One Night in Bangkok: Kathy Russell will gladly serve three years in prison for NXIVM

By One Night in Bangkok

I think most people here, including Frank and Heidi, are missing the point about Kathy Russell.  Kathy won’t turn against Keith Raniere or Clare Bronfman for the same reason that a parent won’t turn against their own child, regardless of the consequences.

Kathy has NOTHING in life without Clare, Keith and NXIVM.

NXIVM provides Kathy with employment, friends and ‘hope’ for her future.

Without NXIVM, Kathy will never be employed again, except maybe as a toilet cleaner (but even that’s unlikely at her age).

Without NXIVM, Kathy will lose her best friends and her ONLY friends, forever.

Without NXIVM, Kathy will lose all ‘hope’ in her life. Without hope, a person has no reason to live anymore.

Kathy has ZERO in life, if you take away NXIVM.

Kathy is like a physical manifestation of NXIVM philosophy inside a human body. She doesn’t have a personality outside of what NXIVM dictates.

Will Kathy Russell gladly go to prison for Keith Raniere?

Guess what?

If a parent had to serve three years in prison to protect the life of their child, you better believe they’d do it without even thinking twice.

Heidi would do it. So would Frank. So would any parent. Not only that, but they’d do it with a smile on their face and not even view it as a real sacrifice. That’s love. Kathy truly loves NXIVM, Keith and Clare.

So why do people not understand that Kathy doesn’t view her situation as a sacrifice? She views it as a sacred duty to protect the only family she has.

India Oxenberg was able to break free because she has a loving family and a great life outside of NXIVM, with a great future to look forward to. Kathy doesn’t have any of that waiting for her.

Without NXIVM, Kathy would be sitting penniless in a homeless shelter, probably doing the books for the local crack dealer in return for tuition money for ballerina school.

I think Kathy will gladly serve three years in prison for NXIVM and not even think twice about it. Assistant US Attorney Moira Penza is wasting her time if she thinks Kathy will ever cut a plea deal. Never gonna happen.


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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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