ID Video: ‘The Lost Women of Nxivm’ Shows Even Darker View of Nxivm Than HBO’s ‘The Vow — & Where to Watch It!

The Lost Women of Nxivm on ID Network

I found another suspicious Nxivm death [number 5], a woman named Dorcas Suzanne Kemp, who got cancer, after making out her will in favor of Raniere for an estate of about $3 million.

Dorcas Suzanne Kemp, a possible Nxivm victim.

Unlucky Raniere, she changed her will just days before she died leaving it all to an unrelated charity.

This reminded me that, with the Vow on HBO being so popular that I should once again advise readers, especially new ones, that the Lost Women of Nxivm is the perfect compliment to The Vow, especially for those who want to see a darker, more sinister look at Nxivm and its leader Keith Raniere.

Largely as a refresher for regular readers and as an update to say that the investigation into the deaths of these women of Nxivm is not over, and as an introduction to new readers, let me [re]introduce the Lost Women of Nxivm.

As if HBO’s ‘The Vow’ doesn’t show Nxivm and its leader Keith Raniere in a bad enough light, Investigation Discovery’s ‘The Lost Women of Nxivm’, shows it in a much more sinister light – within the context of possible murder, poisoning, and driving women to suicide.

Four women dead, [now a fifth] and several others who survived, but were possibly poisoned, and a series of stunning revelations, ‘The Lost Women of Nxivm’ is a must-see for those who have been watching The Vow.


Watch it here:

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Watch clips from the movie:

Clip 1: Frank Parlato talks to the kayak owner about Snyder’s disappearance

Clip 2: Frank Parlato interviews Susan Dones

Clip 3: Frank Parlato asks Susan Dones about the video where Keith Raniere claims to have had people killed

Clip 4: Frank Parlato gets a hair sample from a victim

Clip 5: Frank Parlato talks to a forensic expert on possible poisoning

Clip 6: Kristin Keeffe claims she was hunted like an animal in ‘The Lost Women of NXIVM’

Clip 7: Kristin Keeffe tells her experience to Frank Parlato in ‘The Lost Women of NXIVM’

Here is Investigation Discovery’s description of the film.


— The Gripping Two-Hour Special Premieres Sunday, December 8th from 9-11pm ET —

The rise and fall of Keith Raniere and the NXIVM cult is one of the most disturbing scandals of our age. What began as a purported self-help group spiraled into a dark, secretive world of illicit sex, money laundering, and exploitation all at the hands of founder Keith Raniere and his accomplices.

Former NXIVM publicist turned investigative journalist Frank Parlato, who first revealed that NXIVM was branding women, 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 Raniere himself.

With exclusive access to members of Raniere’s former inner circle, some speaking for the first time and others who remain anonymous for their safety, Parlato leads viewers through a two-hour investigation that questions if there is more to this sadistic story.

The provocative special, THE LOST WOMEN OF NXIVM, premiered Sunday, December 8 at 9/8c, only on Investigation Discovery (ID).

YouTube excerpt

“Understanding the depths of depravity of the NXIVM cult goes far beyond what we have seen in the headlines,” says Henry Schleiff, Group President of Investigation Discovery, Travel Channel, American Heroes Channel and Destination America. “This explosive ID special takes a never before look at the stories of four women who were unfortunately caught in Raniere’s twisted web and explores how their association with him may have led to their tragic fates, providing hope that authorities might reopen these cases to bring closure to the victims’ loved ones.”

THE LOST WOMEN OF NXIVM begins with Parlato’s investigation into the missing persons case of Kristin Snyder, who disappeared on February 6, 2003 after being forcibly removed from one of NXIVM’s Executive Success Programs (ESP) due to erratic behavior. Her abandoned vehicle was found the next day with an apparent suicide note inside, but her body has never been recovered. In an exclusive interview, Parlato speaks with Snyder’s wife of two years, Heidi Clifford, who claims that Snyder was pregnant with Raniere’s child at the time of her disappearance. Parlato quickly discovers that just months before Snyder vanished, 33-year-old Gina Hutchinson was found dead also due to an apparent suicide. Heidi Hutchinsonspeaks with Parlato about her sister’s association with Raniere from a young age.

Heidi Clifford with Frank Parlato in Anchorage Alaska

With the help of an anonymous source, Parlato also explores the deaths of two additional LOST WOMEN OF NXIVM, 63-year-old Barbara Jeske and 57-year-old Pamela Cafritz. Both women lived with Keith Raniere and were part of his trusted inner circle, many of whom mysteriously developed terminal cancer. After collecting potential hair evidence from the source, Parlato sets out to explore if it is possible that the women, experiencing a cluster of cancers, were poisoned over a period of years.

Additional revelations in THE LOST WOMEN OF NXIVM include the very first on-record interview with Kristin Keeffe, who divulges what she knows from her 24-year relationship with Keith Raniere. She is one of the many women Raniere impregnated, but unlike allegedly dozens of others, she was not forced to have an abortion. When her son was 7-years-old, Keeffe escaped and went into hiding to protect herself and her son. Additional interviews include: Susan Dones, a former NXIVM trainer, whose video footage secretly recorded Raniere speaking to other high-ranking officials of NXIVM boasting “I’ve had people killed because of my beliefs.” Neil Glazer, an attorney for NXIVM survivors; Rick Ross, an expert on extremist groups; Dr. Jana Lalich, a sociologist, former NXIVM consultants; and many more.

THE LOST WOMEN OF NXIVM is produced for Investigation Discovery by AMPLE Entertainment. For AMPLE, Ari Mark, Phil Lott, Alex Weresow and, filmmaker Pat McGee are executive producers. For Investigation Discovery, Eugenie Vink is executive producer, Sara Kozak is senior vice president of production, Kevin Bennett is general manager, and Henry Schleiff is Group President, Investigation Discovery, Travel Channel, American Heroes Channel, and Destination America.

About Investigation Discovery

Investigation Discovery (ID) is the leading crime and justice network on television, delivering the highest-quality programming to approximately 85 million U.S. households. From harrowing crimes to in-depth investigations and heart-breaking mysteries behind these “real people, real stories”, the always revealing network challenges our understanding of culture, society and the human condition. The #1 network for women in all of cable, ID’s programming is available in both high definition (HD) and standard definition (SD), as well as anytime and anywhere through the network’s TV Everywhere offering, IDGO. For exclusive web content and bonus material, fans can follow ID on TwitterInstagram and Facebook or check out the network’s true crime blog, CrimeFeed.

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IMDb page on Lost Women of Nxivm

List of appearances on the Lost Women of Nxivm

Stone is one of the numerous people interviewed in the film. These include:
  1. Brendan Lyons, senior investigative editor, Albany Times Union
  2. Rick Ross, cult expert
  3. Neil Glazer, attorney for victims of Nxivm
  4. Dr. Jana Lalich, an expert on cults
  5. Joe O’Hara, a former consultant for Nxivm
  6. Omar Rosales, author, lawyer, and former member of Nxivm
  7. Susan Dones, a former member and whistle blower
  8. Heidi Clifford, spouse of Kristin Snyder
  9. Heidi Hutchinson, sister of Gina Hutchinson
  10. Angela Ucci, a former member
  11. Cynthia Libratore, sister of Barbara Jeske
  12. A DOS woman [in silhouette to shield her identity]
  13. An inner circle member who had cancer and survived [her identity is concealed]
  14. Kristin Keeffe, former member, whistle blower and mother of one of Raniere’s children
  15. Lieutenant Alan Nickel, Seward Police
  16. Kenny Powers, a friend of Snyder’s involved in the search for her
  17. Michael and Sherry Miller of Miller’s Landing, where Snyder’s truck was found
  18. Handwriting expert Beth Chrisman
  19. Ballistics expert Cynthia Bir.
  20. Harbor Master for Resurrection Bay, Norman Regis
  21. Kayak expert and expert of the waters of Resurrection Bay, Rick Brown
  22. Forensic scientist, Jason Kolowski, who tested hair samples of one of the cancer victims
  23. Roger Stone
  24. And others.




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3 years ago

I lived across the street from Suzanne for years. In every interaction with her, she tried to get me to take a class. There seemed to be a class for everything! She prefaced it with “Don’t be so insecure, we have a class for you”. I found it very sad that after she died, there were far more visitors at her home for a memorial service than ever were there before she died.

3 years ago
Reply to  TeenMic

PS: The local community knew something was off-putting. I had read numerous articles in local papers about Keith Reniere and NXIVM. Anyone that had neighbors involved could see the odd comings and goings. I honestly don’t think Suzanne had any idea what was going on deep within his ESP business.

3 years ago

Being able to watch this free of charge would allow a wider audience to see it and promote your investigative journalism on a broader scale. Can you please post it to a site where it can be viewed for free and become viral?

3 years ago

The Lost Women is an excellent investigative/detective documentary.

I highly recommend it!!!

3 years ago

I watched the Lost Women last night–for the 5th or 6th time. It is wrenching. And Heidi is in it, a woman who like so many others has waited years for this unbearable loss to be given the attention it deserves. I personally feel her pain and anger coming through the computer in her interview. Who knows why…I just feel a connection to her for some reason. Lost Women is overwhelming in many ways, the pain and the realization that Keith is truly evil, in a demonic way that consumes human beings whole. It’s terrifying; there is clearly an entire underbelly of truth beneath even all that we know now. It is Frank once again ripping off the mask and saying, ‘Look, look at this injustice that we must discover, expose, and seek justice for these women and the shattered lives of their loved ones.’ Frank wears the true mantle of a protector, and he didn’t need a seminar or a group therapy retreat to know what is right or wrong in this world. With so many lost souls floating through this epic story of Nxivm, it is a relief to see a man of action enter the scene and refuse to allow the memory of these women fade with time. He doesn’t need exposition of his motives or feelings, his actions speak for themselves, so I hope his role is instructive to the men of nxivm who seem so often paralyzed and in need of direction. That sounds cutting and mean, but I don’t say it to insult, just to point out the contrast in the hope that Frank’s example is a teachable one.

3 years ago

Where is it available to watch free of charge?

Great Job!
Great Job!
3 years ago

I think this is better than The Vow, and really gets down to important patterns that weren’t hard to miss, if you were paying attention and didn’t defer your decision-making process to a psychopath.

I hope justice and consequences are delivered for those who murdered inconvenient witnesses. Thanks to this program, we have a better vantage point to determine who the real victims are, and those that escaped justice through slow murder. Pam Cafritz should have done a life sentence, and be scorned for the rest of her life. Whether she got off easy by suffering through cancer, is subjective depending on your relationship to her crimes and corruption. If only she had lived to face her victim statements.

I hope we see more of these from Frank. Although the fatigue from revisiting all this trauma has to take a toll on everyone involved, I hope all of you have a future focused on living without this specter.

The Vow is repugnant. I think these vapid fame whores hurt the cause of illuminating the reality and path to indoctrination. Narcissists will find a million answers other than addressing their narcissism. Showing interviews with honesty and vulnerability will garner empathy and understanding.

I think you achieved that, and those featured added a more relatable empathetic aspect to a flashy sensational story.

3 years ago

Nice article- nice article- Kris is one of the victims in this whole mess, and we are wrapped in this mess as well.

Our statements have gone to the Judge, awaiting the 27th of this month.

Kris was murdered because she was pregnant with Keith’s child- he will have to stand before the throne of GOD and tell why.

Kris is a victim, as is my whole entire family- let’s get this said loud and clear.

I am Kris’ ONLY sister that is speaking for her, and wish we could get people to understand, that Nancy Salzman and Keith Raniere both need to go away for life. They both had a hand in killing my sister.

Thanks for talking about the “The Lost women”- we grieve daily for Kris- we are her FAMILY

Mx lady
Mx lady
3 years ago

Congrats, Frank!! I love this documentary. I just bought it to watch over and over. I find it fascinating! To be honest, the HBO show bores me. Yours is so cool!!

3 years ago
Reply to  Mx lady

The Vow is attention-seeking masturbation for Sarah Edmondson and Mark Vicente. It’s about them. This “Lost women of Nxivm” documentary is about Nxivm itself. Much better. Also, Kristin Snyder’s death and suicide note have been known about for years. Nxivm members chose to ignore that. Like everything else.

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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