Now that she’s facing indictment — will Clare Bronfman flip on Raniere? –

Despite her wealth, Clare Bronfman has succeeded at little.

The following is entirely my own rank speculation.

Clare Bronfman is a disciplined woman. If there was any woman in NXIVM that never cheated on the 500 calorie diet – it was Clare.

So what happens now? She is about to be indicted. It is clear that Clare put up millions in an irrevocable trust for Keith Raniere’s defense – and because it is irrevocable, it seems that Keith has his lawyers paid for  – even if she flips and turns against him.

Clare may flip.  I think if she finds out that the entire NXIVM community hates her, that they used her, they betrayed her, they lied to her — if she can figure that out – she will be a woman scorned – like you have never seen.

Clare Bronfman is not a warm person. She is boring. She has a flat affect. She’s spiteful. She is not easy to get along with or to like.  But if she is angry or feels someone hurt her – she will try to destroy that person and that person could one day be Keith Alan Raniere.

But, then again, everyone hated her. Nancy Salzman, for instance, hated Clare.  Conversely, Nancy loved her sister, Sara Bronfman. Actually, almost everybody likes Sara. She is sociable, friendly, interesting, gentle – although flaky and most often in a mental fog.

The two sisters grew up together – but differently.  Sara was blond, pretty, blue eyed and everybody liked her. Clare was dark haired, homely and deeply introverted. She had serious daddy issues.  She was [and is] homely and was always in the shadow of her prettier sister.  She got no attention from dad.  She was almost always jealous and envious of others.  In time, because of her wealth, she compensated for her ugliness, inside and out, by becoming a bully.

As a member of NXIVM, she got to punish people. Perhaps it was because she felt unwanted and unloved – but when she got the chance – which she did in NXIVM often – she punished people – both inside and outside NXIVM.

Anytime she feels pinched, she lashes out.

Clare [l] and Sara Bronfman.
It is curious. Keith Raniere paid almost no attention to Clare from about 2002 – when she began with NXIVM – until about 2008.

Keith liked her sister Sara and invested his attention and time on Sara, knowing that Sara would manage Clare.

Clare was jealous but she remained. Sara got promoted to become a Green Sash – prematurely – as many NXIVM members know. Keith also had sex with Sara. But Keith did not have sex with Clare for years. He surely did not want to, that is a fact.

So consider how Clare was feeling. At one time, Sara and Clare were paying Nancy Salzman a million dollars a year to coach them. Nancy loved Sara and hung out with her all the time. But despite taking Clare’s money, Nancy did not want to spend any time with Clare – other than the therapy sessions.

Clare started throwing tantrums because Sara was getting all the attention.  And about 2008, Keith suddenly took an interest in Clare. He let her walk with him. He let her sit next to him. At Vanguard Week, she got to sit right next to him when he had his birthday cake. She was so proud. She was finally better than everyone. Even her sister.

And one day, Keith bit the bullet and had sex with Clare.  What occasioned this desperate move was that Keith was concerned he might lose Sara. Sara had become Lama Tenzin’s lover. She became buddies with Richard Branson. She had a fabulous apartment in NYC. She came and went as she liked. And any day now, she could just run off and start a new life.

Keith assessed the two sisters. Keith had ridden Sara for the first six years. Sara was the one he promoted. He placed her on the executive board. Nancy doted on her. And now – after all they had done for [including losing some $100 million of her and Clare’s money] Sara was becoming less committed.

Sara was never quite Keith’s slave.


Because she has so much wealth, Clare feels she is above the law. She can sign a perjurious affidavit in the morning that will destroy someone’s life and go waterskiing in the afternoon.


But Clare had potential to become a slave.  So Keith did what any good Vanguard would do – he deliberately took Clare on, and started grooming her. Again, this was not because he was attracted to her. Keith did not like hanging out with Clare.

Nancy, Karen, Pam, Lauren, Barbara Jeske and all the others would talk about Clare all the time behind her back. All the inner circle disliked her and still do.  But Keith ordered them to be nice and pretend to be her friend. All of them knew they had to pretend because of her money. The inner fold hated – or at best disliked – Clare.

Apropos of this scheme to make her think she is well loved when in reality she is despised, I suspect Clare was not branded  – not because she did not want to be branded – but because Allison, Lauren, Nicki, India, Michelle H., Danielle, Loreta, Rosa Laura, Dani Padilla, etc. did not want her in DOS.

No doubt Lauren came up with a conniving tale to explain to Clare why she was not invited into the branding – once Clare found out about it.  Clare would have been sad to learn she had not been invited into this wonderful sorority and women’s empowerment group. After all, in Clare’s own brain, she is one of the leaders of NXIVM.

And Lauren would have told her  – lying to her —  “Your relationship with Keith is so special and so intimate that we did not want that disrupted or compromised or for you to feel jealous or compromised – because you are so special.”

Keith said in his interview in the recent NY Times article – Clare is so pure, so loyal.

It must be hard to have no one in the world who likes you. .

She is not pure.  To her core, she will stab others in the back.  I never met anybody who does not say she is mean.  Not one person I spoke to said she is pure and loyal. She is cruel and conniving.

And if she ever found out that Keith and everyone she thinks are her friends – actually hate her – she might turn on Keith.

Of course, she is partners with Keith in crimes, There is corruption and fraud in legal cases Clare signed off on. She is guilty of that. She is informed about other fraud. She paid for fraud.  She not only observed what Nancy and Keith did that was illegal, she participated in them herself. This the Department of Justice already knows. That’s why she is likely to be charged soon.

At one time, Keith ordered Pam Cafritz to be “best friends” with Clare. No one else would do it. Pam did not want to do it either but she did it. [Keith lost a good slave in Pam when she died.] In fact, not too many know that Clare and Pam moved into 2 Flintlock together. Pam actually had to live with Clare for a time.

One day, perhaps soon, Clare will realize she was only used for her money and everyone who told her they liked her secretly hates her – perhaps because she deserves to be hated  – and only her money had value. On that day – she will turn on Keith.

The game changers for Keith Raniere, Clare [l] and Sara Bronfman.
There is only one problem with this scenario. By that time, it will be too late. She will already have been indicted.

According to what was said in the courtroom yesterday – that indictment will be coming in 4- 6 weeks.

It is a hard thing to say, perhaps, but Clare started off as a victim. She was an awkward, unloved, homely person who suddenly had a family with NXIVM. Even in that family – just as when she was a child-  at first she was less popular than her sister. Then, as her sister started to slip away, Clare became popular with her NXIVM family and with her daddy/lover/guru Keith Raniere.

And all her mean traits were enhanced and enabled by Keith and the group, They had to. They needed her money.  That’s all she was ever good for – her money.

One day, she will realize it. This NXIVM group – and Keith Raniere – used her for her money. And apropos of Executive Success Programs – she is likely to lose most of it – and lose her freedom too.

Viva Executive Success!

Artist’s conception: The soul of Clare Bronfman.
The Dalai Lama did not endorse Raniere but asked the press to investigate him and report the truth. The Dalai Lama urged Raniere to be transparent. A few years afterward, Raniere devised a secret DOS group, with the aid of the Bronfman sisters money.
Lawyer William Savino goes into court with the ruthless Clare Bronfman. The two are about to advance some horrible perjury to destroy someone’s life.







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  • Clare has always reminded me of the tall, awkward girl from “The Goonies”. The one nobody liked.

  • I think Bear was emulating her father’s pursuit of Justice with her involvement in NXIVM. The billion dollar question is when did she know it was nothing more than a sham or is she just coming to this realization?

  • For the people with kind hearts who imagine they can feel Clare Bronfman’s pain, could YOU treat another human being like a slave? Also, do you have compassion for those slaves, or any of the people she has hurt, defrauded, and lied to?

    Bronfman is Raniere’s chief financial backer, spending millions and millions since 2002, without which NXIVM would not be what it is today. According to insiders, Bronfman is ruthless, fanatical, and hands-on. She has no problem at all committing fraud, which has hurt so many people, or helping Raniere commit fraud, and she treats contractors and consultants like dirt, never paying what was agreed upon, and so forth. She is not a nice person and is apparently unable to see the ethical hypocrisy in her actions.

    Bronfman could have done so much good with her trust fund, or just lived a nice quiet life. She had options the rest of us can only dream about. Instead she fueled a psychopath and his criminal enterprise.

    Clare Bronfman should have to face her crimes in court. May that day come.

  • Imagine the child born to a beautiful mother, a lovely older sister. Children overhear so much more than their elders realize .
    That may be when the original evil that is Clare started knowing she was the homely, unlovable one, Sara must have tried to be nicer as they aged but the look of irritation is there when they are photographed together. It would be incredibly sad if she had not allowed Keith to use her ,deep down she knows the truth. Clare — with the right help you can get help, overcome your childhood and the worst betrayal of all who is Keith Rainer. Good luck

  • What has that Libyan monster done to that former beauty little baby Sara? Look at her; all washed up and hitting the wall. She looks haggard, a middle aged nothing-to-look-at frump. Not as homely as Clare, but not the cute little horny mink of the past.

    I weep in my soup as I think of what we have lost.

    Sara, oh Sara: you put a smile on many a lad’s face over they years. V-Week will never be the same without you.

    See what happens when you leave the compound?

    Sniff, sniff.

  • So Raniere has supposedly written two books and over 100 articles. I’ve only been able to find Odin and the Sphinx (co-authored with Ivay Nevares who might have done much writing) and $48 is too much to pay to satisfy curiosity. Are there some articles?? Anywhere??? It would be interesting to see if there is any plagiarism there.

    • More nonsense…like VanGrifter’s patents. Which included a patented NXSCUM sash, a system to stop Luciferians, and a car gas mileage device that included a turtle!

      I AM NOT MAKING THIS SH!T UP… Hahahahaha. Nuts.

      • Yes, but I want to see this nonsense out of curiousity. L. Ron Hubbard at least provided vast textual evidence of his nonsense.

  • A Youtube video from WCBS in New York.
    Allison Mack is far more devious and dangerous than Clare Bronfman.

    How Allison Mack tried to trick a woman into joining a Sex Slave Cult.
    Exclusive: Woman Describes Meeting Allison Mack

  • Let’s compare and contrast Clare Bronfman and her co-conspirator Allison Mack.

    Both women are reprehensible.

    Clare Bronfman is cold, unfeeling and uncaring.
    Clare has all the personality of a dead fish.
    That said Clare does not put on a False Front.
    Clare doesn’t care about you and she’s not going to pretend that she does.

    By way of contrast the reprehensible Allison Mack is a trained actress who is well skilled at feigning care and compassion.
    Allison Mack can meet a person and in ten minutes be that person’s BFF.
    A few years ago Allison Mack met a wine hostess at an Albany wine bar.
    Very quickly Mack became this woman’s friend and was taking and posting selfies with this woman.
    And wouldn’t you know it but Allison Mack knew all about this women’s group dedicated to empowering women.
    This group would be perfect for this attractive young wine hostess.
    Ultimately nothing came of this encounter.

    Only years later did this wine hostess learn that the manipulative, scheming Allison Mack was trying to recruit this woman into a sex cult.

    Say what you will about Clare Bronfman. It’s probably 100% true.
    But Clare is what she is and she makes no pretense of it.

    By way of contrast Allison Mack is a manipulative, scheming, ambitious woman who pretends to be your friend when she is not.
    Allison Mack wants to be Queen of NXIVM and she will use any lie, trick or tactic to advance that cause.
    Allison Mack is deceptive, devious and mendacious.

    In the long run Allison Mack is far more dangerous than Clare Bronfman.
    Exclusive: Woman Says ‘Smallville’ Star Allison Mack Propositioned Her To Join Women’s Empowerment Group

    • Just kidding, I couldn’t take that parody any further.

      Valid points, Shadowstate, valid points.

  • The people of Fiji don’t like Clare or want her there anymore than David Gilmour. In her attempt to be the Queen of Mean, she has not dealt with the legal issues plaguing the resort she was duped into buying. There were celebrations amongst groups when Raniere was arrested because the people fighting these lawsuits with the resorts are hoping it will take down Clare, as well. I don’t actually believe Wakaya is a safe place for her, at all. No matter where she goes, or how much money she spends, people just don’t like her. It’s something visceral about the energy she gives off, and I believe there was a spark of that she was born with… The choices she has made throughout her life have caused that darkness to continue its downward spiral and increasing energy.

    I also think it is hilarious to suggest Clare would want a night life. Who in a night club would even talk to her??

    I actually think she has the potential to break, and kill herself. I don’t think she is close to that, yet. Even her indictment won’t likely do it for her. Post conviction, maybe, when she realises she has to buy friends in prison, and it dawns on her that is the only way she has ever had any in her life in the first place.

    It must be a very lonely world, the world of Clare Bronfman. At the same time, there is no sense in playing poor little rich girl. There are no ultimate victims, remember?

    She could have changed her choices at any point in her life. I do believe it is now too late.

    • so true. Fiji is not safe for carpetbaggers. The last coup was in 2009, no real gains for the people in the interim, so some action due soon.
      The existing MLM run by gilmour ‘wakaya perfection’ or ‘bula’ or whatever it’s called is very dodgy. But Nxivm is so much worse.Unless Clare is building schools, hospitals or funding the National rugby squad, she has no friends there.

      • The idea of Clare doing something that actually benefits someone other than herself or Keith Raniere…

        The only school I could see her building is Rainbow Cultural Garden so they can groom more girls for Raniere from birth, and I am not so sure the people of Fiji would be interested.

        They have machetes there that could prove useful in the event she wants to start a hospital for Brandon Porter to experiment on the locals.

        If she had a brain cell in her head and wanted some good will, she would settle the lawsuits with the locals. Her fragile ego can’t let her do that, because she must completely crush anyone who takes a stand against her.

    • Agreed. 500 calories a day is not amenable with enjoying restaurants and night clubs.

  • Your story actually made me feel somewhat sorry for Clare.
    She is the school’s ugly duckling walking down the hallway wearing a giant ‘Kick Me’ sign on her back.
    And the other WITCHES of NXIVM look even meaner and more shallow than Clare.

  • What a weird world NXIVM is.

    1.) “But Clare had potential to become a slave.”

    Clare, what do you you want to be when you grow up?
    Daddy, I want to be a slave!

    2.) “I suspect Clare was not branded – not because she did not want to be branded – but because Allison, Lauren, Nicki, India, Michelle H., Danielle, Loreta, Rosa Laura, Dani Padila etc. did not want her in DOS.”

    Why can’t I be branded and become a sex slave like the other empowered women?

  • No way Clare was branded or even in DOS. That is what keith does…divide and conquer. And besides, Clare is totally up tight about many things, especially sex! Can you imagine if she actually wakes up and realizes- “OMG, I have been funding this company and devoting myself to Keith who started another MLM right under my nose, and didn’t even invite me?” I mean, that in and of itself might make her turn on him. But she might not be strong enough to take that “data” in…. She has never worked her pride issues. I kind of feel sorry for her. But not really.

  • Nice article Frank. Well written.

    But I just don’t see Clare Bear as turning on Keith even if she’s indicted, since I doubt the government is gonna offer her a get out of jail free card. They don’t need her testimony that bad.

    She might get a small reduction in sentencing for taking a plea, but I think she’s gonna go for ZERO jail time by refusing any plea deals.

    I believe she’ll embrace NXIVM’s “tribalism” even tighter……and the entire NXIVM group will all become one close family as they’re all indicted together. Tribalism is what cults do best.

    • She may flee, but she won’t be spending the rest of her life on a mosquito infested tropical island.

      While that may seem better than a jail cell, there are other places besides islands that won’t extradite and that have actual nightlife, social scenes and a place to live a full life. She ain’t Gilligan.

      • It’s truly a paradise:

        Also, bureaucratic corruption in Fiji is systemic. Luckily for Bronfman, it takes only a single Fiji official deciding that the offence (at the heart of an extradition request) is because of religion, political opinion,or philosophical teachings, to disapprove an extradition.

        Clare Bronfman bought David Gilmour’s tropical paradise, and it’s stunning. A fine place to spend the rest of your life.

        From the letter Gilmour sent out, after selling to Bronfman on August 11, 2016:

        “After nearly 40 years and at the age of 85, David Gilmour has finally agreed to entrust the ownership of his beloved Fiji island, Wakaya, to new ownership.

        Jillian and David Gilmour bought Wakaya in 1976, developing an island with an already impressive place in Fiji’s history into a boutique resort retreat. Over the years the Wakaya Club & Spa has won recognition at the highest levels in the hospitality industry. As well as the Wakaya Club & Spa, Wakaya is host to a dozen exclusive homes and other private ownership interests, and to Mr Gilmour’s 2009 start-up, Wakaya Perfection, sourcing a range of organic wellness products from Wakaya, which he will continue to own and operate.

        We are thrilled to announce that Clare Bronfman and her Ack Group of Companies have taken over operations at Wakaya as of Friday, August 11th, 2016. As an existing homeowner on Wakaya Ms Bronfman shares Jillian and David Gilmour’s love and enthusiasm for Wakaya, a critical factor in his decision to transfer the property into younger and capable hands.

        Jillian and David Gilmour’s association with Wakaya will continue. Wakaya Perfection continues to thrive and generous arrangements with the new owners will allow him to continue to spend time on the island and in Fiji, a country with which he has had a life-long association as an investor and friend.

        Please join me in congratulating Ms. Bronfman on her acquisition of Wakaya and we encourage you to return to Wakaya soon and often!!”

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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