Notes on Raniere’s present status – he may be the stupidest man in the world

Keith Raniere should be proud. For years, he wished for his enemies to land in prison, possibly be sodomized or raped and never see freedom again.

Mainly he wished this on women. His former girlfriends and other friends.

He wished it on some men too – such as Joe O’Hara and myself.

In the end, he wound up just where he wanted all of us to be. He is likely to be there for a long time.

Some might say it shows the mental power of the Vanguard. He pictured us all in prison so vibrantly that he went there himself.

Now, he’s in virtual solitary confinement – 23 hours in his cell, one hour out. His food served cold. Having no choice in his diet, or little choice.

Ironic too, since for years he commanded his women followers, telling them what to eat, demanding they limit their caloric intake to an unhealthy 800 calories per day.

He set up a plan with women that they would never get a full night’s sleep. He told them that sleep showed they were disintegrated and that something was wrong with them spiritually, ethically and intellectually, if they slept the amount of sleep – straight in a row – that humans need for good health.

While he slept 8, 10, or sometimes 12 hours – and was not to be disturbed.

Now, he sleeps to his heart’s content in jail. Indeed, in his lock up, in his tiny cell, he has little else to do but sleep. He can do the sleeping for all the women he deprived of sleep for so many years.

I was always struck by the Nxivm women being both attractive but somehow somewhat grey around the gills. Their auras seemed grey. Maybe it was lack of sleep, lack of nutrition, while the monster was conning them into semi-starvation and sleep deprivation – all the better to make them compliant.

Now, he is compliant. He takes orders every day from guards whose IQ and ethical standards are far lower than his – he would tell you.

In reality, he is a sadist and monster. Even the most sadistic guards might be hard-pressed to be as sadistic as he was. I strongly suspect that even brutal prison guards, had they the lavish lifestyle, the women, the Bronfman money, would have chilled a little and enjoyed a life without causing unnecessary pain.

Keith has time to reflect on this now. Perhaps he is a reflective man. Our sources at MDC say he frequently cries at night. Real tears, real sobbing. This is not for effect. He goes to sleep crying like a baby. He made his bed and now he cries himself to sleep on it.

Meantime, he has no privacy, no dignity. Despite him being innocent until proven guilty, he is detained in a jail that is worse than most prisons.  He is stripped searched – including at times his anal cavity – whenever he goes to meet his lawyers or goes to court – both coming and going.

He stripped a lot of women and some girls too – forcibly in some instances – taking away their pride and dignity and right to their own bodies.  Now he is searched and inspected naked in front of male guards, some of whom openly mock him.  They call him Gushing Guru, Keith Manson and Crybaby Jane.

They make sure he gets the worst food, is served last, and gets the last choice for books brought round on a cart. He has no TV, no music, no place to walk all day. Just a small cell to sit and brood. And cry.

He has made himself uniquely unliked in jail, where it is possible to try to be liked. When he was on the outside, he demanded everyone love him and offer him tribute for the wonderful things he claimed he was doing for them.  Now he suffers, as he made others suffer.

How much of this he has realized is anybody’s guess. The cause and inevitable effect of his life. His living conditions are so hellish he may be falling apart. He may have descended into madness. He was always delusional. He was always a vain monster.  He used to have an adoring audience and numerous fuck toys.  Now, he has only himself to contend with.  How much reflection he is engaged in is hard to measure. Physically, he looks like hell. His mental condition may be likewise.

In his day, he walked about his dominion with absolute authority and had his way every day.

In jail, he was in so much fear in the general population that he might be thankful to be in the Special Housing Unit.

Despite his claims of being a judo expert and athlete, he could not defend himself either physically or intellectually among the common rung of men in jail and he was beaten regularly. As a prank, inmates enjoyed taking and breaking his eyeglasses. Sometimes they snatched them right off his face. Helpless, he could do nothing about it but cry and tell the guards and rage to himself.

The guards laughed at the fun.

When two Mexicans – perhaps angry with his treatment of Mexican women – decided to punk him, ultimately leading to his being beaten, kicked and pummeled about the head, as he lay in a fetal position on the ground, defenseless as a child –  sobbing and screaming for help – the guards took their own sweet time getting there.

He was in fear of his life in general population – crying and fearful – your Vanguard. He had neither the physical ability nor the brains to live with even prisoner dignity among other pretrial detainees.

I know of another individual who went into MDC with probably not much more physical acumen than Raniere. He had brains and found a way to get along and do well. He did what he had to do to be valuable to other inmates, even writing letters for them and getting rewarded for it. He said, “You don’t have to be the toughest guy in jail to make friends.”

But Raniere could never think beyond himself. He could never think beyond what he wants and needs. He could never see anyone as his equal, never have a friend, for friendship requires exchange, some recognition of the other person as an equal. Some affection. Raniere never had any of this ever. Not on the outside and not in jail. He’s not wired that way. He cannot even imagine recognizing someone as his equal, someone as special or important. His entire view of humanity is what can someone do for him?

He got so good at it, that it became a game. It wasn’t enough to get people to do things for him, he had too many of those people. He had to get them to do good things for him while he did things to destroy them, while making them think he was their benevolent teacher dedicated to helping them.

This, I think, was his greatest, secret pleasure.

Not only hurting his self-declared enemies, but hurting those who trusted him. Destroying their lives slowly while he got the best out of them, out of their loyalty to him, and then discarding them.

If he had the slightest degree of empathy, of camaraderie, he might have made some friends at MDC and he could survive. But it is not in him. He must be adored, regarded highly, given tribute, admired. And he must punish. He has no one to punish at MDC and indeed everyone is punishing him.

This is the laughable irony. Everyone in jail, at MDC, from what I am told, all the guards, the inmates, everyone thinks of him as a loathsome loser.

This is much like on the outside. Were he to walk among society, most people knowing his story would consider him loathsome.

I was struck by something Keith said in his last interview, prior to be arrested. He interviewed with Vanessa Grigoriadis for the New York Times Magazine and said, “I don’t think I’m seen as the person I think I am, and I also want to be the person that I think I am.”

Although it was meant as bullshit profoundis – fake humility, a man pretending to be in search of truth, who is really only attempting a con job on a reporter – it actually had a ring of truth.

He is seen pretty much seen in jail as the person he really is – but not the person he thinks he is.

Yet, I do believe he wants to be the person he thinks he is — the exalted Vanguard. But that is no more, and will never come again.

On the outside, people who hear about him or read about his monstrous nature, think of him as something akin to less than a man.  A conscienceless being. A man who brands women with his initials.  That’s what they remember.

The fool tried to tell one woman he wanted to brand that if it were Bill Gates’ or Lincoln’s initials, nobody would complain. This show his incredible lack of comprehension of how others think and feel.

Today, Keith Raniere is relegated to a cage. Some of his enemies might be celebrating his suffering. I am not. I am happy, of course, he is in cage, only insofar as that he cannot harm others.  I do not wish him to suffer. Yet, he has to suffer. This he cannot avoid for he did cause so much suffering for others.  And he simply can’t be freed to roam among innocent humans.

Until I met Keith Raniere, I was naive. I never knew – perhaps I should have – that such evil can exist in a human being – not to speak of one who on the surface can seem charming and have a dedicated group of seemingly intelligent followers swearing to his wonderful, kind nature. But it unfolded before me. I saw what he did to me – how he tried to get me in prison. To destroy my life was one of his goals. I made it my goal to do the same to him.  But my effort was not one of vindictiveness or sadistic joy. I was fighting for my life.

I wrote more than 2,000 stories about him because he needed to be stopped, not because I hated him, like he hates all people. In the course of so doing, I found out a lot about him.

I am sorry that people such as Keith Raniere can be born and exist. I would wish that no human would ever descend to the level of Keith Raniere. And I wish there was a cure for him.  Some medicine or shock therapy that would make him safe to be among humans. To let him out of his cage. But I doubt there is such a cure. He has to be in a cage.

Maybe some future humanity will find away to cure dangerous mental illness such as Raniere has and make him safe to be around his betters.  Until then, people like Raniere have to be caged.

And if he ever sees the light of day, say 20 years from now – as he approaches his 80s, perhaps he will be a harmless old man with plenty of regret, free to once again see adult humans of both genders and free to exchange with them. [Although I believe he should probably never be permitted to be near girls under the age of 17.)

Still, it is an irony. He is the one who had it all – women, sex, adoration, disciples, untold wealth, lovely followers who hung on his every word, the true luxury to do what he wanted every day, people vying to fulfill his every whim – his wish being their command, and he blew it. For only one reason: He had to add hate and vengeance to all his pleasures.

Raniere’s present state is about as abysmal as anyone I know. He has nothing to look forward to, no future. A lifetime of grey despair.  He will not be acquitted. After he is convicted, he will spend decades in prison in a high security prison where life is tough and there are few pleasures.

Considering what he has now, compared to what he had just a year ago, and how he blew it, Keith Raniere may just qualify as the stupidest man in the world.












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  • Any idea how long KAR will be in the SHU?
    Will he get his hair dye delivered?
    When is the next hearing?

    • Per MDC’s standard policies, he’ll be there somewhere between 14 days and 30 days. Given that he was clearly the “victim” and not the “instigator” in this latest incident, he’ll probably get out after 14-days.

      It’s also possible that Raniere will ask for “protective custody” status so that he does not get returned to general population. If he does that – and it’s granted – he’ll be in the SHU until the trial is over or he’s transferred to the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan.

  • Psychopathy is an incurable and likely genetic disorder affecting an estimated 1% of the population, mostly males. Many if not most of our leaders in government, business, and religion are psychopaths, and have been at least since the beginning of recorded history. Most of us, therefore, are no better off than the hapless NXIVM followers, having been systematically brainwashed into ceding our personal sovereignty to these self-annointed authority figures. In this regard, the NXIVM saga is but a microcosm of the world at large. While it is gratifying to witness justice in this particular case, we would do well to wake up to the greater evils that have been, and continually are being, perpetrated upon us by Big Government, Big Business, and Big Religion. They are each a pyramid scheme and they each have their own soulless Vanguards at the top.

      • Most of them have not been caught because they control the levers of power, including law enforcement. Not to mention the media. For example, in this case (NXIVM), Bronfman and Raniere blatantly used the corrupt justice system to destroy their perceived enemies. Had it not been for the courageous and indefatigable efforts of Frank Parlato, it is likely that none of this would have come to light. And, even when some are caught, they get off lightly. Consider Jeffrey Epstein as an example.

  • Frank, I really relate to you and have been following your articles. I too got mixed up with a narcissistic psychopath who ran something similar to a cult. He and his flying monkeys set out to silence and destroy me and succeeded in having me arrested and battering me with the legal system to cover up their own corrupt activities.

    As fate would have it, I was actually locked up in MDC at the same time Allison Mack was arrested and brought to MDC and I got to meet and speak to her. Hence, why I have been following your writing, as I was curious after meeting Allison how a girl like her could get so mixed up with a cult leader. I often wonder if perhaps I landed at MDC for similar reasons as Allison because I too got mixed up with a narcissistic psychopath who had no regard for anyone but himself.

    Now my case was very minor and different than Allison’s charges and I did not have to serve much time, a very small stint compared to what Allison is facing, although I will say I was able to still have a nice life at MDC because I made wonderful friendships and met women from all walks of life who had committed a vast array of crimes, which I will be very sure and careful with my freedom not to commit, lest risk landing in prison again. No thanks, never again.

    The man in my case actually ended up committing suicide while I was locked up. Unfortunately he was famous and pathological enough to escape prosecution, but he did not escape his own undoing and eventual self-destruction.

    Now I was a good girl, a model well behaved prisoner during my time at MDC so I never took a trip to the SHU, but the girls that got sent down there told me how awful and smelly and cold it was and if what Keith did to all these women is anything similar to what I survived with the vainglorious narc in my case, and there are some similarities with the narcisstic abuse & brainwashing & expectation of loyalty & unwavering devotion, which is what I was groomed & conditioned for with my narc, at any rate what i am saying is just know that Keith’s karma has come upon him, so it seems with redundant, captive, rat caged life at MDC.

    I was told it was much worse on the men’s side due to the gang members, we went on lockdown several times while I was at MDC because fights between rival gangs often erupted & they would stab each other so I’m surprised Keith hasn’t gotten stabbed by an MS-13 Mexican gang member for what he did to those Mexican girls. If they decide he can’t return to general population, they might move him over to MCC. I saw that happen a lot when fights broke out, sometimes they would ship prisoners over to MCC in Manhattan to completely separate people who fought. I would write lengthy articles about my own experiences in what I was mixed up in, but the narc’ s family has threatened to sue me if I speak out and reveal all the gory details of what really happened & why the man in my case committed suicide. I wonder how I may share my story without getting sued or further prosecuted. The #metoo movement perhaps? The man in my case is more famous than the dinky vanguard who’s now getting his “crybaby Jane” ass kicked by the hardcore thugs at MDC. Keith Manson, that shit is funny!! Why in the hell would Allison give up her career and assets to this inflatable douche?? The cognitive dissonance must have been astounding.

  • Keith Raniere is rather like Tyler Leander character in Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven, or perhaps vice versa.
    I strongly suspect Raniere’s mother, at the very least, coddled him. Perhaps she even had a Jocasta complex. It would explain his obsession with full bush being combined with his preference for dominating and abusing women built like the girl who rejected him at the Waldorf School.

  • Have you ever wondered if KAR is just a patsy for a more manipulative mind say of Clare Bronfman? Perhaps KAR was being handled, like other cult leaders have been? Perhaps Bronfman was the handler? Perhaps she was running an Epstein like sex for influence via blackmail. Especially considering the potential connection with Libya, Canada and Trudeux. Then there’s a connection to Branson’s private island much like Epstein. And like Epstein the charges of underage sex trafficking.

    Is it a billionaire thing? Is it a Jewish thing?
    I’m just saying focusing so much vitriol on KAR would be exactly what the handler would want, would he/she not? I’m not saying the guy is innocent but perhaps the anger should be adjusted a little. I’ve read almost every article and many comments on this page and thank you so much for making it available. I first learned about this from an article on MInt press connecting another elusive manipulative and obviously handled billionaire Pierre omidyar. His connection with the Dali llama and human trafficking led to Sara Bronfmans picture with the smiling llama and that led here to this site. I happen to live in ny and have researched the elites connection to sex slaves and intelligence agencies etc.

    Anyway if I’ve missed the answer in one of the articles my apologies. But in reality the big fish here is not KAR it’s clearly the one with the most lawyers. And she will never spend one day in custody. I pray I’m proven wrong. No way no how no never in a million years will a Bronfman wear an orange jumpsuit. Then again Epstein did. Billionaires especially Jewish Billionaires have different laws than you and me.

    • KAR was the way he is long before the Bronfman sisters stepped foot inside a NXIVM training.

      • That may well be true. But that would only be to the advantage of his handlers. For example Manson was handled, but before that his life in an orphanage and early life violence molded him. Those that had an agenda saw his potential, even Neil Young saw it. He was provided everything, the property, the expensive film cameras, the film, the vehicles, the drugs and Manson with his personality made it happen, or do we think a penniless felon somehow won big in Vegas?
        KAR may be like a Manson or JIm Jones meets the Finders in as much that he played A ROLE, but he wasn’t the king, more like a jack.
        My point is intelligence agencies are explicitly designed to get the goods on people so that they can turn them, use them and further the agenda, whatever the fuck that is, usually has something to do with illegal profit. Epstein’s role in securing extortion grade material for his handlers can be researched.

        With the connections between the Bronfmans, Trudeau , SNC Lavelin, Canada and Libya as well as Sarah’s Libyan husband, not to mention Mexico it just gets more interesting with every revelation. And if nxivm supplied the hookers to the Libyan holdouts then there you have it. The role of nxivm Was not a self help sex club per se but a pimp in a long chain of criminal enterprises to procure extortion grade material to further the agenda of the criminal class. And adult hookers are no longer extortion grade material. The criminal elite want children. if they supplied underage girls they would be rewarded handsomely with even more contracts to do so. I mean does anyone know the extent of the child trafficking? Will we ever? Especially if the FBI is involved. Just like Hollywood we hear about how adult females are grabbed and coerced to do sexual favors quid pro quo, but that is just the tip of iceberg. The real story that will never be widely reported is the underage element and the gross crimes committed.

        And so what we hear of nxivm is the branding and actress wannabes eating a shitty diet and sexual shit between adults, who cares really, they are adults, it’s sad that they got hurt. But it is not the big story here but it is the one the public knows. The big story is the underage element the child sex trafficking. Very few people are aware of that. That’s why the frank report is so good and shows what true investigative reporting is all about. The fact that the criminal Bronfman family is involved should alert us to something more sinister behind the scenes, just like Epstein, and just like Weinstein.

  • Perhaps Frank should organize a counter Vanguard Week. It would be like a combination of Burning man and Festivus from that Seinfeld episode. All disgruntled former NXIVM’s could gather and burn an effigy of Vanguard. Fun and therapeutic!

  • Frank
    Do you feel better having written this along with the 2000 other stories about Raniere? Has it been therapeutic for you? Has it helped others come forward and lead better lives?
    If so, great! Keep doing it.

    If not, maybe continually recycling anger and resentment is not the answer.

    • Frank is entitled to write as many articles about this monster as he sees fit.

      It is Frank’s prerogative to express any and all anger and resentment he feels about this dirty Cockroach called Keith!

    • I think these sorts of articles are very valuable – not just for him, but for us as well. A reminder of how KAR got there and why he is there. A lot of stuff posted is updates or opinions or even funny commentary. This is very raw and real and gives clear insight into how he turned into a monster and why he cannot be allowed to roam free.

    • Before Scott beats me to the punch……


      Frank played an integral role in bringing down an evil man and helped saved hundreds. Is Frank perfect? No

      Anonymous, what have you done in your life besides be a troll ?

    • It’s not about recycling anger. It’s about trying to figure out how in the hell this happened.

    • It is not important whether Frank feels comfortable with his articles or not; that is his private affair, but I don’t think Frank is in need of therapy. He has the readers and the audience who want to read this. And Frank delivers.

      Besides, Frank Report has grown from a small insignificant blog to one with many readers. That’s why it is quite normal that Frank, who
      put so much work and time into this blog, should earn money with it.

  • Not everyone who was in NXIVM loved, liked or adored KAR. I never did and the inner circle knew it. They kept us away from each other.

    He was a pig, boring, self-centered, egotistical, and a smelly boy. I could never get into the whole Vanguard bullshit.

    I did like the first 16-day intensive training. Wasn’t anything new, just package well and I learned a lot and so did my friends who took it.

    Once I figure out weird things were going on “after hours” outside of the classes, I left and told my friends what I had figured out.

    KAR is not crying upon self-reflection of his behavior. KAR is crying because he got caught and now no one likes and adores him at the MDC.

    • Ditto! I never saw great intelligence. He has no charisma and certainly no physical attraction for this short pudgy arrogant man with a soft voice I found effeminate.

      He was not a logical thinker and gave the same simple answers to the same canned questions over and over.

      I liked some of the people I met there but saw early on the harem and the focus on money above all.

      No humanitarians here.

    • !KAR is not crying upon self-reflection of his behavior. KAR is crying because he got caught and now no one likes and adores him at the MDC.”


  • I don’t think any of his female co-defendants are going to fare any better than he with their impending incarcerations. As far as a therapy making him safe to rejoin society, the only one that comes to mind is a full frontal lobotomy.

  • Very well written, Frank. And very interesting. Not as much humor in this one – your deep poignant emotions come through here loud and clear. I will be forever grateful and hold the highest respect for you – the man that grabbed the string and unraveled, slowly, the life and monster that is Raniere. You did what you had to do. He set you up the game of chess and you outsmarted him and have called checkmate. Kudos to you for accomplishing what you have in stopping Raniere and by so doing, have helped countless people from suffering at his hand. You should feel proud of yourself. You deserve it. And he deserves every ounce of despair he is now receiving at the hand of pure Karma.

  • Keith is a real loser who will not see the ligth of day again; he will kill himself in jail, for he is also a coward.

    • I disagree. Keith does not have the courage to off himself. He is a weak little stupid arrogant man who will probably be found dead one day in prison. They will call it an accident. I hope it happens soon after sentencing since as a diligent taxpayer I don’t want to spend a penny of my hard earned money to keep this parasite alive!

      Frank, thank you for taking out this evil sadistic man. Society is indebted to you for saving others from the cruelty and pain perpetrated by Keith Raniere The world is a safer place because of you.

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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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