Emails and photos – of a NXIVM fast disappearing

Emi and Keith talk over bogus deep thoughts - with Emi as student and Keith the wondrous teacher.
Photographs and Souvenirs
The times have changed for the group of characters that once comprised Vangaurd’s NXIVM.
With Van in the hoosegow – and his top team — Nancy “Prefect’ Salzman, Clare ‘Cruella’ Bronfman, Lauren ‘Avatar Baby’ Salzman, and Allison ‘Pimp’ Mack – plus the hapless, gullible peon Kathy ‘The Clown’ Russell – have been indicted.
Others – such as Emiliano Salinas – are waiting anxiously to see if they will be indicted.
Activities have all but ceased. Lawyers are working overtime.
Now, for some letters and some fond memories of days gone by – when the ruthless cult held dominion over its adherents and struck terror into the hearts of its critics.
Emiliano Salinas talks to a group about putting their children in Rainbow Cultural Garden.
A letter from Ireland…
Abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz the summit and the sentence
Gosh I hope I got the above line in order. Why?  Because every letter in the alphabet, every verb, adverb, noun, pronoun, constant or adjective would not do justice to what I have read today on your blog.
What a turnaround in the last 12 months. Take heart, Frank, and to those of you who have been so brave in coming forward, please remember, this is just the middle of your journey.
It is akin to climbing a mountain. Once you were at base camp, now you are halfway up. But the summit has yet to be reached.
And, as any experienced mountain climber will tell you, the hardest part is just before the summit.
I would translate that word as meaning ‘sentence’ as in jail sentence. In other words, we all want to see Mr. Keith and his cohorts reach the summit and the sentence. So folks, I think everyone needs to take hold of a grappling hook and iron take full grasp of the opportunity that has been presented by the work of Frank Parlato, Catherine Oxenberg, the journalists and most importantly you brave folks who have all had to chutzpah to bring it this far.
There is a lot more climbing to be done but hold fast, have faith in each other. The summit is near.
This message is written by the Irish mother who’s daughter figuratively speaking could have ended up drowned on this side of the pond. Someday soon, I will copy you in but, as Saturday night comes to an end, let us all be thankful we are a long way from base camp.
Goodnight, from Ireland.
Vanguard’s hearty breakfast – tomorrow. He eats better than his DOS slaves.


Journalistic Chronology

I have just read your journalistic chronology that is so utterly brilliant because it has put together the articles I found between 2016 and 2017. It was like a huge jigsaw puzzle and it was your blog that helped me fill in the Blue Sky.

Today,  you have joined the dots. I am absolutely thrilled. Another fantastic job Frank thank you.


Boy on a swing – Brandon Porter – between human fright experiments, he really swings.
Rare picture of Vanguard Week – where the audience is shown a picture of Vanguard for their delight.


Bitcoin Scam

Sound familiar?
A Woman in Love?
Frank: I’m sure you’ve spotted the recent NY times story on Clare. It’s the first time I’ve heard it mentioned that Clare was in love, which might help to explain how one the world’s richest woman aligned with and was defrauded by a dumpy sociopathic schmuck. I think this angle is one of the more fascinating aspects of the whole story and warrants more attention, if you ever come across more evidence. Everyone notes how dour Clare is, but that misses a large part of the true story, in my opinion.
Keep up the good work.
Damsel in distress.
Can Anyone Help?
Hi Frank
I am working on a project related to analysis of cult recruitment techniques.
I’m trying to get a  sense of exactly what Vanguard was teaching the members of his cult and how it furthered their ‘brainwashing’.
Did Keith Raniere ever write a book or course? I have scoured your site, can you point me to any posts that might answer this question?
D. N.
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Pam Cafritz, Keith Raniere, Nancy Salzman and Alex Betancourt listen to the Dalai Lama tell the audience that NXIVM should be investigated – May 2009
This photo is not an actual picture of Pea Onyu but rather an artistic vision of what Pea might actually look like.,

Rosa Laura as a DOS slave has made a vow to do anything Vanguard tells her to do. But now that he is tucked away – can he tell her to do anything at all?
Alejandro Junco was deeply concerned that his branded daughter Rosa Laura was under the thrall of her master Keith Raniere.

Good News: After being gravely ill, Alejandro Junco appears to be recovering. Let us hope and pray for him that he not only recovers his health but recovers his daughter Rosa Laura Junco – who recently left the Knife Media and despite being branded, has not been seen in Albany recently.


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Just Sayin'
Just Sayin'
5 years ago

Rosa Laura Junco needs to answer for what she has done.

If she has truly made any actual shift away from the group, she should be helping prosecutors and accepting responsibility for her own actions.

I hope her father doesn’t fall for a load of b.s.

5 years ago

The new leaser of NXIVM is now Pee Onyou.

We should feel honored when Pee deigns to speak with us unenlightened peasants.

Jim T
Jim T
5 years ago

Thanks for the enlightenment. You are a regular Keith Raniere, with your sage posts passing great wisdom.

5 years ago
Reply to  Jim T

And you’re free to eat garlic and enjoy sex.

ShadowState1958 for Vanguard!

Pea Onyu
Pea Onyu
5 years ago

my name is spelled Pea not Pee. This is a deliberate attempt to denigrate based on my name. Pea is pronounced Pie-yah.

Walter J. Nestor III
Walter J. Nestor III
5 years ago
Reply to  Pea Onyu

I thought you were going to boycott this blog, Lauren?

5 years ago

Odin & The Sphinx should be renamed

Odor from the Spincter

Anyone have a copy? I would like to read it and write a short article for Frank about it.

Maybe at the library?
Maybe at the library?
5 years ago
Reply to  FormerNexian

I found it at thriftbooks for $48 – marked down from $655. Once I stopped laughing, I decided I didn’t have that much budgeted for curiosity. Good luck finding a copy – would love to see a review of it if you do find it!

Pea Onyu
Pea Onyu
5 years ago

You can find copies on a You will learn much from it. There is a great deal of wisdom in the book.

5 years ago
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$ not love
$ not love
5 years ago

sara and clare were the bastard children of the old man’s third underage wife so to speak. They had only themselves and their trust funds, their half siblings wanted nothing to do with them. They were desperate for family legitimacy and the only thing legitimate for this family is $. The question with these multi-level marketing scheme cults is when does the leader go from leading upper level disciples with spritual hogwash to dangling the ‘you can make millions’ carrot. Pretty early on Keith dangled the carrot, clare and sara bit, ethics in all its flavors became the sales pitch, and they were off to the races attempting to show their siblings that they were worthy of the bronfman name. On a genetic level, this family has no moral compass, having spirited away its fortune illegally running liquor. Grandpa bronfman simply operated an early days ruthless drug cartel. The girls both ruthlessly trafficked in human souls. It was all about the $.

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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