Thursday’s court hearing – descriptions of defendants — ‘no one made eye contact with Keith; Nancy turned her head away from him’

MK10ART: Keith Raniere and the other Nxivm defendants.

Editor’s note: An individual attended the court hearing of the Nxivm defendants on Thursday Feb. 28 and generously shared with Frank Report readers the following observations.

By A Courtroom Observer

The Nxivm saga continued to play out in the Brooklyn Federal Courthouse on Thursday morning.

The five female defendants seemed pleased to be together today, exchanging warm embraces and smiles. Strangely, I did not witness any contact between the Salzmans: either Nancy and Lauren are spending enough time together in Clifton Park, or they are not on speaking terms.

Exiting the courtroom, Lauren went left and Nancy went right. Perhaps someone can shed some light on the situation?

Nancy noticeably turned her head away from Keith, as he leaned over to make contact, as she chose to not sit at the table, instead sitting in the first row between her two attorneys.

Keith was last to enter the courtroom, wearing a short sleeve beige jumpsuit with a white long john shirt underneath. His hair was shoulder length parted in the middle, dull frizzy and dyed brown. His facial complexion is a dark ruddy tone. I would say he is wearing foundation to enhance his appearance. Keith’s natural complexion is a paler olive tone.

After nearly a year in MDC, without exposure to any sunlight, he can be suffering from a vitamin D deficiency. That would account for the frizzy dull hair without luster and very pale pasty skin tone concealed with foundation makeup.

Keith has evidently misplaced his eyeglasses and he was squinting. He did not smile and his co-defendants did not make eye contact with him.

SUGGESTION: Keith, if you want to see the light of day in your lifetime, I suggest you dump the Jesus look. For a moment, I thought Charlie Manson was back. A jury will not be sympathetic. You may insult their religious beliefs. A man with a 240 IQ should have figured that out.

I don’t mind sharing my observations, Keith. Maybe you are not so smart after all since you are the one sitting at the defense table while we on the other side of the room enjoy life watching you serve time at MDC.

Clare was smiling ear to ear when Mark Geragos took his seat at the table behind Clare Bear.

Mark, her Savior, or just another parasite that has joined the team?

FACT: The EDNY DOJ has a 97% success rate! Today, you ladies looked like defeated sheep being led to slaughter.

Nancy has aged and looked very thin, poorly groomed with disheveled hair and ill-fitting clothing. My memory of her was a well dressed, put together lady. She looks tired, defeated and depressed.

Allison Mack seems to be eating and has gained weight but she does look frightened

Clare and Kathy are so thin they look like a size zero hangs off their body. I would guess they are about 80 pounds each. Of all the female defendants, Clare and Kathy continue to drink the full dose of Kool-Aid.

Lauren Salzman is very thin, wearing very loose clothing and her hair had grey roots. A possible sign she has passed her prime and will not be giving birth to an avatar baby anytime soon. She also looked frightened and angry.


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  • Protracted court appearances over a long period of time are incredibly wearing physically and emotionally.

    1) Uncertainty of outcome leads to continual worry and confusion. It becomes hard to focus on everyday life including work and family as one does not know if you one will be free and available to fulfill responsibilities in the future.
    2) Financial drain. Legal costs, fines, penalties and loss of income may mean needing to sell a home and assets to pay legal expenses.
    3) Travel to the court on a regular basis means planning to be away from home, travel and hotel expenses and interruption of daily work and home routine
    4) Facing prosecutors and co-defendants is stressful and filled with conflict, ambivalence and uncertainty. Your friend today maybe your legal enemy tomorrow if they turn against you.
    5) Attention from media is often unwanted, yet it is un-avoidable. Media attention means everyone knows your business including your relatives, in-laws, partners, children and neighbors.
    6) Going to court on a regular basis, even if one is successful, is still draining. Worry and time away from home and work are powerful forces even when one is successful.

    The message: do everything you can to lead an honest life and put all your affairs in order to avoid legal situations. Do not sue others frivolously; it may drain you as much as them.

  • Very good descriptions.

    I might even feel some sympathy reading how quickly these women have deteriorated if not for the fact that they were all local, full-time compound residents and in no way could have missed the 2012 Albany TU expose’ and coverage of the rapes, etc.

    Wouldn’t surprise me if they were part of the effort to silence and punish witnesses in furtherance of their own further selfish gain instead of heeding the alarm either.

    Just irrational for any to think it would go any better for them ultimately.

    • They were arrogant, greedy and loved the power. They cared not for anyone except for what they gained from the unsuspecting students that were seeking personal growth and the desire to do good in the world.

    • As much there is great hostility toward all of them by FR members, the whole story is a sad one. Sad that so many got hurt, sad that good intentions resulted in negative actions, sad that they will go to prison but not many will really learn from their story.

  • After all the harm these women have done, at the behest of Keith or on their own, I damn well hope they are frightened to death.

    Why is Nancy still living in that house in Halfmoon? Don’t the good folks in Halfmoon deserve to be well rid of her?

    I am sure when she is out and about people cross to the other side.

    This is where I salute the practice of shunning.

    They should be shunned even in prison.

  • I think the window for a plea deal is closing. Prosecution team will offer it if needed. They are in the business of convictions to the max!! It is a numbers game based on concrete evidence of which there is no shortage here thanks to the diligence of Nxium to document and record all transactions. Similar to the Third Reich, they never thought the tables would turn on them.

    Keith suffers from extreme arrogance and narcissistic personality.

    The DOJ would not allocate so many resources to a case they didn’t see as a slam dunk! Unlike Clair’s bottomless pit of inherited cash, they have budgets and allocate accordingly!

    Behind the scenes are many more players putting together the details of this case.

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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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