Raniere Deemed ‘High Risk’ for ‘Serious Illness From Coronavirus – Attorneys Will Seek to Have Him Released or Moved

Those damn prison eyeglasses!

Attorneys for Keith Alan Raniere have made an urgent plea to US District Court Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis in Brooklyn to get Raniere’s medical records in an apparent effort to get him transferred out of the Metropolitan Detention Center and possibly released from prison.

Raniere, they say, has been deemed by the Bureau of Prisons to be at “high risk” for serious illness from the coronavirus because of his underlying medical conditions.

Meantime, the MDC has cut off all prison visits, even for attorneys, and calls are sporadic.

Here is the letter Raniere’s attorneys, Marc A. Agnifilo and Teny R. Geragos, sent to Judge Garaufis yesterday:


Dear Judge Garaufis;

We write with urgency to request the Court Order the Bureau of Prisons (“BOP”) to release to counsel

(i) Keith Raniere’s medical records and

(ii) any information regarding his status as a “high-risk” inmate.

The undersigned counsel were notified this morning by the Federal Public Defenders Office that the BOP has identified Mr. Raniere as “high risk” for serious illness from COVID-19 under the Center for Disease Control’s definition of the term.

Mr. Raniere has previously signed a HIPAA release during his Probation interview with both undersigned counsel present.

Counsel has repeatedly attempted legal calls with Mr. Raniere this week, and counsel’s requests have gone unanswered. Since March 14, 2020, when legal visits were cancelled (sic) at the MDC, counsel was granted one 40-minute legal call with Mr. Raniere, which occurred on March 16, 2020.

Subsequently, counsel’s request for an in-person legal visit was denied. On March 23, 2019, counsel requested a legal call with Mr. Raniere. The request was “forwarded to the appropriate department,” but the department never contacted counsel. This morning, counsel requested another legal call with Mr. Raniere. The request, copying MDC Legal, has gone unanswered.

Critically, on March 17, 2020, Mr. Raniere notified counsel Teny Geragos that he received a medical examination that day from MDC staff related to several health issues. On March 23, 2020, Mr. Raniere notified Ms. Geragos that he had not received any follow-up from the medical examination.

Today, March 26, 2020, counsel was notified (by Federal Defenders, not the BOP) that Mr. Raniere has been deemed “high-risk.”

As the Court undoubtedly knows, inmates at both the state and federal level in New York have been impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak.

[At least one inmate in the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, where Mr. Raniere is detained, has been diagnosed with COVID-19.]

Counsel has been unable to conduct a telephone call with our client. Therefore, we respectfully request that this Court Order the BOP to release to counsel Mr. Raniere’s medical records to counsel and any records that indicate the BOP’s designation of Raniere as a “high-risk” inmate.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Respectfully submitted,

Marc A. Agnifilo, Esq., Of Counsel
Teny R. Geragos, Esq.


Raniere, who has claimed to have been dying for more than 25 years, is now perhaps seriously at risk from doing just that.

According to the CDC on the subject of high risk for serious illness, “COVID-19 is a new disease and there is limited information regarding risk factors for severe disease. Based on currently available information and clinical expertise, older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

“Based upon available information to date, those at high-risk for severe illness from COVID-19 include:

  • People aged 65 years and older
  • People who live in a nursing home or long-term care facility
  • Other high-risk conditions could include:
    • People with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma
    • People who have serious heart conditions
    • People who are immunocompromised including cancer treatment
    • People of any age with severe obesity (body mass index [BMI] >40) or certain underlying medical conditions, particularly if not well controlled, such as those with diabetes, renal failure, or liver disease might also be at risk
  • People who are pregnant should be monitored since they are known to be at risk with severe viral illness, however, to date data on COVID-19 has not shown increased risk

“Many conditions can cause a person to be immunocompromised, including cancer treatment, smoking, bone marrow or organ transplantation, immune deficiencies, poorly controlled HIV or AIDS, and prolonged use of corticosteroids and other immune weakening medications.”

It’s hard to know exactly which underlying conditions Raniere has, but his attorneys hope that they can get their hands on his medical records so they can urgently make a motion to have him moved out of the MDC to another facility, perhaps a medical facility or, indeed, even make a motion for his release from prison on the grounds that he might otherwise die.

Whether Raniere’s years of feigning life-threatening illnesses, from cancer to impending heart attacks, will inhibit his chances of getting transferred remain to be seen, but it does appear that he has persuaded prison doctors that he is indeed a very sick man.

If he gets the coronavirus, which seems likely if he remains where he is, he may die.

This should play out in the next few days if it is already not too late – for he may have already contracted the fell disease; his attorneys will be fighting to save the Vanguard’s life.

Meantime, no one is in communication with the Vanguard, and no reports on his condition are available.

While the likelihood of his being released – just as some elderly and infirm prisoners have been released from state prisons and local jails – is probably small, the risk of him dying in prison is not small – as NYC is the epicenter of the pandemic and medical attention is already strained and ventilators are in short supply.

This is no time to gloat over another’s misfortunes. It is no time to be in a prison and, hopefully, no one will wish Raniere the worst.

We will not conclude this article, as we have done many times in the past with “Viva Executive Success,” but rather our hope that Raniere does not contract coronavirus and survives to live long and serve out his entire prison sentence.

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  • If he has underlying health conditions and knows this then his family doctor would have medical records of this. All these underlying medical health conditions would not just suddenly start up only in the last 2 years.

    10 minute cursory visits to a jail doctor is not how underlying health conditions are diagosed. His family doctor would have been running tests and sending him to specialists over the past few years before he was even arrested.

    Going to see the jail Doc for a cold or painful back or wrist or black eye or rash etc, is not going to cut it for underlying health conditions. My “bullsheet” meter is going off.

    • I’ve never seen anything to indicate that Raniere has ever been to a doctor in his adult life, before being imprisoned. We know from the cases of the women in his inner circle that they didn’t receive medical care even when gravely ill with cancer – though they must at least have gone to the doctor to be diagnosed.

      I haven’t seen any specifics about anti-medical doctrines, but it would fit with both Raniere’s upbringing in Waldorf schools, and the NXIVM’s significant borrowings from Scientology – which has doctrines that all illnesses are psycho-somatic, and treatable with “auditing” seesions like the “EM” sessions in NXIVM.

      Raniere seems not to have been in the best health due in part to his poor dietary habits, and perhaps also resulting from not having had checkups and care if for instance he’s been developing diabetes for years. And he seems to be psychologically fragile or hypocondriacal in ways that probably do overlap psycho-somatically with physical complaints.

  • His unholiness for the past 2 years in a row has not felt one rain drop on his head. Viva la golden shower.

  • Based on this filing, I’d guess that Keith is most likely suffering from higher than normal blood sugar levels. That’s most likely what his attorney is referring to when he talks about Keith’s elevated risk for complications from COVID. It’s just a guess, but it’s probably accurate.

    If Keith doesn’t yet have Type 2 diabetes, he’s probably got pre-diabetes —- which still represents ‘insulin resistance’ and an impaired immune system.

    Here’s an article that explains how pre-diabetes (‘insulin resistance’) can affect the immune system’s ability to fight off infections.




    “The healthy folks went through what we saw as a pretty normal immune response,” said Snyder. “But the insulin-resistant folks — not so much. Their immune systems seemed to be somewhat deficient in launching a proper immune response to infection.”


    Here’s another article to explain “insulin resistance”.


    The hormonal effects of sugar and the immune system are complex, but insulin is a major player. When you eat large amounts of sugar, your blood sugar increases. Insulin helps normalize those blood sugar levels, but over time, your cells become overwhelmed and resistant to the signals of this hormone.

    We call this condition insulin resistance, which leads to type 2 diabetes and all of its related ‘complications’ including impairing the immune system.



    Basically…. A person’s white blood cells (your immune system’s workhorse cells) cannot function optimally when the sugar concentration in your bloodstream is too high.

    That’s why people with Type 2 diabetes have a higher chance of dying from ‘complications’ when they get various infections or ailments.

    But even if your blood sugar doesn’t rise to the level of Type 2 diabetes yet (125 mg/dL in a fasting state) —— you may still have pre-diabetes if your blood sugar measures over 100 mg/dL, which still impairs your immune system (though not as badly as Type 2 diabetes).

    People who are older and fatter (older and gaining weight) almost always have rising blood sugar levels or pre-diabetes.

    Thus, if you’re not using a low carb diet (and you’re getting older or fatter, like Keith Raniere) then your immune system is not gonna be as healthy as it otherwise would be if your blood sugar concentration was lower.

    I therefore implore everybody to use the Keto diet. 🙂

    Have a nice day. 🙂

  • I STILL don’t understand why he didn’t arrange to post some kind of meaningful bail in the first place, as it now seems he did have legitimate funds to do so when arrested (Cafritz money). Unless – the practice of having “nothing in his name” came back to bite him in the worst way.

    And, why did he think fleeing to Mexico in the face of the investigation would benefit him? He made himself into a flight risk. Of those charged, he is the only one who was not on house arrest pending trial.

    All this is puzzling, for as much as we like to jab him, he is certainly not an entirely stupid man.

    I agree with Anonymaker – let John Tighe out!

    • It’s still not clear whether he really has access to the Cafritz money – or if for instance it’s wrapped up in a trust. But, yeah, his odd handling of assets probably worked against him, one way or another.

      But given the vast amount that Bronfman had to put up, Raniere probably couldn’t have made bail even if it were offered. And as you note, his prior behavior classified him as a flight risk who shouldn’t even be offered bail.

      And I think his fleeing to Mexico – rather than say the island in Fiji, or maybe Venezuela if he wanted to be closer to his Mexican support base – is just another example of how hapless and incompetent he could be, in spite of obviously being rather intelligent.

  • Hey Frank,

    Keith’s attorneys are surely referring to higher than normal blood sugar, which is a problem for most people who are even slightly overweight (a person doesn’t need to be obese to have higher than normal blood sugar).

    This causes a higher probability for ‘complications’ from any infection, including Kung-flu.

    Just because you don’t have diabetes doesn’t mean that your blood sugar is healthy. Keith surely has higher than normal blood sugar.

    Plenty of people have ‘pre-diabetes’ —— which isn’t diabetes yet, but it still represents unhealthy blood sugar levels which slow down your immune system from peak performance.

    When there’s too much ‘sugar’ (glucose) in your bloodstream then your immune system can’t mobilize as many cells to fight off the infection. This is true for regular flu or Kung-flu.

    Thus, you’re less likely to fight off any infection when your blood sugar is higher than normal —- because the cells which fight off infection do not like a ‘high sugar environment’.

    A high sugar environment is like ‘kryptonite’ to your immune system.

    That’s why people who don’t follow the Keto Diet are more likely to get WORSE infections from all types of things, including Kung-flu and regular flu.

    Virtually every carbohydrate that you eat is broken down into sugar (glucose) and is then released into your bloodstream after each meal (with a few exceptions such as fiber, etc).

    When you eat too many carbs then your blood sugar goes way too high. When that happens, your body must release way too much insulin to carry that excess sugar out of your bloodstream and into your muscle cells.

    However, as people get older and fatter your body begins getting ‘resistant’ to insulin —- which means that your muscle cells cannot access all of that sugar for energy. This will prompt your body to begin releasing even more insulin, to try and fix the issue.

    But as long as you’re eating too many carbs then your body can’t really fix the issue 100% —- it slowly just gets worse and worse over time.

    The end result is that your blood sugar climbs higher and higher over the years.

    Then your immune system is FUCKED and you’ll probably fucken die from infection. 🙂

    The good news is that you can lower your blood sugar any time by simply following a low carb diet like the Keto Diet. 🙂

    Your immune system will be MUCH stronger when you do.

    I implore you ASSHOLES to follow a low carb diet so you can save yourselves from the coming Coronavirus. 🙂

    Keith needs to go low carb too. He doesn’t need to be released. He just needs to stop stuffing his face.

    Have a nice day. 🙂

  • They should use this pile of shit for medical testing and deliberate infected him. He operated under the myth of building a better society. Here’s his chance. Get infected and be used to develop a vaccine. He owes the world that much.

  • What happened to the co-champion sprinter/judo champ/volleyball spiker? I would like to know how Raniere qualifies as a high-risk prisoner as well. Perhaps he’s suffering from lack of pepperoni pizza with hot sauce. His behavior is what put him in the position he is in right now. His death means less taxpayer costs, and that’s a good thing.

  • If they weren’t constantly postponing his sentencing, he would have already moved.
    As far as release…. HA! nice try, and I mean nice in the literal sense of the word.

  • Emiliano Salinas’ wife is on magazines calling people to now use vaccines. This is also something that probably Keith promoted.
    He promoted his partners to not receive any medical attention. But rather gave them his own medical help, Keith should receive the same treatment. Let him be in his cell with his own treatment.
    BTW, Can we have an article about Emiliano’s wife? Her behavior seems very dangerous. She is famous and is still supporting a NXVIM agenda. See this magazine cover: https://twitter.com/Sifuentes/status/1243552776472408066?s=20

  • Raniere predicted that this and greater catastrophe would befall humanity should his flock betray him.

    Surely, he must be deathly ill simply given that some of his harem have visibly gained several pounds since his incarceration, alone!

  • Kim- Im social distancing so I’ve purchased a bottle of liquor from amazon for you. Drink it and go do something worthwile, like being nice or make some phone calls or maybe make Frank a thank you bracelet.

  • There’s no point moving him or any other inmate at the MDC now.

    It’s too late for that to serve any useful purpose.

    In any case, he is not in any category that would make him eligible for a special early release.

  • It looks like the Corona Virus is becoming the giant “out” excuse for everything. Want to cause a giant distraction? Want to stop global protests? Want to cover stock market manipulation? Want to bail out your rich friends by printing out more money? Want to get out of jail?

    Just cry “Corona Virus”.

  • Compassion and ethics demand that Keith Raniere be released. Why in God’s name haven’t they done so? Are they waiting for him to get Covid 19?


  • Kim Snyder
    This dirt bag needs to sit right where he is. He has NO business being moved or being out of prison.
    This scum raped and killed my own sister- why should he be allowed anything?
    Frank you think you are so smart to do this to US- you need to stop with your hero and realize he is a liar, rapist and murderer.
    You need to stop hurting the victims families.
    Go do something worth while!

  • Speaking of risk, he’s a sex offender and predatory psychopath. I’m for some compassionate release of those at low risk of reoffending, but I don’t think he qualifies and can’t imagine that the courts would see otherwise – I sure as hell hope not.

    Maybe let John Tighe out, and give Raniere the open bed at Ft. Devens. Which is a sad reminder that Tighe, more deserving, doesn’t have the high-priced representation to push his much more worthy case.

    • I bet down in the MDC clinic is a full binder of sick calls from Raniere. For my selfish entertainment, I fully support Keith doing all he can to be set free, including contracting the Wuhan cough.

      Frank I would love to see the court documents from the day of the sticky notes.

      • I’d love to see the sticky notes. I imagine KAR would too. After all, his toilet paper supply may have run out. 😁

        • Now Raniere seems to be in the very same position that he put so many others through whilst getting his way.

          He’s trapped in his own big mess, and it’s a mercilessly filthy, dilapidated closet. He is stagnating inside his very own unforeseen hell, stuck as the Big Wheel turns.

          At last and almost singlehandedly, Raniere has made himself into grist for the contaminated prisoners’ mill, and very realistically, he is an equal to all that he purveys. It is his turn to miss.

          Lots of people can’t get any macaroni. By now it is too late to cry wolf, even if the wolf is at one’s throat. Just ask that supercilious jack rabbit, Prince Charles.

          At least Queef ReignRear the Flabturd didn’t buy himself any big fake boobs to embellish the design of his triggered and self-important genitalia, though. Look for the fucking silver lining. It seems as if this time, once again and again and again, the sadistic Count Jerkoff of Clifford Park has made his own fate.

          Ooh ooh ooh loooove
          Love is pain

          Right as rain, Keith Raniere was only a very desperate imitation of intelligence. He played a one-note Moonlight Snotta, a big, greasy slurpie of “me me me me me.” But then the Count Jerkoff of Clifford Park and his voluntarily possessed posse of groupies dreamed that raindrops didn’t fall on him. Where’s the glory now, eh?

          • “inside his very own unforeseen hell, stuck as the Big Wheel turns.” Shivani

            The sad fact of the matter is that Raniere’s hell is perfectly foreseeable to anyone who does not regard himself or herself as Invincible.
            Any reasonable adult would foresee that branding people like cattle and blackmailing people would result in bad consequences.
            Very bad consequences.

            In Medieval Times, times of contagion, pestilence and famine, people were more humble and realistic and saw the world as a “Big Wheel in the Sky.”
            Today they might be on top of the world but they understood that tomorrow the Wheel could turn and they would be on the bottom, ground into dust.
            Raniere and his Groupies saw themselves as Invincible, as a God and his Goddesses.
            Now they are ;learning that there are powers far more formidable than them.
            That’s a very bitter lesson to learn.

        • Pyriel I can only imagine him frantically writting the words object, lier, it wasn’t me, lier, object, she’s lying!!!! Help! Stop! Bitch! That mother fucking Parlato!

          The last would take approximately 3 sticky notes😂

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.” In addition, he was credited in the Starz docuseries 'Seduced' for saving 'slave' women from being branded and escaping the sex-slave cult known as DOS.

Parlato appeared on the Nancy Grace Show, Beyond the Headlines with Gretchen Carlson, Dr. Oz, American Greed, Dateline NBC, and NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, where Parlato conducted the first-ever interview with Keith Raniere after his arrest. This was ironic, as many credit Parlato as one of the primary architects of his arrest and the cratering of the cult he founded.

Parlato is a consulting producer and appears in TNT's The Heiress and the Sex Cult, which premieres on May 22, 2022.

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