Is Emiliano Salinas on the Hot Seat? Or Just in Need of Mental Help?

Emiliano Salinas

As we continue to monitor what will happen with the rest of the Nxivm cast – including whether there will be new charges and new defendants – and as we await announcement of sentencing dates for the Vanguard and his fellow convicts – near the top of the list sits Emiliano Salinas.

Will he be charged?

Where is he now?

Is he in Cuba hiding? Getting needed mental help?

Time Lost

It must be hard on the lad to have lost some 15 years of his life foolishly following a monster. But all of us do foolish things sometimes. Because of his famous father, it is harder for him to step it back.

He was the leader in Mexico of the Nxivm cult and he can’t easily live that down. His fame was a curse because his leader, Keith Raniere used Salinas’ powerful connections to lure other Mexicans into the cult.

He was – alongside with Kristin Kreuk, Allison Mack, and Clare and Sara Bronfman – always mentioned to new recruits as an important reason to join Nxivm – because of the elite membership. To all the Mexican recruits – his name was mentioned first and foremost – as a good reason to join Nxivm.

I suspect that Emiliano is actually a nice guy, a little simple, a little too trusting, far too into sex – with men and women both – to be paying enough attention to how he had been fooled.

Nxivm was the antidote to his father’s ruthless political operations. It was for Emiliano the way of peace and love.  He believed in the Nxivm mission. He believed in peace as espoused by his lord Raniere. But he was bent too. Bent to Vanguard’s will.

Along with his business partner, and the man designated by Raniere to be his lover – Alejandro ‘Alex’ ‘El Duce’ Betancourt – Salinas headed Nxivm operations in Mexico for 15 years.

Emiliano Salinas & Alex Betancourt

It was Raniere who persuaded Emiliano that he should become bisexual and enjoy congress with Alex. [Alex too was bent to the Vanguard’s will by being persuaded that he was Benito Mussolini in his past life and that his atonement was to follow everything the Vanguard prescribed.]

By the time Raniere was arrested in March 2018, Salinas had distanced himself from the scurrilous one. But their years together made it hard for him to simply wipe the slate clean.

Salinas has gotten more publicity in Mexico this past year than he probably has in his entire life and I think it is fair to say that a lot of it was fomented by his father’s enemies. This is a splendid chance to discredit the father by showing an imbecile son or a deceptive, depraved and criminal son – a son who would be part of an organization that would brand and blackmail women.

Keith Raniere [left]. Emiliano Salinas. [right]
As for hard facts – actual crimes Emiliano Salinas’ is suspected of a participating in – there was a plot to kidnap several of Raniere’s female enemies and have them imprisoned, raped and possibly killed, after luring them to Mexico.

The plot never worked – no one was lured to Mexico – and sources inside Nxivm have recently said that the plot was not a serious one. They clumsily reached out to certain enemies who knew all along that they had this plot. Neither side took it seriously.

In other words, their efforts were so inept that the luring process was discovered at once and at least one of the proposed targets tried to make hay with it pretending she thought it to be much more serious than it really ever was.

Most ex-Nxivm members avoid going to Mexico because of Emiliano Salinas.

Still – in fairness – these women and a lot of ex-Nxivm members are rightfully fearful of going to Mexico – even on a visit.  Emiliano makes this threat serious by the fact of his father’s ruthless political reputation and Mexico’s corrupt governance.

It is easy enough to believe that Emiliano could bribe a judge or a police official to arrest Nxivm enemies if they should land in Mexico one day.

Emiliano also played a role in spying or rather trying to spy on Nxivm enemies.

Dumb Spies

It was stupid and actually ineffective – like much of Nxivm’s initiatives. It was not a good spy effort. They apparently hired fraudsters to do their spying with the result that they spent a lot of time and money spying on enemies, some of them quite prominent, and actually discovered nothing.

The spies they hired deceived them and made up their facts.

Later, those same spies [agents for Canaprobe] got caught by other clients and went to prison. One of them died in prison.

Nancy Salzman, with Mark Vicente, Alex Betancourt, Karen  Clare Bronfman, Lauren Salzman, and Emiliano Salinas – all wearing their sashes indicating their rank.

In addition to leading Nxivm Mexico [under his Vanguard], Emiliano was also part of the Nxivm USA board – since 2009.

He, along with Karen U, Clare Bronfman, Mark Vicente, Alex Betancourt, Lauren Salzman – and Nancy Salzman were the executive board.

Here is what Mark Vicente said about Emiliano at the trial of Keith Alan Raniere.

Vicente: Emiliano Salinas was the head of the Mexico City ESP Center along with his business partner, Alex Betancourt.  He comes from a very, very influential family in Mexico.  He was also one of the members of the Society of Protectors and he was also on the executive board with me and the others.

Vicente also testified that Nxivm encouraged its sales force to enroll, High net-worth individuals or people who had a large platform in the world.

Vicente said, That was seen as something really good and, you know, I was often congratulated, and I think other people were as well when you enrolled certain people.

Q: Did other members of the trusted group recruit these people of influence…?

A: Yes….   Sara Bronfman, Clare Bronfman, Emiliano Salinas, Alex Betancourt, Alejandra [Anaya] Gonzalez.”

Bulk Cash Smuggling

Vicente also testified that cash went north from Mexico to Albany [One has to wonder why Emiliano, whose father is fabulously wealthy, would have to be get involved with petty bulk cash smuggling.]

Lesko: Do you have … knowledge that the individuals within NXIVM, within the community, actually brought cash from Mexico to Albany?

Vicente: I do.  I was in an executive board meeting once where a lot of cash was handed over.  I believe it was handed …to Nancy Salzman.

Q: And who handed that cash over?

A: It was either Emiliano Salinas or Alex Betancourt, one of the two.  Because what I was understanding was that when they …  came to Albany, which is usually once a quarter, those monies would need to come to Albany.

Q: So they would transport cash from Mexico to Albany?

A: That’s my understanding.

Q: Do you know if that cash was reported or deposited in the bank account?

A: I have no idea.


In addition to having a high rank in Nxivm, Emiliano was also aware of DOS – despite claims he knew nothing of DOS.

According to Lauren Salzman’s testimony at the trial, at least three DOS women – Audrey, Kristin and Carly – requested the return of their collateral from Emiliano back in 2017.

This negates Emiliano’s argument that he knew nothing about the blackmail and branding schemes of DOS.

Here is Lauren ‘s testimony. She is questioned by Tanya Hajjar:

Q: Did she [Audrey] say anything about the circumstances under which the collateral had been taken?

A: Yes, that she believed that it was under false pretenses,  that we had lied about Keith’s involvement [in DOS] and gained it based on misrepresentations.

Q: You testified that Audrey sent this request for collateral to you on July 7th?

A: Yes.

Q: Was it then forwarded onward?

A: Yes.


Q Who did she send it to?

A She sent it to all members of the board.  The initial request came to Keith, Allison and myself.  Then she forwarded it to … myself, Karen…   Clare Bronfman, Alex Betancourt, Omar Boone, …. Emiliano Salinas ….

Q What was the date on which the email was forwarded?

A It on July 10th, 2017.

Q Did Audrey get her collateral back?

A No, nobody got their collateral back.

Q Did Kristin make a similar request for the return of her collateral?

A She did, yes.

Q When was that?

A Around the same time, a little bit later than Audrey.

Q Did she send it to you — what form did that request take?

A It was an email as well…

Q Around when was this email sent to you?

A The end of September in 2017.

Q And who else was it sent to?

A It was sent to the entire executive board…  Alex, Emiliano, Clare, Karen, Omar, and myself.

Q And in the email what did Kristin request the return of?

A She requested the return of a video about her business and religion, a letter to her sister, a false journal entry about her parents and a photo of a letter denouncing her religion.

Q And were these all items of collateral that had been committed?

A Yes, they were.

Q Did Kristin express anything about the circumstances under which this collateral — she had given the collateral?…

A That she felt that they were false pretenses and that she was lied to on multiple occasions in the enrollment process about the brand and specifically the obtaining of collateral.

Q Why wasn’t their collateral returned to them or destroyed?

A …. because Keith said not to but, you know, the theory behind it was that it had been given to hold a promise and that promise was still valid even if they broke their promise, it was given for something in exchange for something, there was an agreement and so that agreement still existed at least in theory.


Q: Did a woman named Carly … make a request in connection with DOS?

A Yes.

Q And when was that?….

A On the 4th of July 2017.

Q And who did Carly send this email to?

A She sent it to the executive board, the greens and the admin team and then cc-d all of the leadership in Vancouver where she was a member of the ESP Center.

Q Can you name the individuals who are the executive board please?

A Myself, Clare, Alex, Emiliano and Karen and then she also sent it to the greens … who are myself, Esther, Emiliano, Alex, Sara Bronfman, and then included in that group as part of the leadership council was Sara and Mark Vicente. Then she sent it to the admin team which included my sister….

Q And what did she ask for in this request, what did she want?

A She wanted outstanding refunds that she was waiting for from NXIVM and V Week and I believe she was also asking for her collateral back.

Q What collateral did she request back?

A pornographic style video and a video about her business as well as some photographs.

Q And this request for her collateral, a pornographic video and the video about her business, was sent to the entire executive board?

A Yes.


Lauren also testified that Alex [and probably Emiliano] were involved in intimidating DOS slaves into silence:

Q At some point did you become aware that NXIVM sent letters to certain DOS slaves in an effort to prevent them from speaking publicly?

A Yes.  I was aware that some cease and desist letters had been sent, yes.

Q Do you know who at NXIVM sent those letters specifically?

A I believe they came from Alex Betancourt as representative of ESP Mexico [Which Salinas was partner and it was Salinas’s scary father that would make this letter effective].

Lauren also explained on the witness stand how Emiliano was asked to help silence Nicole. To his credit he did not participate.

Q Ms. Salzman, at some point did you have another conversation with the defendant [Raniere] about Nicole?

A Yes.

Q Can you tell the jury about that?

A Yes.  So Alex Betancourt, who was one of my closest friends, came to me at one point in time, I think, in like February 2018.  And said that Emiliano, who is another one of our closest friends, had come to … Alex and was upset because a women [Nicole] who had been one of Allison’s former slaves had confided in him that she was tasked to have sex with Keith and that she felt forced to do that.

And that Alex had suggested that Emiliano come and speak to me about it.  And so Alex was giving me a heads-up that Emiliano was going to come raise the subject with me so that I was prepared to discuss it with him.

So I asked Alex, is it Souki, and he said no.  And so I said, is it Nicole and he said yes.  And so then I went to Keith to find out how to address this.

Q Why did you ask if it was Souki or Nicole?

A Because I wanted to understand — well, because they were the only two slaves of Allison’s who had left and who were speaking, who were raising concerns or bringing — raising that there had been issues and everybody else — it could only have been attributed to them and I wanted to know who it was, so I understood what kind of a conversation I was walking into.

Q What happened after that?

A I spoke to Keith and I told him about this, and asked him what to do, what should — what do I tell Emiliano?

Q What did he say?

A He told me that there had been no sex between him and Nicole and that he had given Nicole three trust tests and cited at least one that he had shown her a place in 8 Hale Drive which was the townhouse that he lived in, the executive library at one time, that he had shown her a bag of money and then left the money and later counted the money and saw that she had taken money and that he had given her three such tests and she had failed all of the tests and that she knew the truth, that she was misrepresenting the facts and that it would be good if Emiliano or somebody would bring this to her that she was not being truthful and urge her to tell the truth, change her  story.

Q And how did you understand that direction to you, that it would be good if someone spoke to her?

A He was telling me to do that.  Keith’s suggestions weren’t suggestions because if you didn’t do the suggestion, then there was feedback about why didn’t you do the suggestion and how you were making his life difficult and why this is really problematic.  So, he wanted me to go talk to Emiliano and get Emiliano to talk to Nicole and to get her to be on the other side of this.

Q Did you meet with Emiliano Salinas?

A I did, yes.

Q What happened?

A We did discuss it.  I mean most of the subject of my meeting with Emiliano was he was leaving the organization and didn’t want to be affiliated with NXIVM anymore and he and I were very close friends over many years and so that was very sad for me in the context of our relationship, so most of what we discussed was that, but we discussed Nicole and what he communicated with me was that Nicole told him that —

Q Ms. Salzman, without going into what Emiliano Salinas told you Nicole said, was whatever he said consistent with what you heard from the defendant in terms of what Nicole was saying?

A More or less, yes, and I communicated to Emiliano that I thought Keith would like it if somebody would talk to Nicole and get her to change her story.

Q These were instructions you conveyed to him that you got from the defendant?

A Yeah — well, I told him that that’s what I thought Keith would want.  I didn’t instruct him to do it and he wasn’t going to do it, he was leaving ESP, but I didn’t want to go back and tell Keith that I hadn’t raised it so I communicated that I thought Keith would want that.

Q To your knowledge, did Emiliano Salinas approach Nicole?

A No, not to my knowledge.


Nicole was also a witness who raised Emiliano’s name. And again Emiliano looks both good and bad. He did his best to try to persuade Nicole that Keith was not an egomaniac – a blatant lie.

Nicole is questioned by Moira Penza.

Q: Before you took the first NXIVM class, was anyone else of prominence mentioned to you?

…at some point Emi was mentioned.


Q And who was he?

A ... his dad was one of the former presidents of Mexico….

Q Did you become close with anyone … at V-Week 2015?

A Yeah.  That’s where I became good friends with Emiliano.

Q And who introduced you to Emiliano?

A Mark [Hildreth] did.

Q Tell us a little bit, just briefly, about the development of your friendship over V-Week 2015.

A Well, Emi really liked to run as well.  I think we started, like, just kind of running in the morning and chatting.  I don’t know, it started out as a conversation, and then we went on a run, and he asked me — there’s, like, a 5K that’s done at V-Week.  They have a little 5K race, and Emi was like, Why don’t you run the 5K?  I was like, I don’t race. He’s like, It’s the same as if we would do a three-mile run.

So I was like, Okay, I guess. So, we ran the 5K.

Q How did you do in the 5K?

A Good.  I got first for girls — women.

Q How did other people react to you getting first?

A Fine.  I just remember, like, a couple of, like, guys that I knew being, like, I can’t believe you beat us.  Sorry.

Q So, the men and the women ran at the same time?

A Yeah, but, also, there was a triathlon going on at the same time.  There was a lot of things going on.  And Emi barely beat me and he was like — I wish I would have beat him.

Q During that time, did you express any concerns to Emi about what you were seeing at V-Week 2015?

A Yeah.  I just I kind of told him one day when we were running, I don’t know, it seems a little weird to me.  Like, I’m not — I don’t really like situations where someone is idolized.  It just feels weird. And he said, ‘Yeah, but, you know, Keith doesn’t want that.  That’s not what he’s looking for.  Like, people project that on to him.  And, you know, sometimes people just want to believe in something more.’ Okay, but — yeah, he was, like, ‘Sometimes people just want to believe in something more and sometimes people project those things on to Keith.  And it’s not something that he wants, but it’s just something that happens.’ And he also said that I didn’t need to worry about it because — I really wasn’t that involved in the ESP community, but he was, like, ‘It’s not like you have to.’ I was like, Okay, fair enough.

Q Did that conversation have any impact on you?

A Absolutely.  I really trusted Emiliano’s guidance.  I mean, he obviously comes from a respectable family, but he’s like super — he’s very smart, he’s well-educated, he went to Harvard.  He’s not an idiot.  And we formed a good friendship, so I trusted him.  And I thought, Okay, like, you know, you really look up to this person but don’t idolize him as far as I could tell, so okay.


So as Nicole explains, it was Emiliano that did his utmost to try to persuade Nicole that Keith was not an arrogant rat bastard [which he is] and that he did not seek to be worshiped [which he did seek to be worshiped].

Penza Calls Salinas a Coconspirator

Perhaps the most damning revelation in the trial of Keith Raniere for Salinas is when Moira Penza openly called Salinas a coconspirator.

She said, “[T] he government is seeking to introduce [certain] email accounts in full. One of the email accounts has under a hundred pages of documents; one of the email accounts has about 500 pages of documents. The government’s position is that these email accounts are entirely criminal and demonstrates the nature of the enterprise.

“So one of the email accounts appears to have been created by Emiliano Salinas, who the government alleges is a coconspirator….

“[W]hat these email[s] as a whole demonstrate is [a] covert mission to gather … financial information on individuals who they believed were enemies of NXIVM.”

The judge agreed to allow the Salinas emails into evidence.

FBI Agent Describes How They Found Salinas’ Emails

Later, FBI agent Michael Weniger was called to the stand. He described how he came to find that Salinas was involved in spying on Nxivm enemies.

On the day following Raniere’s arrest in March 2018, the FBI conducted a search of the home of Nancy Salzman at 3 Oregon Trail in Clifton Park, New York.  There, the FBI found a box with file folders with labels and names on the top of the folders.

Inside the box, there were documents that purported to contain financial information for individuals, including emails from an email account,

The FBI determined that this email account was utilized in order to acquire banking information on enemies in an illegal manner.

Weniger Reveals the Search of Salina’s Email Account

Here is the relevant part of Weniger’s testimony on June 13. He is being questioned by Penza:

Weniger: Again, we reviewed all of the information within the box. And once we determined that there was some type of connection between the banking information and the electronic e-mail addresses, we requested and received search warrants for two specific e-mail addresses.

Penza: And what were those two e-mail addresses?

Weniger: One being, the other being


Q And did you receive search warrant returns from those two accounts?

A We did.


Q Were you able to determine the primary users of those accounts?

A Yes….  for, the subscriber that was actually listed was an individual by the name of Emiliano Salinas, who was part of the Defendant’s [Raniere] inner circle.

Salinas’ Role in Spying on Nxivm Enemies

Clare Bronfman utilized a Canadian investigation firm called Canaprobe to spy on Keith’s enemies. Salinas would use Mexican and American contacts to help spy on Raniere enemies.

Then they would compare notes.

Among the type of people they spied on – secretly trying to obtain bank account information were politicians, judges, and media representatives.

Raniere told the duo that he believed his enemies were being bribed by other enemies and he wanted them to look for large sums of money deposited into any of the enemies’ bank accounts.

He was looking especially for offshore bank accounts.

Enemies List

Salinas, Bronfman and Raniere spied on men at the local newspaper where Raniere lived: the Albany Times Union.

They spied on people associated with the Times Union newspaper: George Hearst, the Publisher; Rex Smith, the Editor; and Jim Odato, a reporter who had written stories about Nxivm.

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George Hearst, the publisher

Rex Smith, the editor.

James Odato,  reporter.


And Chet Hardin, a reporter for the Albany Metroland, a now-defunct weekly in the Albany area.


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Chet Hardin


And Michael Freedman, who wrote a cover story for Forbes magazine on October 13, 2003, entitled “Cult of Personality”.

Then there were politicians:

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Joe Bruno

They spied on Joseph Bruno, who was a Republican New York State senator, who took free flights on Clare and Sara’s private jet.

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Eliot Spitzer

Eliot Spitzer, a Democrat, who at the time was New York State Attorney General. He later became governor of New York but was forced to resign amid a prostitution scandal.

David Soares.

P. David Soares, the District Attorney in Albany County.

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Charles Schumer

Charles Schumer, U.S. senator from New York, a Democrat.

Steve Pigeon

Steve Pigeon, a Democrat political consultant.

Roger Stone

Roger Stone, a Republican political consultant.

Both Pigeon and Stone worked for NXIVM as consultants. [Nxivm was spying on their own consultants.]

Federal Judges

They spied on seven federal judges who at one time oversaw cases involving NXIVM.

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Gary L. Sharpe

U.S. District Chief Judge Gary L Sharpe

U.S. Magistrate Randolph F. Treece

U.S. District Judge Dennis M. Cavanaugh

U.S. Senior Judge Thomas J. McAvoy

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Robert E. Littlefield, Jr,

U.S. Magistrate Mark Falk

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Robert E. Littlefield


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Mark Falk



They also spied on people they were suing.

Rick Alan Ross

Rick Ross, of the Rick Ross Institute.

Morris Sutton, a defendant in a lawsuit with Rick Ross. Raniere/Nxivm was the plaintiff.

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Juval Aviv

Juval Aviv, who owned a private investigation firm called Interfor, who was hired by NXIVM to conduct investigations in relation to Nxivm’s enemies.

They were investigating their own investigator.

Spying on Papa

Edgar Bronfman, Sr.

They spied on Edgar Bronfman Sr., Clare Bronfman’s father, his business and his associates.

Stephen Herbits

Stephen Herbits, one of Bronfman Sr.’s closest associates.

The World Jewish Congress, which Bronfman led.

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Israel Singer

Israel Singer, who was associated with the World Jewish Congress.


There were litigants who were connected to the Los Angeles real estate fiasco that Keith Raniere operated:

Yuri Plyam,

Yuri Plyam, Natalia Plyam – and their company, Castle Trading, were involved in the California real estate project that Clare and her sister Sara funded and Raniere guided.

The paranoia even extended to critics,

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Deke Sharon

They spied on Deke Sharon, famous within the A Capella community, who was critical of Raniere. Raniere had tried to stage some A Capella concerts. He used Kristin Kreuk, Nicki Clyne, and Allison Mack to host the concerts.

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David Touretzky

David Touretzky, a professor at Carnegie Mellon, who was critical of the Raniere.

Carlos Rueda, a psychologist cited in newspaper articles providing opinions as to NXIVM and their curriculum and teachings.

They Spied on Joe O’Hara and Frank Parlato

Bronfman, Salinas and Raniere also spied on this writer.

Joe O’Hara

They spied on former consultant, Joseph O’Hara. Ironically, O’Hara left Nxivm when he discovered Nxivm was spying on Rick Ross illegally.

They also spied on on one or more of Raniere’s former harem members who left him.

In reality, the effort was inept. They hired fraudsters to do the spying and Emiliano, Clare and Keith were too stupid to realize that the info was merely fabricated. But that does not eliminate the criminal racketeering aspect of it for Emiliano.


So now the questions remaining are whether Emiliano will be indicted? And how is his mental health?

As you can see, he is a mixed bag. For some godawful reason, he became deeply involved in Raniere then tried to get out.

He did not need to commit the crimes, and had he been a stronger individual, he would have refused to commit bulk cash smuggling and spying efforts for Raniere.

Like Clare Bronfman, Emiliano committed crimes for Raniere that were unnecessary and were not for his financial gain. It was like he fell under the spell of a madman and became mad himself.

MK10ART portrait of Keith Raniere – the apple of his eyes in Mexico were Emiliano Salinas and Rosa Laura Junco. In a coming report, we will discuss Rosa Laura and her incredible role in Nxivm.

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  • Some people make one billion dollars out of $10.000 while others could not make $100 if one billion was given to them on a platter!
    This is nothing compared to someone we know well, pissed thirty billion dollars against the wall yet nowadays he’s praised by the mainstream media for his alleged business acumen!

  • Frank – I know you cannot divulge your sources. Here’s what I’ll say about the plot to lure the women to Mexico. Unless your source is Kristin Keeffe, the info provided to you is questionable at best. I’m sure the source(s) fully believes it and may have received the information from Keith himself. Kristin Keeffe was Keith’s legal liaison. She was in on everything and knew all the dirt. Keith told others what he wanted them to know. If Keith said, “It wasn’t serious. It was a joke.” – he’d tell a Lauren or Karen U etc. this information so that the version of events Keith wanted to get out there, got out there.

    As luck would have it, we have a damn recorded phone call from Kristin Keeffe to Barbara Bouchey that gives context to this plot. (If anyone hasn’t listened to that, I highly recommend it.) Here’s what Kristin had to say about it:
    “Clare did the stuff getting the financial records, Nancy hid the money and did the tax fraud, and Emiliano set up the scheme to get you and Toni thrown in a Mexican prison. But, none of them knew what the other two did, you follow me?”

    Personally, I’ll trust Kristin on this. The only other two who definitely know the truth (other than maybe a bribed Mexican judge) are Keith and Emi. And they certainly will downplay the plot to anyone and everyone who asks.

    • Frank – I’m walking back my statement when I said “I’m sure your source fully believes it.” My antenna is going bonkers, and I’m changing it to “maybe your source fully believes it.”

      Why does your source within NXIVM keep spinning everything that has to do with Toni? If this anonymous source deep within NXIVM “knows for a fact” that Toni is a lying, manipulative, and evil person, then why do they need to spin things? They should be able to deal in factual information without trying to sell you, Joe, and the FR readers on why history should be looked at from a different lens.

      “Source” – Now, this plot wasn’t a real plot, but Toni made it into something it wasn’t? Seriously – EVERYTHING that EVER had ANYTHING to do with Toni has been fake? Give me a fucking break, “Source”. You were more believable when you were trying to smear black paint on only part of the Toni Natalie story. When you’re dumping the entire can of black paint over her entire story, an agenda on your part is the only logical conclusion I’m beginning to come to. Maybe your agenda is to expose her as a fraud. Then go for it. I’m not saying you’re wrong. But stick to the facts. And you don’t need to disprove her entire story in order to achieve your desired outcome.

      Toni was hated by jealous inner circle members while she was still involved with Keith. She was presented to the world as his girlfriend.
      Toni was even more hated by everyone after she left. Why was she hated? Because lies were told about her. Lies were told about her for years and years as Keith’s insane infatuation with destroying Toni never dissipated. I say this, because i don’t think Toni has many people within NXIVM who knew her well, weren’t jealous of her when they did know her, or heard anything to make them like her after she gave Keith the middle finger.

      If my original post was correct and this source does “fully believe it”, I revert back to the original post.

  • Good article. Good points.

    Neither wealthy heiresses or the son of a president needed to commit any kind of crime for their own sake.

    And I truly doubt they ever realized what they were doing when they did it.

    • “Neither wealthy heiresses or the son of a president needed to commit any kind of crime for their own sake.
      And I truly doubt they ever realized what they were doing when they did it.”

      My, oh My!

      Heiresses on their own volition just accidentally financed a score of illegal activities.

      And the half-witted son of a Mexican President just stumbled into kidnapping and money laundering schemes.

      And moronic washed-up TV actresses just tripped into the management of a sex trafficking cult.

      And no one is responsible for anything.

      The typical storyline of the NXIVM gaslighters.

  • As for Emi’s ‘reason’ for being in NXIVM, Frank’s speculation that he fell under the spell of a madman — and thus became a madman himself — does not seem very believable to me.

    While there’s probably some truth to what Frank said — since Emi obviously didn’t need any money from NXIVM — I think the truth is akin to what the Bronfman sisters probably joined for.

    I can only surmise that Emi, Clare Bear and Sara enjoyed being leading players within NXIVM partly because they were trying to get out of the huge shadow cast by their ‘masters of the universe’ fathers.

    Edgar Bronfman and Carlos Salinas became as successful, powerful and rich as any human could ever hope to be.

    Thus, living in that shadow likely made their kiddies feel like second rate nobodies.

    NXIVM would have provided Emi, Clare Bear and Sara a sense of ‘individual achievement’ not tied to their fathers.

    I think NXIVM gave them a sense of pride that they had led an organization without daddy’s help.

    It was their own thing.

    Although Emi graduated Harvard on his own, I think it’s safe to say that without daddy’s friends and ‘influence’ he would not have been on Harvard’s short list to even gain admittance. Yeah, I’m sure his grades were good but it takes more than that to get into Harvard (they have a long waiting list of people possessing virtually perfect GPA’s and high SAT scores).

    Without daddy’s influence, in my opinion Emi doesn’t gain admittance to Harvard.

    If you disagree then EAT SHIT. 🙂

    Thus, I think NXIVM allowed Emi to get out of daddy’s shadow and do something truly on his own, at least in his own mind.

    I just don’t believe that Emi, Clare or Sara were FULLY brainwashed like Lauren and Allison were. I don’t believe that.

    I think they merely TOLERATED Keith’s bullshit — rather than becoming brainwashed by it — simply because calling out Keith’s bullshit would have meant losing their position within the upper echelons of NXIVM, or at least losing Keith’s trust.

    i.e., I don’t think they TRULY believed they were really ‘Mussolini’ or ‘Hitler’ or whoever the fuck Keith claimed they were.

    I’m sure they believed in the STATED MISSION of NXIVM. I’m sure they believed they were helping people, but they weren’t likely brainwashed like the others IMO.

    They likely just tolerated Keith’s insane remarks to avoid losing their positions of trust and influence within NXIVM.

    PS — As for Frank’s claims about Emi being gay, I do not believe for one minute that he fucked another guy simply to please Keith.

    A guy can’t get ‘hard’ (get a woody) if he’s not aroused.

    Thus, Keith would NOT have had any influence over a guy fucking another guy.

    Keith may have recommended that they become lovers — if Frank’s claims are accurate — but if they truly fucked then it was simply their own ‘preference’ to be bisexual, at least in my own opinion.

  • “I suspect that Emiliano is actually a nice guy, a little simple, a little too trusting”

    A nice guy? Really?

    What about the Nxivm members Emiliano tried to lure to Mexico? What about Emiliano threatening and trying to have people charged with false crimes? Wasn’t the goal to ultimately have people falsely arrested, incarcerated, possibly murdered in jail?

  • “It must be hard on the lad to have lost some 15 years of his life foolishly following a monster.”

    Emiliano’s own family is filled with monsters.
    Emiliano’s father Carlos is the monster who gave us NAFTA with shuttered factories across America’s Industrial Zone and the giant sucking sound of American jobs flowing to low-wage Mexico.
    How do American workers like competing for jobs against Mexico’s minimum wage is about 4.71 US dollars per day?
    America’s minimum wage is about 56 dollars per day.

    “Mexico raises minimum wage by 10 percent to $4.71 per day”
    “MEXICO CITY • Critics are blasting a move this week by Mexico to raise its minimum wage by 10 percent, saying the increase falls short of meeting the basic needs of workers and is unlikely to satisfy U.S. and Canadian NAFTA negotiators who see low Mexican salaries as unfair competition.”

    Think how hard American and Canadian workers have it to compete with Mexico’s poverty wages.
    Thank you Carlos Salinas.

    And NAFTA had the additional impact of wiping out Mexican family farms.
    Mexicans can’t compete with the industrial farms of the American Midwest and many Mexican farmers have been forced to flee to El Norte (the United States) to find employment creating even more economic pressure on American workers.
    Many villages in Mexico consist of either the very old or the very young.
    All of the middle aged Mexicans are in the US scrambling to survive the economic catastrophe bequeathd on them by Carlos Salinas.
    Thank you again, Carlos Salinas.

    And Carlos Salinas notched his first murder victim when he was a precocious 4 years old when he shot a killed the family’s 12 year old maid, Manuela.
    “Mexico’s Biggest Criminal: The Salinas de Gortari Crime Family”

    “By Larry Shea

    Don’t leave a loaded gun accessible to either of the Salinas de Gortari brothers, Carlos or Raul, or – for that matter – to any of their friends.

    Manuela, a twelve-year old family “maid,” was murdered with a loaded .22 rifle on October 19, 1951 at the Salinas family home. Raul Salinas Lozano, the politically well-connected father of Raul and Carlos Salinas de Gortari (and the padrino [godfather] of the crime family) was an economist who served in several high-level positions in different Mexican presidential administrations.”

    “Mexico City newspapers reported in December of 1951 that the young girl had been executed by one of these three young elite deviants. However, some of the newspapers also reported that it was unclear whether a Raul (age: six years), Carlos (age: four-and-a-half years), or unidentified friend (age: eight years) had executed the young girl. Nevertheless, the newspaper, El Universal, reported that when he was asked, Carlos proudly boasted that “I killed her with one shot; I’m a hero.”

    And the open borders created by Carlos Salinas’ NAFTA have exacerbated the drug trade devastating both Mexico and the US.

    Here is a story this week from the AP about Mexico’s new drug war which is worse than it was years ago.
    “Mexico’s new drug war may be worse than old one

    “COATZACOALCOS, Mexico (AP) — Mexico’s drug war appears to be back — and it may be worse this time around than in the bloody years of the government’s 2006-2012 offensive against drug cartels.”

    “Back then, the worst of the violence was confined to a few cities. Now it is spread out throughout the country. Once it was not uncommon for gangs to kill adults but leave children unharmed. Now, the killing of children alongside their parents has become all too frequent.”
    Think about all of the rumors concerning money laundering by NXIVM.
    Think of the cash counting machine stashed away in Nancy Salzman’s house.

    How much of NXIVM’S money laundering involved the proceeds of drug trafficking.

    Come on Nancy and Lauren and Clare and all of you other NXIVM monsters.
    Are you going to gaslight us and claim that there was no drug money laundering through NXIVM?
    Did all those bundles of kinky cash flowing into Clifton Park come from selling refried beans on the black market?
    We know that Sara Bronfman and Nancy Salzman went down to Sir Richard Branson’s island on two occasions to talk about NXIVM’S money laundering skills.
    Isn’t that why John Tighe was targeted to be set up with child porn on his computer?
    Because Tighe had the guts to report on this money laundering conference in 2010?
    (And Shivani had the nerve to call the child porn surreptitiously placed on Tighe’s computer “fun porn.”)

    “Several group members, including co-founder Nancy Salzman, visited Necker for two seminars in 2007 and 2010. The cult’s leader, Keith Raniere, did not attend either trip.”

    “At least one of the visits is said to have been paid for by billionaire heiress and Nxivm follower Sara Bronfman, whose late father, businessman Edgar Bronfman Sr., knew Branson.”

    And let’s not forget the brave Mexican politicians and journalists who tried to expose the many crimes of the Salinas gang.
    Over a dozen of them ended up being assassinated.

    “One should watch the 2012 film, Colosio: El Asesinato. In the months following the assassination, 15 people who were directly linked to the case were murdered including the Secretary General of the PRI Party, Jose Francisco Ruiz Massieu, who happened to be the ex-brother-in-law of Carlos and Raul Salinas de Gortari.”

    “It has been speculated by some that Massieu had learned that the Salinas crime family had been behind the conspiracy to assassinate Colosio. However, according to an official document from the office of the Attorney General of the Republic of Mexico, there was sufficient evidence that, sometime in March of 1993, the brothers, Carlos and Raul, along with their sister Adriana (Massieu’s ex-wife) had held a meeting with their father, Raul Salinas Lozano. At that meeting, it was decided by the Salinas crime family that their ex-in-law Jose Francisco Ruiz Massieu, aka “Pepe,” must be “physically eliminated.”

    “The title of a book that was written by Mexican investigative journalist, Anabel Hernandez, is called Narcoland: The Mexican Drug lords and Their Godfathers (2010), and she chose that title for good reason. It was reported in 1997 that: “In its suit against Mario Ruiz Massieu [who was the brother of the murdered, ex-in-law Jose Francisco Ruiz Massieu] the US Department of Justice began to roll out testimony which implicates ex-president Carlos Salinas de Gortari, his siblings Adriana and Raul, his father Raul Salinas Lozano, his ex-brother-in-law Jose Francisco Ruiz Massieu, and even Luis Donaldo Colosio in drug trafficking operations.” [Let that sink in for a moment!]”

    So all of you NXIVM trolls who lecture us on all of the good that NXIVM does with their regurgitated Scientology, explain to us that NXIVM was not involved in drug trafficking and money laundering when some of the top officials in the NXIVM criminal gang were neck deep in murder.
    And the Bronfman sisters and the Salzmans were breaking bread with NXIVM Mexico.
    And NXIVM drones like Allison Mack and Nicki Clyne loved to vacation in Mexicop and engage in orgies with members of NXIVM Mexico.

    Carlos Salinas’ brother Raul was convicted of money laundering and ordering a hit on a rival politician.
    “On February 28, 1995 Raul Salinas de Gortari was arrested (after a classic Mexican standoff) and charged with ordering and financing the murder of their rival, Jose Francisco Ruiz Massieu.”

    And Carlos Salinas’ sister in law was arrested in Switzerland for trying to withdraw money from a secret Swiss bank account opened with a fictitious name.
    “It was reported in November of 1995 that Paula Castanon, the wife of Raul Salinas de Gortari and her brother, Antonio Castanon, were arrested in Geneva, Switzerland after attempting to withdraw $84 million from an account that Raul kept under an alias.”

    “Even though his modest annual government salary had never exceeded $190,000, it was discovered that Raul Salinas de Gortai had hundreds of millions of US dollars stashed in banks all over the world.”

    And what happened to NAFTA that was supposed to be a boon for America and Mexico?
    “Crime lord “Bubba” Bill Clinton and his gang of White-House disaster capitalists, led by “Wall Street” Bobby Rubin and “World Bank” Larry Summers, coordinated a $50 billion bailout package for Mexico, including $25 billion from the US treasury. ”
    That’s right.
    You the American taxpayer was hit with a 50 billion dollar bailout to save Mexico after scumbag Bill Clinton’s friend Carlos Salinas looted it.

    Now Bill and Hillary Clinton are the political bosses of New York State.
    And the gangsters of Mexico (Salinas) and Canada (Bronfman)
    want to save NXIVM and use it to funnel dirty drug money from Mexico into the US and on top of that funnel money to their corrupt puppets in the New York State Democratic party.

    Folks, you get the government you deserve.
    Do you deserve a government run by NXIVM, the Salinas gang, the Clinton gang and the Bronfmans?

  • Yeah, yeah Brosnan not Bronson. I’d still cast him as Emi. Unless we shoot in Cuba, Emi could play himself. …JK!

  • Amazing analysis on Emi, Frank, before I read the rest. Must suck to be a super rich, sex-addict weakling dillitante sandwiched between male and female sexual influences; especially if Alex Betancourt’s your woman and Nancy Salzman’s your man! Poor, confused Emi. 😆

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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