Raniere’s Claim of Being Smartest Man in the World Built Nxivm yet Was Easily Disprovable

Keith Raniere offered hope to women who had no one to rule them; DOS offered something entirely unique.

Yesterday, Frank Report revealed that a man, Mr. Keith Alan Raniere, created a life coaching organization based in large part on his being “the smartest man in the world.”

To back up his claim, he had three things:

  1. A high score in a little known, take-home, IQ test,
  2. A study he himself authored to support the uniqueness of his score on the take-home IQ test
  3. His inclusion in one edition [1989 Australian] of the Guinness Book of Records.

With this, he and the women of his inner circle – almost all of whom he was having sex with – were able to persuade some 16,000 people to pay from $2,000 to $10,000 and more per course for his Nxivm classes.

In reality, this gent seems to have had help in creating his claim to be the world’s smartest man.

  1. He likely cheated on his take-home IQ test [Several sources say he had help].
  2. The test was so obscure and non standard that no one should have considered it a serious measure of intelligence.
  3. The study that purported to prove his great IQ was flawed, not only because he himself authored the study about his score on a take-home [not monitored] IQ test
  4. but also because much of the data that supported the study was based on “oral reports” [He did not have written data and claimed he had been told facts over the phone about comparison tests which supported his study conclusions].
  5. Finally, he had gained control of the Mega Society [he even renamed it] that created the IQ test when his test score was accepted by Guinness for that single year in the Australian edition.

It should be pointed out that Guinness published the Australian edition and it was in fact in print – Raniere’s name does appear in its pages, along with two others, as tied for the highest IQ.

But Guinness did not include Raniere’s name in any other edition, before or after, and his name never appeared in the US edition or any other edition of Guinness.

Other than the sole inclusion in the 1989 Australian edition, Raniere’s name does not appear again.

In fact, something seems to have alerted Guinness to something fishy – for although they had used “highest IQ’ as a category for years, within  months of Raniere’s name appearing, Guinness suddenly retired the category and that category has never appeared in the Guinness Book of World Records again.

All of this information I reported in 2016, well before I reported the branding story.

In other words, it was available online.  I laid the blueprint for anyone to prove that Raniere’s claims of being the smartest man in the world were dubious and quite possibly a lie.

In order to find out that he was likely lying, it took me a few hours of research online. My main point of suspicion was that the Mega IQ test is a take-home test, which means anyone can cheat – cheating being defined as having others help you since an IQ test is supposed to be a measure of one person’s intelligence.

This to me that invalidated the entire claim for there was no monitoring of the test.

It was rather like Raniere’s claim that he had tied the New York State record for the 100-yard dash, an accomplishment I learned was not done before an audience or with referees or independent judges or timers. He apparently had Pam Cafritz, one of his women, time him with her stopwatch and he himself attested to the results of his being the fastest sprinter in New York State.

Anyone, after 2016, using my work could confirm the same thing within half an hour – that Raniere’s claim of being the smartest man was based on the flimsiest evidence and mature people would likely suspect it was a lie.

Yet, despite my proving this – about the single most important claim about the uniqueness of Nxivm – the very essence of Nxivm – that it was invented by the world’s smartest man – it seems to have not stopped people from joining. Or spurred on the people who had joined to quitting.

It was not until I revealed that Raniere was branding and blackmailing women that my reports about him get any traction.

Consider – Raniere and his women – got 16,000 people to take his courses based on his false claim that he was the smartest man in the world.

He got more than a 1,000 people to give up vast years of their lives -as full-time coaches, proctors and field trainers and got more than a hundred people to leave their homes and families, wives and children, parents, etc. to come to live in Albany. New York – all based – at least initially – on the false claim that he was the smartest man in the world, a claim that could have been exposed as false with several hours of intelligent research.

This, if nothing else, shows the enormous gullibility of humans.

It shows our trusting, naive nature.

It does not strike at people’s goodness or ethics – two other false claims Raniere made about himself.

It strikes at belief. That people tend to believe and justify what they want to believe and what they can’t prove about something they want to believe they either call any obvious evidence that disproves it as false or they ignore it.

It is so basic to humans wanting to believe what they want to believe that it is common for otherwise intelligent people to claim that the miracles in their religion are true and the miracles in others’ religions are silly superstitions.

It is rooted in the desire for the reward of heaven or nirvana or to become like the smartest man in the world – smarter than others.

And to question these things can cause people to react negatively.

Something like that went on recently when I wrote about whether I was possible to find out if US Rep. Ilman Omar was at one time married to her biological brother.

Was Rep. Omar’s husband actually her brother?

I had no preconceived favorable or unfavorable impression of Omar. [I might have a slight bias in her favor of her for her bold attitude and I might slightly disagree with some of her political positions.]

However, I was simply approaching the question with a fact-based outlook.

Immediately, people who support her and more importantly her politics attacked me with comments like “for shame” and that “Frank Report has lost all its credibility” for asking the question – as if asking the question is akin to answering it.

I did not answer it. I merely raised a question that many in Omar’s home district are asking and have been asking for several years.

Funny too, Omar could likely settle the question by producing her father, sisters, or even her alleged brother/husband, for interviews,  but she has chosen to not do that despite this story being widely covered in the most important publication in her congressional district, the Minneapolis Star Tribune – who have, by their coverage, made literally tens of thousands of people wonder if it is true.

The point is that the people who vote, and the media who cover her, seem to think they have the right to ask the question – did she marry her brother [for allegedly various federal benefits and his right to come into the USA; Omar is a naturalized US citizen]- and they are asking the question.

Omar may well be innocent of the claim. And she does not have to answer the question.  The point is people are asking.

And the point is that it seems no one asked Raniere, or rather thousands of people did not ask him to prove he was the smartest man.

And they did not do the research to disprove it.

And they spent money to enable him and not one of them spent this money without first having heard that Raniere is the smartest man in the world – something that they could have likely disproven if they wanted to disprove it.

People gave up their whole lives to Raniere, after having been told he was the world’s smartest man.

Time and again, they let them do their thinking since he was the world’s smartest man.

This is not to condemn them. They believed his disprovable lie.

Some of these same people smiled with a hint of derision at Bible stories – saying how childish the miracles stories in them are and yet they – to a woman – implicitly believed in Raniere’s claim and guided their whole lives by it.

Image result for jonah swallowed by whale

Rep. Omar may or may not have married her brother. Jonah may or may not have been swallowed by a big fish or whale and lived.

Krishna may have lifted Govhardan Hill with his finger and Keith Alan Raniere may or may not have been the smartest man in the world.

This photo of Keith Alan Raniere was used as an exhibit at his trial.

He was not the smartest because of bullshit IQ tests and scam studies, of course. But some might argue that anyone who could fool that many people into thinking he was the smartest and then live that way for decades, with adoring followers hanging on his every pearl of wisdom, with women begging to go to bed with him –  a pudgy, smelly, excessively hairy, cross-eyed, impotent man – that proves some kind of at least native cunning.

He had women competing to do his laundry, run his errands, starve themselves for him to be pleasing to him, deprive themselves of sleep to work harder for him to achieve his goals, while he ate like a pig and slept all day and fucked [until he became impotent] all night.

Indeed, some would say that he was pretty smart.

But not smart enough not to blackmail and brand women and think they would all keep it a secret.

MK10ART’s beautiful painting of Keith Alan Raniere in a setting where he truly belongs.






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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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