Crazy Daze – Raniere’s Amazing Ability To Get People To Do Crazy Things

Keith Raniere could get people to do the craziest things.

Think what you want about all of the things that Keith Raniere claimed he did or could do – e.g., East Coast judo champion at age 12, understood quantum physics at age 4, tied the New York State record in the 100-yard dash, etc., etc., etc. – but perhaps the most amazing thing about him is what he got other people to do.

First, think about Raniere’s co-defendants in the case of U.S. v. Raniere Et Al – and consider their current circumstances:

Clare Bronfman: Gave up her quest to become an Olympic equestrian – and pissed away a good portion of her inheritance – to become the de facto leader of NXIVM. She’s currently under house arrest in an apartment in Brooklyn, NY – and awaiting trial on numerous criminal charges.

Allison Mack: Gave up a lucrative career as an actress – and quite likely her entire life savings – to become one of the head honchos in the DOS sex slave organization. She’s currently under house arrest in her parents’ home – and awaiting trial on criminal charges that could result in her spending the rest of her life in jail.

Kathy Russell: Left behind her family in Alaska, including her young son, to become the keeper of NXIVM numerous sets of financial records – and to pursue her fantasy of becoming a world-famous ballerina. She currently wears an ankle monitor [which hinders her ballet performances] and is under house arrest which requires her to be home by 8 pm every evening. Many believe that she is also being set up to take the fall for all of NXIVM’s financial crimes. As a further point of interest – unlike some of her co-defendants – she seems to have profited the least. She was low paid and had no prestige in the organization. The other Nxivm woman often made fun of her behind her back.

Lauren Salzman: Turned away a number of would-be suitors to become part of Raniere’s harem – and, per his promise, the mother of an avatar child. She’s currently under house arrest – and coming to grips with the fact that she’s never going to have the children she always dreamed about.

Nancy Salzman: Left behind her fake-but-sounds-good career as a “psychotherapist” to become the public face of the NXIVM criminal enterprise – and, along the way, gave away both of her daughters to temporarily satiate Raniere’s sexual desires. Currently under nightly house arrest while she recovers from cancer – and awaiting trial on a variety of criminal charges.

Next, think about some of the other people that have come within the purview of Raniere – and what they did at his behest:

Sara Bronfman: Divorced her first husband at Raniere’s direction – and pissed away a sizable amount of money – to become the proud holder of a green sash in NXIVM. She’s currently hiding out in Europe – and, along with husband #2, hoping to avoid being named in the next superseding indictment.

Pam Cafritz: Spent her entire adult life catering to Raniere’s wants and whims – and was one of his top recruiters for the underage girls that he loved to teach about sex. Allowed Raniere to treat her cancer with his “tech” rather than seek real medical treatment – and ended up dying alone and in great pain. Left her $8 million estate to him, the whereabouts of which is currently unknown (More on that topic in a future post).

Barbara Jeske: Another woman who spent her entire adult life catering to Raniere’s wants and whims. Also died a painful and lonely premature death after Raniere convinced her that she was suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome rather than the brain cancer that eventually ended her life. Raniere persuaded her to make a will in his favor shortly before her death when she was not in full possession of her senses and in great pain. Her old will left her assets to her family. The new will supposedly left all her assets to Nxivm (More on that topic in a future post).

Ivy Nevares: An attractive and talented native of Mexico who moved to Clifton Park, NY to be closer to her Vanguard. She stopped cutting her hair at his direction in order to heal an ethical breach she had committed against him – and spent more than 16 years waiting for Raniere to impregnate her. She’s currently hiding out in Mexico – and hoping to avoid being named in the next superseding indictment.

Esther Chiappone: Moved from Alaska with her four children to be closer to Vanguard – who, per his usual pattern, assured that she was the only woman in his life. Stayed on even after she found out that she was just part of Raniere’s harem – and ended up so broke from taking NXIVM courses that she eventually had to move in with Jim Del Negro.

Barbara Bouchey: Another woman who once thought she had an exclusive relationship with Raniere – and who spent more than eight years working for the NXIVM cult. When she and several other women left NXIVM in 2008, she was subjected to numerous lawsuits and demands for depositions. Raniere persuaded her to turn over her life savings to him, which he promptly squandered. She nevertheless remained with him for several years afterward – and was one of Nxivm’s highest ranking members when she finally left.

Toni Natalie: She became involved with Raniere while he was still running Consumers Buyline but left him just as he was starting up what became the NXIVM/ESP cult. As a result, Raniere initiated numerous legal actions against her – including two criminal actions, both of which resulted in dismissals.

Kristin Keeffe: She got involved with Raniere shortly after dropping out of high school – and eventually rose through the ranks to become NXIVM’s self-trained Legal Liaison. After becoming the mother of Raniere’s first-born child, she had to flee along with her son, who was being subjected to what eventually became the Rainbow Cultural Gardens training program.

Emiliano Salinas: The son of Carlos Salinas, the former President of Mexico, and a would-be future president of the country, Emiliano ended up becoming lovers with Alex Betancourt because Raniere directed him to do so. Now hiding out in Mexico – and hoping that he’s not named in the next superseding indictment (His father has called in a lot of favors – and spent a small fortune – to ensure that doesn’t happen).

Alex Betancourt: A Mexican trust fund baby who became quite successful on his own accord in several businesses based there. Betancourt got ensnared in NXIVM – and eventually was the person who initiated criminal charges in Mexico against several of Raniere’s enemies. He is currently hiding out in Mexico – and hoping that he’s not named in the next superseding indictment in the case.

Jim Del Negro: A flunky who became one of Raniere’s pawns in a variety of illegal activities. He once testified, under oath, that he didn’t know the name of a company that he was President of – and has also been accused of raping the wife of a guy that he was working with on behalf of Raniere.

Dr. Brandon Porter: Put his medical career and license at risk in order to conduct unauthorized psychological experiments on women to identify those that would be most susceptible to becoming members of DOS. Currently hiding out – and hoping that he’s not named in the next superseding indictment in the case.

Dr. Danielle Roberts: Put her medical career and license at risk by branding all the women that were recruited into DOS. May still be under investigation by the New York State Department of Health over the brandings she administered.

Gina Hutchinson: Supposedly committed suicide in October 2002 at the age of 33. She had allegedly incurred Raniere’s wrath because she had developed a romantic interest in another man.

And then there are the many others who obediently followed Raniere’s commands and demands even though what they were told to do was harmful to themselves or to people they cared about:

– All the underaged girls who were convinced – or, in many cases, coerced – to have sex with Raniere.

– The, according to Marc Agnifilo, +/- 150 women who allowed themselves to be branded to show their devotion to their Vanguard.

– The other actresses who put their careers at risk by becoming part of Raniere’s inner circle: e.g., Kristin Kreuk, Grace Parks, Ludwika Paleta, etc.

– The hundreds of women who became sexually involved with Raniere – and agreed never to be with another man for the rest of their lives.

– The numerous men who knowingly became cuckholds as a result of their belief in Raniere’s superiority.

– The woman who drank from a mud puddle and almost ran into a tree trunk because Raniere directed her to do so.

– The thousands of people who wasted their time and money taking NXIVM courses.

And the list goes on and on…


Raniere’s personal website – which, surprisingly enough, can still be accessed at – only gives a hint of his claimed accomplishments:

– “Raniere…has developed a series of educational models that offer integrative solutions to subjects such as gender, relationships, childhood development, mind-body complex, compassionate ethics, and creative expression”.

– “Raniere’s patent-pending technology…(is)…helping individuals with different neurobiological disorders, specifically severe cases of Tourette’s Syndrome and OCD”.

– “Raniere holds 147 international patents, including 47 in the United States, in a variety of technical fields”.


He is so much more than those false claims. And so much less…

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  • I hope Christine Morgenstein neé Collins doesn’t get away with what she has done. She seems to have walked away the least scathed so far since she managed to find someone to marry for his money, as the rumour goes.

  • Was Crybaby Jane able to get ALL of these people to do ALL of these crazy things? WHY would they do them? HOW could the Bronfmans look the other way on $65m in commodities losses? How does ANYONE reconcile THAT kind of loss? That is a TON of money. One would think that this event would have caused trust and belief to be lost in Raniere but they continued on with him nonetheless? It doesn’t make any logical sense which is what I suppose makes this whole shit show so fascinating. It’s inexplicable, all of it.

    • It’s easy, like attracts like, and then it snowballs. Raniere could not have done all of what happened on his own, he needed like-minded people. The fact that he attracted some with money was the match that lit it on fire, albeit a small fire compared to other MLM scams, such as his former Amway MLM scam.

    • Not new, though. How did David Koresh convince families to remain in a burning building? How did Jim Jones convince over 800 to drink poison? Raniere is not as charismatic as either, but he was good at cloaking himself in fantastic myths about his uniqueness, amazing abilities and good intentions for the world. All aimed simply at satisfying his desire to be financially taken care of, sexually sated, revered and obeyed.

      Maybe he WAS a genius, after all. A criminal genius, that is. I say “was” because the way things are going, I doubt he will ever again walk as a free man.

  • Krclaviger,

    Extremely good recap and summary.

    NXIVM has a bigger cast of characters than a Game of Thrones book.

    Does anyone know how many divorces Raniere has been directly or indirectly involved?

    • KAR was involved in my divorce; however I never became romantically involved with him and declined to join or work full-time for NX.

        • Tex2

          What is wrong with you Scott or Tex2?

          Scott, do you realize the hell Raniere put Heidi and her family through?


          Tex I was wrong about you.

          Tex2 your bully and coward.

          Scott or Tex2 your just like Bangcock a total Misogynist.

          Scott woman probably do not give your fat ass the time of day so you take your resentment of all women out on Heidi.

          Scott your a wonderful human being(sarcasm).

          • Scott,

            My bad. You’re an ugly little asshole, not a fat ass.
            I just watched your video on YouTube.

            Have a nice day!

          • To OrangeCountyDreams,

            Side note: Frank if you think it worthy could you post this comment as an article?

            The purpose of my comment? I am responding to a recent personal attack of Heidi by Scott Johnson aka Tex2

            Scott/Tex/oneNightInBangkok attacks other commenters in the most vitriolic disgusting way. I am responding in kind.

            Heidi and everyone else should not be attacked or ridiculed for sharing their story or being supportive of other people.

            When I used to come to the Frankreport I thought it was wonderful that there was a website with so much support and empathy between the commentors. Helping one another out with kind words and shared experiences.

            In addition the main reason I came to the Frankreport website is because I found the articles informative, insightful, and educative. Frank, Kr and a few other contributors missed their calling in life as reporters and writers.

            I just started commenting on the Frankreport I think a little over a month ago sometime in January.

            Scott/Tex/ Bangkok & the anonymous aliases which seem to be Scott and Bangkok attack without provocation or rationality.

            I believe the Frankreport website has accomplished much good and will continue to do so.

            I agree with Frank’s philosophy of allowing open exchange.

            Unfortunately in a free society even assholes like Scott have voice.

            I will always choose freedom no matter the cost.

            I will not however remain silent when innocent good people are attacked.

            How many people who are former or current cult members did not share their story for fear of being attacked by Scott or Bangcock or one of his alias?

            Fragile vulnerable people need support and should not be attacked.

            As long as Frank posts my comments I will
            respond in kind to Scott/Bangcock.

          • Niceguy (below) – my comment was addressed to Scott. That was a useless and rude jab at Heidi and I’d like to know what purpose it was supposed to serve. Below, he replied: “To tell the truth.” To that, I will direct a Scott-ism: “How do you know?”

      • Heidi,

        I am incredible sorry. I had no idea. I am so sorry I asked the question. I knew about your sister Gina of course. I did not know that there was more damage done
        by Raniere, to you and your family.

        • Heidi didn’t mention damage, just that she claims that she never screwed Raniere, never joined NXIVM, and never worked FULL-TIME for NXIVM.

  • It’s pretty shocking to see all this info in one place. It really brings home the absolute ruin Raniere has inflicted on everyone he deals with. The peripheral damage spreads even further. As I’ve said before, I know two very good people who were hurt.

    Also I’m sure Karen Unterreiner should be listed above. If she got involved with him at 17, I wonder how much she gave up?

  • Mr. Claviger’s praising of Keith Raniere’s abilities (to get people to follow him) is a bit dramatic.

    In reality, Keith’s indoctrination program was no more sophisticated than a poorly hung, pot bellied pig who began slowly boiling frogs at lower temperatures — then slowly turning up the heat (while adding hot sauce, not garlic) until they were cooked into savory stew.

    FACT: There are HUNDREDS of wacko cults with a ‘leader’ who has unquestioned authority over his subjects. Which, among other things, allows him to have sex with anybody in his flock or to assign wives to other men on a whim (just like Warren Jeffs did).

    These religious cults exist in hundreds of places, they’re simply not as “high profile” as the Warren Jeffs sect was.

    In fact, even Frank Parlato and Mr. Claviger are not immune from joining a wackadoodle cult IF the conditions were right. The truth is that both of them are just as likely to worship a cult leader as anybody else IF the conditions were right.

    If Frank Parlato or Mr. Claviger were BORN into the Warren Jeffs Sect of wackadoodle Christians, I can GUARANTEE that both of these guys would have spent their lives obeying Warren Jeffs and being his cuckold.

    That’s right.

    If Warren Jeffs told Mr. Claviger that he wanted to fuck his wife and make him a cuckold, you better believe that Claviger would say “yes sir” and be an obedient cuckold like Cuckie Boone. So would Frank Parlato in my opinion, if he were BORN into that wackadoodle cult.

    The only difference between Frank Parlato and the IDIOT FOLLOWERS OF NXIVM is that Frank’s not ‘compliant’ or ‘stupid’ enough to be recruited after birth.

    It would take being BORN into a cult to make a person like Frank Parlato a cuckold follower of Keith Raniere or Warren Jeffs, but it would STILL be POSSIBLE.

    It’s the oldest formula around. Just slowly boil your idiot frogs.

    • And the other KAR Avatar baby Mamas and their entirely innocent, now unsupported offspring: Gaelen, Thor, Kemar and God only knows.

      Good post. Gina’s story is much more complicated, btw. IDK your source.

    • Also, John Tighe, Joe O’Hara, Frank Parlato, the Plyams, “Fluffy” (Adrian?), the Fernandez’ and lots more Mexicans I’ve read about, possibly Jeff Peterson, the Techies like Steve Ose & wife…and the 2019 award for biggest NX / ESP fool goes to????

      I nominate all partners of Dennis Burke’s. Lol.

      • Heidi,
        I see you referring to ex Nx as fools! Haha you took offense in the past to them being named as fools!

        Truth is Keith will probably be spoken of long after this trial as one of the most prolific criminals in this country that has left a trail of suffering, lost fortunes and victims of sexual abuse!

        I considered him a fraud and of average intelligence.. I missed the cruelty and pedophilia!

        • I should have said “fooled by” not “fools.” Or used quotes around “fools.” Apologies. My intent, similar to the author’s I believe, was the opposite and the size of the list speaks volumes about the perpetrators not the victims.

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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.” He also appeared in "Branded and Brainwashed: Inside NXIVM, and was 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.

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