Where’s Waldo? And why is he walking around so much?

Keith Raniere AKA Vanguard

Well, once again, we have an update on the status of Keith Alan Raniere a/k/a Federal Prisoner #57005-177 at the Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) in Brooklyn, NY.

Things are starting to settle down for The Vanguard as he moves towards his fifth month of incarceration (Time flies when you’re having so much joy!). He’s still residing on the 5th floor of the East Tower – which is reportedly so cold at this time of year that prisoners routinely wear multiple layers of clothes 24/7. That’s because the A/C system in that building basically has two settings: “On” and “Off”.

He’s still in what is generally referred to as the “Deviants Unit” – which is where MDC houses most of the prisoners who have been accused of a wide variety of sexual crimes. But, according to sources, he’s the only one in the unit who’s been accused of running an international sex slaver cult – which has given him a certain elevated standing among his fellow deviants.

He’s still being housed in a cell and, along with his “cellie”, is locked up from about 9:00 PM until about 6:00 AM every day. [Apparently, he’s been unsuccessful in convincing MDC to let him and his fellow prisoners play volleyball all night long.]

But during the daylight hours, Raniere is still a whirling dervish as he paces about non-stop except when it’s time to eat. And unlike his daily walks at Knox Woods, he walks alone at MDC.

Thus far, he has still not had a single visitor except for his phalanx of attorneys. They love meeting with him and would probably like to do so more often – which, given their exorbitant billing rates, makes all the sense in the world (If all five met with him at once, the meetings would probably run at least $6,000 per hour).

But what this means is that even his father hasn’t come to visit him – which is a little strange. Especially since Dear Old Dad lives less than an hour from MDC. You have to wonder what that’s all about.

And, as of now, Raniere’s phone privileges are still cut off. Supposedly though, that issue will be reviewed sometime around the end of the month. And because he’s in the Deviants Unit, he does not have access to CorrLinks, which is the email system that allows Federal prisoners to communicate with their friends and family members.

Perhaps the biggest problem that Raniere is dealing with right now is his high blood pressure. Despite the best efforts of MDC’s top-flight medical staff, he’s still experiencing abnormally high blood pressure. Maybe they’ll bring in a harem member or two to see if that will solve this problem.

So, that’s it for now. Waldo is safely caged up with his fellow deviants – and counting the days until he gets to go to trial and prove his innocence to one and all.

Under the current schedule, his trial will start in about 5 months – which means he’s about halfway to that date. But don’t be surprised if there’s another significant delay after still more charges get leveled against him, his five current co-defendants, and the not-yet-charged gaggle that’s next up on the Feds’ agenda.



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  • Some inmates don’t like visitors because it entails a strip search afterwards. He does not get strip searched after legal visits.

  • Maybe so he can still stink to high heavens. Kind of like a skunk keeps it’s enemies way.

  • I thought we had a deal. If Keith’s volleyball gets a mention, we were supposed to get his volleyball picture?

  • He’s pacing. fearful, angry, impotent, bored, stressed, anxious beyond reckoning. He’s not walking as he used to, through leafy glades in Albany. he’s pacing the few feet of his cell -back and forth..back and forth…

  • Frank, if you were surrounded by Deviants, wouldn’t you always be moving too…cuz if you stop….

  • This is all interesting and thank you for it, but what I would really like to know is what is going on inside the cult currently. Especially with the recent slew of arrests of the “Vanguard’s” top dogs. Like who is running it now? Is is falling apart, are the slaves leaving/escaping. Can it even still function? If you could get a scoop on any of that I would be very interested to read about it. Keep up the great work FR!

    • The only purpose of NXIVM was ultimately to get money, cheap labour and fresh pussy for KR and to feed his ego, of course. But with him put away, there is no point to keep all that shit running. Who on earth would like to pay for an intensive? As for the DOS slaves, maybe they are still brainwashed but when we last saw a picture of India Oxenberg, she was looking healthy, as if she was eating normally again.

      • India is home with mama if you hadn’t heard, she’s on the right side of the fence now, no thanks to her creepy stepfather.

    • There is no cult left. It’s over. Even if a few holdouts are hanging on without someone telling them what to do they are lost, zombies, broken. Time to get a job unless your one of the privaliged few with trust fund money you didn’t earn to live on . In that case go back to your own fucked up country while we build a wall to keep you out.

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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.” 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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