And then there was one

MK10ART - Keith Raniere before the jury.

With today’s pleas – with Clare Bronfman and Kathy Russell pleading guilty – there is but one man standing in the case of the US v. Keith Ranere et al.

It is funny, laughable really, for the world’s smartest man to come to this. His whole plan – for years – was to put everything in other’s names – so that if law enforcement ever came down on him – he’d be in the clear.

Talk about miscalculation. He will almost certainly face the longest prison sentence. Whether he survives it or not, whether he actually spends more time in prison alive than his female codefendants, is another question, for another day.

At the end of the day, though – this day – this Good Friday – he will be alone – the sole defendant and most likely all five of his former co-defendants – Clare, Kathy, Allison Mack and mother-daughter Lauren and Nancy Salzman –  will be poised to testify against this man that only little more than a year ago they were pledging undying loyalty to — he was their Vanguard.

With Clare pleading today – to what will likely be one racketeering charge and one racketeering conspiracy charge – both with 20 year maximum sentences [and no minimum] – and in line with what Lauren and Allison pleaded to recently – Clare will have ended her tenure as Keith Raniere’ chief enabler – with an allocution, a sentencing date – likely in September – followed by a stretch in prison.

For years, these two monsters, Clare and Keith, scared, threatened and punished  enemies, abusing the civil and criminal courts – and did so with impunity – as they held together that criminal enterprise known as Nxivm.

She used her money to corrupt the system [and money itself corrupts the system – for the wealthy can buy their justice and she had hundreds of millions to spend]. Now that system is working against her and her money most likely will not be able to buy her the injustice of getting out of this mess she got into 16 years ago, it comes full circle.

As for hapless Kathy Russell, the low level bookkeeper of Nxivm, she is likely to plead guilty to one charge of racketeering conspiracy – for that is all she is charged with. If this is so, then Nancy and Kathy get off the lightest – with one felony each.

Allison and Lauren and Clare [if she pleads to two counts today] will be on par – pleading guilty to one count each of racketeering and racketeering conspiracy.

Odd, the most culpable Nancy will be on the same terms as the least culpable – the hapless Kathy Russell – but Nancy got on the plea deal bus first and Kathy got on last.

All the codefendants – who are now [or will be by the end of today] convicts – will be sentenced by Judge Nicholas Garaufis.

If there is a trial – if Keith goes the distance – then the level of their cooperation may be a factor in sentencing.  If there is no trial – or even if there is – sentencing may be impacted by letters to the court – both pro and con – on these various convicts.

If you have had an experience – either good or bad with Mack, Salzman, Salzman, Russell or Bronfman –  you might want to consider writing a letter to the judge for his consideration in sentencing these ladies.

The judge has huge latitude. He can go anywhere from 20 years per count to zero. He can let them walk, or have them subject to home arrest or sentence them to what the sentencing guidelines suggest – which is likely in the 3-6 year range – for convicts such as these – who pleaded guilty before trial, took responsibility for their criminal actions, and agreed to cooperate with the prosecution.

The convicts themselves can speak on their own behalf [expect a number of tearful pleas for leniency] and their lawyers will, and the prosecution also will make their own recommendation.

Victims may also be permitted to speak in court at sentencing – and the judge just might welcome this for the record.

On top of that, Pretrial Services – who have been monitoring the defendants since their arrest – will also make recommendations.

As of today, the trial is set to begin on May 7 with Keith Raniere.

Of course he may plead too. He has an uphill struggle now. Everyone will be testifying against him. And it is unlikely he will be able to get the Mexican faithful to come up to testify that they were glad to be branded.

The evidence is overwhelming now.  And maybe it was the child porn evidence that the prosecution discovered at 8 Hale Drive [Raniere’s sex lair] that truly unhinged the codefendants’ resolve to stand by their Vanguard and take their chances at trial.

And now, what incentive – what incentive at all – does the prosecution have to offer Raniere any kind of plea deal? They know they can convict him.  If they do, he will get life in prison.

What would they offer? Something with a 20 to 25 year sentencing range?

Keith has nothing to trade, nothing to offer.  He’s going down and everyone – even he must know it. Unless of course he is so delusional that he knows nothing of the reality of his own situation.

There is no viable deal on the table for Keith Raniere and for that reason alone he may go to trial.

He faces racketeering, forced labor and sex trafficking charges and I cannot imagine the prosecution offering him anything less than racketeering and sex trafficking – and that means decades in maximum security prison and, if he ever gets out, a lifetime on the sex registry.

For me, on this Good Friday, there is a sense of partial closure. My fight with Nxivm began – the Frank Report commenced – because Clare Bronfman chose to file a criminal complaint against me with the FBI.

She – probably taking orders from Keith Raniere – but I suspect glad to it just the same – signed a complaint which, if successful, would have placed me in a prison – just like the one she is now going to be placed in.

She wanted to cage me – and she will be caged.

For my own part, I am glad she is now stopped from hurting others, using her wealth and vindictive nature to punish people because she could – because of her wealth.

But of course she could have spared herself this ordeal. Chances are Clare could have done a lot better earlier in the game. She could have made a better plea deal if she had chose to do so earlier.  But critical thinking was never her strong suit. She let Raniere do her thinking.

Today she is headed for court and an allocution that Nxivm was a criminal organization and that she foolishly followed a very bad man.

After today, all eyes will be on Keith Alan Raniere.  Will he plead guilty or go to trial?

Either way he will be alone and his former faithful followers all lined up against him.

We will have updates on Clare and Nancy later today. Our correspondent Village Diane will be present at the hearings.



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  • There is a video on youtube that shows a clip of a nasty letter sent to Toni Natali from Nancy Salzman. Horrible psychological abuse. I hope that soon, a trove of these types of documents are released to the public, so we can see what their plea deals have effectively obscured and buried. There must be a mountain of threatening correspondence, legal filings, text messages, personal interactions, and proof of the abuse that poured out of these grotesquely malformed sick vicious individuals. Everything from how Mack and Lauren treated slaves, to the conditions of those they trafficked and kept hostage, let it all come out into the daylight for the world to bear witness to the monstrous behaviour of this cult.

    • Why didn’t you include the link to the youtube letter? It’s okay to release the information to the public, but if you want it to have an impact, write a letter to the judge, and ask to make a statement on the sentencing date.

  • Now the only way left for Keith to get a plea deal is to spill all he knows on the remaining big fish…Kristin Kreuk.

  • Nobody will serve a day outside of home detention, with the exception of Vantard. He will do minimal time and assuming his moral fibre holds, will be just fine. In todays America, the wealthy are not accountable..

  • According to the NYT, “Mr. Raniere has denied all the charges against him. “We are going to trial,” his lawyer, Marc Agnifilo, said. “We don’t believe Ms. Russell and Ms. Bronfman should have been charged, and we are happy they’re out of the case.””

  • Keith Raniere was actually finished on the day that he filed the bogus patent law suit against A, T, and T and Microsoft.
    That law suit actually threatened every major phone company in the world.
    It was especially threatening to TelMex the Mexican phone giant owned by Carlos Slim, the friend of Carlos Salinas.
    While the phone companies compete with each other they also cooperate with each other.
    And TelMex has a special cooperation agreement with A, T,, and T in the operation of the Prodigy internet service.
    The brutal branding of women by Allison Mack was only the icing on the cake.
    Keith Raniere was already toast when the branding was exposed.

    • Yeah that lawsuit was a real threat. As much of a threat Keith is to the COs and his fellow inmates using his Kung fu or mind control capabilities

  • All hail the day of the crucifixion of the evil, memnoch lord “Vanguard” — who shall never rise again — on the Good Friday remembrance of the Lord who reigns eternal!

  • AND don’t forget – He did it HIS way!! Perverted and full of pride, never concerned for the feelings of others, he put himself FIRST!

  • O Solo Mio – I know, it is actually o Sole mio, but the other made me laugh. And: One is the loneliest number. But he believes he IS number one! Also, today those evil parents in CA were sentenced to life for torturing their beautiful, precious children!!! Surely this man, who tortured so many in various ways, will suffer a similar fate.

  • First, thank you Mr. Parlato for fighting the good fight and for this informative blog.

    Second, I will do a little happy dance! Lady justice grinds slowly but grinds exceedingly fine. I first heard of the NXIVM scam long ago, in connection with the Smallville online fandom. There was some collegiate glee club festival in upstate NY, Mack was a judge and was schilling for NXIVUM, word of this got out and there were a lot of WTF disbelief. Allison, Allison, what are you doing? Have you joined a cult!?

    I heard bits occasionally over the years about this shady self-improvement scam, and it was exceedingly frustrating that they were still in business. They seemed to cleverly avoid going over the line into outright indictable criminality. It is after all entirely legal to run a cult, to scam people out of their money, as long as it only skates the line into fraud but doesn’t cross it. If the rubes want to pay to hear hackneyed platitudes at overpriced seminars, they’re fools, but it’s not illegal. Just unethical and reprehensible.

    Well, then some bright bulb decided it would be a good idea to brand some of the women members with Keith’s initials. And that, it seems, was the beginning of the end.

    Good riddance to bad rubbish. All the co-defendents deserve prison sentences, and Raniere deserves a long, long one.

    • Heidi, I think your dream have come true, and mine, too. I so wanted him to be standing alone with KU and others testifying against him. And, no, he is not getting house arrest or even prison 3 – 5 years. I predict a minimum of 20 years, even if he pleads. Let’s see his “charm” and claims of genius (after this) work when he is 80!!

      I don’t make a practice of hating people, but I’m happy to se him pay. We know only a fraction of what’s he’s done.

      P.S. – Send me a Mojito? I prefer mine with vodka and fresh mint.. 🙂

      • Yes, Orange, the cheese stands alone!

        I’m discouraged, though, now at the prospect that Clare — maybe none of them — has not sincerely turned on KAR and will not testify against the evil one with any vigor. Or that the slaves like Kathy may not disavow his teachings or their own indoctrinated, evil ways if not adequately punished or otherwise reformed.

        But, yes, let’s revel on the upside of this while we can and hope KAR, at least, gets that life sentence coming to him regardless.

        Rocks or blended on your Mama Mojo Mohito?!

  • Will there be tears (for herself) at her allocution like Allison Mack or will it be another faint? All will be revealed in the next episode of Let’s Waste Our Lives Worshipping The Biggest Idiot In The World.

  • Congratulations, Frank. And I hope those letters to the judge pour in by the hundreds – especially as to KAR, if he pleads.

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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