Letter to Frank from mother whose daughter left NXIVM

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The letter below is from an email from a woman whose daughter left NXIVM in 2017 before the NY Times came out with its story.

From Dec. 2015 until mid-Oct. 2017, a period of 23 months, only the Frank Report [and my publications Artvoice and the Niagara Falls Reporter] reported on the vile deeds of the man known as The Vanguard.

This mother saw peculiar changes in her daughter, who is a slender, attractive young woman, but did not know what was wrong or why it was wrong after her daughter joined this self-help group and associated only with their members. She spoke of her concerns to others but no one she spoke to seemed too alarmed.

It was, for a time, only her mother’s intuition that kept her uneasy and determined to do something to change the course of her daughter’s apparent life.

Then, while Googling, she came across the Frank Report.  Armed with the information published therein, she made the firm determination to get her daughter out of thenXIVM cult – and was successful. It wasn’t easy.

One of her efforts was to go to the authorities and ask for their help. They treated her with scant respect.  Her daughter was in NXIVM for three years and got no help from anyone in law enforcement.  Finally, the mother got her daughter to leave. She is safe and, once again, the mother is in touch with the authorities.

Now they seem more receptive.  Here is her letter to me. I have redacted names to protect the mother and daughter.



Another day, another dollar, as they say; another day, another step towards unraveling the participation of [Name of NXIVM member who recruited her daughter].

In March 2017, we were treated like a bad smell. This time, it was tentative greetings.  It was utterly clear, as I was talking to them, dropping your blog name…  they looked like sheep. For sure and certain, they have been doing their homework and they looked very uncomfortable indeed and rightly so after the way they treated us before.

What a difference and how the tables have turned and we have you to thank for that.

I did say to them that it was indeed a very unusual situation in suburban [her hometown]  but nonetheless, if they had of contacted me when I begged them to do so not only would my daughter not have been in [name of NXIVM member’s] house and we would not have had to go through almost three years of unraveling the truth….

I was always a fighter for the underdog, a little terrier, but I took a heck of a knock because who was going to believe me regarding the shenanigans in Albany, New York. I must be far from being alone in not being believed in those days.

You have restored an enormous amount of confidence within myself and I thank you most gratefully. This week I will drop those documents on others who have not believed or ignored me and I am keeping the 1200 photographs for the pièce de ré·sis·tance.

Thank you once again

[name redacted].




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Frank Parlato


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  • Thank God for the DOJ in the EDNY.
    The Bronfmans made a HUGE mistake setting up Mack in a Brooklyn apartment.

    One criminal act by Mack in Brooklyn brings the whole conspiracy into the EDNY.

  • Whatever happened to the Irish mom that was going to tell her story? She wrote a couple fairly lengthy post saying when she had time she’d share but never really did. Unless I missed it or there wasn’t much to tell?

  • “This week I will drop those documents on others who have not believed or ignored me and I am keeping the 1200 photographs for the pièce de ré·sis·tance.”

    Frank, what is Mom referring to here?

  • That is awesome Frank! I’m so glad this mother found your blog and knew her intuitions were correct, then fought to get her daughter out!

  • Bravo, Frank! There are undoubtedly countless others who are equally grateful yet are still too, justifiably, frightened to say so.

      • I finally see your point about using your own name or at least having to register as a user. Constant baseless accusations about people posting as multiple identities and just attacks on character.
        The comments have nothing to do with the written article but about the people commenting on what is written. They want Frank to do things. Others claim victim being here. All of which they have control over; don’t visit Frank Report

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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