Episode #4 of HBO’s “The Vow”, entitled “Building Character” captures in real-time an actual historic moment in the takedown of the Nxivm cult. You can watch The Vow for free on Flixtor
Much of the series is capturing the efforts to take down the cult, but in this episode, at around the 46-minute mark, Catherine Oxenberg, Mark Vicente and Sarah Edmondson agree to go to me with the story of DOS and I publish it on the Frank Report.
This was during the time it really happened and includes the actual phone call between Vicente and myself where he confirms that the branding was real.
Here is the transcript of “The Vow” beginning with Catherine Oxenberg’s call in real-time to Mark Vicente telling him she spoke with me.
Because this is a rare glimpse at what really happened in the takedown of Nxivm, I think this is worthy of publishing.
First, I will give the transcript then I will show the clip from “The Vow”.
MARK VICENTE: Catherine…
CATHERINE OXENBERG: I just spoke to this guy Frank Parlato…
MARK: You talked to Frank?
CATHERINE: Yeah. Do you know him? He has this whole website dedicated to taking this cult down…
MARK: Yes, I know the guy, he used to work for Keith.
CATHERINE: Well, I just kind of laid the story out for him about what’s happening with India…
CATHERINE: And he didn’t know about DOS.
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CATHERINE: I think it would be good for you to speak with him.
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MARK: Frank Parlato used to work for Keith, and NXIVM. He left on bad terms, and the company went after him. To fight back, he created a blog called the Frank Report, to share news he was hearing about NXIVM. Back then, I was very wary of him.
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MARK: There’s a case against Frank, from Keith, so I believe his motivation is try to take them down before they can actually do any damage to him.
CATHERINE: Well, he seemed very helpful with me, very supportive.
MARK: We knew there was a branding ceremony that was about to happen. For Catherine, the hope was that India might even read it, and realize “Holy shit, this is bad”. It was like, “we can’t wait, we have to get the story out”. And Frank will report it.
MARK: You’re aware of who I am?
MARK: OK. I have an over-abundance of paranoia, at the moment.
FRANK: Oh, there’s always some paranoia with everyone that deals with Keith Raniere.
FRANK: If you could give me some background information, then that would be fine. Do you think it’s true there’s a branding ceremony?
MARK: I know it’s true.
FRANK: How did you find out about this?
MARK: I won’t tell you names, but I have one informant giving me information.
FRANK: How do you know it’s true?
MARK: She had photographic evidence.
FRANK: Is she branded?
SARAH EDMONDSON: I decided to tell Frank about the branding, it was pretty terrifying, but my name wasn’t attached. So I felt safe, and at this point, I was kind of like a vigilante on a mission, I was angry, I was like “fuck you, you fucking messed with the wrong person.”
MARK: When Frank came out with the news, it set the whole organization into a panic. A lot of people began asking questions. And that was the idea, it’s not just to expose what’s going on, it was also about getting people to leave, getting people away from danger.
JANE [A DOS SLAVE WHO HAD NOT YET BEEN BRANDED}: When the Frank Report came out, I was in shock. I didn’t know about the branding, or Keith’s initials on the brand. I hadn’t thought of myself as having been traumatized, until that moment.
JANE: I was sort of like: “W-what do we do?”… “We fucking leave!” This option was opened. “Oh, that is something that I can do.”
DOS WOMAN 3: I was terrified about my collateral, but I just wanted out.
Catherine gets a text from her daughter India after Frank Report broke the branding story:
CELL PHONE TEXT: The people you’re working with are actually accused criminals. Frank, your expert, has only ever written slander and was paid money to do so.
CELL PHONE TEXT: I’ve actively decided not to speak with you out of principle because I think what you’re doing is so damaging to me and my friends and my family.
CATHERINE: There’s no way, with the child that I’ve known for 26 years, that she would be involved, or condone, the things that she’s participating in right now. There’s no way. She’s convinced herself that being branded with some man’s initials and being recruited for sex, that that’s a good thing, this is character-building. This organization has taken my child, and I will do whatever it takes to get her back.