Some stray thoughts on Nancy Salzman

Nancy Loshin - from her yearbook picture. Readers know her better as Nancy Salzman or Prefect.
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What year did Nancy Salzman graduate high school?

Online, the year is reported as 1974.

She apparently went to Cranford High School in Cranford, NJ.

But according to at least one source who knew her, she actually graduated in 1972.

Nancy was born in July 1954.  So, if Nancy graduated in 1972, she would have been 18. But if it was 1974, she would have been 20 – rather a late age for high school graduation.

Nancy’s yearbook picture is found in the 1972 yearbook for Cranford High.

There seems to be no further reference to her in the 1972 yearbook other than her picture – which led one observer to question whether she actually graduated in 1972. 

 She went to nursing school in New Jersey, not Pennsylvania, as originally  reported. 

Nancy is Jewish. Her mentor, Keith Raniere, told her she was, in her previous life, Adolf Hitler. Because of this, Keith explained, Nancy had a lot of good works to do to overcome her bad karma and undo the wrongs she had done in the world in her past life. Keith offered to help her.

Nancy used to go to Kristin Kreuk’s house when Kreuk was holding NXIVM events at her home. This was early on in Kreuk’s NXIVM career.

Nancy is reported to have guided Kruek in setting up Girls By Design. Part of the discussion included how “we” could attract young girls to learn the wondrous teachings of NXIVM and its founder, Vanguard.

Nancy once said that Vanguard’s discovery of Rational Inquiry was the greatest human discovery since man invented writing.

Nancy seems to have admitted in court that she lied about having a master’s degree.  It may be that part of the NXIVM technology she mastered is the one Vanguard is best at: telling lies, making up phony credentials and awards, etc. 

Nancy apparently does not even have a bachelors in nursing. She attended a now-defunct hospital nursing program that led to an RN but not a bachelors degree, according to one source.

While her bio says she went to Muhlenberg College – a liberal arts college in Allentown, PA – it appears that the college does not offer a nursing degree. An informed source tells us that actually went to the now-defunct nursing program at nearby Muhlenberg Hospital.  

Nancy was given the title Prefect by Vanguard. While Vanguard is a word that means the founder of a new thought movement, Prefect is a far lower rank. A Prefect is a high school monitor, or lower ranking official who enforces petty disciplinary rules and watches underlings.

Since Raniere thought of his marks or students as imbeciles and gullible children, the name Prefect is fraught with meaning.  Nancy’s role was to monitor and control the children and report to Vanguard – who would puppeteer everything – and everyone – including Nancy.

I found it fascinating that when Barbara Bouchey and the other 8 women left NXIVM in 2009 because Raniere had been exposed as a sex addict and had swindled Bouchey out of more than a million dollars, he managed to blame Nancy for the fallout.

She bought it – perhaps thinking her Hitler-karma was affecting the whole organization. I can see her weeping and taking the blame and admitting to insiders that it was her fault and that Keith had shown her why and how it was true she spoiled everything.

Clare Bronfman was promoted above her and, in time, Nancy’s salary was suspended and she had to ask Clare for her expenses. For a woman who had previously had a company-paid budget of more than $40,000 per year for clothing, that had to a bitter pill to swallow.

One time, Nancy told someone that if she had accepted Keith Raniere a little quicker and had not been so skeptical, the good that the two were doing would have affected the world’s karmic energies so profoundly that 9/11 would never have happened.

In this respect, Nancy Salzman was responsible – at least in part – for 9/11.

Despite her foibles, Keith trusted that Nancy would not steal his money. He allowed her to store his cash in her home. One time, she told a friend of mine that she had more than $1 million in cash hidden in her home.

Kristen Keeffe told Barbara Bouchey that at one time, there was $2 million in Nancy’s house. And she thought it had likely grown to much more than that by 2015.

When the Feds raided Nancy’s home, right after Raniere’s arrest in late March, they found $520,000 in cash.

It is quite possible, knowing that Raniere was arrested and the Feds were investigating, that Nancy got rid of most of the cash in her home before the raid, while leaving only $520,000 behind.

Nancy reportedly had breast cancer and recently had a radical mastectomy. Court records show she had recent “surgeries” – plural.  She has not been to court since her arraignment in late July.

Her daughter, Lauren, has been granted an exemption from her own home detention to visit her mother daily at her home while she is recovering from her surgeries.

According to court records, Nancy once required Susan Dones to write an email to Nancy saying she was enamored with Nancy in a romantic way.

Nancy kept the email. It was kind of a early version of collateral.

When Susan Dones and her partner, Kim Woolhouse, left NXIVM and filed for bankruptcy, NXIVM intervened to block it. NXIVM’s lawyers released the email Susan had written to Nancy to show Kim that Susan was unfaithful. 

This was quite a group to join and Nancy was its Prefect.

More to follow on Nancy Adolf Loshin Pike Salzman.   

Nancy heads to court with attorney David Stern. She has missed the last few court appearances because of recent surgeries. 


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  • It’s just my impression but Nancy seems like a cold woman that projects kindness. Probably great if you’re her friend but if you get on her bad side? As vindictive as Keith

    • This is absolutely astute. It’s all about what gets her what she needs to move forward in her own goals and be viewed as special. Classic narcissism. Those of us who grew up in Cranford know this is a family enigma. Her parents and sister are as genuine and kind as it gets. Humble and giving and did community service with no interest in self reward. She graduated class of 72 with my step sister to answer an earlier question She was a mediocre student at best. Her older sister had the brains. I think there were just the two of them. She was mean to some of her classmates who weren’t cool in her eyes.

  • “Nancy used to go to Kristin Kreuk’s house when Kreuk was holding NXIVM events at her home. This was early on in Kreuk’s NXIVM career. Nancy is reported to have guided Kruek in setting up Girls By Design. Part of the discussion included how “we” could attract young girls to learn the wondrous teachings of NXIVM and its founder, Vanguard.”

    What has happened to Jane the DOS slave? She started out in Girls By Design, then Kreuk recruited her into the NXIVM cult (despite Kreuk’s lie that GBD had nothing to do with NXIVM) and now she is a branded sex slave. She said Kreuk created GBD to pass on a feminist approach to BDSM and Kreuk was a kinky BDSM submissive.

  • Nancy’s parents in Cranford, NJ?
    See below:

    Milton and Lorraine Loshin, (908) 276-9481, 51 Stratford Ter, Cranford, NJ

  • Would be nice to see old photos of Keith from his childhood. From what I understand he took care of his mother who was sick at one time? And, he was already manipulative of others in high school? I’m more curious as to what event, or perhaps series of events caused this young boy to react and behave this way. Just thinking that the impact of his childhood experiences could possibly be what we are seeing by his behavior and decisions as an adult.

    • All good questions, TK. I think most want to know these things, but the information is limited. There was an article posted here in which some grammar school classmates spoke up about his manipulative and superior behavior, even at a young age. I’m sure you will find this fascinating:

      Bits and pieces gleaned from articles – supposedly his father told one of his girlfriends that Keith began acting like he was God after an intelligence test found he was gifted.

      We do know he was an only child and the product of a broken (divorced) home. It is often said his mother was an alcoholic. Maybe she took things out on him behind closed doors (or maybe not). I am skeptical of his claim that he “took care” of her when ill, as I am not aware he has ever shown such a propensity towards anyone. (He takes care of himself, though.)

      What we know:

      He appears to have grown up in a lovely house and a lovely suburban neighborhood. He attended prestigious schools. (Not a horrendous upbringing, in other words.)

      He apparently borrowed a large sum ($50K?) from a college friend and did not repay.

      He supposedly stiffed a friend’s grandmother on the rent at an apartment in Troy she was renting him.

      His father sued him (or vice versa), for reasons unknown, but probably money.

      He cheated on his IQ test.

      He lied about his successes and accomplishments.

      He fashioned a life for himself as a parasite, so he could sleep, eat, and have sex, while others did the work and paid the bills.

      He terrorized ex-girlfriends, ex-colleagues and various upstanding professionals through brutal litigation.

      None of this even touches on the sexual abuse of teen girls and adult females.

      Yes, the seeds were all planted long ago, in the 1960s, so most documents cannot be found online.

      I would not be too quick to blame the parents. I’m sure they, like most other parents, were not perfect. I think it more likely that he was born defective, without empathy or a conscience. There’s no cure for that.

      • Nutjob, it’s possible he was born this way, but then his upbringing could also have contributed to his behavior. Maybe, both are closer to the truth?

  • Sounds to me like Nancy has been under the spell of a psychopathic con man. I hope she repents and cuts the cord with the liar. If she doesn’t spill her guts and look for a deal, it will not be pretty for her and Lauren. It’s never too late to start doing the right thing, Nancy.

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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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