Shadow: Allison Mack chose a life of crime and hurt a lot of people.

By Shadow State
After reading Heidi Hutchinson’s article: Don’t underestimate KAR and Salzmans’ abilities to fleece Allison Mack, one might think Allison was a child locked in her room by her mean parents, Keith Raniere and Nancy Salzman.  Like the young Mexican woman Raniere locked up for 18 months.
The truth is Allison Mack has come and gone from Clifton Park of her own free will for years.  On her Twitter Page, Allison describes herself as a “globe-trotter.”
From Allison MackVerified account: she is a “story-teller, question-asker, music-lover, theatre-goer, movie-obsessor, shakespeare-studier, globe-trotter, food-inhaler, woman of 34 and counting.”

Yes, Allison Mack is a globe-trotter.  A glance at Allison’s travels, as revealed via social media, shows she has been to Paris, London, Wales, Ireland, Canada, Mexico, Colombia, and Ecuador.  Often, these trips were to Comic Cons arranged by an agent to meet and greet fans.

In 2013, Allison traveled to Mongolia and visited a Buddhist temple.

Allison’s domestic travel includes San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tampa, Detroit, Washington DC, Massachusetts and numerous trips between Clifton Park and Brooklyn.
Not many impoverished prisoners enjoy such extensive travels.
[Right now Allison only travels back and forth from Brooklyn to court from Las Alamitos, California – where she is subject to home confinement at her parent’s home, as she awaits trial on sex trafficking charges.].
At no time in the last six years, until she was arrested, did she lack access to smartphones, computers, and the internet.  Allison’s laptop is an Apple.
During her time at Nxivm, Allison Mack was a well-to-do woman who traveled the world and enjoyed a comparative life of leisure with relatively little work.  She was not a prisoner.  She was not isolated, not brainwashed.  She was not impoverished in spite of wasting a lot of money on NXIVM.
She owned a Clifton Park townhouse and rented another townhouse with Nicki Clyne.  She lent money and financial aid to Dr. Porter to purchase a house on Oregon Trail.  And Mack was able to afford a $3,000 dollar per month apartment in Brooklyn too.
On the one hand, she was a modern-day Holly Golightly character, taken from the pages of Truman Capote’s “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”. But there was a darker side that was evident to some for a while.

As early as 2012, Joe O’Hara, in a lawsuit, claimed that Allison Mack was involved in serious financial crimes like money laundering and tax evasion.

In the end, Allison Mack chose of her own free will to associate with Keith Raniere, Nancy and Lauren Salzman and Clare Bronfman.  She chose to engage in serious criminal behavior with her NXIVM co-defendants.  She was not the physical or psychological prisoner of Keith Raniere and the Salzmans.

So please, Heidi, don’t regard Allison Mack like a child.  She is an adult who chose to engage in a life of crime and she hurt a lot of people.

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  • At no time ever in all her time with Keith/Nxivm was Allison Marck restrained by anyone in her movements, ideas etc. She chose freely and, in her mind, wisely. That Allison is now referred to as a ‘victim’ is ridiculous and laughable. If she can be considered a ‘victim’, it must be taken in the context that she got caught breaking the law. Had she not been arrested, she would still be the same woman she was before her confinement.

    • Too bad Parlato won’t eliminate useless drivel from shadowboy and his cuckold niceboy. It would really clean up the blog and stop more useful information and comments from sliding down so fast.

      • Anonymous (Bangcock)

        Did the Larping tournament get cancelled or is playing Fortnight getting old?

        Bangcock you are such a busy fellow.

        How you ever find time to post comments in between doing errands for your parents and master-bating I will never know…

        • Frank,

          your thankless job running the Frankreport is monotonous and tedious, you should not have to proof read every comment I make … in the future I will not use that kind of language or more appropriately and maturely I will not respond to Bangkok.

          Thank you for taking the time to post all of my comments as well as everyone else’s.

          Thank you!

        • Truth hurts your simplistic little brain. Bet shadowboy would agree with that. Keep trying loser. Diarrhea of the keyboard is the sign of your worthless life.

        • only in your simple mind is their nonsense entertaining. for most it is fingernails on a chalk board or passing a kidney stone.

  • Hi Shadowstate,

    This is your best article to date Shadow or at least from the time I started reading them over a year ago.

    • Thank you.
      Allison Mack describes herself as a “globe trotter” and she is indeed a world traveler.
      My younger brother might be more of a globe-trotter but he did it on Uncle Sam’s dime.

    • There are constantly new readers coming to the Frankreport website so it is new information technically.

      Maybe you need another activity Tex2 or Scott?

  • “She was not a psychological prisoner of Keith” that statement is 100% wrong, you have no clue of the psychological abuse Keith/NXVIM engaged in. NXVIM = psychological abuse- period. You seem to miss that is exactly why these people did this crazy shit after becoming involved in NXVIM. These people were/are totally Tranced out, lost, in a constant, never ending battle taking place in there own mind.

    • Allison Mack was able to travel around the world on her own.
      She was no one’s prisoner.

      She had constant access to modern communications including smart phones, laptops and the internet.

      The government (prosecutors and courts) will never accept the argument that she was anything but a willing participant in a massive criminal conspiracy.

      • Thanks for proving me correct. “You seem to miss that is exactly why these people did this crazy shit after becoming involved with NXVIM”

    • Amen, Gin. And if anyone wants to broach a true defense in line with the actual facts — which is the only kind that will hold up — they need to start with this truth you plainly state about KAR and NX. Foremost, KAR and the accomplices he acquires, want to mind fuck — KAR needs to fool everyone to fuel his delusion of superiority, dominion and omnipotence.

  • Awesome research, Shadow, once again! Was there any travel you’ve isolated that was not show-biz, Comicon related?

    Or was more likely to be solely a NX / GBD recruitment or money-laundering mission?

    Was Allie ever in Saigon? “Gone in Saigon” — as FR’s Jane called Allie’s GBD break-off business?

    [Don’t underestimate the cult’s —KAR et al’s — ability to “remote control” their acolytes either.]

    Btw, did Lauren or Nancy or Clare ever travel with Allie and Kristin Kruek to any Comicon’s?

    • Allison’s Comic Con trips were either alone or with her mother or with Nicki Clyne.

      The one foreign trip I found that is not Comic Con related in some way is the trip to Mongolia which appears to be based on an interest in Buddhism

      Allison Mack’s trip to Belfast Northern Ireland in November 2016 where she met with Sara Bronfman’s friend Kim Constable is really a side trip from Allison’s trip to the Wales Comic Con.

      • Kristin Kook and Rose Bhura went with her to Mongolia in 2013, the year Kreuk claimed she left. Kreuk recruited them both.

      • Mongolia is not high priority for Buddhism points of interest travel.

        However, KAR was always interested in making inroads to Buddhist power players and adopted much of the philosophy centered around recognizing past life reincarnate beings — only the highest Lamas like KAR hold that power — wearing the khatas — bright colored or white (for holy men, renunciates) scarves, etc.

        Gina undertook a Buddhist spy mission of sorts to India and China after KAR recognized her as a Buddhist goddess reincarnate.

        Sara & Clare, of course, developed their own keen interest in the pursuit of Buddhist powers and having hot tub sex with high-ranking lamas — IDK if it was captured on film or not.

        And, now, looks like Allie was on a monk hunt too.

        You’re such a good tracker, Shadow, really.

    • Was Allie ever in Saigon? “Gone in Saigon” — as FR’s Jane called Allie’s GBD break-off business?

      As far as I know, she was never in Saigon.
      This next question is pure speculation:
      Could “Gone in Saigon” be a project to adopt Vietnamese orphans?
      I don’t know.
      The project’s name is enigmatic.

      Btw, did Lauren or Nancy or Clare ever travel with Allie and Kristin Kruek to any Comicon’s?
      Only Nicki and Allison’s mother.
      Nicki traveled to Tampa and Allison’s mother traveled to Paris where there was a Comic Con.

  • The same can be said of all the women in DOS, in fact you practically described most of these women. If they imported their position in the group, none were held against their will, they could go away many times or denounce the leaders, even stealing the guarantee from them. that everyone had access to the same Dropbox account.

      • Shadowstate is right.

        It’s like any former Nazi claiming they were just following orders… at some point people have a responsibility… I do feel sorry for other NXIVM victims, Allison Mack is not deserving of sympathy unless of course your a fanboy.

        Neither is Clare Bronfman who funded frivolous and malicious lawsuits and false criminal charges culminating in the destruction of the lives of innocent people.

  • “In the end, Allison Mack chose of her own free will to associate with Keith Raniere, Nancy and Lauren Salzman and Clare Bronfman. She chose to engage in serious criminal behavior with her NXIVM co-defendants. She was not the physical or psychological prisoner of Keith Raniere and the Salzmans.”

    The same way Edmonson chose of her own free will to get branded, and then recruit others to get branded? The same way India chose to be part of DOS? Nobody had a gun to their heads. How the hell do you know Mack’s psychological state over the past few years?

    • It’s true what you said about Sarah Edmondson. She voluntarily did what she did, got branded, pinned down other women, filmed it… stayed on another two months and only left after realising whose initials were scorched above her four decades old c***. They are all fucking crazy. Now they pretend to be “whistleblowers”. Now they pretend they are cut from a different cloth from the other NXIVM scum. Edmondson and Vicente are like the ISIS terrorists who left the west to be terrorists, who now want to return as the “caliphate” is finished. Fuck anyone who enabled NXISCUM.

      • I allow contrarian points because I think it is fair to let people debate, but this particular comment deserves a rebuttal.

        I think that “But-for” Sarah Edmondson and Mark Vicente, Nxivm would likely have never been taken down. If there is no room for discovery of evil and then rectifying it, then sure they are evil, but our entire system of criminal justice is based on the principle of “whistleblowing” or “informing” or “cooperating” with law enforcement to take down criminals. I believe it is insane to chastise and condemn those who, for whatever reason, risked their lives and freedom to take down Raniere.

        Both Edmondson and Vicente could have quietly slithered away like for example Kristin Kreuk – but they fought to take down the cult and its evil master. Also it is pretty clear to me that Sarah at first thought DOS was a potentially good thing, I see no evil intent. If she cannot be permitted to grow, learn and change, than who can?

        When she saw what was right, she did it – including an act of incredible humility and courage – showing her brand to the New York Times to be photographed and shared with the world.

        • Did they know about financial crimes? Did they profit from financial crimes? Yes and yes, how else could they “bring down” the cult? Indeed, Kristin Kreuk is a little worm. They are too dirty to feel sorry for. A lot of people were hurt over the years.

        • My comment was sort of meant to play devil’s advocate, since I personally think that these women are all victims to an extent. What Sarah Edmonson did ultimately was very brave, I’m not questioning that. But it took her months to understand the darker side of what DOS was, and from I’ve heard, discussing it with multiple people outside the group. So my question is more, how clear would it be to a ‘reasonable’ member of DOS that what was going on was illegal?

          I just find it incredibly irritating when Shadow singles out Allison without anything that seems credible. If I saw a video of her beating or torturing somebody, I wouldn’t be writing this. If I saw evidence of her being a pedo or selling children, I certainly wouldn’t be writing this. But so far, what I’ve gotten is that she bullied one or two people (adults) into sex. DOS was supposed to help the women overcome their fears, right? Or at least the women believed that? Is there any indication that Allison believed otherwise? Was she ever paid specifically for anything relating to sex? Was she paid for anything in DOS at all?

          I have no trouble picturing Vantard coming along and billing sex with himself as a healing technique for fears of intimacy or childhood trauma or whatever. And I could even picture Allison pressuring others to have sex with him, believing it to be for their benefit. But that’s still him exploiting everyone including her and her desire to help people overcome fears or whatever.

          Look at the sex ring that got busted in FL a few days ago. They had women locked in the back room of a massage parlor, forbidden to leave. The health inspector only had to walk through the building a couple times to see what was going on. It was obvious what was going on. It didn’t take months to figure it out. The smoking gun was right there. That’s what sex trafficking looks like. It can exist in more subtle forms too, but again my point is whether DOS members were aware of what they were participating in.

          But what about the branding? Well Allison never branded anyone, and she didn’t even recruit Edmonson into DOS. And if branding was the crime, Dr. Roberts would have been charged. The charges are about forced sex, and it sounds like the whole point of DOS and ESP and all of these other groups is people pushing each other’s limits. Allison probably got bullied into sex as well. Again, I’m not condoning pressuring anyone into sex, but the difference between this group and and what I mentioned above are a difference of magnitude. It just pisses me off that the DOJ charged her so much more harshly than anyone else in DOS. Sorry for the rant…

        • Comment in regards to Frank’s comment.

          The New York Times is the worlds quintessential newspapers. The entire world follows the New York Times in addition to the entire press and media of the United States. The New York Times has incredible power. The FBI and the DOJ took notice finally of Nxivm because of that single article.

          Sure the New York Times is liberal but everyone in the world with a brain reads it.

          If Sarah Edmonson’s story did not appear in the New York Times I seriously doubt Keith Raniere would have ever been brought to justice.

          Conjecture? Speculation?

          Anyone with 1/2 brain knows that Sarah Edmonson played the biggest role in bringing Keith Raniere to justice.

          The branding article was the catalyst to Raniere’s indictment.

          The intriguing question is how did Sarah Edmonson get her interview and make contact with the reporter?

          • The answer to Nice Guy’s indeed most critical question: Frank Parlato.

            Not only did Frank alert the NYT and other key media but he hounded them for months until they ran the story.

          • Real victims came forward and were ignored. Sarah Edmondson is a woman who ignored all of them and only left when she was personally affected and angry about it. Selfish. Indeed, Frank Parlato kept pushing. All the victims of Raniere who came forward in Feb 2012 were ignored. Sarah Edmondson, not a victim, was not ignored because Frank pushed this forward. He was talking about the branding before the NYT. Edmondson cannot go overnight from devoted cult conspirator to being branded, excuse the pun, a heroine. She was acting from a position of selfishness. If she wants to do the right thing, do it, but you are no heroine. I have respect for Frank and Heidi, not Edmondson, at all.

          • Real victims made a single pass at coming forward. IF they had started their own website similar to Frank’s years ago, hounded the media, law enforcement, etc., a lot of the crimes wouldn’t have occurred.

          • Slim in not the majority shareholder and ever was (he had 15% before selling half and now has about 7%)

            “The Ochs-Sulzberger family still controls the board through its control of Class B shares. It appears entitities controlled by Slim and his companies could be the second-largest NYT shareholder, behind BlackRock’s 8.1 percent “

          • Carlos Slim has no voting stock in the NY Times. He has equity stock but cannot vote on policies of the NY Times. That does not mean he cannot influence indirectly something that happens at the Times. However when you consider that the Oct. 2017 NY Times story on Raniere and the Dec. 2017 story which mentions the Mexican machinations of Nxivm and Emiliano Salinas was damning to both men, one can hardly say he had much influence, if it is true he is still allied with Carlos Salinas.

        • –Both Edmondson and Vicente could have quietly slithered away like for example Kristin Kreuk

          What a lame potshot. No wonder you selectively post anti-Kreuk articles and allow the trash that is posted against me and my origins.

          So much for your claims of seeking of justice.

          Also, rolling my eyes at “slithered away”. Leaving five years before everyone else and before DOS even existed isn’t “slithering away”.

          What about you Frank? Didn’t you too “slither away” with $1 million dollars more in your pocket for less than nine months worth of “work” until Clare attempted to get the authorities to throw you in jail because she said you stole it?

          Mark and Sarah “fought” to take down the cult because they had to after they decided to stop the Vancouver and LA centers of NXIVM due to Sarah being branded. Fighting back was their only recourse because they were facing criminal charges and the litigation machine of NXIVM due to Clare Bronfman. Just like you.

          There aren’t any unselfish heroes involved in this NXIVM exposure drama including you.

    • I’ve gone through Mack’s virtue signaling social media posts and seen how she played “holier than thou” while promoting
      regressive inhumane acts.
      Nothing is more disgusting than seeing Mack quote Rosa Parks or Gandhi while knowing that she brutally tortured women in order to enhance her own position within NXIVM.
      And all the way through Mack has the biggest smile on her face while she knowingly fronts for Raniere’s cult as his most fanatical cheerleader.
      Alison Mack has enough hypocrisy to choke a politician.

      • Shadowstate that is the truth. I think you can never hammer away that salient point enough. How many lives were ruined because of Allison Mack’s complicity and cooperation in recruiting new followers?

      • When I was breaking free of my Mormon, some say “cult,” upbringing, it felt as though I’d been sitting in the eye of a hurricane — where it’s surreally calm and joyful — but I only realized where I’d been, was ever *in* a cloistered, blissful center of anything, when moving through the mental cyclone one confronts while deprogramming from a cult such as NX / ESP.

        Allison looks so joyfully unaware, in such denial of the shitstorm encircling her, it reminds me of how blissfully ignorant I was when I once existed in that oblivious state.

        Adding to that the influence on Allison of all the other dangerous attributes of these grifters, rapists, pedophile procurers, extortionists, brainwashers, PRI Mexican cartel-connected GURU mafia run by a full-house of psychos.

        Not asking you to give her any special treatment, just please stop ignoring the facts in her favor that are plainly there.

        You’re such an asset to this site otherwise, shadow, really like some of your more recent posts .

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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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