Guest View: Raniere may be in a fugue state

By Smith

Gosh, it’s an honor to have a comment promoted like that.


The fugue state is a psychiatric disorder characterized by reversible amnesia for personal identity, including the memories, personality, and other identifying characteristics of individuality. It can last days, months or longer. Is Keith Raniere [above] suffering from it?
One thing to add, about that fugue state. That’s the reason prisoners usually don’t want frequent contact with people they knew on the outside. Reminders of how their life was before prison conflict with the life they now live, to the point where focusing on the realities of imprisonment becomes a way of protecting one’s own psychological landscape.

Raniere doesn’t have this right now. In all likelihood, he’s noodling over his defense and the possibility of somehow avoiding a long stretch. He’s working up wild fantasies that hold other people accountable for his actions and thinking about how plausible a jury might find his stories. He might actually believe these charges are someone else’s fault and that person is the one who belongs in jail. But he is doing everything he can, rational and otherwise, to preserve this sense of self where he’s some hero saving the world. That’s just human nature.

The closer Raniere gets to his actual trial date, the more this situation will be working against him, in terms of who he sees himself as being. When he is actually confronted with evidence of his misdeeds in court, regardless of whether or not he’s ultimately convicted, that is going to have a big impact on who he is as a person. There’s a pace to all trials where people are forced to make decisions about whether to save themselves or hang others out to dry. You don’t get a lot of time to think about it, you do what’s in your nature. No one is really innocent, it’s just whether or not you were convicted.

To the NXIVM people that frequent this board, it’s very true to say prison changes the prisoner. Regardless of whether or not he’s sent to jail, Keith Raniere is not coming back. The person who emerges will be very different from the one you revered, disabused of the illusions he had of himself after shanking his fellows on the dock on to diminish responsibility for his own actions.

One does not use tech reboot from that. One simply lives with the horror or what they have done, there’s almost no difference whether or not that life is lived behind bars.

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Hugh A Nobles
Hugh A Nobles
5 years ago

a contrapuntal composition in which a short melody or phrase (the subject) is introduced by one part and successively taken up by others and developed by interweaving the parts.
a state or period of loss of awareness of one’s identity, often coupled with flight from one’s usual environment, associated with certain forms of hysteria and epilepsy.

5 years ago

Don’t forget to eat your vegetables.

Ryanne S
Ryanne S
5 years ago

What a dumbass post!
Who are YOU, Mr. S M I T H???

Kinda weird how you showed up here all of a sudden, with a bullshit post that makes no sense.

Pssssst (I don’t the subject was the the important thing about that dumb post!!!)

I know the truth, Smith. You just like that fake name, as it’s also mine. Right!?

I don’t think we’re in Kansas anymore.

And there are so many wicked witches. Who’s gonna help me?

orangecountydreams - Kool-Aid
orangecountydreams - Kool-Aid
5 years ago
Reply to  Ryanne S

Why is it dumb to speculate on what KAR is going through? Why do you trash others’ posts? Can no one post unless you deem it not “dumb”? Frankly, YOU “showed up here all of the sudden.” Who are you?

5 years ago

She or he is just another NXIVM troll that have come out of the woodwork to infest the comments with their hot garbage.

Ryanne S
Ryanne S
5 years ago

Orange Juice
Why do you trash my post for trashing Smith’s post but you don’t trash STOP IT FRANK!! for trashing Smith’s trashy trash post?
Explain your trash talk bigotry, Ms. Juice .

And I told you who I am. I’m fake Ryanne, invention of the she-devil Allison or of one of her puppet masters.

5 years ago

In other words no matter what happens in the trial, if by some miracle vanguard gets out in his lifetime he is still no more. ESP and NXIVM are over and they aren’t coming back. Time to move on those of you still hanging on to this sinking ship.

orangecountydreams - Kool-Aid
orangecountydreams - Kool-Aid
5 years ago
Reply to  Anonymous

DVD said, and I concur, that if KAR avoids conviction he will believe he beat the system, and will be up to his old ways in no time.

5 years ago

There are a few smiths in NXVIM. Any guess as to who this auther is??

5 years ago

Somehow Keith Raniere does not strike me as a very reflective, contemplative person.

A reflective, contemplative person would look back over the 50 or so civil lawsuits he lost and try to figure out what he was doing wrong.

Scott Johnson (@ScottTexJohnson)

Raniere doesn’t need to win the lawsuit to win the financial battle, Captain Obvious.

Stop it Frank!
Stop it Frank!
5 years ago

Frank, why are you promoting even MORE of this moron’s writing?

It’s not even coherent. He makes points that sound ridiculous.

It’s like poison to my eyes.

Frank, if you continue to publish this clown’s comments —- I might have to jump from the highest place in North America to spare myself any more agony. 🙂

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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