Guest View: Comparing the Charles Manson family and the Keith Raniere family

By Manson Family – Raniere Family

History shows not all women (or men) leave their crazy masters regardless of how much reality is presented to them.

Just look at the Manson Family “girls”: Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel, and Leslie Van Houten.
Manson’s Family men: Charles “Tex” Watson, Bruce Davis, Bobby Beausoleil

From left, Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel and Leslie Van Houten walk to court in From left, Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel and Leslie Van Houten walk to court in Los Angeles in August 1970. The three women, displaying the symbol “X” on their foreheads as followers of the Manson cult family, were on trial for killings including that of actress Sharon Tate. (Associated Press)

All murdered for their master and all got life sentences.

None of them have really opened up and told their stories of how and why they were willing to do their evil deeds or that they are sorry for what they did for their master.

Steve “Clem” Grogan, originally was sentenced to death for his role in the Manson murders. Grogan got life instead after a judge deemed him “too stupid and too hopped on drugs” to have orchestrated the slaughter. He was sprung from prison in 1985 — the only convicted Manson family killer to be released.

Mary Brunner — She was one the first members of the Manson Family and bore the cult leader a son. Although she played no role in the murders, Brunner was busted in 1971 for robbing a gun store as part of a hare-brained scheme to bust Manson out of jail. She was wounded in a shootout with cops and paroled in 1977. Will any of Raniere’s girls attempt such an escape for their master? Would Pea Onyu?

Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme was a member of the Manson cult but was never charged with the murders. In 1975, Fromme was arrested while trying to assassinate President Gerald Ford. Fromme served 34 years in prison before she was paroled in 2009. Who could kill for Raniere?

Linda Kasabian was the getaway driver when Manson’s minions went on their murder spree. Kasabian later abandoned her cohorts and was granted immunity after testifying against Manson and his followers. Who will wake up and cut a deal instead of going to prison for Raniere? Will it be Nancy Salzman? How about Karen Unterreiner – she is the smartest of them all and so far no charges have been brought against her. Will Allison Mack wake up? Anyone willing to place a bet on her?

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Linda Kasabian
Will Sara Bronfman wake up?

Sara Bronfman has always been smarter than her sister Clare. (better looking too) Sara kind of left NXIVM but appears to have had one foot in the door of NXIVM. She married (outside of the cult) and has two children. She moved out of Albany but came back for 2017 V-Week and bought a mansion close to the Raniere Cult Compound, Sara was/is running Rainbow Cultural Gardens in France, were she now lives Will Sara be smart enough to work with the DOJ to protect herself from spending years behind bars and missing a life with her children? Will she be as smart as Linda Kasabian?


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Frank Parlato


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  • I grew up in Canoga Park, California near the mountains where the old Spahn Movie Ranch was located in Chatsworth near Box Canyon. In fact, my friends and I used to ride our horses up there just a few years after the Manson Family vacated it.
    When I was 9 years old I’d be out riding my bike, or running with my Sheltie dog Rex and on several occasions when we came in from a field behind the Alpha Beta Market on Woodlake Ave, some of the Manson girl (the “hippie girls” as they were called by most everyone) would be dumpster diving. I’d usually walk or ride past them, but on a few occasions they said “hi”, and one time they called me over and offered me some cupcakes (I declined). They were nice, never seemed drunk or loud, but when I read Helter Skelter some time later in the mid-’70’s I was surprised that some of those seemingly nice girls had murdered people.
    Such is the nature of a cult, a charismatic person or people, drugs, booze, and sex. Human nature that wings out of control with some people.

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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