Toni Natalie’s Triad of Self-Diagnoses Might be Wrong

Toni Natalie Portrait holding Mic
Toni Natalie at the Albany Times Union forum [photo courtesy Albany Times Union]

Toni Natalie has told many of her friends and former friends about her three illnesses. She has also written about them in her book, The Program Inside the Mind of Keith Raniere and the Rise and Fall of Nxivm.

Her three self-proclaimed illnesses are:

  • Dyslexia
  • PTSD
  • Fibromyalgia

Dyslexia or Reading Disability

Toni describes her “severe dyslexia” as being the cause of her dropping out of high school in the 10th grade.

She writes, “The problem was that I was not a good student. I now know that I suffer from severe dyslexia. When I read, the words swim off the page. But when I was in high school, dyslexia was not understood or diagnosed and was generally confused with lack of intelligence.”

Actually, and as an aside, it appears that Toni actually did not drop out of 10th grade, nut, instead,12th grade – which is evidenced by her senior picture appearing in the Senior Yearbook for what would have been her graduating class’ yearbook. That mistake could be caused by her dyslexia  – or she might be lying.

But does Toni really suffer from severe dyslexia?

To discover the treasures contained in her book, The Program Inside the Mind of Keith Raniere and the Rise and Fall of Nxivm, her publishers offer several options, including the physical book, a Kindle version, and an “audible audiobook.”

An audible audiobook features someone reading the book, usually the author.

Obviously, if Toni has severe dyslexia, she could not read the book aloud. Yet, according to Amazon, which sells her book, including the audible version, Toni Natalie is the narrator of the book.

Toni confirms this on the Facebook page for her book


According to the Mayo Clinic: “Dyslexia is a learning disorder that involves difficulty reading due to problems identifying speech sounds and learning how they relate to letters and words (decoding). Also called reading disability, dyslexia affects areas of the brain that process language…

Some common dyslexia signs and symptoms…:

  • Difficulty reading, including reading aloud
  • Slow and labor-intensive reading and writing
  • Avoiding activities that involve reading
  • Mispronouncing names or words
  • Spending an unusually long time completing tasks that involve reading or writing

Toni Natalie says she dropped out of high school in the 10th grade because of severe dyslexia. It appears she may have lied about the year she dropped out because her senior picture is in her high school yearbook (Maybe her former classmates insisted that the book include a picture of the prettiest girl in their class even though she had dropped out in 10th grade). Or maybe Toni was misdiagnosed? How is it possible that she has “severe dyslexia” and is still able to read her book aloud for audible books?

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Toni has also told many people she has Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD. She confirms this in her book and gives two different dates about when she was first diagnosed with this mental disorder.

She blames the PTSD on Keith, writing: “I began to doubt my own sanity. Maybe Keith was right. Maybe I really was the devil. My mental health was in peril, and my physical health along with it. I suffered from migraines and from weird aches and pains, the cause of which I could not determine. I was a nervous wreck. In April 2004 I was diagnosed with post¬traumatic stress disorder.”

Later, she moves back the date of the diagnosis to “the summer of 2004.”

She writes, “My mother, who had been supporting me financially during this crisis [with Keith], was forced to file for bankruptcy on July 15, 2004. She had blown through her life savings to pay my legal and medical expenses, and now there was nothing left…

“My parents were now going through hell with me, and I felt responsible for their plight. But there was nothing I could do about it, apart from putting in more hours at the pizzeria. The guilt was all consuming. I was moved by my mother’s sacrifice, by her love, but ashamed that I was the cause of so much trouble.  I stopped eating. I stopped sleeping.
In the summer of 2004, I had a full-fledged nervous breakdown and was diagnosed with PTSD.”

Toni said her mother filed for bankruptcy which is true.  Toni – along with her brother, John Natalie, and her mother, Joan Schnier – had engaged in a long-term restaurant leasing scheme, which, in the end, required all of them to file for bankruptcy.

They would sign agreements with leasing companies claiming to want money to buy new restaurant equipment for their various Mr. Shoes restaurants. They would get the money but not actually buy the new equipment. Instead, they would buy used or much cheaper equipment — pocket the difference in cash – and, ultimately, default on the lease payments.

According to several sources, the plan required them to file for bankruptcy at the end – which was how they avoided making any more payments to the leasing companies.

They did this in turn: first Toni, then John, then Joan.  It almost landed Toni in prison on a federal rap but thanks to her criminal attorney, William Dreyer, she got off without any charges. [More on that later.]

It is not clear why Toni should have a nervous breakdown or develop PTSD because of her mother’s bankruptcy since this was a well-planned scheme that had nothing to do with Keith.

Regardless, whether she was diagnosed with PTSD in April 2004 or in the summer of 2004, she claims she got it from the trauma and terror of Keith Alan Raniere.

Yet, Toni attended every day of the trial of Keith Alan Raniere – and every pre-trial hearing. She stared at him – and claims he stared right back and gave her the finger repeatedly, something that no one else attending the trial ever observed.

She also directly called Raniere on the telephone – prior to his being arrested – to try to sell him a patent he had put in her name – for $1 million.

Is this the behavior of someone with PTSD whose trauma was triggered by Keith Raniere?

Let’s go to the Mayo Clinic for their point of view:

“Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that’s triggered by a terrifying event — either experiencing it or witnessing it. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the event…


PTSD symptoms are generally grouped into four types: intrusive memories, avoidance, negative changes in thinking and mood, and changes in physical and emotional reactions…

Intrusive memories

Symptoms of intrusive memories may include:

  • Recurrent, unwanted distressing memories of the traumatic event
  • Reliving the traumatic event as if it were happening again (flashbacks)
  • Upsetting dreams or nightmares about the traumatic event
  • Severe emotional distress or physical reactions to something that reminds you of the traumatic event


Symptoms of avoidance may include:

  • Trying to avoid thinking or talking about the traumatic event
  • Avoiding places, activities or people that remind you of the traumatic event

Negative changes in thinking and mood

Symptoms of negative changes in thinking and mood may include:

  • Negative thoughts about yourself, other people or the world
  • Hopelessness about the future
  • Memory problems, including not remembering important aspects of the traumatic event
  • Feeling emotionally numb

Changes in physical and emotional reactions

Symptoms of changes in physical and emotional reactions (also called arousal symptoms) may include:

  • Being easily startled or frightened
  • Always being on guard for danger
  • Self-destructive behavior, such as drinking too much or driving too fast
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Irritability, angry outbursts or aggressive behavior
  • Overwhelming guilt or shame

Intensity of symptoms

You may have more PTSD symptoms when you’re stressed in general, or when you come across reminders of what you went through. For example, you may hear a car backfire and relive combat experiences. Or you may see a report on the news about a sexual assault and feel overcome by memories of your own assault.


You can develop post-traumatic stress disorder when you go through, see or learn about an event involving actual or threatened death, serious injury or sexual violation.

The most common events leading to the development of PTSD include:

  • Combat exposure
  • Childhood physical abuse
  • Sexual violence
  • Physical assault
  • Being threatened with a weapon
  • An accident


Nowhere in the literature I’ve read does it say that a person with PTSD will seek out and eagerly spend six weeks in the same room as the person that caused the traumatic event – as Toni did when Keith went to trial – or parading herself before the media – sometimes even jumping in front of others to ensure she was photographed – to talk about the person who caused the PTSD – or write about him in a book – or call him on the phone and ask him for one million dollars to sell him a patent he owns which he put in her name.

Toni, however, reportedly has a therapist who signed off on her PTSD diagnosis and because of this, Toni claims, she now collects disability payments every month. Whether that is SSI or SSDI is not known.

It may be that Toni is suffering from a rare new kind of PTSD that compels a person to dwell exclusively on – and try to profit from – the person and events that caused all her trauma.

An investigation is warranted into whether she actually has PTSD – especially if it’s true that she is collecting taxpayer money based on a diagnosis of it.

While, from her actions, she does not appear to be afflicted with PTSD, it does sound good in her book that she has a mental disorder caused by Keith Raniere.

Another good story in her book is that her beloved dog, Raymona – the very dog that saved Scott Foley’s testicles – also definitely has PTSD. How sad is that?

After Toni savagely attacked husband #4, Scott Foley – even threatening to tear off his testicles –  it was Raymona who peed on the floor -which distracted Toni and allowed Scotty to escape intact.

She wrote of the event, which she blamed on Keith, “Now even my guard dog had PTSD.”

Fibromyalgia While Swinging on Ropes?

In her book, after claiming her brother John committed suicide because of Raniere – which, once again, is not the truth as John’s long-term girlfriend claims that his death certificate indicates he died of Afib, a heart condition, Toni goes on to say that Keith’s terror caused her to contract fibromyalgia.

The picture Toni uses on Facebook features a handsome tattoo on her back. It reads “In War Truth Is the First Casualty, but not this time.” Toni claims she put the tattoo on her back in 2009 after her brother committed suicide. Actually, John Natalie had a heart attack –  but shifting the story from heart attack to suicide because of Keith Raniere makes for a better story and a better tattoo as well.

It makes a perfect trio.

Dyslexia, which justified her lack of success in school. PTSD, caused by Keith, which shows how mentally abused she was. And, finally, a physical ailment caused by Raniere – fibromyalgia.

Will Toni’s suffering at the hands of Keith ever end?

Toni writes, “The autopsy [of her brother John] lists the cause of death as suicide by a lethal combination of metoprolol and diltiazem, John’s heart medications. I thought about my brother, so damaged, so empathic, and wondered what fucked-up messages Keith had communicated to him in months days leading up to his death. In April 2009 I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia.”

As everyone who knows her is well aware, Toni is quite an athlete – especially for someone her age who has so many maladies. She swings from silk ropes.

It is called aerial silks (also known as aerial contortion.) It is an exercise routine that Toni performs three or four times a week.

She hangs in the air from a fabric folded to make a loop.  Toni has been seen to climb the suspended fabric and suspend, drop, swing, and spiral her body into and out of various positions. She has used her aerial silks to fly through the air, striking poses and figures while flying.

She was even a member of Aerial Arts of Rochester.

Some of the poses Toni Natalie is seen to do each week.


Toni also rides the carousel – exuberant over her victory over Keith Alan Raniere and the handsome advance she got from her publishers for her book.

Is this form of aerial acrobatics compatible with a diagnosis of fibromyalgia?

Again, the Mayo clinics explains the disease:

Fibromyalgia is a disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues. Researchers believe that fibromyalgia amplifies painful sensations by affecting the way your brain processes pain signals…

Symptoms include:

  • Widespread pain. The pain associated with fibromyalgia often is described as a constant dull ache that has lasted for at least three months. To be considered widespread, the pain must occur on both sides of your body and above and below your waist.
  • Fatigue. People with fibromyalgia often awaken tired, even though they report sleeping for long periods of time. Sleep is often disrupted by pain, and many patients with fibromyalgia have other sleep disorders, such as restless legs syndrome and sleep apnea.
  • Cognitive difficulties. A symptom commonly referred to as “fibro fog” impairs the ability to focus, pay attention and concentrate on mental tasks…

Doctors don’t know what causes fibromyalgia, but it can sometimes be triggered by psychological stress.

It is possible to exercise when one has fibromyalgia – and some doctors even recommend it.

I am not certain how many aerial contortionists have fibromyalgia, but it is possible Toni was misdiagnosed or perhaps as has been seen in the past, she is lying.

Help Is on the Way

It is hoped that whatever diseases Toni actually has, can be somehow cured.

The first step is in getting a competent diagnosis.

According to Medical News Today, while pathological liars tell compulsive lies without a clear motive, non-pathological lying is where the lie is often beneficial to the liar in some way.

It is clear that Toni is a non-pathological liar.

In addition to being a liar, Toni may have “Factitious Disorder” – sometimes called Munchausen’s Syndrome – a condition in which a person acts as though they are physically or mentally ill when they are not.

She may also have Narcissistic Personality Disorder [NPD]. The hallmarks of NPD are fantasies of immense importance and the need for admiration and special treatment.

She might also have Borderline Personality Disorder [BPD] and may lie to distort reality into something that fits with the emotions that she is feeling, rather than the facts concerning the events of her life.

Yet another possibility is Frontotemporal Dementia, a form of dementia that affects the frontal and temporal brain regions and causes changes in behavior and language, inappropriate social behavior, lack of empathy and loss of insight into the behavior of others and oneself.

These personality disorders can lead to significant challenges with interpersonal relationships and in writing books that are supposed to be non-fiction.

If you know Toni, urge her to get a revised medical diagnosis to ascertain what’s really wrong with her.


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  • Toni Natalie does not have PTSD. Period. The doctor who signed off on that diagnosis is complicit in her defrauding the government/taxpayers in order to get disability payouts. The good thing about her advance on this book of hers is that she is no longer eligible for SSI or SSD, while a disabled person is allowed to earn additional income if receiving these payouts, the normal amount is generally limited to $10k/per year.

  • Awesome article Frank! Can you pleaz get your stooge Klavy to do a Vanguard in Prison update this weekend! I need to know if Vanguard get’in a free prison prostatectomy!
    Klavy barely writes anymore WTF gives?
    I hope Klavy is okay!

  • These insults about Toni’s looks have to stop. I am a lawyer with a large law firm with offices in Joplin, Missouri, Oklahoma City, Amarillo, Texas, Gallup, New Mexico, Flagstaff, Arizona, Winona, Kingman, Barstow, and San Bernardino, California. And if you people don’t stop attacking her beautiful looks I will sue you for defamation and libel and take you for everything you own #luvUToni
    Your humble and obedient Barrister

    • Wow. All your offices are on Route 66. Really cool. When I make a California trip I go through St. Louis, Joplin, Missouri And Oklahoma City which to me looks mighty pretty I see Amarillo
      Gallup, New Mexico
      Flagstaff, Arizona
      Don’t forget Winona
      Kingman, Barstow, San Bernandino. Way cool you must be one hell of a lawyer.

      • Arthur Franz Hunnicutt Esq. Juris Doctor aka Nicki Clyne also makes a good Mocktail (non-alcoholic Cocktail).
        You can find him/her at the Izzy Rose restaurant in Brooklyn some 800 miles away from the East end of Route 66.

    • Dude looks like a lady. Stop. Reverse that. Okay.

      You should have been here a year or so ago. People were extolling her virtue and performing mental gymnastics to say how beautiful and brave is Toni.
      Enemy of my enemy perhaps. Or the natural empathy most feel for someone with such a story. It was a story.

      It’s a damn shame considering the damage she has done and the people she has hurt. Very much like Keith all while trusted and benefiting from their kindness, generosity and help.

  • D.O.S. D.O., Danielle Roberts has slipped off, like Ghislaine Maxwell went off the map. The problem is, Danielle has not gone far enough, as of yet. Nancy Salzman and her dawters are awaiting their chances to go off the grid, as well. There will be a slight delay for Nancy and Lauren to manage to exit, stage left. First there’s going to be a little matter to be orchestrated by Judge Garaufis, coming soon. But why expect 2020 vision? Tra la la la la la.

    Meanwhile, Toni Natalie keeps trying to be important, Nxivm-wise. This is so, so last year. She missed the evacuation ship. This has been such an unfashionable decision, much like the way that Toni still keeps her fingernails done like a lacquer addict, circa 1990’s. Really, how awkward can Toni get! Too many encores.

    But with her “dyslexic conditioning,” Toni couldn’t get through a single acting class, such a crying shame. Toni couldn’t even survive how we block every scene and memorize stage motions, before injecting a single word of dialogue. Even Tekashi69 understands more about theatricism than Toni.

    “All the world’s a stage” unless one happens to be the organgrinder’s monkey, who works for peanuts.

    By the way, Danielle Roberts does remind me of Ghislaine Maxwell, in so many ways. Both have been schmoozers, as proponents of their Faith. Both have been quite notably sadistic and seem to get off on being cruel to women, in particular. Both seem to be such manly fellows, as well, who inject lots of malice into their bisexuality. Fascinating. There are, no doubt, more similarities between Ghislaine and Danielle.

    However it could be impolite to discuss much more of what the 2 have in common. While that generally doesn’t seem to shut me up, this article is about I Feel Pretty and her dyslexia, fibromyalgia, and ptsd. I don’t want Queen Elizabeth to get any more furious about bothersome or “unbecoming” perversions, nor Hillary and Bill to get their panties in a bunch. Must be disciplined and stay on topic. One never knows who is reading the Frank Report, right Toni?

    As Sly and the Family Stone sang it so well, Toni, “I Want to Take You Higher.” Like an eggless soufflé! Breathe into the brown paper bag. U can doooo this.

  • In almost thirty years of teaching, I’ve never encountered a person suffering dyslexia that could perform a reading marathon such as the narration of an entire book. Many diagnosed dyslexic people can to a certain extent overcome their difficulties, in this day and age there is awesome software (white smoke is my favourite) to help with writing, but reading – aloud, even to an audience of one….? That would be a feat – even for someone without dyslexia, someone who just wasn’t a particularly confident reader. IMO she may have been a lazy student, but not a dyslexic one.

    Also, I used to go and play on the ropes at Circus Space. The trapeze is great fun but I had to stop when the little arthritis in my wrist made it unsafe to continue. So, trapeze with fibromyalgia? No way. Nah.

  • Unless it’s another lie, Toni Natalie has had the same MD for decades, a family doctor.

    One who most likely has bought all her lies – lock, stock, and barrel.

    Could it be that he is under the spell of the Toni Nata-LIES himself?

    Someone in the medical field had to sign off on her going on Social Security Disability and wrote a good enough history that SS bought the story.

    SS just doesn’t hand out checks. If you’re going with things that are less factual to prove, PTSD and fibromyalgia are two good choices. It’s not like they are going to show up on an MRI.

  • Good points about the dyslexia, perhaps the words jumped off the page and into her mouth. There is little doubt her PTSD and fibromyalgia symptoms are self-inflicted, the root cause being her decades of lying and dishonest behavior.

  • I have fibromyalgia and lupus, and one of my best friends has fibromyalgia and EDS, but we both have taken pole and aerial classes. We can take it up to a point, and everyone has that point, it’s just a matter of where it is. My sister-in-law has fibromyalgia as well, and struggles with daily tasks when hers is bad, and I can barely get out of bed when mine is bad, but it’s not *always* bad.

    I still think she’s lying, but yeah.

    (Also, hi, I’ve read this for the last couple of years because someone tried to get me to take an executive success intensive a few years ago. Who knew my laziness was enough to save my life!)

    • Nicoll, back in the late seventies, an ethereal youngish woman made friends with my family. She was searching new age trends, hoping to make a living. She invested in a samadhi tank and planned to offer “spiritualistic sessions.” This was in San Francisco, Noe Valley. She was a sweet soul and very, unusually perceptive.

      Several months passed, and she scrapped the whole samadhi tank setup. It was very hard on her. I had noticed that she left rather odd seeming notes around, here and there, as we got to know her better, but I didn’t think about that much.

      One day, she broke down crying, feeling very hopeless, dejected. She said that she was born with a dyslexic condition, making it awfully hard for her to either read or write. She had kept going into a panic, feeling unable to be sure that she could read or control the water temperature of her samadhi tank. My husband and I “scooped her back up” by hiring her to become a line cook, because she really, really had talent as a chef, just waiting to be supported. Here she did not need to read or write much at all but could be hands on, stay fairly calm and be engaged, happier.

      I was hired once, in part to be to be backup for an incredible children’s librarian who had very tough lupus symptoms, and sometimes she needed to have several weeks off to recover. She taught me so much, and she was honest-to-God Mother Courage herself. Unforgettable.

    • If she finished high school, she could try the Mexican friendship route, say at the Univeridad Autónoma de Guadalajara, motto: Ciencia y Libertad. This might be a perfect setting to shake her moneymaker. She could volunteer to be a human guinea pig and make progress for all mankind. Maybe Danielle Roberts could enroll, too and be Toni Natalie’s new Nxivm return ticket and her personal servant and scientifically-qualified researcher. Two for the price of one!

      They could compete over who gets to wield the cauterizing pen, all with no governmental supervision. Such autonomy, dahling.

      There are always more bridges to burn, now that her name is mud up in New Yawk. Toni would love the status of the Autonomous University’s faculty. There’s a faculty list ripe for the plucking and with references, at Wikipedia. Maybe with such a spleniferous assemblage, they’d cum up with surprising ways to love her right back; the grift that keeps on grifting. Trauma is especially welcome, so Toni could pretend to recognize a lot of Guadlajaran horses, front and behind.

      We can give Toni a new lease on life, for her to break, a write-in ballot for expletive suckcess.

      • Natalie wouldn’t be nearly as good as Roberts. Practice makes perfect, so Roberts is way ahead of her. Plus, Roberts could keep the infections under control better. After all, she is a doctor.

      • LOL
        There are actually a lot of people who have dyslexia wnd threough hard work overcame the affliction and graduated from college.
        Jay Leno the comedian has dyslexia and graduated from college (Emerson College in Boston) and went on to host a nightly TV talk show with good ratings.
        Stephen J. Cannell has dyslexia and through hard work became a major TV screen writer and producer.

        Here is a partial list of people with dyslexia who went on to over come it.
        Jennifer Aniston, American actress[3]
        Michael Bennet, American politician; United States Senator from Colorado
        Alexander Graham Bell, Scottish inventor and scientist
        Orlando Bloom, English actor
        David Boies, American attorney
        Richard Branson, English entrepreneur
        Steve Jobs, American entrepreneur; co-founder of Apple Inc.
        Dean Kamen, American inventor, Segway human transport, Luke arm, FIRST Lego League
        Henry Winkler, American actor; spokesman for the Dyslexia Foundation

        It’s an impressive list of impressive p[eople.
        Overcoming dyslexia might be difficult but it is not the same as climbing Mount Everest.
        Here is a link to the full list.
        List of people diagnosed with dyslexia

    • Toni Natalie was truly actively involved in CBI and National Health Network. She was in NXIVM for about three minutes.

      She couldn’t stand that Nancy Salzman was put in charge instead of her.

      Toni needed to be the Queen, she wasn’t, so she left and destroyed NHN on her way out the door.

  • I now suffer from PTSD due to looking at Toni’s disgusting face. I’m sure that horse on the carousel now has herpes. Fact: Toni is a ho and a liar – and is past due for a pap smear. She’s a complete bitch! Good job, wanna be.

  • I am a physician with a medical practice in Omaha Wichita Kansas City and Walla Walla Washington. I am licensed in four states and I can tell you that Toni has exhibited symptoms of all three medical conditions. It’s clear. Dyslexia can be overcome and Toni has done so. PTSD can be over come by facing the trauma and Toni did that. She did not let her PTSD stop her from being a heroine. Finally my poor angel Toni so brave she has fibromyalgia and bravely exercises on the trapeze. She is outstanding #BelieveToni

    • My good Doctor Hiram Hastings Porter, MD DDS Ph.D. DD of Omaha, Wichita, Kansas City, and Walla Walla, aka Nicki Clyne:

      I diagnose you with “Baron von Munchhausen” syndrome where every sniffle and pain represents a life-threatening deadly disease.
      A patient with your terrible “von Munchhausen” disease suffers from the terrible compulsion to fabricate outlandish tall tales.
      The only cure for your terrible “von Munchhausen” disease is to be shot out of a cannon and fly like a cannonball through the air.
      This cure was invented in the 1750s but it is 100% effective and safe.
      Here is a picture of the cure being applied to a patient.

      By the way how is your friend Dr. Danielle Roberts trip to Mexico?
      Is she branding lots of new women for the greater glory of NXIVM?

    • Gastone, back off! That Angel face beauty is mine! Im going to fix her bad plastic surgery and cure her of PTSD. I love her more than you! #back off Angel face is mine!

  • Quick dyslexia note. The diagnostic term “dyslexia” is well over a century old. I’m older than Toni Natalie and her bag of fishy tricks.

    A student in my first grade class was held back due to dyslexia. Our school was small, and everyone in our class learned about our pal’s dyslexia and used that word for his conditon, long before I Feel Preposterous was born. Smoke that and exhale.

    Just checked, the word d-y-s-l-e-x-i-a was coined in 1830. Toni could be telling the truth for once. That would mean she was in high school long before 1830. With those jowls, seems about right. It is not nice to try to fool mother nature.

  • Good questions to ask.

    But sometimes too much can be read into things. Such speculation frequently proves wrong.

    While I’m not saying it’s the case with Natalie, for example, trauma survivors (including PTSD) may act counter-intuitively, such as remaining in contact with abusers or perpetrators. I’ve previously posted some of the scholarly research about this.

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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