Kristin Keeffe

Kristin Keeffe Tells Harrowing, Shocking Story of Abuse

At the sentencing hearing of Keith Alan Raniere, fifteen victims spoke. The eighth was Kristin Keeffe. She was with Raniere since the Consumers’ Buyline days in the 1990s. She lived in the same house with him for years, at 3 Flintlock Lane, along with Karen U, and Pamela Cafritz.

Kristin was part of his inner-inner circle, one of four women closest to him who contracted cancer – Karen, Pam, Kristin, and Barbara Jeske were the others. His longest-serving, most reliable inner-inner circle all got cancer. Two of them have died.

Kristin was the mother of his firstborn child, Gaelyn, now 14. She was the first of his inner-inner circle to leave him, in February 2014, leaving with their son. Barbara Jeske died of cancer in September 2014, leaving him several million dollars as her share of the company profits. Then, Pam Cafritz died of cancer in November 2016, leaving him $8 million of cash.  Karen U., who was first to come to him, when she was 17, left him when he was arrested in 2018 – she was 57. She survived 40 years with Raniere.

Keith Raniere with three of his inner-inner circle: Karen U., Pam Cafritz, and Barbara Jeske.

At the sentencing hearing, Kristin seemed on the verge of tears during much of her speech. For years, she had been terrified of him. I know because when she fled Raniere with her child, she came to me to hide her.

Now, the tables were turned. He sat before her a prisoner, with no future ahead of him. Unlike the others who spoke, Kristin’s voice had no anger, no derision, no sarcasm. She may have been the only victim who did not ask the judge to sentence him to life in prison.

It was eloquent, and beautiful in its sadness, the expression of years of fear and pain, the pain of a mother, the fear of the man who was the father of her child. I heard Camila who told a terrible tale of sexual abuse starting when she was 15. I heard other women who told how Raniere wooed and promised to love them forever, then set out to destroy them.

Here was the mother of his child, a child he had not seen in seven years, born because he did not know the mother was pregnant, or he would have demanded she have an abortion. She was speaking to him for the last time.  In the end, she revealed how he eschewed his last chance at making one decent human gesture. From out of the millions he inherited from the estate of Pam Cafritz, we learned he denied offering the mother and son a single dime in child support.

The victims who spoke before Kristin Keeffe.

Camila’s Complete Statement at Raniere’s Sentencing –‘When I Was Still 15, He Took Naked Pictures — Naked Pictures of Me!’

Sarah Edmondson’s Survivor’s Statement to Keith Raniere: ‘If There Is Any Justice, the World Will Never See Your Face in Public Again’

Vicente to Raniere: ‘I Will Struggle for the Rest of My Life With What You’ve Done to My Mind and My Soul’

Ivy Nevares Statement at His Sentencing: ‘Raniere was Hoping I Would Commit Suicide’.

Toni Natalie’s Last Statement to Raniere: ‘A Genius? What a Joke!’

Barbara Bouchey Makes Her Final Statement to Raniere – and She Is in His Face

Susan Dones at Raniere Sentencing: ‘Keith, You’re an Evil Man’

By Kristin Keeffe

Your Honor,

My history with NXIVM began when, in my late twenties, I was one of the original five students enrolled by Keith Raniere and Nancy Salzman.  At first, I thought it was great and I loved it. Then Keith and Nancy [Salzman] introduced what they said was a revolutionary intellectual process for students to remove negative reactions to adverse stimuli in their lives. They called it Exploration of Meaning (EM).

What I did not know at the time, was the EM methodology was an extremely sensitive and psychologically invasive psychotherapeutic practice which Keith and Nancy developed by culling from various modes of psychotherapy and hypnosis.

As a child, I suffered a traumatic neck injury and an appendectomy that went horribly wrong. I was acutely ill thereafter for many years. As an adult, these experiences didn’t impact my life other than the occasional feeling of existential isolation. Upon starting EM “sessions” these childhood memories came up significantly as the foundation of all EM’s is the revisiting of painful childhood memories.

What I didn’t know was reliving a childhood trauma over and over again, hundreds of times over several years, with unlicensed, improperly experienced or educated therapists, such as Keith and Nancy could and would be so deeply damaging to every aspect of my life. As Dr. Noreen Tehrani, an occupational health and counseling psychologist specializing in post-traumatic stress, explains:

“If a trauma victim is debriefed in a state of high emotion, the process can increase the arousal to the point of overload, trapping the sensory impressions of the trauma in the brain.”

After starting EM sessions, I began to experience extreme anxiety alternating with feelings of depersonalization and derealization in my day to day living. I had night terrors and what seemed like overnight I developed a horrible eating disorder and gained a lot of weight. I had inexplicable chronic pain that grew worse and worse as days wore on.

I was experiencing symptoms of psychological abuse in the therapeutic context, resulting in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Making me live these childhood traumas over and over again with no relief was cruel and inhumane. It made me extremely vulnerable to predation by Keith, Nancy, and later Clare Bronfman.

Before that, I was an otherwise happy-go-lucky person. Hardworking, kindhearted. I didn’t have lofty goals. I was never very materialistic. I studied Buddhism; I meditated every day. I just wanted to do something good with my life and I was very trusting.

These monsters got their hooks into me and did everything they could to wreck my peace of mind and sense of self wellbeing. To make me their slave.

Kristin Keeffe with Keith Raniere

Keith is such a good liar and so manipulative and cunning. I couldn’t see what was happening to me. There’s no question many people benefited from NXIVM trainings and the EM process. Keith can help people when he wants to. That’s part of his cruelty. He does good things for a select few and then points to their successes as a way to cover for the torture of others. Especially women.

Keith singled me out as a target early on and I witnessed Keith target other women for torture too. Once he jokingly said instead of Executive Success Progams, Inc. the company should be called Shattered Souls, Inc. and laughed.

It took me many sorrowful years before I could see what was happening. With Clare and Nancy always looking to cement their power and status there was no amount of harm they weren’t willing to perpetuate or look the other way on for Keith. Always pointing to the latest wealthy person or actress or doctor who was giving NXIVM an endorsement.

“Look how successful they are. They love us. Look at the good results they’re getting! The problem is you,” they would say. Then behind my back, they would tell lies and disparage me throughout the community to cut me off at the knees so I couldn’t protest.

Your honor, you need to understand. Keith and Nancy, they were our therapists. We trusted them. And in that role, they had so much power over our lives. To the people who are supporting Keith now, I say this. “For every person who benefitted, how many were harmed? Have you asked yourselves that? Or is it just that you got what you wanted so screw anyone who didn’t?”

Your honor, I can’t possibly go through all the atrocities that were done to me or that I witnessed in 10 minutes, I’ve submitted a much lengthier statement describing my history and all the harm. I will touch on just a few more things now.

I was hired by Keith and Nancy to assist with NXIVM’s legal affairs. As part of my job I had to weigh at or below 128lbs, a size 2 in pants and there was always enormous pressure put on me to be in Keith’s good graces, which meant sex and 100% obedience to his every wish. Sometimes to shame me he would make me report how much I weighed publicly. What kind of employer does all that?

Keith Raniere and Clare Bronfman spied on her father Edgar Bronfman, Sr.

When Clare Bronfman joined NXIVM, she and Keith spent 11 years, 11 years, trying to prove her father Edgar Bronfman was behind an illegal conspiracy to destroy Keith and NXIVM and anyone close to him, including me.

Every problem Keith had, large or small it was always Edgar Bronfman’s fault somehow. For a long time, I couldn’t see this for what it was: a lie they told, a manipulation, to instill fear and control me. It infected every area of my life and all my decisions.

I watched Clare gift Keith tens of millions of dollars a year pretending she was making “Loans to cover expenses” or investments. When in fact Keith and Nancy were using Clare’s money to offset expenses so they could stockpile cash for themselves with Clare’s blessing.

At one point, Nancy showed me $2.5 million in cash in a safe in Nancy’s house “for Keith”. Money Keith never reported or filed tax returns on. The stockpiling of cash went on the whole time I was in NXIVM and they still have this money stashed somewhere.

Nancy Salzman had millions stashed in her house at 3 Oregon Trail “for Keith” she said.

Keith and Nancy make outrageous claims about the health benefits of Rational Inquiry and the EM process. NXIVM should have been shut down for this alone.

When I began to feel very sick myself, Keith and Nancy took turns telling me my symptoms were because;

  • “I needed more EM’s”
  • “I was a hypochondriac”,
  • “I didn’t eat properly”,
  • “I didn’t want to work my issues”,
  • “It was all in my head”.

I almost died from a massive hemorrhage! I was pregnant with Keith’s baby and I had cancer and they were telling me my symptoms were all in my head. At one point, I literally had only minutes to live because I hadn’t gotten proper medical treatment. I was living with Keith, with all his degrees, and all his intelligence, you think he didn’t know I was sick?

Or Nancy? Of course, they knew. They wanted me to die.

When I didn’t die, they threatened me that “Mr. Bronfman and Keith’s enemies could harm my baby, so no one could know Keith was the father.”

I was so brainwashed into being terrified of Mr. Bronfman, I agreed to this. It was all a lie. One day, Nancy said to me, “Let’s face it, your son, Gaelyn, doesn’t have a father” so I wouldn’t pursue making Keith pay child support.

Imagine me, sitting in Nancy’s house where she had millions of dollars squirreled away for Keith, which I had seen, and she gaslit me into accepting it was OK for Keith to take zero responsibility personally or financially for Gaelyn.

While I was battling cancer no less.

Kristin Keeffe was battling cancer when Nancy told her “Let’s face it, your son, Gaelyn, doesn’t have a father.”

Not long after, Clare ruthlessly followed suit. Even with all my compliance though, they were never satisfied.

At one point, Clare informed me, she would no longer pay me my full salary and instead take control of all my finances. I would have to ask her permission to buy food and household items, like a child. And God forbid I disagree.

One time I got in an argument with Keith about Clare and NXIVM’s continued litigating of Barbara Bouchey.

I said it was wrongful, and I was fired and shunned by the community. They put so much pressure on me to be submissive and never object to anything. Eventually, Clare threatened me into accepting my job back except at a much lower pay of $13,000 a year, no benefits. I couldn’t live on that, and she knew that, but I couldn’t say no, I was her prisoner.

Clare Webb Bronfman controlled the finances for Kristin Keeffe.

For years, I subconsciously normalized this abuse which I understand now is a common trait of abuse victims. It’s a survival mechanism. It was hard for me to break free.

Finally, one day a thought broke through my mind, “What if this isn’t about me?” I reevaluated all my experiences objectively and I quietly investigated the companies. I discovered some degree of fraud happening at every level of the organization and I was horrified. Every level.

I thought, “This is a R.I.C.O. action waiting to happen.” I tried to be brave. This was 2014 before DOS was created. I went to the New York State Police barracks to report everything to an investigator I knew. I told him about the crimes that were happening, including Daniela’s imprisonment and the Canaprobe investigation. [Raniere, and Clare and Sara Bronfman retained Canaprobe, a Canadian private investigation company, to spy on enemies.]

I begged him [State Trooper, Rodger Kirsopp] to check on Adrian and Camilla to see if they were OK.

As I was giving my statement, NXIVM’s attorneys [Albany attorneys, O’Connell & Aronowitz] called the investigator and said, “We know Kristin is there.” He was spooked, and I panicked.

I could barely think straight. Keith and Clare must have bugged my computer or my phone and tracked me. There I was at the police, and they knew I might provide evidence of a real, indisputable, pattern of criminal activity. And I did.  I said to the investigator, “I can’t ever go back there now.” He agreed. He said, “They’re like the mafia but worse.”

Gaelyn and I ran away and went into hiding. We had to abandon our small home and our beloved pets. I don’t even have any baby pictures of Gaelyn. Despite my best efforts, mysteriously, the State Police didn’t pursue their investigation into NXIVM. I never dreamed that would happen.

I underestimated Clare and the NXIVM attorneys’ corruptness and their willingness to lie to discredit me as a witness or intimidate the State Police Investigators or both.

Without State Police support, I was unprotected and powerless. This was a terrifying and extremely distressing time for me and hard on my son. But what else could I do? I would not let Gaelyn become a shattered soul, and I could not associate in any way with Keith’s criminal activity. Keith had tried to kill us once, I was afraid. We traveled to South Florida and managed to stay hidden for a year.

One night, I started receiving a barrage of frightening text messages from an unknown person stating they knew my real identity and threatening to expose me to Keith.

I felt like I was having a heart attack. I called several friends for help including a couple named Mike and Julie, who said, “Why don’t we come pick you up and get you out of there?”

I said, “Yes, please!”

My desire to run was strong. I couldn’t think straight. I told Gaelyn we were going on vacation and my friends picked us up. I quit my job and we abandoned our apartment.

Little did I know “Mike and Julie” were working for Clare Bronfman and were paid by Clare to infiltrate our life and cause us harm. Their colleague, Michelle, had sent me the threatening texts.

Clare paid the investigators over $400,000 plus attorneys’ fees to find me. Keith didn’t want Gaelyn. He and Clare just wanted to harm him and me in retaliation for going to the police.

I later learned that they hacked my bank account, medical records, IRS records, and all my online accounts – everything – to find us. They attempted to infiltrate Gaelyn’s school – and Clare filed false criminal charges against me, pretending I had stolen a computer containing NXIVM trade secrets.

Eventually, we managed to give Mike and Julie the slip, but I was never the same after that. I dared not have a phone, computer, car, health insurance, bank account, anything in my name which made our survival difficult.

I tried to continue to do the right thing and cold-called various attorneys specializing in mass tort litigation to represent NXIVM victims. I met Neil Glazer from Kohn Swift and after a year of educating him about the crimes of NXIVM, he agreed to represent NXIVM and DOS victims pro bono.

Kristin Keeffe, Nancy Salzman and Pamela Cafritz

When the EDNY opened its investigation, I shared everything I knew up through two weeks before trial. If EDNY hadn’t stepped up, God knows what would have happened to Gaelyn and me. I will be forever grateful.

In March of this year, in the wake of the COVID 19 pandemic, I attempted to enter into a private settlement agreement for child support with Keith Raniere once and for all. With my underlying health conditions, COVID 19 would be a swift death sentence if I catch it. I and my son are worthy and deserving of child support from Keith and we were always worthy and deserving. I have been able to make a new life for my son but overcoming all the adversity I’ve faced has been hard.

I tried to settle this privately with Keith to avoid the pain of all this, coming here. As to be expected, despite six months of promises by Keith saying he would pay us child support, he’s made no attempt to pay. And because he and Clare and Nancy are still up to no good, committing tax evasion and lying about Keith’s stash of money, there’s little I can do about it but ask this Court for help.

I hope and pray Your Honor can see the totality of the damage Keith Raniere has wreaked on me and my son. I can never get back the 20 years of hell he subjected me to, and my mind and body are forever scarred. My son will never get back the years of his childhood spent in hiding because of Keith’s crimes. We and all of Keith’s victims deserve justice.  Thank you.

THE COURT:  Ms. Keeffe, are you represented by an attorney in these negotiations over child support?

MS. KEEFFE: Yes.

THE COURT: All right. And is he represented by an attorney?

MS. KEEFFE: Yes.

THE COURT: Who is the attorney you are represented by?

MS. KEEFFE:  William Dreyer.

THE COURT: And who is the attorney that Mr. Raniere is represented by?

MR. AGNIFILO:   He spoke to me, Judge. I had conversations with Mr. Dreyer.  I can elaborate when I speak.

THE COURT:       All right, if you would please.

MR. AGNIFILO:   Yes.

THE COURT:       Thank you very much, ma’am.

***

I can verify Kristin’s story, as fantastic as it may seem. When she fled Albany, she was initially helped by Trooper Kirsopp. He helped locate her and her son at several safe houses. Then it seems Kirsopp changed. He seemed coopted by Nxivm and their attorneys. Kristin fled the safe house with her son and came to me with nothing more than a single garbage bag of clothes. They hid at an apartment I own in the Florida Keys and stayed for more than a year, until Raniere found her.

Meantime, Trooper Kirsopp contacted me, trying to find out if Kristin had a laptop in her possession, which she did not. The used laptop, as described, would not be worth more than $200. But Raniere knew she might have taken her computer with her. The perjury loving Clare Bronfman swore out a criminal complaint, claiming its value was in the tens of thousands because of trade secret on the computer. Those claims made it more than the alleged petit larceny of a $200 computer. It was grand larceny, a felony. I told Trooper Kirsopp she did not have the laptop and he had no cause to arrest her.

He went away, but Keith didn’t. He hired private detectives to find her – telling them that he missed his son terribly and just wanted him found so he could get legal visitation. They found her. They were ready to serve the legal papers.

Instead of serving papers for visitation for his son, he fired the investigators and Clare hired a shady character named Michelle Gomez. Gomez employed two spies to go to the Keys and try to befriend Kristin. They approached her one day when she was in the backyard, which fronts a canal, paddling up in kayaks and started a conversation.

They became friends. Then slick Michelle started texting Kristin, pretending they were after me, not her. I still have the texts that Kristin forwarded to me. I was in New York. She ran to the spies who pretended to be her friend.

It is not clear what would have happened if she did not run away from the spies and flee to another state and hide there with others. Shortly after, she had to move again, and then again, always hiding until the day when Keith was arrested in Mexico. Only then could she and her son stop hiding – and live freely for the first time in their lives.

 

 

 

 


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  • Would it be possible to hear more from Kristin about the period of time in which she was placed in the Albany County District Attorney’s office (David Soares) and what exactly were her “assignments” from NXIVM to do while there? Or do you have specific information about this, Frank?

    My heart goes out to Kristin and all that she has had to endure from this man and his minions.

  • Frank, why haven’t you posted pictures of these people? Why are some of the names changed?

    These people don’t need protection. Isn’t it better for everyone if people know exactly who they are?

    ——————-

    It took a while to get through all of that emotionally. Each section could have been a full-length movie.

    I have to say I’ve really changed my opinion about Keeffe. It’s been a gradual process since I first dived into this story.

    I think it was Frank’s show on ID. SO much going on in her face. I didn’t understand what I was seeing. This story filled in the context. All of that body language makes perfect sense now. It was appropriate in hindsight.

    I’m rooting for you, Kristen and Gaylen.

    My heart goes out to the two of you. Whatever the stigma of a cult can bring, I think you’ve done the work to start fresh and clean. I wish a peaceful and safe future without worry for you both.

  • “Little did I know “Mike and Julie” were working for Clare Bronfman and were paid by Clare to infiltrate our life and cause us harm. Their colleague, Michelle, had sent me the threatening texts.

    Clare paid the investigators over $400,000 plus attorneys’ fees to find me. Keith didn’t want Gaelyn. He and Clare just wanted to harm him and me in retaliation for going to the police.”

    Um, that’s significant. Why aren’t those people charged and in jail?

    That’s a pretty interesting story in those two paragraphs. Pictures. They don’t need identity protection.

    “Mike and Julie”, may you worship at the feet of the Golden Wood Chipper.

  • “ I reevaluated all my experiences objectively and I quietly investigated the companies. I discovered some degree of fraud happening at every level of the organization and I was horrified. Every level.”

    That includes Mark Vicente and Sarah Edmonson. The low bar of reluctant opportunistic heroism.

    The effort to evade that points to a considerable amount of delusional complicity.

  • I’m a fraction through the story and yet again I’m imagining a Hieronymus Bosch/ Eli Roth solution for Clare Bronfmans existence, on a loop until the end of time.

    I would really appreciate a Clare Bronfman blood eagle right now, while she’s speaking in that challenged vacant voice about what a good person she is.

    I’m NEVER going to believe Clare wasn’t already a dingle berry on a shit demon.

    NEVER

  • “ Kristin was the mother of his firstborn child, Gaelyn, now 14. She was the first of his inner-inner circle to leave him, in February 2014, leaving with their son. Barbara Jeske died of cancer in September 2014, leaving him several million dollars as her share of the company profits. Then, Pam Cafritz died of cancer in November 2016, leaving him $8 million of cash.”

    Those two years are so pivotal in the acceleration of his behavior. The reaction of a malignant narcissist to rejection is scorched earth, as evidenced.

    Caffritz’s and Jeske’s money needs to go back to the people they duped.

  • Okay. Here’s my problem. Raniere could be a dick to his ex and try to dodge child support. What does that necessarily have to do with him being sentenced to 120 years, racketeering etc? I do believe the sensationalism of the heresay has prejudiced the jury. Also, Daniella Padilla was clearly a sub and enjoyed the so-called abusive behavior consensually. Sorry.

    • If you’re looking for an education in advanced psychology, you’ve come to wrong place.

      Bad hot takes are bountiful, yours is radiating and it smells like trash.

      You let us know what “your problem” is, alright…

      • You are becoming a little tedious. This comment should not have been published since it is an ad homimem attack on another commenter because he/she has a different opinion than you. But since you have so much criticism of me and my work in other comments, and my so-called censorship, I wanted to publish your comment this time to let you know why the next time you make a comment like this, it won’t be published.

        You offer no intelligent rebuttal, just an insulting reply. This discourages commenters. Try another forum. Or give a sound rebuttal.

        • I don’t have a problem with a uniform policy, the problem is, and I keep saying it, is that it hasn’t been uniform.

          “Also, Daniella Padilla was clearly a sub and enjoyed the so-called abusive behavior consensually. Sorry.”

          The gravity of saying that a long term abuse and rape victim liked and enjoyed it is abuse.

          “She liked being abused and raped” is the type of misogyny that is ignored and sometimes defended here by censoring the response.

          Are you telling me I need to be polite in the face of someone that thinks some women like to be slaves that are raped?

          Let’s hear your position on commenters that make misogynistic comments. I believe you agree or you can’t tell they are.

          Clarification is key, so is uniformity. If racism is not allowed, why should sexism be allowed?

          • It would be good if misogynistic comments were eliminated. The problem is some are very quick to label anyone who disagrees with their position as a misogynist. Very often those calling others misogynists seem to be seething misandrists.

            The commenter was referring to Daniela Padilla who was a First Line Master in DOS. Was she a rape victim? She has not claimed publicly she was raped. She seemed eager enough to purchase BDSM equipment, was reportedly paddled once by Raniere for punishment and actually enjoyed it, and engaged in threesomes with Allison and Raniere.

            How is it that you have determined she is a rape victim and no one can comment about her possibly enjoying her role or that as an adult woman she consented to what she did without being a misogynist?

          • @anonymous @1:28am: Maybe you thought I was talking about the other Daniella who was the sister of Camilla. That is not who I was referring to. I was referring to Daniella “Dani” Padilla. The only reason I pointed that out about her is in a lot of impact statements, people have said, “Oh, and then I heard he did X to Dani” “He did this awful thing to Dani” (meaning Padilla). All indications seem to be that Dani enjoyed it or at the very least was probably interested in exploring BDSM. Like there was the “horror story” of KR ordering Allison to paddle Dani because Allison failed on her diet. Rather than being an unspeakable act of cruelty, I think KR probably picked Dani for it because he knew she liked it. Some people do. *shrugs*

          • That’s the point that is lost in this blog. The definition of rape and how that understanding has changed over the years. NXIVM operated as Keiths rape cult, because no one consented to what his true motivations were, nor were they aware of the lies he was telling them at the time of agreement. That is rape.

            “Rape / Sexual Assault

            Although the legal definition of rape varies from state to state, rape is generally defined as forced or non-consensual sexual contact.

            Rape and/or sexual assault is forced, manipulated, or coerced sexual contact by a stranger, friend or acquaintance. It is an act of aggression and power combined with some form of sex. A person is forced into sexual contact through verbal coercion, threats, physical restraint, and/or physical violence. Consent is not given.

            Rape and sexual assault are about power and dominance; they are not about sex and certainly not about feelings of love and/or affection. Rape is a hate crime based on gender, power and control.”

            Also in context are survival strategies that women use in domestic violence relationships.

            We know that all the women felt obligated to smile and to constantly be positive. All those big vacant smiles in the documentation, of sleep deprived malnourished women. Whatever performance was put on, we know that was the case because the victims have told us so, it doesn’t represent what was going on internally.

            Using the language of abusers to describe rape victims is offensive. Not just to me, but to victims that had to endure that, that question that very thing within themselves as a stage in recovery.

            If you want this to blog to be about the future moving forward, your blog has a high number of former members that are also rape victims, some who haven’t quite figured out that they were raped.

        • Thanks for the attempt to keep things somewhat civil here, Frank. I apologize if I appeared to be minimizing the hell that Kristin and others were put through. But I’m being honest when I say I don’t completely understand why a 120-year sentence is merited. I’m not saying I’m convinced he doesn’t deserve it either, but based on all I’ve read (and seen in the various documentaries) so far, I’m not convinced that he does deserve 120-years either. I have to wonder if part of the harshness is indeed based on an intolerance for alternative lifestyles. Not that my opinion matters anyway–it’s up to the court.

          • You didn’t appear to minimize, you DID minimize the grooming, blackmail and brainwashing that enslaved women endured. Using distancing language that puts the onus on others isn’t accountable.

            That you think this is “an alternative lifestyle choice” says much about why you can’t grasp the consequences.

            People that normalize oppression and abuse don’t get it.

          • This is going to be a part of the debate going forward. Is 120 years right for the crimes of conviction? Please feel free to comment on that. And I will ensure you are treated civilly here.

          • Raniere was convicted of all seven felonies he was charged with, one of them requiring a MINIMUM 15-year sentence. LOL

            The large-scale nature of his crimes and total lack of admitting he was wrong are what caused the judge to sentence Raniere to 120 years – it makes perfect sense. LOL

      • @anonymous at 1:04 pm: Was Kristen Keefe groomed, enslaved and raped? Seemed to me she consented to be in a polyamorous relationship. I’m not saying by any means it was a good relationship.

    • In this victim impact statement, Kristin is presenting how Keith paid her less than minimum wage and was involved in wire fraud. It further shows that NXVIM was a criminal enterprise. They were laundering money and also dabbling in mental health that likely led some people to lose their minds and even commit suicide. I think it further shows the criminal enterprise Keith was involved in and how cruel and dangerous it was.

    • It shows bad character, which is one of the major purposes of the sentencing hearing, to provide information to help the judge determine whether Raniere is a good guy who did a bad thing or if he is a terrible person who did a bad thing. LOL

      It’s called aggravating and extenuating circumstances, guess which one the judge got an earful of? LOL

    • The jury was asked whether they were aware of this case and I believe all of them said either they weren’t or they had an open mind and would decide only on the information presented at trial, then they were instructed to not get any information about this case outside of the courtroom. LOL

      Assuming all of the above is true, there is no prejudice. LOL

  • Ms. Keeffe’s statement has changed my mind completely about Clare Bronfman (fka Scare Bronfman) in that I’ve been on the fence if she is a KR victim or victimizer and having read Keeffe’s account, I am now fully convinced she is definitely the latter, a victimizer. The eight years to which she was sentenced is completely appropriate

    • Agree. These stories also changed my opinion about Clare. I now think Clare is a narcissist, just like Keith. She liked that Nxvim provided her with an avenue to abuse others while appearing to be ethical. She liked the power drive it gave her to control others.

      I had a manager who was a psychopath like Keith and he had an employee who later became my boss. She was similar to Clare. She started treating me as a child and tried to control me in ridiculous areas. I experienced it for around a month and decided to quit. Only a month, and yet it was one of the most horrible experiences I have experienced. It really sucks to lose power at work. To be made to feel like a child. I can only imagine what Kristin went through. That experience was also damaging to my self-esteem. I had not thought that the woman boss I found was a narcissist. However, reading about Clare and seeing some of my former boss in her (and also Keith and how my manager was like Keith) is helping me to further understand

      Clare was Keith’s flying monkey. But she was also evil. She was a narcissist as well. An empathic person could not do this. A normal person wouldn’t do it

      Clare is evil…

  • Godspeed Kristen and Gaylen. This toxic organization saw you as a liability and made your life a horror. You are truly inspiring survivors of hell and deserve every cent that was away from you plus accrued interest. Frank you are continually upping your level as hero, slaying this inner circle of evil.

  • There would be no terror from Keith or the cult with the stupid name without Clare Bronfman. What a worthless human being she is. Without the money she inherited for being nothing but her father’s daughter, she was behind and led every vindictive thing Keith was able to do. And seemed to enjoy it. These are the terrorists that hide themselves so well – those with money to terrorize their victims through litigation (David Miscavige from Scientology, here’s looking at you). And the lawyers working for Clare should be investigated – a lawyer for the mob is still part of the mob.

  • Her horror story is one more example of why other disillusioned members were too scared (justifiably) to go public with their accusations, or even to leave if they were someone prominent that the Inner Circle of Hell might punish.

    And another reason all the “brave” commentators here–that criticized members who chose not to ruin their lives–should just shut the f—k up!

    • “Karen U., who was first to come to him, when she was 17, left him when he was arrested in 2018 – she was 57. She survived 40 years with Raniere.”

      I had not realized this before. Wow. This mirrors long term early marriages. I’m not versed on her role, admittedly. I feel for her having been impressionable and vulnerable, that’s huge. I do not know what happened later.

  • Hopefully the IRS is pulling the string on Raniere’s financials. LOL

    He probably lied when he made a sworn statement that he didn’t own anything except about $60k, half of a townhouse. LOL

    If he did lie, that would be perjury and an even longer sentence if it were prosecuted. LOL

    Getting to the bottom of the Raniere, Bronfman and Salzman financials is also important for the civil case. LOL

  • This doesn’t look good for either of the Salzmans getting shorter sentences, and that’s a good thing. LOL

    In fact, the judge may want to revisit the long sentence he gave Bronfman and lengthen it. LOL

  • What an amazing perspective. Thank you, Kristin, for helping us understand what went down, and for helping to change my perspective. I wish you and Gaelyn the best.

  • Poor her. These people were utterly disgusting in how they treat people – the opposite of ethical. She was so strong to leave with her son. If KR is required to do forced labour in prison, any wages should first go to the children.

  • Thank you for reminding all of us about the depths these depraved individuals would go to. There really was nobody immune from their wicked games. From old dying men being targeted in Mr Bronfman to innocent children. What kind of a diabolical individual would target a mother and child? The early years are so important and look at what they subjected this woman and her child to.

    I really hope Kristin knows how strong she is and what an amazing mother she is. Despite all the mind-bending, they could not destroy her maternal instinct. Maternal instinct is something Nancy could never have, offering her own child up on a silver platter to Keith. If she feels inclined to do that, there are no levels this evil witch wouldn’t stoop to. I hope she gets a shockingly long sentence.

    Frank, what were the circumstances in Kristin reaching out to you for help? Were you exposing Keith at that point? Sorry, I get confused about the timeline of events. I just wondered how she knew you were trustworthy at that point.

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