Things are heating up.
Cynthia Liberatore, the sister of Barbara Jeske, is calling for a criminal investigation into whether Keith Alan Raniere poisoned Barbara.
Barbara was a longtime follower of Raniere, one of his closest inner circle members, who died of brain cancer in 2014. Her will left everything to him.
New information, arising from an investigation by this writer and documented in the film, ‘The Lost Women of Nxivm’, which airs on Sunday at 9 pm on Investigation Discovery, provides evidence that supports sister Cindy’s request for law enforcement to get involved.
At my request, Cynthia gave an interview with the SUN’s Emma Parry, and the story was published today in the SUN, under the provocative headline, CANCER MYSTERY Leader of sex cult Nxivm may have poisoned four female followers, killing two, bombshell investigation claims, adding mainstream media weight to the call for a criminal investigation.
“I do believe Raniere poisoned my sister and those other women – and I think he should be held accountable, ” Cindy told the SUN.
True, the purely circumstantial evidence – that four women contracted cancer – who all lived with Keith Raniere – in and of itself is not proof of foul play.
But in the film, I obtain a hair sample from one of the surviving cancer-stricken women – taken from the time she lived with Raniere.
It was tested in a laboratory by forensic consultant Jason Kolowski. The report found extraordinarily high levels of two toxins – Barium and Bismuth – both of which can cause serious health problems and even death.
Barbara died in 2014 at the age of 63 from brain cancer. Pam Cafritz died two years later at the age of 57 from renal cancer. The other two women survived bladder and cervical cancer.
Cindy told me about a “medicine” prescribed by Keith she called “Do-do balls” which Raniere made her take every day.
“I remember her coming to see our mother, who was very sick, the Christmas before she died and I saw her taking these things and I said ‘What are they? They stink to high heaven’,” Cindy recalled.
“They were something that he [Raniere] had come up with, saying ‘You need these to build up your immune system’. She was wrapped around his little finger.
“She would just chew them and go ‘Ugh these are terrible’ then follow them with a bunch of water or juice. Who knows what was in them – probably some kind of poison inside some type of excrement. When she became semi-comatose, I stopped her from taking them.”
I confirmed with another source, a friend of Pam Cafritz, that Pam also was prescribed this same “medicine” by Keith.
Two sources told me that Keith claimed this was medicine obtained from the Dalai Lama’s former physician, Yeshi Dhonden, who passed away recently.
Cindy Liberatore cared for sister Barbara Jeske in her last days [Photo: Investigation Discovery]
Cindy said she thought Barbara was trying to leave Nxivm for several years and retire to Florida to be with her family.
Cindy said, “I think Barbara started figuring out what was really going on in the group and once he [Raniere] realized she was figuring it all out, I think he just wanted to do away with her.
“Barbara wanted to leave the group many times but they had control of her money and they would cut her off every time she tried. All of a sudden she got sick. I remember telling her she didn’t look good and she needed to get to a doctor and not long later, she called and said she had a brain tumor.
“I really didn’t know much about the rest of the group until I went up there to take care of her the last six weeks of her life and it was quite a trip.”
Even in her last days, Raniere, Porter and Nxivm followers tried to stop Barbara from taking pain medication. Cindy gave her sister morphine when Nxivm watchdogs weren’t looking.
Raniere even refused to give her money to pay for her prescriptions – so Cindy had to buy the medicine for her and sneak it to her, she revealed.
“He also made her stay so skinny she was barely 65 pounds when she died and even before that, she was only around 100 pounds – just skin and bones,” Cindy said.
Shortly before she died, Raniere, Nancy Salzman and Clare Bronfman arranged a “will party” where Nxivm members were invited and celebrated Barbara’s turning over her estate and residual income to Raniere.
Raniere, whose followers believed he was the world’s smartest man, told followers that he was on the verge of discovering how to restore the dead to life and he wanted to preserve Barb’s head at least so when he completed his invention he could restore his beloved friend to her old life.
Cindy explained “When I first got down there where Barbara was living… I asked her what she wanted to be done with her body and she said ‘I want a Christian burial and I want it at my mom and dad’s’.
“But then the group told me they were going to take her body and freeze it, that they had the rights to it, and at this point, she started going into a coma.
“I had to seek out the help of an attorney who said it was illegal for them to take her body.
“They still wanted to take the body and I said ‘No way’ and Keith said ‘Ok we’ll take the head’.
“It was extremely upsetting for me and also very suspicious. I even had to follow them all the way to the funeral home after her death to make sure they didn’t take her body.”
It’s worth pointing out that, according to his classmate at RPI, and one of the survivors of the cancer, [Karen] told me that Raniere had a degree in biochemistry.
It is also worth pointing out that Keith inherited millions of dollars from Pam Cafritz’s [$8 million] and Barbara Jeske’s [I estimate $3-4 million] estates.
Furthermore, the women who were getting cancer went to Keith and asked why they were getting cancer.
He said that Edgar Bronfman was trying to poison him – and they were collateral damage. Of course, Keith never got cancer, just the women around him.
One more point, Keith controlled the refrigerator at 3 Flintlock Lane. Sometimes he even locked the refrigerator so the women couldn’t get too much food until he gave them permission. Could he have stored poison there?
Did he use poison in their food?
Or maybe it was the water. Karen told me he never drank water in the house; he refused to drink tap water.