Raniere Report From MDC Prison — Limping Badly, Showing Mental Instability

Keith Raniere, government exhibit photo.

Keith Alan Raniere has not been doing well at the Brooklyn Metropolitan Detention Center. But who could be doing well in that torture chamber?

He has been in custody there since April 2018, making it more than two years, always penned indoors, never getting outdoors, never in the sun or breathing fresh air, living in a dirty dank cell with rotten mold-filled air, terribly unhygienic and terrible, unhealthy food.

Either too cold or too warm, with no regard to human health.  A hell hole. That’s what the Federal Bureau of Prisons cooked up for people in Brooklyn awaiting trial [innocent until proven guilty detainees – a great ruse, by the way, to make sure they are unfit for trial].

Raniere is one of a number of detainees who have been convicted and is awaiting sentencing, a sentencing that has been delayed because of COVID-19.

The dancers, known as The Forgotten Ones, by the way, and despite some criticism of them in these pages, have every justifiable reason to dance to cheer up the men there and bring attention to conditions.  They may have been lacking in transparency at first, hiding their close relationship with Raniere, but, in the end, they admitted they were there because of Keith.

Keith Alan Raniere.

That did not, they said, negate their desire to improve conditions for all prisoners housed in squalor at MDC.

Now, before getting on to our report on Keith’s present condition, I think it is necessary to explain something to a few readers.

I wrote in a previous post Was Michele Hatchette Wearing Allison Mack’s Dress a Message to Mack? that “One good thing about Keith Raniere being arrested is that he cannot as easily impose the DOS diet on his slaves and grand slaves. Michele has plumped up a bit and looks far more healthy. But she is now ‘way too fat’ for Keith’s taste. He said fat on a woman – even one excess pound – can disturb his highly concentrated spiritual energies.” 


Apparently some readers saw this as an attack on Michele’s body as in body-shaming her.  I was not body-shaming her. I was explaining Keith’s view of women. His whole schtick when he was a free man was to body-shame women who were with him, mocking them into emaciation.

He would make piggy noises if they went to the refrigerator and talk about women being “official” which he explained sounded the same as “a fish hole” referring to their reproductive organs.

He was the ultimate body-shamer.

When I wrote that Michele “is now ‘way too fat’ for Keith’s taste.” I meant it literally. She is too fat for his taste. Not mine or anyone else’s.

I also wrote that she “plumped up a bit and looks far more healthy.” I meant that as a compliment. It is astonishing in the politically correct world of uber sensitivity and seeking to be offended when no offense is intended, that some thought this was politically incorrect.

The fact is Michele is now overweight by Keith’s standards – but, to my mind, she looks undoubtedly more healthy and better off now than when she looked like she did in the picture below.

But this post is not about Michele’s health. It is about Keith’s health and we have the report directly from an inside MDC source, who sees Raniere regularly.

Thanks to this source, we have now learned the likely reason why The Forgotten Ones dancers stopped dancing exclusively on 29th St, in front of the MDC, and moved to the back of the building to dance.

They used to dance exclusively in front of MDC on 29th Street.


Then they started dancing more in the back of the prison.


I hope no one thinks of this as body shaming or, worse, mental shaming, but to my mind, these three Forgotten Ones dancers – l-r Danielle Roberts, Nicki Clyne, and Michele Hatchette – look utterly insane.

Keith Raniere was moved. He has been moved to the other side of MDC and is now in an area – based on Covid 19 protocols at the prison – reserved for people like him who are awaiting sentencing and for older inmates who are considered to be at higher risk of fatality or serious problems if they contract the virus.

Raniere will be 60 on August 26, 2020, and on top of that, his health has taken a turn for the worse [as does everyone’s at MDC to a greater or lesser extent, I would imagine].

First of all, he has been limping far more than he was before. Our source described it as waddling “like a penguin.”

I am not making light of any person’s physical ailments. Keith has always had rather stubby feet [and at the risk of body-shaming him], some people likened his feet to paws.

They are almost perfectly square, while most people have more rectangular feet – being longer than they are wide.

Photo of Keith Raniere’s feet [not for worshipping purposes.]
Possibly because of his deteriorating condition combined with rather paw-like feet, his limping is very pronounced.

He also had what our source described as a ridiculously bad haircut. In fact, our source thought that someone gave him the badly uneven cut to deliberately “fuck with him.” That may or may not be the case, but it is not hair-shaming him to suggest that the bad haircut gives him the appearance of being disheveled and a little demented.

Hopefully, that will not offend anyone, who might themselves be having a bad hair day.

Finally, and it is no joke, our source says Keith may be losing his grip on reality.  He has been observed to burst into uncontrolled emotions. He has been seen to start crying uncontrollably – and with no external provocation and equally concerning – he bursts into fits of laughter – and not because anyone told a joke.

He seems to be hearing voices in his head and starts laughing and crying at odd times.

Now, of course, the crying is not altogether new. It was reported that he burst into tears at night prior to his trial. This crying even earned him the nickname “Crybaby Jane” which was certainly a politically incorrect nickname suggesting as it does that women cry more than men.

Take it up with the warden if you find it offensive.

But now, Keith is both laughing and crying without any discernible external stimulus.  This might be a sign that he has retreated from the outer world and is now living in his mind – possibly having hallucinations and on the high road to exhibiting full-blown mental illness – something that critics have claimed he suffered from for years.

Of course, the tears might be genuine tears of repentance for all the harm he has done others and the laughter might be him thinking back to all the sadistic pain he caused others. He might even be laughing at the dancers dancing up a storm for him below the prison each night.

Either way, it is a sad turn of events for the once-mighty Vanguard.   Hopefully, he will be sentenced soon to a more humane prison – one where he can get a little outdoor exercise and possibly some mental health counseling and possibly treatment.

Maybe one day, Raniere will be able to walk out of prison a free man and healthy in mind and body.

But that won’t be for years to come.





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  • Raniere is reaping what he sowed by going mad. I have a complaint, Frank. The world is on fire now and your Frank Report is obsessed with NXIVM and topics like someone sending a message to Mack by wearing a dress. That’s not journalism! Maybe you’re the one going mad – with obsession. What a waste of time and ability.

  • Didn’t KAR have the option to be sentenced by video conference (and therefore sent to a more humane prison) but he turned it down? So he is really there by his own free will. He is probably trying to get into a mental health prison to try to escape.

    • Yes – Judge Garaufis did schedule Raniere’s sentencing to be done via videoconference several months ago but had to cancel it when Raniere filed an objection to not being able to be there in person. Per the operative rules in the EDNY, convicted defendants have the right to have an in-person sentencing hearing.

  • https://youtu.be/R4dI4nrsVd8
    “Waddling with your upper body moving from side to side like a penguin can be due to compression of the nerves in the lower back, common in degenerative back disease,’ says Professor Masud.
    The squashing of the nerves reduces signals to the muscles of the buttocks which are very important for keeping the pelvis straight when you put weight on one leg.”

    I’m still researching but from what I’m reading he may also be showing signs of Parkinson’s Disease.

  • A foot where the length of the toes, including the first or big toe, is almost the same, making a rectanglular shape. It can also be called ‘Peasant Foot’ apparently the owner of a foot like this likes to ponder and relentlessly examine every decision, always weighing up the positive and negative.

  • Millions of penguins are waddling, and all of them are in the best of health, why not Keith Raniere aka # 57005-177.
    If he waddling like a duck, I’d worry.

  • He has been sitting in MDC this long by his own choice. He fled to Mexico of his own volition. He entered a plea of not-guilty of his own volition. His representatives made the trial process drag out longer than it needed to. He is likely what has made sentencing reports take so long.
    And in spite of all that preaching about how there are no real victims, he would love for us to think he is a victim.
    It may well be a strategy to try to get a lighter sentence or get sentenced to a mental health facility that would be easier to help him escape from.

    I am sure it really sucks there, though. If it isn’t an act, it’s actually a bummer if he gets to go off the rails or get medicated, and numb his way through his punishment.

    • Anyone could have made that statement. LOL

      Who are you, what are the details, and do you know others who could make similar statements? LOL

      Have you submitted your information to the judge? LOL

      • Hi Bangcock, LOL Thank you so much for discouraging valuable information. Who are you? Troll? Why don’t you LOL in your closet?

    • Wow. If there is anything more you can share, please do. Our resources from the 60s and 70s to find clues about what made Keith tick are limited.

  • Perhaps Raniere will get lucky and die before he is sentenced, in which case his guilty finding will be vacated and he can be not only adored by his followers, but also as having a clean record – not to mention the tax dollars savings. LOL

    • What’s this “we” shit? I don’t want him dead. I think he should live and receive maximum joy as long as possible. There’re things I’m still interested in knowing.

  • This whole article is an attempt to bide shame Keith. But if you look at the beautiful women who adore him, you know he is hot too. Hotter than hot. His limp is not a limp. It is his swagger, his coolness.
    He is the king. Love you, Nico. Love you forever Priapis, born hero among all men. I dance in spirit for your Oneness.

      • Shadow – Tongue O’Flame is not Nicki, it’s Danielle obviously. flame => cauterizing pen. And only a doctor would use a stupid term like priapis(m) which is a medical term. Though you could argue that since danielle takes all of her orders from nicki, it might as well be nicki.

    • I dunno, this is almost poignant. You’re in a thrall, tongue-o, you know the difference between thrill and thrall -right?

  • Maybe Raniere believes he has a chance at being sent to a mental hospital to serve out his sentence.

  • I feel bad for the other inmates at the MDC, but not so bad for vanguard. While at MDC, Keith has access many things that Dani Fernandez never had, and had it not been for her escape, who knows how long she would have been in that little room.

    Due process, appeals, habeas corpus, a jury of peers, an attorney. All things Keith had but Dani did not.

    Dani also did not have people to talk to. Dani had no fresh air either. No 97.1 radio station to listen to or books to read. She did not have a newspaper, so she wrote one herself, which Keith took away from her. No access to health care. No bed or chair to sit in, just an empty room with a mat on the floor. Not a single ally in the world, just Lauren who would not visit for weeks or months, and when she did, she was mean to her. No choice of food or knowledge that she’d even be fed, and no commissary with top ramen and mac n’ cheese. No change of clothes.

    And certainly nobody dancing outside her room fighting for her rights as a human.

    Nicki Clyne, Danielle Roberts, Eduardo, and Michele Hatchette are awful humans. As are her sister Marianna, and her father, Hector. Both of whom have been watching and supporting the people dancing outside the MDC.

    • Thank you for that reminder and comparison of Dani and Keith’s prison conditions and for naming her jailers. She did suffer far more than Keith or Lauren —any others — ever may on top of what she endured with the sex slave grooming torment before she was held prisoner. So sorry for the entire Fernandez family and pray you can all forgive one another and reunite some day!

      • It’s only my opinion, but I think the worst part of Dani’s journey was when Keefe and the father’s employee dropped that poor girl off at the border and kept her money. Super ethical 👌

    • Very well said. Think of Dani, being locked in a room, under threat of deportation to Mexico without a cent in her pocket. Where is the outrage? Mexican Lives Matter. Female Lives Matter. Etc.

        • She was in the US illegally and she was scared of the being accused if she did not go along with them. She was scared of losing her family. There were locks in how it was setup

  • https://www.instagram.com/p/CDJ-foSjDMl/

    “Challenge accepted. 😘@supervandie @durance.erica @simonebailly #womensupportingwomen”

    Kristin Kreuk does not support women. At all. Kristin Kreuk cowers away, even when women asked her to help real victimised women. Posting a picture (of herself) pretending to support women, instead of posting information about NXIVM and sexual slavery/branding. Ridiculous hypocrisy.

    Nothing above is untrue, but watch the inevitable attack from *him* to take the heat off Kreuk…

  • If someone in prison actually ends up with severe mental health problems, would they be transferred to a mental hospital facility if they are genuinely deteriorating to the point that it is a severe mental illness?

    • Only a few federal prisons have “mental wards”. Prisoners with mental problems at other facilities would really have to pose a physical danger to themselves or the staff before there would be any consideration of moving them to a mental health facility.

      • Perhaps he would like to be housed in one of these prisons with a mental ward so is faking with his behaviour. Failing that, I seriously doubt he has the power to physically attack anyone and I think he would be too squeamish to injure himself to prove he is so mentally gone to get into a mental health facility.

  • Maybe he is waddling because he’s gotten fatter? Does the source say anything about any weight gain?

    • He, in fact, is reported to have put on a few pounds in the last few months. But that’s probably true for a lot of federal prisoners who have been on some sort of lockdown since April.

  • What another disappointing article. Which was clearly written after I brought the attention to the fact that you write vulgar statements about the women who are outside dancing. Realistically, they are not breaking any laws, yet you are determined to shame them every day with sometimes several articles a day. It seems you have turned your main focus on hypothesizing every move they make into something diabolical.

    Then in this article, you write condescending statements about body shaming. Do you find it funny to write such nasty things about women? I mean, you even made a snide comment about talking about his hair and hope you don’t offend someone who also is having a bad hair day. Really?

    I’m beginning to wonder if your posts are just personal at this point, considering your original ties to Nxivm. I have yet to see you retract that you support the pedophile John Tighe who admitted he was looking at naked children. Instead, you want to fight to exonerate him. This is being a hypocrite, Frank. I still stand by my original comment I posted on your post article.

  • Karma is a bitch. Surely he realizes he’s reaping what he sowed. Wonder if there’s any empathy for Dani – – Vangone has served just about the same amount of time as she did on his verdict and ruling, something that’s surely not lost on him.

  • Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats in their proposed “Heroes’ Act” propose releasing inmates over 50 years of age precisely because of Covid.
    That said, I believe that NXIVM can and will survive even without Keith Raniere.
    The gang has access to money from the Bronfmans and the Mexican elite.
    And I will give Mama Bear Nicki Clyne credit for working hard to maintain and grow the organization.

    • There is nothing to credit about Nicki Clyne’s nauseating choice about whom to support. Her obsessive behavior regarding Raniere demonstrates the profundity of her alienation, though.

  • Limping?! You don’t think he’s been oversexed by fellow inmates excited by the pornographic gyrations of his acolytes (of both sexes), beneath their windows nightly, do you?!

    Maybe the dirty dancers are giving Raniere a little time off to recover between the overly excited lovers his acolytes “fluff up” even better than the Fernandez kid “Fluffy” did when Keith had him shooting video of his sisters being raped.

    True though the limp could be a Raniere Ruse. He limped a lot around our Mom and me and said he had a disability or cancer or something he recovered from periodically. The sympathy ploy is a go-to for many NXIANS, always. Clare’s classic fainting spell comes to mind.

    Wouldn’t worry bout yer grand old master too much, slaves, get back out there and shake that money-maker…FR needs hits!

    • I agree. You slaves made a commitment to bring attention to those suffering inside MDC. You made your master so happy. I’ve never seen a happier Vanguard. Don’t worry about what we think about your trash can dancing. You guys said nightly dancing, now get to it.

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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