Despite Albany Times Union’s James Odato’s efforts – local law enforcement ignored clear crimes of Raniere/Nxivm

Times Union reporter James Odato broke many of the stories of crime that Keith Raniere and Nxivm were engaged in, but law enforcement did nothing in the Albany area.

Despite the heroic efforts of Jim Odato, who authored most of the stories that were part of the Times Union’s 2012 “Secrets of NXIVM” series, absolutely nothing happened as a result of all the illegal activities that were documented at that time.

Not one criminal charge against the cult leader, Keith Alan Raniere – or any of the top people in the NXIVM/ESP crime syndicate.

Not one criminal investigation by any of the law enforcement agencies in the Albany, NY area.

Not even any calls for any type of investigation or follow-up to the Times Union series.

Not by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of New York.

Not the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Not the U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency.

Not the Internal Revenue Service.

Not by the Albany, NY Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Not by U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer, nor U.S. Sen Kirsten Gillibrand, the latter of whom never even heard of NXIVM even though her father worked as a lobbyist for them.

Not by the New York Governor or any New York State agency.

Not by the New York State Attorney General.

Not by the New York State Police.

Not by the Albany County District Attorney.

Not by the Albany County Sheriff.

Not by the Albany, NY Police Department.

Not by the Saratoga County District Attorney.

Not by the Saratoga County Sheriff.



And now, here we are, six years later – and fewer than 60 days before the scheduled start of the trial that could end up with Raniere spending the rest of his life in jail.

Makes you wonder how all those public officials who, for various reasons, turned a blind eye to the evil and wickedness of Raniere and his cohorts feel about themselves today.

How many of those officials were bought off with bribes?

How many were blackmailed or compromised in other ways?

How many were intimidated by the wealth and power that Raniere wielded?

How many were told to “stand down” by their superiors?

How many just didn’t care about a criminal enterprise that was operating right in front of their eyes?

We may never know the answers to those questions.

But that doesn’t mean we should ever stop asking them.


Maybe when this nightmare is over – and Raniere and his co-defendants have all been sentenced to lengthy terms in federal prison – the Times Union can sponsor another panel discussion

This one could include all those public officials who refused to do anything to stop the NXIVM/ESP criminal enterprise for almost two decades – and who, in doing nothing, allowed that enterprise to grow and become even more powerful and more outlandish.

Perhaps raping local underage girls no longer excited Raniere like it once did. So, maybe that’s why he brought in groups of underage Mexican girls to Clifton Park so he could mentor them.

Perhaps having a harem of women who were always ready to satisfy his sexual desires was no longer as stimulating as it once was for the aging Raniere. So, maybe that’s why he decided to start branding them.

Perhaps he worried that his gaggle of acolytes was getting older – and that there wouldn’t be enough of them around to make him feel important in his old age. So, maybe that’s why he created the Rainbow Cultural Garden schools.

Perhaps having access to the almost unlimited wealth of the Bronfman sisters was not enough to make him feel financially secure. So, maybe that’s why he helped advise and counsel Pam Cafritz and Barb Jeske into early deaths.

Maybe all those public officials can explain why they allowed all those things – and many other bad things – to happen.

Or maybe not . . .

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  • Great story, Frank. Jim Odato put together a piece to be proud of in many ways, including those untold numbers he saved who escaped being lured in to the cult due to the eye-popping revelations made in his story.

    • Kristin Kreuk, Allison Mack, Nicki Clyde and Mark Vicente were all named in those articles. People left the cult. They did not.

  • How many people contacted the law enforcement agencies and politicians listed above? My guess is that it’s pretty close to zero. Most people think that a couple of newspaper articles or a website like this one should be sufficient, but these are obviously what should just be the start of the effort. I doubt this lesson will be learned, however. You get what you’ve earned with your expectation that others will handle things, while you just sit back and make some comments on this website. LOL

    Interesting timing, because yesterday I mailed my 3rd annual letter to keep this dirtbag in prison for as long as possible:, and here it is, minus my address and phone number:


    March 3, 2019

    The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles
    8610 Shoal Creek Blvd
    Austin, TX 78757
    TDCJ #01938357
    Felony Conviction 380-81036-2012
    Kelly Gordon Rogers

    Dear Sirs/Madams:

    Rogers is the most dangerous of criminals to let back into society, a highly educated, repeat scam artist. Please deny parole to the above inmate. He has scammed thousands, perhaps tens of thousands of people through the years. He was convicted of only a single charge of the several he was originally charged with committing. The remaining charges were dropped in exchange for him not appealing his conviction on the single charge, an overly generous exchange. Unfortunately, he was sentenced to only 20 years, and should have been sentenced to the 60 year maximum, not to mention standing trial for the other charges.

    For all of the past three years, he was designated as an 11D offender for not being trustworthy (violation of trust; abuse of trust) while in prison. What do you think he will do if and when he gets out of prison? He is a financial parasite, first as a “Diamond” scam artist in Amway, then in other financial scams, for which he was convicted of the single count of several he was charged with, as described above. He belongs in prison for the remainder of his 20 year sentence.

    If there is any doubt he should be convicted of being an Amway scam artist, I encourage you to review the website and search for various MLMs shut down or harshly punished in recent years, such as FHTM (Fortune Hi Tech Marketing), BurnLounge, Vemma, and Herbalife. Amway hasn’t been investigated yet, but it is the largest and most abusive MLM in the world. Additional information regarding Amway and other MLM scams can be found here: and

    Thank you for your consideration in keeping this disbarred former attorney, AN OFFICER OF THE COURT, and repeatedly dishonest and unrepentant criminal, away from society for as long as possible. If he claims he is sorry and will change his ways, do not believe him, as he is a known and proven liar, both inside and outside of the judicial system. If you have any questions regarding any of the above information, please text, call, and/or email me as listed below.


    Scott Johnson

    • Scott Johnson the World’s most vindictive motherfucker.

      Scott would have crucified Jesus a second and even third time to make sure Jesus truly pay for our sins.

      Hallelujah Scott!

    • Tex2,
      There were several people who contacted all those people on that list long before the Albany TU story broke. The State AG office made calls to people and collected information and did SHIT with it, before the Albany TU story broke.

      You Good Old Boys from Texas ain’t the only ones who try to get justices done. It took KAR branding women like cattle and enslaving them with collecting collateral for the ED-DOJ to finally say ENOUGH

      • Actually it took a change in administration with a non corrupt justice department that is making pedophilia a main priority. If the Satanic Clinton would have stole the election, this would not be happening and it would be business as usual for NXIVM and all of its evil entities.

        • Except the first thing the new administration did was fire director Comey when he refused to agree not to investigate the corruption.

          • What? Comey was and is a corrupt slime bag. He exonerated Hildabeast Clinton by being her judge and jury. He derserved to be shitcanned and will be facing his own justice.

      • Where is the Frank Report version of a website from those years? You have to publicly hold their feet to the fire, not just make private visits.

  • A damning verdict, Frank. Here in England we don’t have multiple law enforcement agencies so, when you list all of the agencies that ignored these crimes for decades, it is truly shocking. Mr Odato can sleep peacefully at night, knowing that he tried his best to expose NXIVM. As for the many people who covered up their crimes, I hope they’re having very restless nights.

  • Frank,
    Where were you in 2012 when the TU report was published? What action were you taking at that point? Can you provide a timeline of the years you spent at Nx including your activities during that period?

  • Not to mention all the private attorneys who worked for Keith Raniere, Clare Bronfman and Nancy Salzman and used their legal practices as bludgeons to attack and intimidate NXIVM critics and defectors.

    In some cases, the Raniere, Bronfman and Salzman attorneys drove people into bankruptcy defending themselves against bogus law suits.
    And the New York State Bar has failed to discipline one lawyer for this court room terrorism.

    • Why would the Bar discipline these scumbags? Did anybody report them? Probably not, they were just sitting on the sidelines eating their poporn. LOL

  • “Nada…naught…nil…nothing…zero…zilch…zip…”

    This sounds like something resident stalker/masturbator “SultanOfSix” often says.

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.” In addition, he was credited in the Starz docuseries 'Seduced' for saving 'slave' women from being branded and escaping the sex-slave cult known as DOS.

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 premieres on May 22, 2022.

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