Raniere Beset By Ringworm

Close-Up Photo of Ringworm

Editor’s Note: This is the first of two updates on Keith Raniere’s status at the Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) in Brooklyn, NY. Although this one is entirely focused on his latest ailment, the other will provide a more general overview of what’s going on with him there.


Things continue to go downhill for Keith Alan Raniere, the man who used to insist on being called Vanguard but who will now be known forevermore as Federal Prisoner #57005-177.

MK10ART’s beautiful painting of Keith Alan Raniere.

In the two weeks since 12 jurors took less than 5 hours to find him guilty on all seven charges he was facing, Raniere has spent almost a full week in the Suicide Watch Unit at MDC – and then been assigned to a small Transient Unit as he awaits sentencing.

Ringworm Alert
Shortly after being released from the Suicide Watch Unit, Raniere was diagnosed with a severe case of ringworm.

Despite its common name, ringworm is not caused by worms.

Instead, it is a fungal infection that often forms a ring-shaped rash.

Ringworm Fungus

The ringworm fungus thrives in warm, moist areas such as the groin area and between the toes.

But once the ringworm fungus has found an access point, it can quickly spread to other areas of the body.

Ringworm of the Beard

To go along with all of his other spectacular achievements – world’s smartest man, East Coast Judo Champion at age 11, concert pianist, #1 brander of women in the Western hemisphere – Raniere has developed a spectacular case of ringworm.

It’s literally all over his body.

Ringworm on Shoulder

Minor cases of ringworm are treated with antifungal creams.

But severe outbreaks – like Raniere’s case – are usually treated with oral medications such as terbinafine, itraconazole, griseofulvin, fluconazole, ciclopirox, or naftifine.

Unfortunately for Raniere, he’s currently incarcerated at MDC – a prison that is notorious for its minimalist approach to treating prisoners’ ailments.

Metropolitan Detention Center

So, instead of receiving any oral medications, Raniere is being supplied with multiple tunes of antifungal cream – which he’s been applying all over his body several times per day.

The result is that he’s now walking around with splotches of white cream visible in several areas – which has made him anathema to the other prisoners in his unit (Ringworm is highly contagious — and easily spread from one person to another).

“No room at this table…”

“Keep moving…”

“Don’t sit your ass there…”

“Get the fuck outta here…”

Poor little, Keith.

No one wants to be near him…

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  • This is karma in action. May every single one of his sins against humanity manifest and come back to haunt him.

  • He should use his super Vanturd powers to heal himself.

    Oh wait, that was a big fat lie, wasn’t it?

  • If Raniere’s health has all ready deteriorated to the point that his immune system is overwhelmed by ringworm…..

    ……He is not going to last.

    Something is seriously wrong with his immune system.

    Below is a link to an article that explains the significance of an individual coming down with an extreme case of ring worm.


    Needless to say, if the Frank Report ever holds a Death Pool game I am choosing Vanguard.

    You think a guy named Vanguard would be a hell of a lot tougher…..

    • Curious how long you think Raniere lasts? I bet he lasts two more years in lock up. That’s it. I bet he kills himself before someone kills him.

      • Girl Scout cookies,

        Keith’s Raniere life span……my simple estimation:

        Physical Health:
        Raniere has suffered a number of skin (epidermal) infections. If you read the article I left a link to… I think you’ll come to the same conclusion that I did which is there is something seriously wrong with his immune system. I believe he’s had three separate incidences of skin infections.

        If he gets a bad case of staph (Staphylococcus), it could kill him. The antibiotics for staph can cause infection C. diff., and lead to partial colon removal. Basically, to sum it up, any biotics are so powerful that they kill your gut biome and damage your colon. I actually know someone that this happened to. Physical health problems Will probably kill him within 5 to 8 years.

        Mental Health:

        My opinion is that Raniere’s mental health is tied to his legal status currently. My understanding is that the federal appeals courts process takes over a year.
        If you lose his appeal, the odds that he will commit suicide will go up greatly.
        If he wins the appeal, it should give him the strength to persevere.
        I believe he will not commit suicide for at least a year or more.

        The only cult leaders that I can think of that ever committed suicide were Jim Jones (Jonestown massacre) and the cult leader of Heaven’s Gate.

        I think as long as Raniere has penpals outside of prison and people he thinks he controls from inside the walls of prison, that will keep his megalomaniac spirits up….. Giving him the fortitude to carry-on.

        I give Raniere 5 years. He’s been in prison less than two years and he’s already completely deteriorated.

        I wrote this response on my iPad notes earlier at the train station I had a lot of free time 😉

      • GirlScoutCookies,

        I give him 5 years. I do not believe his immune system is good enough to fight off all of the pathogens and diseases found in prison.

        I don’t think he will commit suicide.

        • Thanks! I agree his immune system has been compromised and most likely will be a factor. Interested to know what others think?

    • That’s the problem – the patent is still pending. Apparently it has been applied applied at NXIVM for years, but the effect will not occur until the patent is passed. Everybody still waitin for their miracles to manifest.

  • As much as I try to not take delight in the suffering of others, today I will gladly make an exception.

  • He should be so happy there with lots of new friends with similar interests.

    As regards the ringworm: Does anyone know if he’s had a shower this year?

    Somebody got him into the shower before he did that interview with Allison Mack, but that was a while ago now.

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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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