True Crime Conversations: Sex Slaves, Rituals, And Blackmail: The Lost Women of NXIVM Discussed in Australia

The immensely popular Australian podcast series Mama Mia True Crime Conversations, as well as Apple Podcasts, has a new episode that stars the publisher of Frank Report, Frank Parlato, talking about the Lost Women of Nxivm – Kristin Snyder, Gina Hutchinson, Pam Cafritz and Barbara Jeske.

Kristin Snyder – disappeared in 2003

Frank’s two-hour film, “The Lost Women of Nxivm”, which first appeared on Investigation Discovery in the USA on December 8, 2019, has also appeared in the UK and throughout Europe. It will be airing in Australia on April 16 on TV.

The film was a runaway hit and achieved a rare ratings achievements – an audience that steadily grew for the entire two hours it was on air.

Here is the link to see the film, “The Lost Women of Nxivm on ID”:

Among those who appear in the production are:

  1. Rick Ross
  2. Neil Glazer
  3. Dr. Jana Lalich
  4. Joseph O’Hara
  5. Omar Rosales
  6. Susan Dones
  7. Heidi Clifford
  8. Heidi Hutchinson
  9. Angela Ucci
  10. A DOS woman [In silhouette to shield her identity]
  11. An inner circle member who had cancer and survived [Her identity is also concealed]
  12. Kristin Keeffe
  13. Lieutenant Alan Nickel, Seward Police
  14. Kenny Powers
  15. Michael and Sherry Miller of Miller’s Landing
  16. Roger Stone
  17. Handwriting expert
  18. Ballistics expert
  19. Harbor Master for Resurrection Bay
  20. Kayak expert in Resurrection Bay
  21. Forensic scientist to test hair samples
  22. And others

Yesterday, Mama Mia True Crime Conversation and Apple Podcast published an interview with Frank that gave some new details about the Lost Women – and the sinister suspect in their demise, Nxivm founder, Keith Alan Raniere.

Much that is discussed was not seen in the film.

Sex Slaves, Rituals, And Blackmail: The Lost Women Of NXIVM

Here is the link to listen to the interview:
It also aired on Apple Podcasts

Here is how True Crime introduced the podcast:

The rise and fall of Keith Raniere and the now-defunct NXIVM cult is one of the most disturbing scandals of our age. What began as a purported self-help group spiralled into a dark, secretive world of illicit sex, money laundering, and exploitation, all at the hands of founder Keith Raniere and his accomplices. Additionally, several women involved with the NXIVM founder died or disappeared under suspicious circumstances.

A former NXIVM publicist turned investigative journalist, Frank Parlato, explores the case in this episode. Frank’s documentary, The Lost Women Of NXIVM, takes a deep dive to answer the questions surrounding the tragic deaths and mysterious disappearances of four women who all had connections to NXIVM and its founder Keith Raniere.

Guest: Frank Parlato
Host: Jessie Stephens
Technical Producer: Luca Lavigne
Executive Producer and Editor: Elise Cooper


Here are some of their episodes:

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3 years ago

Thanks for giving me the chance to listen to Parlato do the parlato on Australia’s @mamamia, nice and easy & right here. This show was really good to hear, and the piece was very well put together, not a wasted word.

Only one thing was a turn-off, and that was most likely a matter of taste and therefore subjective, not a big deal. Really good stuff, excellent wordsmanship, and that isn’t easy to pull off so seamlessly. Congratulations!

3 years ago

If you were “invited”, they lost all credibility…

3 years ago

Frank – If I remember correctly, Raniere’s 3 degrees are in Math, Physics, and Biology – not Chemistry. That doesn’t rule out the possibility of poisoning; just wanted to give you the correct info. (And he earned minors in Psychology and Philosophy as well as he would make sure to tell you – just in case you weren’t impressed enough with him already).

Although I think we can all award him an honorary doctorate in Malicious Narcissism.

3 years ago
Reply to  L

No L. I don’t think it was Malicious Narcissism. I think there was a strong appearance of covert narcissism through his presentations. That’s how he hooked people into the co-dependence. Malicious narcissism would drive people away and he never revealed publicly the maleficence except in private through action, never words. IMO

3 years ago
Reply to  Anonymous

You’re right – I was being facetious. My gallows humor and sarcasm don’t always read well on the internet. The part about his actual degrees is correct though.

Heidi Hutchinson
Heidi Hutchinson
3 years ago

Btw, Frank is awesome in this! Rick Ross and Catherine Oxenberg, too.


I know everyone has a lot on their minds right now — if ‘less’ on their plates — but the rise of NXIVM is part of the fallout of the corruption of American society and government that I believe is contributing to the pandemic pandemonium also being discussed here on FR.

In fact, I was reminded of “TEN-C” — The Emporer Wears No Clothes — the name Raniere gave to the secret sorority pre-DOS — from one of Fred’s posts wherein a scientist opposed to 5G says, “The king is naked.”

[The Emporer story, btw, was one of our mother’s favorites she’d recite often that Raniere picked up from my sister and used in his own uniquely perverse, cynical way — not original, as usual, but eerily apropos to the times.]

3 years ago

If it bleeds, it leads.

Heidi Hutchinson
Heidi Hutchinson
3 years ago

Please share and spread the word on this. THANK YOU!

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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