Two slaves, Lauren Salzman and Allison Mack, vied for the attention of their worshipful Vanguard.

Allison Mack and Lauren Salzman Deserve Mercy and Leniency From US District Court Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis

In my opinion – to reiterate the headline – both Allison Mack and Lauren Salzman deserve both mercy and leniency from US District Court Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis, their sentencing judge.

They may have done some ugly things, and they made allocutions before the judge to doing criminal things, while following their master.

They did not intend to be criminals, in my opinion.  I believe, they followed their master, Keith Alan Raniere, because they believed in his goodness. They were wrong and both of them lost years of their lives because of their mistake.

Keith Raniere and Allison Mack. She did more than follow Keith, she loved him. She believed he had a vision of truth that far surpassed her own.

Allison lost 14 years, from 2006 to the present. She was 23 when she came to Raniere. She is now 37. And her torment is not over. She will forever be remembered as the actress who joined a vicious, sex-slaver cult.

Her fame works constantly against her. It will be hard to find obscurity. Kathy Russell, or example, or even Lauren Salzman, can go to most places in this country and not be recognized. No one knows their names. They have a chance at living private lives, when their sentence is over.

But Allison, almost everywhere she goes, for decades to come, will be recognized. If not for her work on Smallville, for her notoriety in the cult. She cannot step out anywhere without being recognized and perhaps taunted, heckled, admonished.

She must live with what is a kind of opposite of fame, which is notoriety. She cannot easily have obscurity, which might be the one thing she desires most right now – to be forgotten by the world.
Lauren Salzman leaves court in Brooklyn.

As for Lauren, she is 43. She came to Raniere, in large part, thanks to her mother, when she was around 21, in 1998.

She wanted to move forward with her life. Find a husband, find a career. But her mother wanted her to be involved in Nxivm, then known as Executive Success Programs. She told Lauren to stay with Nxivm for six months and if she did not like it, she could move on and Mama would pay for her college or help her in whatever she wanted to do next.

Perhaps one cannot blame the mother. She believe in it too. She thought she was building something noble and profitable and that Lauren could rise in the family business.

In less than six months, Raniere started playing with her life.  She was 22, he was 40. He seduced her. He manipulated her to move out of her mother’s house. She promised her a child, and that she would be his number one wife or lover.

At the end of 20 years, and after mother and daughter were convicted of racketeering, the family business called Nxivm is caput. They still have each other, it seems, and perhaps can be a strength and help to each other in recovering from years of the monster’s influence.

The monster, Keith Raniere with Nancy Salzman.

The monster, Keith Raniere, with Lauren Salzman

Lauren stayed with him right up to the moment of his arrest in 2018, a full 20 years, and for more than two years after his arrest, she is still being punished. She was indicted. She was headed for trial. She took a plea deal and consented to cooperate with the feds, and, as the world learned, she bared her whole story at trial, in days of damning testimony, which impaled the creature, caused jurors to cry and the judge to actually suspend her cross examination when she herself went into a fit of uncontrollable tears and headed toward a total breakdown.

It was probably the most impactful moment of the entire six weeks of trial. And if there were any jurors with any doubt about the need to incarcerate the monster, it most assuredly left them at that moment when the tears of a woman deceived for two decades flowed down her face and she cried before them uncontrollably, almost hysterically, as the force of what this monster did to her and for whom she had sacrificed all, became apparent to anyone who was present.

The shame and the pain for Lauren Salzman must haunt her to this day. She awaits sentencing for racketeering and racketeering conspiracy charges.

Lauren logged in 22 years of being in the dark shadows of Raniere, or in anticipation of being punished by the law, because of her devotion to Raniere.  Allison and Lauren lost the best years of their lives to the sinister Raniere.

Allison Mack was a TV star before she was introduced to Nxivm.

Allison gave up a lucrative and successful acting career in 2010, because she believed Raniere had a higher calling for her.  She left her star role in Smallville, and moved to Albany, eschewing other acting roles in order to spend more time near Keith, learning what she thought were his deeper truths and thrilling to the idea that she could be part of a life and world changing mission.

She wanted to share this joy with others. She was not looking to deprive others of joy. She wanted to share what she thought was the golden vision of Keith Raniere, as if he was some unique godly man akin to Gandhi or Buddha or Christ.

Think of this. She had a million dollar a year career, and adoring fans and because she thought his teachings and the man himself were what the world needed, she gave up her career as it were mere tinsel puff and sold all she had in effect and followed him.

Lauren also gave up her whole adult life, always on the verge of believing she would be his wife [or one of his wives – she believed herself unworthy to be the sole wife of one so exalted] – and that she would bear his child.

A pathetic story is told of Lauren. In her house she set aside a nursery with all the items one would equip a nursery with, for a child that never came.

Lauren Salzman and Allison Mack both followed Keith Raniere and were led to ruin.

So what about punishment?

Let’s look at the reasons to not punish either one of them.

I do not believe either of these women are at high risk of being repeat offenders. Not now. Both women have suffered fear and torment for years by their harrowing prosecution, and both women suffered for years under Raniere.

Both women were there at the day of Raniere’s doom, the day he was arrested in Mexico. Lauren had machine guns pointed at her head, and only then revealed where Keith was hiding – which was in a closet.

Allison Mack shows fear as Keith Raniere is being seated in the back of a Mexican federal police car. She and Lauren got in a car and followed police.

Yes, they had good days and happy days with Nxivm. They had a community, they had sisterhood, they had love. They had a shared ideal, a mission they believed would somehow improve the world.

And they had moments with their lover, Keith, the man they thought loved them more than anyone else.

They did not know, what we know now, what they too know now — that Keith was out to destroy them, semi-starve them, sleep-deprive them. Hypnotize them, manipulate them, lead them to utter ruin for his own joy and he succeeded. The only thing the “world’s smartest man” forgot was that, as he set out to destroy others, especially those who loved and trusted him, was that he was also laying the foundation for his own destruction.

He got the worst if it, after all. He is the only one among the Nxivm convicts likely to die in prison.

Keith Raniere sitting inside a Mexican police vehicle on March 26, 2018. It is our last known photograph of the Vanguard.

While Raniere must be incarcerated [and he has been in custody for more than two years, and will likely be sentenced to decades in prison – and he is almost 60, so it may mean a life sentence] what good will it do for anyone to incarcerate Lauren or Allison?

It will take them years to heal as it is, and no amount of time in a physical prison will speed that up. In fact it will only retard it.

While I agree that Raniere must get a long prison sentence to prevent him from harming others, I do not see any risk of Allison or Lauren – both followers, not leaders – harming others.

Perhaps a fair sentence might be probation, or, if need be, home arrest, followed by perhaps a ban on joining any life-coaching companies, or cults [if they can be defined] and providing any kind of therapy to others, as they did in Nxivm.

It might also be good to ban them from getting branded, of branding others, and offering nude photographs or taking them and of giving or taking confessions for collateral.  It might be further suggested that they avoid anyone who proposes that they join a women’s empowerment sorority led by a man who also requires blackmail to ensure members’ silence.

This is not facetious. But, if it could be assured somehow that they would avoid any kind of a situation where they could be misled into enabling another cult leader with seriously destructive tendencies, then I ask, what harm could they do to society?

They were enabler, not initiators.

The very nature of the absurdity of the above, the things they did, show me they are victims more than perpetrators.

If Allison or Lauren had not been branded and had not given blackmail material to Raniere, I think one could argue that they were not victims. But, it is a fact that they did the same things the victims did. The only one in DOS who did not give collateral was Raniere. Allison and Lauren were subject to the same coercion that the other, indisputable victims were subject to.

This makes them, at least in part, if not large part, victims. And victims deserve mercy.

The time has come to close this ugly chapter and place the blame on the man who devised it all, who led everyone, the man who did not place his name on anything because if the law came down he thought it would absolve him of culpability. He was wrong.  Justice was right. He was the one man who deserves all the blame and all the punishment for Nxivm. He is the “but for whom” – none of this would have happened.

Had Allison or Lauren not met the monster, I doubt they would have gone about branding women or engaging in racketeering enterprises. Their mistake was following a satanic creature who had the ability to fool them into thinking he was divine.

Allison would have gone on to perhaps greater stardom, and Lauren, intelligent and personable, would have a career and a husband, and children now.

They were fooled no doubt. But they were not deep down evil. They did not intend to be evil. They did evil because they abandoned their consciences and subjugated them to Raniere, substituting Raniere as their ethicist.

He made moral decisions for them.  As such, they abandoned intellect and morality to what they thought was a higher, more noble intellect and superior morality. When they did not understand the reason for what seemed to be wrong actions he dictated, they subordinated their own thinking to his, thinking that he knew best, because he was better and higher than they.

To me this madness on their part, this colossal mistake, obviates intent. They did not intend to commit crimes. They felt they were obeying a higher power.

They followed Keith Raniere as he ravaged their lives.

I think it is enough. Their punishment is a ravaged life which will be hard to ever put back together.

The judge has the freedom to sentence upwards or downwards from the sentencing guidelines.  Allison and Lauren both pled guilty to the same two felonies, racketeering and racketeering conspiracy. The sentencing guidelines appear to be in the three to 5 year range.

I would hope that the judge would consider a downward departure in sentencing and let their shame and sorrow and the waste of years be punishment enough. The cage for these women, who have repented of their gruesome mistake, is not only unnecessary, it is barbaric.

As it is, their punishment, without incarceration, will continue for haunt them perhaps for the rest of their lives, in the shame and cognizance of their foolishness and misguided love. They might learn to forgive themselves more easily if society, as represented by the judge, offers them leniency and mercy, symbolic of forgiveness.

They sought the divine in Raniere, a most unforgiving creature, and with a dose of mercy by one who has the power of punishment at his command, they might touch closer to it, for mercy is perhaps the closest that human beings can get to the divine.

Lauren Salzman and Allison Mack when both women were commanded to be on super low cal diets, after being branded.

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  • Frank,

    I hope you don’t take this the wrong way, but if you write a letter to the judge asking him to show leniency in the sentencing of Mack and Salzman, I hope a gigantic seagull turd drops on your head the next time you go boating.

    Have a nice day! 😉

      • Well, Nutjob with all due respect, if Frank decides to be generous and shares my cerebral masterpiece [feels bad for me], he will post my two-piece article…..

        Then, my friend, you will have the answer to your questions

  • Raniere as a baby wasn’t born bad. He was obviously a victim of bad parenting. He had no intention to grow up crooked. When does victimhood start?

  • To Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis,

    Re The Sentencing of Lauren Salzman and Allison Mack:

    I will remind the court at this time that all of the women who were coerced by the two female defendants into having sex with Keith Raniere were, in effect, being raped each time they engaged in sex acts with Keith Raniere.

    The female victims were forced/coerced, via blackmail, into engaging in sexual relations with Keith Raniere, by Allison Mack and Lauren Salzman. Allison Mack and Lauren Salzman are ‘accomplices to rape’ and aided and abetted Keith Raniere in his crimes (rape).

    The multitude of female victims were under duress when they were engaging in sex acts with Keith Raniere, and did not freely consent to sexual relations. I need not remind the court of the Federal government’s definition of rape.

    A criminal’s personal sex, whether male or female, is not legal grounds for granting leniency or clemency.

    ****************************
    With all due respect to Frank Parlato, the victim impact statements matter more than the word of one man and have more legal merit than one man’s empathy and show of sympathy to the defendants.

    Would the same empathy and sympathy exist towards the defendants if the defendants were men and not women?

    **********************
    The court has an obligation to the law, to justice, and to the large numbers of female victims who fell victim to Keith Raniere.

    There is little doubt the majority of the female rape victims will never have their voices heard by the court

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    To lay people,
    The Federal definition of forcible rape:
    “The carnal knowledge of a female forcibly and against her will” to “The penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim”.

    • Frank,

      I humbly request my comment above regarding the sentencing of Mack and Salzman he posted as an article.

    • Addendum to Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis article.

      Addendum:
      Rape Math Made Easy for Lay People

      Anyone who is in the belief Allison Mack and Lauren Salzman need to understand how the law looks at, categorizes, and counts rape acts.

      The definition of forcible rape The penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim.”
      -Department of Justice

      First Example;
      If during a sexual assault a perpetrator and victim engage in oral sex, penile penetration, and digital penetration;; The government would charge the perpetrator with 3 counts of rape.

      Taking my example and applying it to Keith Raniere means, Raniere committed hundreds if not thousands of rapes.

      Don’t believe me?

      Here is a simple postulate:

      An average week for week Raniere with Raniere consists of sexual relations with 4 of the blackmailed/ coerced women.

      The first woman performs oral sex on Raniere twice during the week.

      A second woman gives Raniere a hand job on three 3 times during the week.

      A third women engages in sexual intercourse 3 times and performs one blow job on Raniere in one night.

      The fourth woman has sexy and intercourse and gives Raniere a hand job.

      Each sex act is regarded as a rape act. Using my example of a Keith Raniere very average week, Raniere has committed 11 counts of rape.

      Lauren Salzman and Allison Mack acted as as accomplices of Keith Raniere. Mack and Salzman via the blackmail they both gathered, aided and abetted Keith Raniere in his crime of forcible rape.

      Each woman is directly responsible for dozens if not hundreds counts of rape.

      How anyone can believe Mack and Salzman deserve clemency is incomprehensible and obscene. They deserve empathy. Not clemency.

      Where are your tears for the rape victims, all of whom, Raniere raped countless times.

    • Important Edited Addendum!!!!!!

      Addendum to Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis article.
      Addendum:
      Rape Math Made Easy for Lay People
      Anyone who is of the belief Allison Mack and Lauren Salzman should be shown leniency, need to understand how the law looks at, categorizes, and counts rape acts.
      The definition of forcible rape “The penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim.”
      -Department of Justice
      First Example;
      If during a sexual assault a perpetrator and victim engage in oral sex, penile penetration, and digital penetration; The government would charge the perpetrator with 3 counts of rape.
      Taking my example and applying it to Keith Raniere means, Raniere committed hundreds if not thousands of rapes.
      Don’t believe me?
      Here is a simple postulate:
      An average week for Raniere easily consisted of sexual relations with at least 4 blackmailed coerced women.
      The first woman performs oral sex on Raniere twice during the week.
      A second woman gives Raniere a hand job three 3 times during the week.
      A third women engages in sexual intercourse 3 times and performs one blow job on Raniere in one night.
      The fourth woman has sexy and intercourse and gives Raniere a hand job.
      Each sex act is regarded as a rape act. Using my example, a very average week for Vanguard, Raniere has committed 11 counts of rape.
      Lauren Salzman and Allison Mack acted as as accomplices of Keith Raniere. Mack and Salzman, via the blackmail they both gathered, aided and abetted Keith Raniere in his criminal acts of forcible rape.
      Each woman is directly responsible for dozens if not hundreds of counts of rape.
      How anyone can believe Mack and Salzman deserve clemency is incomprehensible and obscene to me. They deserve empathy. Not clemency.

      How would any man or woman reading this article feel if they were blackmailed into performing fellatio or sexual vaginal/anal intercourse with Keith Raniere?

      I’m positive no one reading this article would want two accomplices of a rapist to go free. Imagine Keith Raniere’s victims are your mothers, grandmothers, sisters, or daughters. Imagine they like Raniere’s real victims were all raped multiple times.
      Do you still believe Allison Mack and Lauren Salzman should walk free?

      Where are your tears for the rape victims, all of whom, Raniere raped countless times?

  • With the major miscreant caged and no longer a menace to innocents – sympathy toward some who may be both victim and perp seems humane – but there are a few other factors
    .
    One is that early on it is difficult to discern between genuine contrition or simple attrition. The former being heart-felt remorse for pain, suffering and loss to the victims and a genuine desire to change – whereas “attrition” is merely regret for having been caught and suffering the consequences (aka “jailhouse contrition”) Everybody in prison is sorry, but that doesn’t necessarily merit compassion – especially given the hideous nature of the crimes, and the long term physical and psychological consequences the victims will endure. Also, definitive but measured punishment serves as a deterrent for similar crimes. Reasonable sentences and restitution are in order.

    I’m actually more concerned Claire Bronfman who empowered and enabled the Narcissistic psychopath in the name of “ethical humanity” – will walk away with a slap-on-the-wrist fine (pocket change) – because of the obscene liquor fortune she did not earn or deserve. If she skates while Allison and Lauren get hammered – that would be the real travesty of justice.

  • While i definitely agree for Allison, let’s not forget that lauren did the crime for a long time and did way worst than Allison or most of the other…
    Over her, only her mother and a few executive did worst (and of course, raniere)

    “She did more than follow Keith, she loved him”
    Come on, that , once again an allegation debunked during trial…she never loved him.
    She admired him like most of the follower and she paid for it.
    She had no relation with him (and avoided him frequently) until he coerced her…

    “And her torment is not over. ”
    Because of people like you who bring back this story…she is rebuilding herself, trying to heal and while this time you go on a more nice note, you don’t help by bringing this again and again.

    “Her fame works constantly against her.”
    Absolutely not, in the end, before the scandal, she was bothered often…even at the beginning.
    It’s when she was arrested that many started to pay attention to her (to ignore their pathetic life).

    “She cannot step out anywhere without being recognized and perhaps taunted, heckled, admonished.”
    Hum no…from what i know, nobody bothered her (when she was allowed to leave her house once a while) except some nut crack who either believed she deserve to pay or that they can save her.

    But perpetually talking about her is certainly not gonna help. Her arrest happened 2 years + ago and nothing was new was brought to public for atleast a year (and the trial also showed that Allison wasn’t as implicate as previously stated by a few).
    Don’t you think that this is absurd? to bring her back on the table almost every weeks?
    If she deserve leniency from justice, don’t you think it would make sense to leave her alone?

    About lauren : “She thought she was building something noble and profitable and that Lauren could rise in the family business”
    absolutely false…she (and her mother) used the “technology” to their benefit for years.
    The therapy they use can be helpful (for some) but they used them for their interest.
    lauren never showed interest in helping people…some in Nxivm believe it but not her.

    Reminder , lauren is amongst the highest in the pyramide, one of the most powerfull and she showed it by displaying her financial success…
    What is lauren without Nxivm? nothing! this scam bought her house and her clothes collection aswell as her soul.

    “Lauren stayed with him right up to the moment of his arrest in 2018, a full 20 years, and for more than two years after his arrest, she is still being punished.”
    But you did worst to Allison!!! YOU

    You blew false stories accusing Allison of the worst, you ignored for a long time the fact (including those released by the court) and you rarely took part against lauren!

    lauren made the choice to follow him for 20 years as she was amongst those behind the technology to control the followers…Allison lost 14 years (almost) of her life, 12 inside this cult.
    A cult builded by nancy, raniere and soon after lauren!

    She wasn’t punished all that much compared to the amount of life she destroyed (including Allison’s life).
    She had the position and she pushed many in the ditch…she then cruelly continued the pressure (if you want undisputable proof, think Dany testimony).
    She might deserve leniency compared to her mom or raniere…but not at the level of a victim (like Allison)

    She profited from her crimes.

    “She wanted to share this joy with others. She was not looking to deprive others of joy.”
    Finally…this

    “I do not believe either of these women are at high risk of being repeat offenders. Not now.”
    Allison no, she was never a criminal and he forced her to lie about this and ended up forcing her into crime by the coercion.
    Allison, from what i know, would never go back to Nxivm…she has lots of regrets about what happened (and not for Nxivm but for the people hurt).

    Lauren, while i don’t know anything much but her actions (depicted throu the trial), i wouldn’t bet she would not go back to Nxivm if it still existed…

    “And they had moments with their lover, Keith, the man they thought loved them more than anyone else.”
    Once again, no…i know as a fact that Allison wasn’t in love…she had no interest in him but admiration.
    She was forced into the relation.
    lauren, in the other hand admitted it in court so no discussion possible.

    Allison tried to flee the cult (in 2017) but she was rapidly brought back to the sad truth…they had collaterals on her.

    “It will take them years to heal as it is, and no amount of time in a physical prison will speed that up. In fact it will only retard it.”
    Prison will not help, that is true but talking all the time about them neither.

    “They were enabler, not initiators.”
    Correction :
    Lauren was an enabler, One of your friend (Edmondson) was too…but Allison was just a follower caught like all the other victims of Nxivm and specifically DOS.

    “If Allison or Lauren had not been branded and had not given blackmail material to Raniere, I think one could argue that they were not victims. But, it is a fact that they did the same things the victims did. The only one in DOS who did not give collateral was Raniere”
    Correction once again…
    Lauren knew the purpose of DOS before giving coercive material…Cami is the same, she knew what it was about (before the coercion)…as seen in the message.
    Allison , like all the real victim, never knew the truth…

    “Allison would have gone on to perhaps greater stardom, and Lauren, intelligent and personable, would have a career and a husband, and children now.”
    Partly true for both…Allison didn’t care about stardom and would likely have gone in a way that doesn’t imply the negative side of acting (more like broadway or such).

    “I think it is enough. Their punishment is a ravaged life which will be hard to ever put back together.”
    once again, i can’t talk for lauren but for Allison, she’ll be ok…many people support her , help her and she will heal ok.
    Her career might be lost (and this isn’t even certain) but she’ll be ok.

    • Can we rip anonymous posters or since I’m not Lauren, or anyone who cares for Allison, am I not able to properly respond to this moron “friend” of Allison? This anonymous Allison dude is probably a fake. It might even be shadow himself. i don’t know that anyone does more harm to Allison that this jackwagon. It’s like a jealous basketball player who cuts his teammate off at the knees – without realizing that they are on the same team and sink in the same boat. IDIOT

  • Frank is again mostly wrong.

    While it’s true that Lauren deserves leniency, it’s equally true that Allison does NOT deserve any leniency.

    Why not?

    Cuz Lauren Salzman was raised by her own MOTHER to obey Keith Raniere.

    Whereas Allison was NOT raised from childhood to obey Keith.

    Capiche?

    Lauren didn’t know any other life except what her mom and Keith told her to do.

    That’s POWERFUL mitigation.

    That’s akin to an Amish child choosing to be Amish because their parents raised them to be.

    Guess what, Frank?

    90% of Amish kids grow up to become Amish. That’s not a coincidence, sir. Very few other people choose to be Amish unless they were raised that way, by their parents.

    Lauren was baptized into this life with Keith. Her mom raised her to respect Keith. That’s the most powerful influence possible.

    But Allison, on the other hand, was NOT raised from childhood to respect or obey Keith Raniere.

    Allison’s parents are NOT the ones who pressured her into fucking Keith.

    Allison CHOSE that lifestyle of her own volition.

    Allison had millions of dollars and a secure future (in acting) and didn’t need NXIVM financially, socially or for family purposes. She had tons of adoring fans and friends outside of NXIVM. Her family was outside of NXIVM. Yet she still CHOSE to follow Keith and his fraudulent ways.

    On the other hand, Lauren needed NXIVM for family purposes (her mom & sister were members). Lauren also needed NXIVM for social purposes (her only friends are from NXIVM). Finally, Lauren also needed NXIVM for financial purposes (she was a loser with no income or education outside of NXIVM).

    Allison’s choice (to follow Keith) was far more voluntary than Lauren’s, which is why Allison deserves NO FUCKEN LENIENCY in sentencing.

    I already told you this, Frank, you god damn FLIP FLOPPER!

    Stop flip flopping and looking like a fool, sir.

    I am right and you are wrong.

    Let’s ask NiceGuy if he’ll agree with your logic over mine. I doubt it. NiceGuy will support me on this issue, Frank, mostly cuz you’re a flip flopper who seems to be changing with the political wind lately.

    Have a nice day.

  • Great article, Frank! Thank you very much for understanding and for writing about this!

    I hope Judge Garaufis reads this. Nobody knows NXIVM and its players like you.

  • What does the public think of Allison Mack?
    The public has very definite opinions about Allison Mack.
    Recent comments from Allison Mack’s official Instagram page

    dellysant
    Allison Mack🤮🤮🤮
    2w 13 likesReply

    sabrinasalamanca
    🍕💉👹🤮🍕💉👹
    2w 12 likesReply

    sleeping_library
    This post was depressing
    2w 3 likesReply

    mzm.blujeo
    Did you rape this one to?
    1w 10 likesReply

    clvudi_
    dont forget to put sex trafficer in your bio✨
    2d 4 likesReply

    memes.sometimes_politics
    Before she got caught with a cult in Mexico. She was a pimp for a Mexican cult. Imagine that
    5w 9 likesReply

    inoemilia
    What you did is a SHAME!😷
    9w 15 likesReply

    kamartin007
    I hope you stay in prison for a long time ! Public hanging should make a comeback !
    8w16 likesReply

    jaaspreeet
    🤢😷 pizzagate
    8w 17 likesReply

    farahrosea
    Sick
    8w 10 likesReply

    https://www.instagram.com/p/BgpJUk4BTg4/

    green_eyed_vegan
    Satan will come for you.
    1w 3 likesReply

    dogboxmedia
    evil
    7w2 likesReply

    gloshyne
    you should add abuser to your bio 😉
    5w5 likesReply

    gloshyne
    you should add misogynist to your bio 😉
    5w4 likesReply

    gloshyne
    you should add CULT LEADER TO UR BIO 😉
    5w5 likesReply

  • “But Allison, almost everywhere she goes, for decades to come, will be recognized. If not for her work on Smallville, for her notoriety in the cult. She cannot step out anywhere without being recognized and perhaps taunted, heckled, admonished.”

    I think you are exaggerating more than a bit, and she really won’t have to worry about being recognized, unless she decides to try and sell her story and gets booked for lots of major national or syndicated TV shows. Even during the height of Smallville’s popularity, she mentioned she usually wasn’t recognized unless she was with one of her more famous co-stars or was somewhere she was expected to be, such as a fan convention.

    “Allison lost 14 years, from 2006 to the present.”

    I think that’s stretching things to say she lost 14 years, at least as of right now. She was introduced to NXIVM through that first Jness weekend in Vancouver at the very end of 2006.From 2007 through first half of 2010, while she was helping to promote NXIVM-related things like the A Cappella weekend and, according to Susan Dones, spending all of her free time in Albany, she was still busy working on Smallville for a good 9 months out of the year.

    “Allison gave up a lucrative and successful acting career in 2010, because she believed Raniere had a higher calling for her. She left her star role in Smallville, and moved to Albany”

    I don’t think she gave up her acting career in 2010, probably more like 2012 or 2015. After 10 seasons, Smallville was finally ending and Mack decided to only appear as a guest star the final season. She moved to Brooklyn and appeared in at least 2 off-Broadway plays in 2010 and 2011. I think she wanted to try working more in theater, something she originally intended before she landed Smallville 10 years earlier. I think she hoped to have a career similar to that of her friend and former Smallville co-star John Glover.. Unfortunately, I think Raniere took this transitional period in Mack’s life and career to really manipulate her into serving his desires, and in October 2011, she bought that place in Clifton Park. Still, even after she publicly praised Raniere as her mentor on her blog in March 2012, talked about taking time off from acting and pushed back against those fans who tried to warn her about him with the Times Union articles, a couple weeks later, she took a 9 episode gig in the show Wilfred and even in 2015, had a guest starring arc in the short-lived TV series American Odyssey.

    While I don’t think Allison would have branded and abused people without Raniere, it wasn’t like he didn’t try to get or test lots of other women and your article about the civil lawsuit https://frankreport.com/2020/01/29/allison-mack-accused-of-being-sex-slaver-in-nxivm-civil-lawsuit/ makes a case for something more than probation. However, I think if the people Allison recruited or enslaved speak on her behalf and ask the judge for leniency, then the judge should take that into consideration.

      • Oh no, please, not another post…since you decided to say ‘Nxivm is done’, you never talk as much about it…and while it’s at least not as aside from truth as before, it’s really starting to sound like an old record.

    • To Anonymous 11:32 am

      “However, I think if the people Allison recruited or enslaved speak on her behalf and ask the judge for leniency, then the judge should take that into consideration.”

      This is a fantastic imagination, so unreal that this will not happen.

  • No way are Lauren Salzman and Allison Mack on par with one another, criminally. Lauren is guilty of far more actual crimes, committed with far more insider knowledge and malicious intent and far less ‘coercion’ from Keith than Allison Mack suffered.

    Nancy buffeted Keith’s deceptive influence over Lauren — though Nancy used Lauren, her own daughter, to further her own and the Salzman family’s interest in the family business that the Salzman’s profited by for decades.

    Keith Raniere, “Vanguard,” and his alleged ‘genius’ teachings — along with his criminal insanity — was their product.

    The Salzman’s didn’t buy into it, they SOLD it.

  • I wish them the best! It’s hard to get out of a cult, it’s even harder when people and media who don’t fully understand your situation are constantly passing judgement on you. Good luck

  • This picture from Raniere’s wiki page appears to be slightly more recent because it is probably his mugshot and has the added advantage of being able to see his eyes, which appear to have that oh sh!t look: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keith_Raniere LOL

    If they didn’t intend to be criminals, then why did they both plead guilty to two felonies instead of going to trial and claim they never intended to commit crimes? After all, it’s the intent that matters, right? LOL

    Don’t be sexist and treat these women as inferior beings, they want equal rights, they got ’em. LOL

    Mack’s fame could easily work for her, she could write a book, produce a movie, etc., about her NXIVM experience. The others wouldn’t get traction because they weren’t famous before NXIVM. Plus, Hollyweird will welcome Mack with open arms, she is one of them. Also, most people are fascinated by the Hollyweird types and love a comeback. LOL

    Prison isn’t only about the perp, it is also about getting a measure of justice for those they victimized, protecting society at large, and to serve as a deterrent to them AND others from acting badly in the future. LOL

    Mack wasn’t showing fear in the Mexico pic, she was pissed. After all, she was supposedly a bad-a$$ warrior b!tch at the time. People who are afraid don’t chase police cars, they freeze or run away from them. LOL

    In a way, Raniere did give collateral – it was the REAL, vs. FAKE evidence, that he was convicted of, ironic for the world’s smartest man. LOL

    All that being said, the judge is known as a softy, he stepped in for Salzman when she broke down on the witness stand, and time may have tempered his feelings towards them. LOL

    • “Women will never grow up if you endlessly treat them like children.”-smtolle

      That’s what Vanguard said. LOL

  • Both of these women collected blackmail information against other women.
    Blackmail is a form of terrorism.

    “Do as I say or I will release this embarrassing information about you.”

    Those women will be terrorized for the rest of their lives.

    • except that they didn’t blackmail mr ‘i live in a fantasy world’…Only raniere did.
      Stick to what you understand [redacted] .

  • LOL. Sorry. Don’t buy it. They were with the fake one until those greater in power decided to do something about it, and then instead of standing by their master who they did all those previous years, they gave him up only to save their own hides, meaning they could’ve changed their ways years before if they really wanted to. Every healthy and sane person has the choice to change at any moment in time and take some course of action. They just don’t want to give up the positives or to face the ramifications of it. If the government didn’t do something, these women would probably still be on their knees giving the grubby one a group blow job thinking the clown was the most ethical man in the world.

    • You obviously don’t know anything about the whole story and posted without the necessary background knowledge.

      • There is no whole story. This cult had red flags all over it from the beginning, so much so that Forbes published an article way back in the 2003 calling it a cult. Rick Ross was on this as a cult earlier than 2005. It was mired in controversy constantly, and was involved in litigation after litigation. Anyone who stayed in it for so long and did all the stupid things that got them in trouble has only themselves to blame for falling for a charlatan and drinking his snake oil.

  • I do not support leniency for Nancy Salman, as she was Raniere’s original co-conspirator and mind-control tech.

    Lauren and Allison were indeed victims, and that should be taken into account, but Nancy worked directly with Raniere in formulating the whole racketeering operation.

    I don’t think leniency in her case is appropriate.

    • Agreed, although i think lauren is more like her mother than a victim like Allison…

      In order of punishment, i think it should be raniere-nancy-lauren…Allison is indeed a victim and therefore, she paid way more than she should.

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