Bail Package: Agnifilo’s assertions on Keith Raniere and my rebuttals


Keith Raniere has made a new request for bail – asking Judge Nicholas Garaufis to permit him to live somewhere in Clifton Park, subject to home confinement and an ankle monitor – and for him to leave the gruesome and inhuman hellhole modern America offers incarcerates in Brooklyn called the MDC.

In an earlier post we dissected Raniere’s application, I think it worth a post or two to rebut some of the assertions made by Raniere’s attorney Marc Agnifilo.

Here they are followed by [my rebuttals in brackets and bold.]

The work Keith Raniere and others, many of whom are his co-defendants, have done is a source of great pride.

Obviously, he even put his initials on it.


The programs Nxivm offers include…  ethics, logical analysis and problem-solving skills

NXIVM’s founder’s chief problem to solve is: “How do I get out of jail for the present and, having experienced how horrific it is – how do I avoid it in the future? If he were to get out on bail, he would have to determine the long term solution: Does he stay and fight and hope to be acquitted or make a run for it? 

Nxivm challenges participants to question, rather than blindly accept, the fundamental content of their lives.

Nxivm challenges people to ask these questions and challenge one’s own limiting beliefs that prevent attaining one’s goals.

His goal is to stay out of prison, likely at all costs. It is a limiting belief to think that he cannot find a country that will give him sanctuary. 

The fundamental premise is that people are not made happy or fulfilled by material items.  We are not happier because of a car or a house.

I think it only fair to say that Keith was not made happy in a car. In fact he told followers that he doesn’t drive because his intellectual energy sets off radar detectors.

Nxivm provides its students with effective tools to achieve success and greater happiness.

Raniere employed one of those tools to achieve success in the commodities market. First, he lost Barbara Bouchey’s life savings – $1.6 million. He then lost several million of Michael Sutton’s money, and employing those tools with eclat he then lost $65.6 million of the Bronfman sisters’ trust funds in commodities. At one time, he was the largest commodities trader [and loser] of corn futures in the world. 

He used an effective tool to achieve happiness [called lying] by telling the two Bronfman sisters that his tool to achieve success failed because the heiresses’ father thwarted him by using his massive wealth with the aid of the Illuminati to disrupt the commodities market causing the loss of their $65.6 million.

An overriding theme of Nxivm is that we strive to be part of something larger than we are. That something is humanity.

Keith Raniere has caused two ex girlfriends to be indicted. He has sued ex girlfriends and other former friends and lovers dozens of times – over money. He has denied paternity of his first son, then sued for custody later, He has made friends and employees and NXIVM members bankrupt, then intervened in their bankruptcies. He has caused criminal complaints to be filed against lovers and NXIVM members. He has been accused by two ex girlfriends of rape, and three women say he raped them when they were underage. One ex girlfriend committed suicide, one woman he allegedly got pregnant disappeared. One ex lover says he ordered her dog poisoned.

Yes, he has been involved in humanity. How many people do you know who have spent $50 million of other people’s money in legal fees to destroy the humans he knows? 

Another important premise of Nxivm is that each of us harbor emotional associations with different events or triggers. Some of these experiences are positive; others are decidedly negative.

He must have many triggers.

If we can free ourselves of the negative ones—the ones that restrain our decision-making—we can be more free and happier.

He tried to sue himself out of the negative triggers it seems. Look at all these triggers:

His earlier business, Consumers’ Buyline, Inc., was shut down by New York State AG lawsuit alleging it was an illegal pyramid scheme.  There was a class action [Helen Rhodes Et Al b Consumers’ Buyline] against him for cheating his members. Arkansas sued him over Consumers’ Buyline, Inc.  As did Virginia.  

His father, James Raniere sued him. How many people do you know who have been sued by their father  The sister-in-law of one of his girlfriends sued him for sexual harassment. He settled out of court for $10,000.

He intervened in Toni Natalie’s bankruptcy and Judge Robert Littlefield sized up Raniere’s litigation tactics as follows: “The individual challenging the Debtor’s discharge is her former boyfriend; this matter smacks of a jilted fellow’s attempt at revenge or retaliation against his former girlfriend, with many attempts at tripping her up along the way.”

He ordered his girlfriend Barbara Jeske – she was caught on video tape – to tamper with Natalie’s mail. He placed one of his girlfriends at the Albany County DA as an unpaid Legal Intern and got a former consultant indicted. The indictment was dismissed.

He went after Susan Dones who ran one of the NXIVM centers just because she wanted to quit. All the tools of success he taught had left Dones bankrupt. He intervened in her bankruptcy case.  Judge Brian D. Lynch said, “NXIVM’s claims and litigation tactics were disproportionate and largely lacking in merit,” and dismissed nearly all claims against Dones.

He went after Dones’s spouse Kim Woolhouse, intervening in her bankruptcy. Judge Lynch chastised NXIVM, writing “Her ‘sin’ was to attempt to walk away after discovering that NXIVM was not what she thought or hoped. In return, she was labeled as ‘suppressive,’ a term that NXIVM applies to former associates who leave the company or whom NXIVM perceives to be its enemies, and subjected to protracted litigation from two large law firms and a phalanx of attorneys.”

After losing her life savings in commodities, after she left him, Raniere also intervened against Barbara Bouchey’s bankruptcy. Then he sued her in NYS Supreme court.  it was dismissed. Then he sued in California. It was dismissed. Now remember this is his ex girlfriend who he had said he loved – and to whom he taught all the Nxivm tools to achieve success and happiness.

He then caused a complaint to be filed against Bouchey with FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) to take away her livelihood. That was dismissed.  He then caused a complaint to be filed against Bouchey with Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc.. That was dismissed.  Then he had Bronfmans press for a criminal investigation by the District Attorney of Saratoga County to charge Bouchey with extortion. That was declined.

He finally got her indicted for computer trespassing in Albany County, That was dismissed.

He then attempted to get Toni Natalie indicted on bank fraud with the US Attorney Western District. That was declined. He then filed a complaint against Toni Natalie with the New York State Liquor Authority/Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control to take away her liquor license to close up her business, That was dismissed. He finally got her indicted for computer trespassing, That was dismissed. He also had poison given to her dog. He was successful. The dog died.

It goes on and on and on – his dealings with humanity.


Here is the timeline Keith Raniere sent to Toni Natalie in order to persuade her to return to him.he predicts she will either die or go to prison.  

Mr. Raniere has lived nearly six decades without any criminal record.

Here is the police report Rhiannon signed. Note that she said she had “sexual intercourse with a man named Keith Raniere. This occurred when I was approximately 12-13 years old and occurred either at Keith’s townhouse at 3 Flintlock Lanes, Clifton Ny or his business located at Rome Plaza Clifton Park, NY”

There are, for instance, no allegations of guns, knives or weapons of any type. There was no physical harm or danger visited upon anyone.

Rhiannon was part of his harem when she 12 years old. She ran away from the harem and was put in juvenile home. Keith Raniere escaped charges. 

Mr. Raniere is a peaceful man.

Toni Natalie detailed her rape allegation in a signed 2011 statement she filed in federal court, when NXIVM sought to depose her in a defector’s bankruptcy case.

Mr. Raniere does not have any financial resources of his own.

While he lost more than $70 million in commodities, happily, it was all other people’s money. And there is more where that came from.  He is flown on jets with other people’s money. He lives with servants on other people’s money. He was arrested in a $10,000 per week villa with members of his harem.  His late girlfriend made him the sole beneficiary of her will – leaving him some $8 million. 

He has absolutely no means to flee, as he lacks any of his own money.

He can’t run because he has no financial resources of his own?  We will get into that more in my next post.


Stay tuned for part 2.

And stay tuned for Raniere’s motion to dismiss which is due today also.


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  • OK, here’s a creepy little thing noted in the article that may signal something wrong in the early fam. KAR’s father, James Raniere, SUED his own son, presumably over money (I don’t know). That’s a bit odd. Many of us have the occasional bad apple, shithead, or n’er do well in the family. When faced with an asshole family member, generally people keep things quiet, sweep it under the rug, or chalk it up to bad genes / mental illness. Apart from divorces, most would not sue a family member and put the whole ugly mess into the PUBLIC RECORD, for anyone to read.

    I would be interested to read the parents’ divorce papers, although in those days they tended to be very white bread and spare on details.

    Something may have been very wrong in this family. I’ve read here that Keith Raniere, like Jim Jones, was told over and over at a very young age that he was exceptional and special. Something spawned a monster – was it that?

    • His mother’s alcoholism has been ignored in the attempts to explain how Keith became Vangaurd. It cannot be underrated the damage done to teenage boys with alcoholic mothers. And a 13 year old who is convinced he is better than others, smarter etc.. who knows what dysfunctional divorced parents might tell their creepy, likely friendless child. No one likes a know it all.
      As I recently read here no friend from his childhood has ever come forward for or against Keith. Did no one notice him at all?

      • Thank you, Anne. Good questions, all. Not that we can prevent any of this, but understanding may help us to recognize warning signs in the future, Another poster wrote that KAR borrowed and defaulted on a $50K loan from a college roommate.

        My greatest hope is that when this is all said and done, we will get a very deep investigative journalist to dig for old records and write a book. Not to say the current books are not helpful – they are – we just need a bulldog digger, willing to travel to and sift through archives. The clues may lie in long forgotten records from the 1960s. Or not.

        I want to know why. Why?

  • If Vanguard’s intellectual energy sets off radar detectors, will it also interfere with an ankle monitor? Also, how susceptible to hypnotism is Marc Agnifilo?

    • As an afterthought, can Vanguard be a flight risk? His intellectual energy could affect the plane’s radar system, causing it to crash. Does it affect pacemakers?

      • being that this pussy graduated college with a 2.26 gpa, I don’t see any intellectual energy to be concerned with. Above average intelligence is just another one of Pussy boy’s lies. Pussy as in highly effeminate.

        • It was a triple major, and Raniere probably had other, evil things on his mind. He may have also been learning the MLM scam basics from Amway. Very intelligent people often don’t do well making good grades in formal education settings, such as Einstein.

  • Every time I see that stupid “timeline” document, I want to laugh. It looks like a ten year old made it. I can just see KAR with his ruler and colored pencils, spinning the page around. I can see sweat form on his brow from the intensive concentration. How very impressive and original! He should have applied for a patent, so that no one else could plagiarize it.

    Do they provide coloring books at MDC? I have to admit – he’s definitely got some potential… It would be a shame to waste it.

    • I KNOW! I was skimming the article on the train this morning, so at first thought it was some dumb “personal reflection” homework he made one of his underage girlfriends do. My next thought was , “and she’s clearly still a child… ugh, what a monster!” Discovering it was HIM made it only slightly less gross and horrible, but also pretty damn hilarious (at least I hope it is to Toni N., in retrospect).

      • Yes! Another hilarious part is that on the chart, he directly implies that returning to and being with Keith Raniere (he was not yet Vanguard), is, must be, Toni’s “Ultimate Dream(s)”… she just doesn’t know it! He is trying to SAVE her! How conceited and absurdly presumptuous. It fits right in with his ridiculously inflated perception of himself.

  • KAR bail package sounds like an advertisement package, not a real legal document. It is full of BS testimony of what a great guy KAR is and why he should be granted bail.

    The Judge already refused 10 Million dollars with armed security guards while staying within the reach of the DOJ/FBI in NYC.

    KAR now believes a motion on “What a great guy KAR is and what he has done for the world (minus all the illegal crap KAR has pulled) will change the ruling with 1/10th the bail (which is still not KAR’s) and he gets to go back to his old stomping grounds of Clifton Park where KAR seems to have political/law enforcement protection?

    KAR is still burning through “other people’s money”. The properties that are going to be put up are most likely those that cannot sell anyway because they have the CULT stink on them.

    He is still a flight risk. If he can get three fools to put up 1 million, won’t his foolish followers put up the funds to get him out of the country? He is the ringleader of the CULT.

    Without his evil mind plotting to do illegal behavior, Clare would still be riding her ponies, Nancy would still be in private practice and teaching NLP courses, Lauren would have a real job, be married with children and have a relationship with her father. Kathy would of never moved from Alaska and would have a relationship with her family and her now adult son. Or they might of fallen for another stupid scam.

        The U.S. Supreme Court declined to review SANCTIONS totaling over $230,000 against Austin attorney OMAR ROSALES for bad conduct against an opposing lawyer and FABRICATING evidence, among other problems Rosales created while representing one client in hundreds of lawsuits against local businesses for technical violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

        The $230,000 in sanctions includes $60,500 the U.S. 5th Circuit of Appeals tacked on for FILING A FRIVOLOUS appeal. Rosales cannot appeal the sanctions further, following the Supreme Court’s decision.

        ROSALES WAS SUSPENDED FOR THREE YEARS from practicing in the U.S. Western District. He was sanctioned $175,000 in U.S. District Court in Austin for disparaging Austin civil rights attorney Jim Harrington.

        The Texas State Bar’s Commission for Lawyer Discipline sued Rosales for a second time in April for violating rules of professional conduct and acting in bad faith.

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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.” In addition, he was credited in the Starz docuseries 'Seduced' for saving 'slave' women from being branded and escaping the sex-slave cult known as DOS.

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.

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