Various news, items, tidbits and thoughts from correspondents on the topic of NXIVM

Is there another Vanguard University?
I received this email asking me to note that Allison Mack never went to Vanguard University. But actually she did – the Vanguard University in Colonie, NY at 455 New Karner Road. Of course, it was not an accredited University but, nevertheless, it costs $5,000 per month. Sadly it has closed down its halls of learning when Vanguard went to jail.
In any event and happily for those who want to attend a university with a great name there is another Vanguard University.
I am sure it is a lot cheaper than our Vanguard University.
Here is the email I received:
“I am reaching out on behalf of Vanguard University. We recently came across the following article that references Allison Mack and Vanguard University. We would like to clarify that Allison Mack is not and has never been a student at Vanguard University. We are requesting that the article be updated to remove the reference to Vanguard University.
Thank you,
APRIL CONN Account Coordinator | [c] 951.201.7981 |
Reveille, Inc. 1931 Newport Blvd. | Costa Mesa, CA 92627 |
So there.
Soares was in bed with NXIVM?
An interesting letter to the editor at the Times Union. The writer, Lynn’s son was railroaded into prison by the brutal king of malicious and politically motivated prosecutors, P. David Soares – the man however who turned the other cheek for Keith Alan Raniere.
Here is Lynn’s Aug. 19, 2008 letter: . :

Letter: Ex-NXIVM insider had troubling access

Kristen M. Keeffe, once a member of NXIVM’s inner circle, is now providing critical information for the prosecution as outlined in the article “Heiress posts $100M bond,” July 28. Perhaps her inside knowledge of how this group operated will help eradicate it once and for all.

But when she was an active member, Keeffe and NXIVM loyalist Clare Bronfman were instrumental in filing lawsuits to silence and bankrupt Keith Raniere’s detractors. Bronfman had the money and Keeffe did the legal research.

In 2012, Joseph O’Hara, a former consultant to NXIVM who threatened to report its unsavory and illegal activities, sued Raniere and others over a 2007 larceny case brought against O’Hara that was ultimately tossed. When the larceny case was being put together, Keeffe spent two weeks as a “guest” in Albany County District Attorney David Soares’ office helping to gather information for the criminal case.

Everything about NXIVM is creepy. But it’s disturbing that a high-level member of this group had access to Albany County resources to further its own sordid and despicable goals. How did Keeffe even know or imagine a district attorney would allow such an outlandish request?

Lynn Rothenberg



Clouds Gather For David Soares

And here’s the Albany County District Attorney leading the charge to un-do legislation that is intended to look at prosecutorial misconduct. No conflict-of-interest there…


Silver Bay YMCA

Silver Bay doing a thorough cleansing of beds and linens too?

Silver Bay YMCA was the home of Vanguard Week for the past dozen years or so. This year, the 10 day celebration of the nativity of Keith Alan Raniere AKA Vanguard was canceled for unknown reasons.

Looks like major renovations are being done now that the sleazy NXIVM cult is out!

The 700-acre camp was founded in 1902 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. For many of us it will always be remembered as the place where slave women were indoctrinated into the way of the Vanguard.

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  • I had always wondered what they had on David Soares. When I heard about Keith Raniere’s plot to force one of the women to seduce a guy in order to have blackmail material on him, it seemed pretty clear to me.

    Makes perfect sense something along those lines transpired. Or perhaps one of the guys.

    Either way, it’s quite clear they must have had something on him. Most normal, sane people find it utterly shocking that Keefe was working on that case.

  • Cuomo signed! It doesn’t change my opinion of him but it would sure be a step in the right direction. DA’s will have to answer to someone for the remarkable number of plea deals? No doubt a political move for him but wouldn’t it be a blessing for other states to now follow. I had taken a break from fake news this passed week or two I missed this good news. Thank you Frank Report I always check in here.
    I must add it looks pretty sad that the people fighting protection for the people are employees of the people.
    Overall New York is making some positive changes this year wether they want them or not.

    • Sorry Heather it is all smoke and mirrors . Nothing is going to change for the better in New York until their swamp is drained of corrupt scum like Cuomo and his evil ilk.

    • Soares is already fighting it, and Cuomo signed it on the proviso they work on adjustments to keep it within constitutional boundaries. It seems like a great idea. but it means nothing unless they can actually put it to use. At least it draws attention to the need for some method to prevent and amend corruption in the system. I’ll applaud Cuomo for it once I see some real results – otherwise it just feels like a political “pat me on the back” without any real action.

    • We can always count on you to regurgitate information you’ve read and post links to prove it to be true. But you left us hanging – let me finish with some thought provoking questions for you:

      – Do any of the sororities or fraternities at Vanguard University require pledges to get branded?

      – Could Raniere have named himself after the University instead of the video game?

      – Did any of Allison Mack’s family graduate from Vanguard University, and did the sweet connotation from “Vanguard” University lead our precious Allie down this dark path?

      – Allison has done some bad, bad things and deserves punishment. Maybe some lashings… What do you think naughty Allie deserves?

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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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