

      I too, hope [Jane] is a witness for the prosecution. To me being able to look the abuser in the eye, much like Toni Natalie has done with her court appearances would be the ultimate satisfaction and exert a form of power over Keith far greater than he ever had over her. One or two big middle fingers to Keith.

      Hey Keith, the first three letters of KARMA are your initials, coincidence? I think not, It is a bitch and it is coming for you.

      • In cases like human trafficking, it helps if the prosecution can put a human face to the accusations.
        Emails are dry, two dimensional communications.
        Jurors need to see some of the victims that Raniere and his gang exploited.

      • Thanks for the info. I’m would think she will be needing therapy to help,with PTSD
        As for Keith, I disliked him and questioned his intelligence the first time I met him
        Within 2 minutes I realized Pam Barbara Karen Dawn Kristin and Nancy were his harem. I’m talking in 2000
        I always got a bad vibe about him and made sure I stayed away from him
        He didn’t look so good when I saw him in Brooklyn Federal Court
        I hope he rots in the worst federal prison

  • Silence Equals Consent!

    Every NXIVM member who knew of this woman’s unjust confinement and failed to contact the police and FBI is COMPLICIT in her
    False Imprisonment.

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.” 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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