Yesterday, Frank Report broke the million mark in views for 2019.
And, as of this afternoon, Frank Report has 7,317,860 views since Frank Report began on Nov. 30, 2015 – 10 days after I was indicted in the Western District of NY, arising from a criminal complaint filed against me by Clare Bronfman.
It was back then that I decided to publish information on Nxivm, based on my theory that if Bronfman, who was then a member of the Executive Board of Nxivm, lied about me, what others lies was she telling? Who else was she hurting?
I had a pretty good idea of who was behind her lying. I doubt she would have filed a perjury-laden criminal complaint against me if Keith Raniere did not tell her to do it.
This was no ordinary perjury. These were dirty lies calculated to steal my freedom and have me housed in a cage for years. Ironically enough, she faces that same fate herself today. She was in no criminal jeopardy when she first filed the criminal complaint against me.
The history, year by year, of views at Frank Report, as of 2:16 pm, April 6, 2019, are:
2015 [started Nov 30.] = 2902
2016 = 66,432
2017 = 1,146,777
2018 = 4, 994, 896
2019 [as of April 6] = 1,106,853
Total = 7,317,860 views.
The number of posts per year:
2015 = 55
2016 = 386
2017 = 902
2018 = 1278
2019 = 417
That’s a total of 3,038 posts written about Keith Raniere, Clare Bronfman and the Nxivm cast.
My big break on Frank Report came in late May 2017, when Catherine Oxenberg called me on the phone, a stranger, to tell me her daughter had been branded. I broke the DOS branding story about five days later and it caused an upheaval in Nxivm – leading to scores of people quitting the cult and a number of DOS slaves feeling they could leave safely and did leave safely – now that the existence of the secretive and cruel DOS slave sorority was out in the open.
Some of these DOS women, I am happy to relate, came to me and I was able to urge them to tell their stories to the FBI – which some of them did. Some of them are witnesses in the case, identified as Jane Does in the indictment.
And Nxivm members, learning about the branding, helped to crater NXIVM. Vanguard Week 2017 had about 150 people attending – down from almost 400 in 2016.
Four months after I broke the branding story, it was reported in the NY Times – [which gave Frank Report credit for breaking the story] and that bombshell story, written by Barry Meier, directly led to the investigation by the DOJ and the subsequent arrest of Keith Raniere, Allison Mack, Nancy and Lauren Salzman, Kathy Russell and Clare Bronfman.
Prior to Raniere’s arrest, Frank Report broke the story of Raniere fleeing Albany to go to Monterrey Mexico and again, thanks to Nicki Clyne’s Instagram, broke the story of his shifting to Puerto Vallarta, where he was arrested by Mexican Federal Police.
Since it first began publishing, Frank Report has made a small name for itself in Nxivm circles and in some quarters as a model for fighting back against injustice.
Of course, and let me make it clear, I did not take down Nxivm alone. It was the work of a team that was primarily made up of victims. I had a lot of help gathering information and help in sparking other media to take an interest.
Those who helped in the final take-down of Nxivm – that I witnessed – from the time I began the Frank Report until Keith Raniere’s arrest – were Catherine Oxenberg, Sarah Edmondson, Anthony Ames, Toni Natalie, Mark Vicente, Bonnie Piesse, Joe O’Hara, Susan Dones, Toni Zarattini, Alejandro Junco, Jen Kobelt, Christine Marie, Heidi Hutchinson, John Tighe, Mike Grygiel, Peter Skolnik, Rick Ross, a number of DOS slaves, a group of ex-Nxivm members in the US, Canada and Mexico, some family members of people still in Nxivm, some former consultants and other people who had stories to tell – people who don’t wish to be named.
There were others, after Raniere’s arrest, who came forward and helped in getting more information and helping to tell stories in the media.
Those who helped before Frank Report even existed
For years before Raniere’s arrest, there were various people who helped expose Nxivm, mostly because they were on the defensive. Chief among these were Toni Natalie and Joe O’Hara, and, of course, the Nxivm 9, who were Barbara Bouchey, Susan Dones, Kim Woolhouse, Angela Ucci, Ellen Gibson, Nina Cowell, Jan Heim, Sheila Cote, and Kathy Ethier.
And there was Kristin Keeffe, who blew the lid off of so many crimes, which she exposed after she escaped from the cult in 2014. Her recording with Barbara Bouchey is a blueprint of Nxivm crimes. Her published emails warning Nxivm leaders of their criminality, and her revelations to Rick Ross’s attorney Peter Skolnik were also blueprints for Nxivm crimes for which their leaders were ultimately charged,
And Barbara Bouchey, in her legal defenses in multiple cases, from 2010 to 2013, her depositions, and testimony revealed many of the dirty secrets of Nxivm, particularly Keith losing $65 million of Bronfman money in commodities. She helped reveal that Nxivm was a dangerous group. She repeatedly tried unsuccessfully to get NY State law enforcement and the DOJ in the Northern District of NY to go after Raniere. It went nowhere. (There are some who criticize Barb for trying to take too much credit for the demise of Nxivm, and it is true that she had little to do with the final take-down effort. [It is not true that her attorney contacted the EDNY as some have falsely claimed. An unimpeachable source told Frank Report that her attorney, Pam Hayes, contacted NY State officials, not the EDNY, and, as we know, that went – because it was New York State – nowhere.] But Barb did a lot in the beginning and, after Raniere’s arrest, Barb did come out and appear in the media to tell more about the scoundrel she knew for some nine years.
Then there was the media itself – before Frank Report and the NY Times story – that helped create a decent, truthful, internet record on Nxivm and Raniere. Who knows how many people were saved from enrollment into Nxivm because of superb investigative stories in the Albany Times Union – written by James Odato, Dennis Yusko, and Brendan Lyons. And devastating stories in Albany’s Metroland, written by Chet Hardin. And the New York Post’s Jeanne MacIntosh’s thumping anti-Vanguard stories.
And no one can forget Suzanna Andrew’s memorable story in Vanity Fair and Forbes groundbreaking story in 2003.
I can see Toni Natalie and Joe O’Hara egging on all those early stories, making phone calls to get reporters interested, encouraging sources to go on the record, sending documents. Ah, the little Vanguard – had he just left those two alone.
Of course, big credit, maybe the largest share of credit, has to go to the EDNY – and its crack team of investigators and prosecutors without whom nothing more than a bunch of news stories would have been written and Raniere would be romping free today – still chasing down enemies with Bronfman money.
While the NDNY and the NYS Attorney General and NY State Police had all the info of NXIVM’s criminality for years, they chose to do nothing. It was the EDNY tackling NXIVM that made all the difference.
Here are EDNY federal law enforcement officials who worked on the Nxivm case:
Finally, perhaps the most credit for the take-down of Nxivm goes to Vanguard himself. We couldn’t have done it without him.
Here was a man who had it made. He led a sex cult. He lived with two pretty women – both his slaves. He had a harem of another 20 or more women – any one of whom he could drop in on at any time and they would drop anything and everything for him.
He was backed by Clare and Sara Bronfmans’ hundreds of millions and Pam Cafrtiz’s millions. He had the son of the most powerful man in Mexico as his stooge and an open sesame in Mexico where cash flowed into Albany from some pretty rich people.
[I am certain there is a lot more than the $520,000 in cash found at Nancy Salzman’s house lying around somewhere- probably in Nancy’s possession – enough for her and Lauren to live for years to come. And they say crime doesn’t pay!]
Raniere was revered by hundreds of students, many of them trust fund babies and others, beautiful women – all of them believing his bullshit lie that he was the smartest man in the world because of some take-home IQ test he cheated on back in 1989.
Raniere never had to work, never had to be anywhere at any time. He could sleep when he wanted, get up when he wanted, play volleyball, fuck, eat and sleep with whomever he wanted. He had women who vied to drive him places or do his laundry or shop for him. Women who starved themselves to stay slim as he liked, or kept awake at night, week after week, year after year, sleep deprived, to show him they cared (while he snored away, sleeping half the day.) He even had women he was fucking – some of them beautiful actresses – going out finding other women for him to fuck – as if it was their duty to find women for him to fuck – like it was good for the other women.
One of his attorneys reportedly quipped (before the underage sex charges came to light) that Raniere was living the ideal dream life of every high school guy.
He took it too far, of course, committed crimes, went after underage girls, tried to put innocent people in prison, maybe even tried to kill or kidnap some of his enemies. That remains to be seen.
What we do know is he had it all, and lost it all.
Mostly because he went after some people who couldn’t back down. (He put them in a position where they couldn’t back down.) The media that helped get the story out, and law enforcement folks who finally got serious about taking this scoundrel and putting him somewhere where he couldn’t keep hurting people.
So Frank Report has more than a million views this year, more than 7 million in three years, four months and a week – because people are interested in reading about him and his women and how he came to be taken down.