A mother who got her 18-year-old daughter out of NXIVM-DOS – in the nick of time

I received this email last night from a grateful mother of a teenage girl. I redacted some names to protect the privacy of the mother. 
By a Mother
My daughter was involved with [NXIVM member name redacted] in 2016 and earlier.
I was looking at my notes and diaries of July-August 2016 and I did see reference to Executive Success Programs. I suppose like most people, at first, they appeared innocent enough  – personal development etc.
It was early in September 2016, I started looking into your blog.  [The NXIVM member] was doing a talk on Saturday, September 17, 2016. The following Monday I googled the name of her great mentor – Keith Raniere –  and up came your blog.
Suddenly I had the Eureka moment.
I used your blog to reference and read all your postings right back from late 2015. Reading those blogs, I realized that some cult people I had met previously were maybe nuts or bananas and fruit cake, but compared to Keith Raniere, they were small beer.
This was lunacy in New York State.  And my daughter was in danger.  My daughter was only 18 years old when she came to live full time with the cult. I was so frightened. I kept a diary from beginning to end of what happened till we got her out at the end of October 2016.
Today, I cried when I found a class action underway. Happy news and the more people who come forward the stronger shall be the evidence – running up to the trial.
Great news.  May you be given the strength, wisdom and support to continue exposing more than you ever have.
Do you remember that old expression “illegitimi carborundum”?. — “Don’t let the bastards grind you down.”
Perhaps you could use that heading for your blog some evening
My grateful thanks.
A Mother who saved her daughter from NXIVM and DOS 

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Frank Parlato


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  • Circumstantial evidence is still reputable in a court of law. It is another example that corroborates the evidence and it absolutely makes an impact.


  • To this grateful and lucky mother I have a simple message.

    If your daughter is up to it would you please contact the FBI and the Eastern District of New York’s US Attorney with her story.
    Eastern District of New York
    Phone number
    (718) 254-7000

    U.S. Attorneys » Eastern District of New York
    Contact Us
    The Eastern District encompasses three of the boroughs of New York City (Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island), and both suburban counties on Long Island (Nassau and Suffolk County).

    Main Office (link is external)
    271 Cadman Plaza East
    Brooklyn NY 11201
    (718)254-7000/(718)254-7508 fax

    Branch Office (link is external)
    610 Federal Plaza
    Central Islip NY 11722-4454
    (631)715-7900/(631)715-7922 fax

    The fact that NXIVM and its predators would target your daughter, a young woman still maturing, demonstrates how evil these people are.

    NXIVM and its fiends must be destroyed.

  • Very happy for you and your daughter for her to have gotten out when she did.
    I hope she is taking part in the class action, and it has a successful outcome for Team Omar.

  • Yes, congratulations, to you and Frank for that poignant, valiant rescue of your daughter…just in time! Like Catherine Oxenberg and India’s story, yours brought tears to my eyes, joy to my ❤️ and renewed faith to my soul. You and your daughter were lucky to have escaped less scathed than many DOS slaves.

  • Congratulations , blessings that Frank Parlato was there to provide the information you needed to quite literally save your daughter.

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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Contact Frank with tips or for help.
Phone / Text: (305) 783-7083
Email: frankparlato@gmail.com