Joe O’Hara: My Thanks to Frank Parlato – and to the Many Others Who Helped Take Down Raniere

Joe O'Hara was spied on by NXIVM, but the spies they hired were so incompetent that they provided phony bank statements.

By Joe O’Hara

On this Independence Day, I think it is important to commemorate the many people who got independence, once and for all, from the arrest and conviction of sex slaver Keith Alan Raniere – and to thank the people who helped take him down and, as a result, gave people the freedom not to worry about him and his vengeance ever again…

Speaking of holidays – June 19th [AKA Vangone Day – when Raniere was convicted] was a day that I had dreamed about for more than 14 years – and one that I seriously questioned would ever happen.

When I quit working as a consultant for NXIVM in January 2005 because I had inadvertently been made aware of some of its illegal activities, Keith Raniere declared me to be an enemy and, of course, a “suppressive”. Thereafter, backed with the financial support of Clare and Sara Bronfman – and the unethical legal tactics of a horde of attorneys – Keith unleashed a series of legal attacks on me that cost me everything I had acquired and built over the course of my career. I also lost my reputation, a fiancée, many people I thought were friends, several professional colleagues, and a few years of my life.

The government’s exhibit photo of Keith Alan Raniere.

Along the way, I learned a lot about myself and the people around me.

I also learned just how hard it is to take down an organization that has enough money to garner a great deal of political influence – and is also willing to do absolutely anything to destroy its perceived enemies.

Sign in front of the former NXIVM headquarters at 455 New Karner Road

For a very long while, it looked like Raniere was going to get away with all his bullshit – and all his illegal operations.

Despite the extraordinary efforts of some very good people, the simple reality was that no law enforcement official in the Albany, NY area was ever willing to take on Raniere and his NXIVM criminal enterprise.

People like former (and, hopefully, future) blogger, John Tighe – Albany attorney Bill Dreyer – Dennis Yusko and Jim Odato from the Times Union – Chet Hardin from Metroland – Rick Ross from the Cult Education Institute and his attorney, Peter Skolnik – victims like Barbara Bouchey, Susan Dones, Kim Woolhouse and the other members of the NXIVM nine –.and many others did what they could. But it was never enough.

And then, along came Frank Parlato.

Frank Parlato

Ironically, I had met Frank when he first started working as NXIVM’s publicist (One of his first assignments was to mount a blistering public relations campaign against me – an assignment he turned down after we met and talked about Raniere and NXIVM).

At first, I was skeptical that Frank and his new blog would have much of an impact on Raniere and NXIVM (As history will eventually document, Raniere was at the height of his power when Frank decided to launch Frank Report).

But as I watched Frank make inroads into the NXIVM community – and as I read post after post in which he revealed previously unknown facts about Raniere and his inner circle – I began to think that he might actually have a chance to succeed where so many of us had failed.

And when he first told me about the branding that was going on within DOS, my immediate response was “If that’s actually happening, then Raniere’s done – it’s just a matter of time”.

That obviously didn’t happen overnight – but it did happen.

And it would not have happened had Frank not been so determined and unrelenting in his efforts to expose Raniere for the fraud and coward that he is.

Frank never backed down – not even when I (and others) suggested that he should do so.

Even after Frank first exposed the DOS branding, absolutely nothing happened.

But rather than discouraging him, that total lack of response from the Albany area law enforcement community and media outlets only made him more resolute in his efforts.

Utilizing his own contacts in the media industry – as well as those of Catherine Oxenberg – Frank was able to get several major media outlets interested in the branding story.

And while all the credit in the world should be heaped upon Barry Meier and The New York Times for the front-page story that first brought NXIVM to the attention of so many people, the reality is that Frank had several other outlets ready to run with that story as well.

Barry Meier

So, the story of Raniere’s sex slaves – and his ritualistic mutilation of them – was going to come out one way or another.

Thankfully, attorneys in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of New York read Barry Meier’s story – and, unlike their counterparts in the NDNY, decided to launch an investigation of NXIVM and Raniere.

The rest is now history.


Raniere is now going to spend the rest of his life in federal prison.

He will be miserable every waking moment – and fearful every moment when he’s not awake.

Which, given the harm and pain he caused so many people, is perfectly fitting and appropriate.

“Fuck you”, Keith Raniere.

And “Thank you”, Frank Parlato.


Raniere’s conviction on all counts is something for us to celebrate, the all-too-rare victory of good over evil.

But, after the celebration is over, we must return to the battlefield to carry on against those who are still part of the NXIVM cult – and those who aided and abetted its leaders and allowed them to build and operate their criminal enterprise.

“Justice consists not in being neutral between right and wrong, but in finding out the right and upholding it, wherever found, against the wrong”. – Theodore Roosevelt

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  • “God, I suck, I suck, I suck, I suck, I suck.”
    No, she’s not revealing why she kept getting cast, as many here believe. Instead, this is how she felt about her acting when she was untrained and starting out, and she revealed this in this interview after being given the “Canadian Award of Distinction for her body of work that exemplifies outstanding achievement in the entertainment industry.”

    • Why did you post that? Of course she sucks, that’s why she was in a cult. They all suck.

      Still surprised that Frank won’t post an article proving Kreuk was still with the NXIVM cult in 2015, contradicting what numerous “sources” have claimed in the press and to Frank himself with contradicting comments.

      Is Frank trying to now shield this cult member from criticism? Has he been threatened? Has he been told she might cry if he posts an article about her?

      He posted an article recently that resident Kristin Kreuk super-stalker SultanOfSix is back (he never left) but not this damning evidence. Confusing.

  • Thank God for all you ‘Enemies of Nxivm’ – Heroes all.

    I hope you get back all that you lost, Joe.

  • I’m glad you got to see justice done after all you went through, Joe.

    You won. You took down the monster.

  • Hey Joe. Where you going with that gun in your hand?

    That’s the lyrics to a Jimmy Hendrix song by the way.

    I’m still wondering about this impostor of mine that ripped off my alias in order to pretend to be me (except as a white guy) and met with John Tighe and also hooked up with some high ranking NXIVM female in Albany and apparently shared her bed. This is such a bizarre story related to me. Why would someone do such a weird thing? Pretend to be the person behind a social media alias and introduce himself as so? Who does that? How did my alias become so important? I came up with this alias right out of college which was a while ago – I even have a unique reason to me for why I chose it – and have used it on a number of websites, and to my knowledge, it also was unique. What are the odds that two people related to the NXIVM story – me through my fanship with KK – and this person who supposedly met with both former and current at the time NXIVM members and John Tighe would independently share the exact same alias? I would say very, very slim. I think it’s way too coincidental. Either this story is completely made up, or there is a very interesting hidden motivation (to me at least) behind it if it is true.

        • Who interacts with 12-year-old girls on the Girls By Design website? Sultan does that!
          Who has stalked Kristen Kruek on the internet for over a decade? Sultan does that!
          Who has used too many aliases to count on Frank Report to sway public opinion? Sultan does that!
          Who’s lied for his dream spank on every blog related to Nxivm? Spanky does that!
          Who’s had nasty words with John Tighe, Frank Parlato, and Joe O’Hara? Sultan Did!
          Who in their right mind would believe you, The mad spanker? NO ONE!

    • It’s “Jimi”, not “Jimmy” and the lyrics are by Billy Roberts. Hendrix covered it.

      Just stop you freak. You were all over John Tigue’s Saratoga In Decline blog, saturating the comments with your annoying, arrogant, snooty, know-it-all bullshit. You have a sick obsession with Kristin Kreuk. You are not well. You get caught out all the time with your many aliases which you always deny and you deny this too. You know you are a liar and you use up energy keeping your lies going. If only your colleagues knew what you were like away from the office. You need an exorcism.

      • I’m not asking you, you obsessed stalking freak. I’m talking to Joe. My comment is concerning me and my alias, not Kristin Kreuk you reading-comprehension putz.

        Your sociopathic put downs and constant lying won’t work on me. You and your twin brother from another mother VanFake have a lot in common.

        • You’ll have to wait until John is out to get the full story on your “counterpart”.

          • Cool. I’ll be waiting to see what player in this game supposedly used my alias to pretend to be me and went to NY to meet with John Tighe and bang a NXIVM chick.

            Must be on the level of these trolling, sociopathic, bigoted, retards who keep stalking and writing about me in the comments.

            Until then, hasta la vista.

          • John Tighe has already written posts for Frank Report. We don’t need to wait for him to be out before he tells us what happened with the stalking weirdo. Who was the NXIVM chick Beetlejuice latched onto like a dung beetle?

        • You are in no position to insult anyone creep. You are the liar. No one lies about you. You are just simply a cunt.

          You literally went to New York to stalk the subject of your infatuation!

          You are mentally ill.

          Find a licensed therapist and make an effort to take on whatever third world demon is running through you.

          It would take a real patient skilled therapist to tolerate five minutes alone in a room with you. They might end up a halal lampshade.

          • The Sultan Stalkers can’t seem to comment without insulting his ethnicity and religion—which have no bearing on his comments, but does expose their low reasoning skills and their racism.

            To provide a level playing field so personal insults can be aimed at them, all Sultan Stalkers should disclose their religion (if they have one) and their ethnicity (if they know it.)

          • The comments you have made on this blog make you the unbelievable one, sorry Sultan.

        • Are there any other actresses you stalk? What about the chick from HR you imagined gave you a seductive wink by the water fountain? The checkout girl who sold you your halal sandwich and said “have a nice day” is not in love with you.

          You mad Rasheed?

        • Knowing other people’s ethnicity/religion doesn’t put you on an equal footing, as stanis & muslims suck. That’s why you all want to live in the West and not your own countries as no one wants to live in mudhuts like halal beavers.

          • Not me you sociopathic projecting idiot. But you know that and don’t care.

            So much irony in your post. My father is retired US Armed Forces with full benefits. I nostalgically remember shopping in PXs and commissaries as a young boy with my mother and brother which were some of the most memorable times of my life. My father came into the US legally and became an officer in one of its four major branches as part of a program that was seeking young, good doctors to bring into the country due to a shortage of them that existed at the time. In other words, he was recruited to come here. He was born in a small village in Kashmir on the other of a hundred people and worked hard to get to the point he achieved in life. What work did your bigoted, privileged ass put in to give you a soap box to speak from to tell others to get out of “your” supposed country?

          • Disgusting levels of racism on this blog.

            Really, heartbreaking end-of-times moral depravation for the USA is what it feels like.

            And all you are is a vast conglomeration of immigrants, spitefully deciding to pull up the draw-bridge, because you have succeeded in deluding yourselves that you are somehow more genetically pure and superior to the rest of the world?


        • “privileged”

          Being white in a white country is not a privilege. No more so than being brown in Kashmir. Being numerically higher in number in your own country is not privilege. No other race has mass uncontrolled immigration like white nations. All you non whites preserve your own country’s demographics while taking over white countries only, while calling your very patient hosts “racist” “white supremacist” etc. If whites are “racist” for existing in their own countries, then what the fuck are pakis then?

          And most foreigners who seek PRIVILEGE in white countries have zero to offer. Is your father disappointed in his son?

          • None of what I said has anything to do with what you responded with. I didn’t even mention a skin color, you big buffoon. It’s you who presumed it because you’re a bigoted loser – there’s that projection rearing its ugly head again – and “privileged” because you think you have a right to, or are owed, something due to where you were born and what skin color you have – things no one has any control over. I have heritage from the “Orient” – my grandmother on my father’s side was a Khan – the Arabian Peninsula, India/South Asia, and it’s a scientific fact that Kashmiris derive a significant amount of ancestry from Western Eurasian sources. Many familial members – immediate or otherwise – have blue, blue-green and green eyes and have fair or light brown skin, including myself. I’m as “Caucasian” as they come. The Americas are not “your” land nor is it a “white” one. The Native Americans were here prior to the Europeans and their ancestors migrated from Eastern Asia.You live in metaphysical fantasy land.

        • You do know that most white people are NOT American?

          Scandinavian countries, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Mediterranean… as well as diaspora nations that predominantly Anglo people founded, Australia, New Zealand, Canada (French too) and the US with its early Anglo origins.

          There are many different types of white. It just means of European extraction. You are Asian but you are not Chinese or Korean.

          Brits, French, Dutch, Spanish and Portuguese were the primary colonial nations, the vast majority of white nations were not. The Spanish endured centuries of Muslim occupation before purchasing African slaves from the Muslims and taking them to the Americas.

          The Mongols had the largest land empire in the world. Muslims Arabs and Ottoman Turks had empires built on invasion of European and Christian lands and slavery of European, Christians and Africans for centuries longer than the European empires ever lasted.

          Fake white guilt created by the self loathing left and privileged non white immigrant jealousy, has created this toxic environment where you all compete to be the biggest victim.

          Check your privilege. You are not oppressed. You are not victims. You have nothing to complain about. Your countries are not being taken over by mass uncontrolled immigration. Shh.

          Or something about Kristin Kreuk…?

        • You can’t win an argument you moron. It’s in one ear out the other.

          Why bring up America? America is one country. Why assume anyone criticising you is white from America? What about one of the many European countries? Or Down Under? Or Canadian? The white race does not revolve around America towel head.

          White people originate from Europe. It is their continent. That does not make them privileged. They have a right to be in charge of their own countries. Will you call pakis “privileged”.

          Seeing as you brought up America, Whites created it. Prior to them, there were scattered tribes. No government, no nothing. Just nomads. They have the choice of living on their ethno-state reservations or in US/Canadian society.

          Don’t dismiss facts idiot. White/European people have a right to dominate their own countries. It’s not privilege. No one wants to lose their country to foreigners.

          Do pakis want mass uncontrolled immigration? No. Will you call them privileged? Will you claim they are “entitled” based on their skin colour? No, because you are a hypocritical privileged little bitch.

          If you live in a white country, you have no right to disrespect those whose country you live in. You just piss people off.

          You lose bigot. Check your privilege and go spread your “diversity” back home. You have no argument to win with. You don’t practice what you preach back home so shut the fuck up.

          • Gawd you’re such a dick. I didn’t disrespect any country or race you big straw-manning buffoon. I’m not an absurdly generalizing bigot like you.

            You’re the one who showed your bigot card and displayed your white-supremacist racist dialectic that emitted the stank air of the Trumpian “shithole countries” when you denigrated the places Muslims live and implied that all of them were scurrying to move en masse to the West as if me and “my” people had no right to be here. It’s too bad your shitty little generalization didn’t apply to my life which was the entire point of my response you intentionally obfuscating card carrying member of the KKK.

            Go cry somewhere else.

        • “None of what I said has anything to do with what you responded with”

          Actually, it did. You played the “racism” card and assumed you were talking to a white American as if whites in America are the only white people.

          You don’t have very good critical thinking or debating skills.

        • There you go again with your “white supremacist” nonsense. It must be awful being so snooty but can’t win a simple argument with facts. Are Pakistanis and Muslims just as tolerant as white people in white countries? Are they not bigots?

    • What nxivm woman would ever go to bed with a known super stalker of Kristen Kruek ?
      Something doesn’t sound right.


    To all current and former (unfortunate) associates if KAR:

    Today is July 4th – Independence Day! God bless America!

    Today, and every day forward, please feel free to eat whatever you wish, sleep in late, and relax with no “readiness” calls. Have apple pie. Shop, watch TV, or curl up with a good book. Have sex with the one you want to. The most you can do for your Vanguard now (should you care to) is to drop some $$$ to his commissary account for sugarless gum and ramen noodles.

    Let’s hope that as of today, everyone is FREE. Free of the monster who destroyed so many lives without blinking an eye. He will heretofore exist in the loneliness he heartlessly imposed on all of you.

    • The Ramsters will have to take down their Ram. It’s their war to win.

      If Frank wants to help, its up to him.

      Those who helped take down the Raniere criminal organization had bones in the big fight to get the EDNY involved.

      Since Ramatha is in Yelm WA, Ramsters will have to band together with their evidence and work with the local DOJ in that area to start an investigation.

  • Joe:

    “…legal attacks on me that cost me everything I had acquired and built over the course of my career…my reputation, a fiancée, many people I thought were friends, several professional colleagues, and a few years of my life.”

    This sums up the insidious, heartless nature of KAR – sex aside. Thank you, Joe, for your courage and resilience.

  • It’s called the First Amendment, Joe. Of all days of the year, get the free speech message through your thick skull. The rest of you can learn it as well. Enjoy the fireworks tonight.

  • Thank you, Joe! You and those people you mentioned all had a hand in bringing down the beast. And, of course, Frank is the hero of heroes!

  • I said it before but it deserves repeating. It’s been a joy being introduced to real life hero’s. Think about it… how often in our lifetime has there been people like Frank, John, Joe, Catherine, Toni and many others actually fight and win these battles at great sacrifices to themselves. STANDING OVATION 👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏. Now we just need an encore against the enablers.

  • Thank you too. I used to read Saratoga in Decline (Mr. Tighe’s blog) because I used to watch Smallville. NXIVM made it’s way in to the forums (Ksite) with one of the moderators who later became Mack’s webmaster, getting involved in the cult. Every now and again you’d hear about Girls by Design (I know they said then it wasn’t part of the organization but then and now I don’t believe that) and sometimes Jness. I’m amazed more people didn’t get drawn in because at the time Mack had a very dedicated fanbase. They even produced a commercial for her character and Mack herself when she left.

    I also remember reading real time about that A Capella festival they put on. Somebody initially tried to warn people before the first one but was mocked by almost everyone, whoever that person is deserves to do a “I told you so” lap. The following year, people took other’s warnings more seriously.

    This has been such a bizarre story. I am truly sorry to you, to Mr. Tighe, to everyone whose lives were impacted by the viciousness of Raniere.

    I am looking forward to reading the update post on life in jail for Raniere. It couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy.

    Bravo to Frank, bravo to all of you.

    Thank you.

    • Kristin Kreuk was planning to relaunch Girls By Design in 2013. They posted that to their Facebook pages. Funny how fans posted Necker Island pics of Kreuk and Mack while ignoring the criminal allegations in the articles.

    • “one of the moderators who later became Mack’s webmaster, getting involved in the cult”.

      Tabby Chapman right? She went on to be in Kristin Kreuk’s Girls By Design.

  • And deepest gratitude to you, amazing, world justice league Superhero, Joe O’Hara!

    (Frank Parlato, too, of course!)

  • Keith Raniere’s gonna spend the rest of his life in a federal penitentiary.
    And since you’ve already thought about it, Keith should also know where
    his journey eventually leads, to USP Florence ADMAX.

  • I’ve said it before, but Frank is a hero.

    I don’t think Raniere would be where he is now, without Frank and the *not very many* others, who did the heavy lifting.

    It took real guts and determination to take on, and take down, the NXIVM monster.

    Frank and the others deserve the same praise.

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.” He also appeared in "Branded and Brainwashed: Inside NXIVM, and was 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 premieres on May 22, 2022.

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