Liz from Albany: If You Want Action from Law Enforcement in Albany – See the New York Times! 

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Editor’s Note: Liz, whose last name is known to me, works in the national radio news business and lives in the Albany area. Her letter calls into question the inaction of local law enforcement, and particularly the US Attorney’s Office in the Northern District of New York, which is where she lives – and which was the home turf of Keith Alan Raniere.

By Liz From Albany

Eight men and four women down in Brooklyn did in just four hours what the entire government 100 miles north couldn’t, or wouldn’t, do for over a decade: They declared Keith Raniere, leader of NXIVM, guilty.

I have been following this story for more than two years. It’s much bigger than this one guy, Keith Raniere, but at least he’s knocked down. For now.

The operation still continues, but maybe a bit less openly and a bit less efficiently, operating in this country, Mexico, Canada, and the UK. The children’s daycare centers are mostly still running (except in Miami, where they were shut down shortly after the Epstein case started to be re-examined).

The bigger, wealthier, more famous players are still free — save for a few that have been sporting ankle bracelets for several months and will be sentenced after the media attention dies down and, hopefully, the public has forgotten about this monstrous organization still existing.

Well, maybe.

There are new charges reportedly coming, charges that should have been filed a long time ago, charges that the wounded took to many different law enforcement and government agencies only to be ignored. In the course of celebrating this week’s victory, the FBI [In the Eastern District of NY] explained that when the New York Times ran the article about this group, that’s what sprung them into action.

Never mind that the newspaper up here, the Albany Times Union, did extensive and detailed coverage of this group in 2012 and their series resulted in nothing other than lawsuits against some of the sources of the story, the loss, or near loss of a journalism career by a distinguished journalist who won an AP award for this very coverage [James Odato], and a lot of other hi-jinks.

Never mind that the New York Post, MacLeans, Forbes, Vanity Fair, and other publications had been covering this story for years also.

And there is that dedicated reporter from Niagara Falls, NY who held onto this story like a feral dog that just got a bone and would sooner bite you than let go of that bone.

I can only wonder why their words never reached anyone in the US Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of NY, who were in a position to do something about all of this.

It was the New York Times that finally got the attention of the FBI in the Eastern District of New York.

I guess when we want to report crimes from this point forward, we, in Albany, should just take a bus down to the Port Authority, walk across the street, and see if we can garner the attention of some New York Times reporter.

Go to this building to report crimes in the Northern District of New York — the New York Times Building [Photo by José Antonio Rodríguez]
Although most of the Nxivm crimes were committed in the Northern District of New York, it took the big boys and girls in the Eastern District to finally collar Keith Alan Raniere and his criminal companions.
The Eastern District of New York is geographically small but has a large population. Few Nxivm crimes were actually committed in the EDNY, but law enforcement officials there had the wherewithal to pursue and bring Keith Alan Raniere and his deep-pocketed enabler, Clare Webb Bronfman, to [at least partial] justice.

Ah, but this is a cynical viewpoint. Raniere is behind bars now and will be, probably, for the rest of his life — experiencing the kind of confinement and psychological trauma that he dished out to lots of women and men over the past decade. A vengeful public applauds and smacks their lips because they think they have tasted justice. But have they?


Keith Alan Raniere [not an actual photo].
What is to happen to those who were damaged by this still-operating organization?

Well, some of the more prominently featured folks in this story will be making money selling their stories. HBO has something in the works right now, and there are other major documentaries in progress as well. Books will be written, speaking arrangements made, this will be the Summer of the Scary Cult. And then it will go away, while Keith Raniere sits in jail, growing angrier every day and thinking he got a raw deal.

Maybe he did. He’s just a schmuck from Albany who was set up to be the point person for something waaaaay bigger than what he is. I’m not excusing the very real things he did — not by a long shot. But the power and reach of this organization couldn’t have grown to the size that it did merely under his leadership. He didn’t have enough money to do that by himself. He didn’t have enough connections to do that by himself. And despite his claims of being the world’s smartest and most ethical man, he simply could not see that the conman was being conned by those who were more skilled at the game.

So yeah, it’s a good thing this little perch was pulled from the waters. But I wonder about the bigger fish out there who still swim in the murky waters of human trafficking.

My guess is that they will re-brand themselves (while still branding others but with a new logo) and continue business as usual. Because, apparently, life is a Cabaret, old chum, and money makes the world go round.

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4 years ago

Why am I not surprised? I put nothing past this bunch.

Scott Johnson
4 years ago

If the NXIVM 9 had started a Frank Report-like website a decade ago, much of what happened could have been prevented.

Federal of New York
Federal of New York
4 years ago

No Lizzy, it was not the fucking New York Times that got the attention of the Eastern District of New York. It was a change from a corrupt federal regime to an Administration that is serious about the huge problem of child trafficking.

4 years ago

Right on, Here is an example of the corrupt media

4 years ago

serious about the huge problem of child trafficking.


4 years ago

To seriously break up NXIVM once and for all, the US DOJ must bypass the Do Nothing NDNY and establish a Special Prosecutor and Task Force to investigate and prosecute all of the crimes and all of the players.

Liz From Albany is absolutely right.
Raniere lacked the resources and brains to operate this big an operation.
A Crime Ring stretching from Britain through Canada and the US into Mexico.
All Raniere did was eat, drink, sleep, fornicate, urinate and defecate.
Raniere could do little more than your family’s dog.

Unless NXIVM is destroyed once and for all it will be rebuilt bigger and more powerful than ever.

4 years ago

Frank- you said in an interview that you are going to write one more story and that there is something here that has the be stopped. Have you written that story yet? Does it have anything to do with this above story- especially with the last part? Write it when the time is right.

Underage Girls Being Groomed For Keith Raniere
Underage Girls Being Groomed For Keith Raniere
4 years ago

Was allegedly done by a website called Girls by Design (GBD) which was operated by long time Nxivm higher up, teacher and coach Kristin Kruek of the TV show “Smallsville” fame, with the help of the sinister Nancy Salzman, also a Nxivm higher up. On this website promoted by Kruek, young teenage and preteen age girls were instructed to make a “sexy 7” video of themselves and answer a series of personal questions which were no doubt reviewed by Raniere, and winners were picked and prizes given (a camera to take more pics!) Were there then scholarships to Nxivm given ? This needs to be investigated as it was a girls under age breeding ground for the convicted pedophile Keith Raniere. There are reports and some say evidence that some may have been inducted into the sex slave Nxivm group DOS from that inconspicuous teenage website for young girls.

Joe Fabeetz
Joe Fabeetz
4 years ago

Why doesn’t this suprise me? Sounds like something that he would have some of his creeps do for him. Right now I wouldn’t put anything past this guy.

4 years ago

A DOS slave spoke to Frank, claiming she was part of Kristin Kreuk’s Girls By Design cult project. If so, Kreuk recruited a teen girl into NXIVM, despite publicly claiming no link to NXIVM and she went on to become a branded sex slave.

Kreuk was asked about GBD on a recent podcast and very quickly changed the subject.

Yes, GBD should be looked into.

4 years ago
Reply to  Anonymous

What you say about GBD is so horrible the feds surely looked into it. But since no hint of grooming girls in GBD was presented in the trial maybe the feds did look, and didn’t find anything,

4 years ago
Reply to  Anonymous

A vast amount of horible things were not brought up at trial. Murders, murder/phony looking suicides, and such to say the least. The feds have only scratched the surface of this group at the trial.

4 years ago

ohhh, so sad

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.” 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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