NY Times’ Barry Meier: ‘I Hope to Never Hear About Nxivm Again’

The New York Times published a story last Friday, November 27, 2020, about Nxivm, written by Barry Meier, entitled, Which Nxivm Show Is Better? An Expert Investigates.

It may be the last story he ever writes about Nxivm. In fact, he says in this story that he hopes to “never hear about Nxivm again.”

He is responsible for a lot of people hearing about Nxivm.

Three years, one month and 10 days ago, on October 17, 2017, the New York Times published Meier’s first story about Nxivm, Inside the Secretive Group Where Women Are Branded. – which made the general public aware that women were being branded in a Nxivm-related sorority called DOS.

It was the most popular story of that news cycle and was picked up by other media outlets. It was also picked up by the federal prosecutors and the FBI in Brooklyn.

When Meier’s October 2017 story was published, it was the second outlet to reveal the DOS sorority.  Frank Report was first.

In fact, Meier mentioned in his story: “Many of Mr. Raniere’s followers learned of the secret society from a website run by a Buffalo-area businessman, Frank R. Parlato Jr. Mr. Parlato had been locked in a long legal battle with two sisters, Sara and Clare Bronfman, who are members of Nxivm and the daughters of Edgar Bronfman, the deceased chairman of Seagram Company…. In early June, Mr. Parlato published the first in a torrent of salacious posts under the headline, ‘Branded Slaves and Master Raniere.’”

Frank Report was, if not torrential, at least consistent, publishing 513 posts between June 5th, when FR broke the branding story and October 17 when Meier’s story was published. That was an average of 3.8 stories per day for 134 days.

The impact of these 500-plus stories was to cause many Nxivm members to quit, and DOS to suspend recruiting and stop branding. They also put Nxivm into general disarray, something which is mentioned in both documentaries Meier’s story discusses – “The Vow,” and “Seduced.”

The Times story put Nxivm leaders on the radar of law enforcement in a jurisdiction that was not at all influenced by Bronfman wealth or their battery of powerful attorneys. Keith Raniere was arrested on March 26th, 2018.

This was:

  • 294 days after FR broke the news about the branding
  • 160 days after NYT published its branding story
  • 94 days after FR broke the news of Keith’s presence in Monterrey, MX
  • 91 days after FR, NYT and ATU broke the news about the federal investigations
  • 38 days after FR reported that Raniere was likely in Puerto Vallarta, MX
Meier spent a lot of time on the original 2017 story and spoke with many sources, many of whom would not go on the record.  I spoke with him about a dozen times during the 100-plus days between the time he started investigating and when his story was published.
I found Meier to be a totally delightful genius, with a dry sense of humor, that showed me, despite his sometimes curmudgeonly exterior, that he had an extremely warm heart. He would never admit it, I am sure, but I think he really cared about the women in the DOS story and that he wrote the story as a call to action for law enforcement.
Now three years later, Meier compares the docuseries, HBO’s “The Vow,” and Starz’s “Seduced.”
Read the whole story here
Here are excerpts I found interesting:
“It was the comedian Judd Apatow who convinced me to invest a little too much of my time in the two recent documentaries about the sex cult Nxivm.

“’The Vow’ on HBO and ‘Seduced’ on Starz have a combined running time of 13 hours. I make cameos in both shows as the reporter for The New York Times who in 2017 broke the story about Nxivm (pronounced Nex-e-um), and had fast-forwarded through them to check out how good I looked. (Quite good, it turns out.)”

Meier gives what might be his final opinion of Nxivm as “bizarre and sickening…. a misogynistic, mind-control cult…”

He also adds,  “I’d had my fill of Nxivm. But the documentaries have become pandemic TV hits and, given my role in them, plenty of people have offered me their opinions of the shows. They have included friends and acquaintances I wouldn’t have expected to spend evenings absorbed by a sex cult.”

Meier invested the time:

“’The Vow’ resembles a crime show that follows several Nxivm defectors and the actress Catherine Oxenberg, whose daughter India became a member of the cult, in real-time as they try to alert law enforcement authorities to its horrors. “Seduced,” in which the Oxenbergs are the central characters, is a study of the coercive techniques used by cults and delves deeply into the abuse that Nxivm visited on its female members.”

He calls Catherine Oxenberg and the defectors “among the heroes who brought down Nxivm.”

He does not entirely approve of the way “The Vow” portrays Vicente and Edmondson.

He writes, “Several defectors in the show are Hollywood types comfortable around a camera and seem at times to be playing to it. Also, in my first encounters with the film’s characters, they stuck me as messier — and in turn, more interesting — than how they appear in ‘The Vow.’

“For instance, Vicente and Edmondson insisted during our first talks that Nxivm wasn’t a cult but a self-improvement group that had somehow gone off the rails. And Vicente…told me that he still wanted to promote a movie he had made that glorified Raniere’s activities in Mexico. I told him I thought he was nuts.”

Vicente spent a lot of time making that film and if I am not mistaken it was completed. It is called Encender el Corazón.

Meier credits Catherine with saving her daughter.

“I never spoke with India while reporting on Nxivm. Back then, she was lost in the cult, and federal prosecutors might have indicted her along with other Raniere followers but for the relentless efforts of her mother. So I was surprised when I saw her positioned as the main character in ‘Seduced’ — she comes across as sane and chastised, a tribute to the healing powers of cult deprogramming for those who can afford it.”

Meier rates “Seduced” perhaps a little higher than “The Vow” but noted that neither documentary explored “the ranks of enablers outside Nxivm — lawyers, public officials and others — who had unwittingly or otherwise shielded the group.”

This is an interesting topic. How much did lawyers and politically connected enablers help Raniere and Bronfman to sue the bejesus out of their enemies? Were laws broken? Were there secret payoffs?

At the time Raniere was rolling out DOS, he was at the pinnacle of getting his enemies in trouble. Largely through his efforts, by January 2016, Toni Natalie, Joe O’Hara, Barbara Bouchey, John Tighe, and myself were indicted.  He must have felt invincible at the time. He had gotten all of his chief enemies but one, Rick Ross. And he was still suing him at the time.

Why not start branding women with your initials?

Meier concludes his article by describing a call he got from Dr. Danielle Roberts, which occurred on October 26, the day before Raniere was sentenced.

“At first, the name didn’t ring a bell,” Meier wrote when he saw her name pop up on his caller ID, “Then, I remembered that she was the physician and Nxivm member described in my first article about the cult as having used a cauterizing device to brand women.

“Roberts had dodged my calls when I was working on the [original 2017] story. Now, she was calling me on the eve of Raniere’s sentencing. She and other of the cult leader’s remaining followers had proof, she said, that prosecutors had manufactured evidence against him. Roberts wanted me to immediately write an article for The Times about this supposed miscarriage of justice. I told her that I had retired from the newspaper and passed her along to a former colleague.

“The next day, Raniere was sentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison. That’s a long time and, during the duration, I hope to never hear about Nxivm again.”

Meier, 71, has had a legendary career as a journalist. Before joining The Times, he was a special projects reporter for New York Newsday. Previously, he worked for five years as a reporter for The Wall Street Journal.

He was a two-time winner of a George Polk Award for outstanding journalism [2002, 2005] and a finalist in 2006 for a Pulitzer Prize, “For his original, strongly documented stories on a flawed heart-defibrillator that imperiled the safety of unwitting patients.”

In 2017, along with a team of Times reporters, Meier won a Pulitzer for their investigative series on Russia’s covert projection of power, including the story of how Russian cyberpower invaded the U.S.

One of Meier’s biggest successes were his articles, and the book that grew out of it, on OxyContin, which “led to Congressional hearings and changes in federal laws.”

In 2001, he began investigating Purdue Pharma and one of its products, Oxycontin, when it was a relatively unknown drug, exposing how the public had been deliberately misled about its addictive nature by those with a financial interest in it.

In 2003, his non-fiction, Pain Killer: An Empire of Deceit and the Origin of America’s Opioid Epidemic,” was the first book to tell the story of Oxycontin, its maker, Purdue Pharma, and the company’s wealthy and secretive owners, the Sackler family, and how they profited from deceiving the nation that it was not addictive, and, therefore, getting untold numbers of people addicted to their drug.

Pain Killer: An Empire of Deceit and the Origin of America's Opioid Epidemic: Meier, Barry: 9780525511106: Amazon.com: Books

A 2004 New York Times review of Pain Killer, described how “For years, doctors who prescribed OxyContin were told that the risk of addiction to the painkiller was less than 1 percent. Only after the drug had devastated thousands of lives was it revealed that this figure,  touted as scientific fact, was based on a small study that had no relevance for the general public.”

Meier has also written:

Missing Man: The American Spy Who Vanished in Iran, a book about former FBI agent turned private investigator Robert Levinson, who disappeared in Iran in 2007 on a mission for the CIA.

Spooked: The Trump Dossier, Black Cube, and the Rise of Private Spies, a book about private spying, described as “a billon-dollar secret industry that is shaping our world – the booming business of private spying, operatives-for-hire retained by companies, political parties  and the powerful to dig up dirt on their enemies and, if need be, destroy them.”

Meier also updated and republished his book  Pain Killer in 2018.

He retired from the Times not long after he broke the Nxivm story, and followed up with a few more stories on the group and its members.

Meier has the right to hope he never hears about Nxivm again, although I think it unlikely. His impactful story on DOS is part of the history of Nxivm.  Perhaps part of the history of journalism too.

In this, I mean that it took the most prestigious newspaper in America  – and one of its senior and most distinguished reporters – to publish a single article – written with finesse – to get law enforcement interested and generate public outrage.

Because it was the New York Times and Barry Meier, it gave permission essentially for the other media to report on it, using the Times as their source. It also started the FBI to work on investigating.

Whether this was a good or bad thing depends on your perspective. For me, it was a good thing for it supported work I had done to accomplish this goal: Stop Raniere.

If one is a supporter of Raniere, obviously Meier’s story seems to have had a horrible result. What happened to Raniere after his arrest was largely controlled by the criminal justice system, but it was colored too by the media’s slant on the story.

What led to Raniere’s arrest was driven by two media outlets, in my opinion, one the largest in the world, the NY Times – and the other, an obscure blog, written by a man who was attacked by Raniere and chose to fight back.

Meier can’t escape hearing in the future that his story led to the ending of the freedom of six people and cratered, depending on how you view it, a deadly cult or a wonderful community of people who followed a lovely, ethical man.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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  • To Anonymous December 1 at 10:10 am:

    In addition to everything else you read:

    The reason I believe John Tighe is innocent is he would be the first pedophile I have ever heard of to only have one download of pornography on their computer.

    The man just wakes up one day and decides to download a bunch of porn from one website? He was past middle-age and suddenly he decides to become a pedophile?

    Tighe’s case is the only case of child pornography where it all stems from one download one time. None of his other computers had child porn on them.

    Now, again, factor in everything you have read…

    ….I came to the conclusion that there’s a very good chance that he was framed or his case is the most unique case in the history of pedophiles and child pornography. I’ve never come across a case like this one.

    Normally, when I hear about child pornography and someone being found guilty, I believe they are guilty.

    • Lastly, It takes a special kind of person after they get out of prison to preserve and try to clear their name. Most people are are worn out, when they get out prison and just wanna move on with their life and they give up hope of clearing their name.

      Plus Tighe does have the funds available to fight in court.

    • Nice synopsis, Niceguy. It seemed to me at the time that John was much too busy with his blog to be enjoying child porn. Generally, that is an obsessive pastime that just didn’t seem to fit his personality. I hope someday he is in a position to speak out, but if he wants to simply live in peace with his family, I understand that too.

      The chickens have come home to roost with a vengeance on the bastard who succeeded, temporarily, in silencing all hi critics. May Keith reflect on that during the bleak days ahead.

    • I agree with all your points and reasoning behind them. It’s highly suspicious under the circumstances. I assume their guilt until they’re proven innocent. I don’t care how “wrong” that is.

      BUT

      This is the part that won’t let me believe it without a doubt. Porn Escalation. It’s being recognized in porn addicts and men charged with child porn, with previous histories having no interest in it whatsoever. They simply escalated because hard core was no longer fulfilling or exciting.

      https://fightthenewdrug.org/why-consuming-porn-is-an-escalating-behavior/

    • There’s a lot more about John Tighe’s case that’s extremely suspicious. It’s been written about in spurts on FR.

      Two key components to add to NiceGuy’s comment, briefly:

      – The investigating officer, Rodger Kirsopp, expressed hesitation — in a written report — about prosecuting JT, stating that a banner on the pornography allegedly found on JT’s confiscated computer carried a label or advertised that the women pictured were over 18.

      Thus, it was not illegal.

      Could be true, could be cold feet on the part of Kirsopp bc the porn file WAS planted and Kirsopp didn’t want to get caught at THAT. Occurs to me bc Kirsopp likes to stroll around barefoot so, yeah, could have been cold feet if the “over 18” label wasn’t on the evidence presented to the judge.

      – The chain of custody on the evidence — JT’s computer, NXIVM’s computers he and others were accused of “trespassing” — is all over the place. Saratoga County to Albany County, to the DA’s office with, btw, Kristin Keeffe working as an intern there…

      – I KNOW for a FACT, first hand, that Kirsopp’s police report is full of lies, errors and omissions bc I was with JT and his wife, Silvyy, when some false accusations that appeared in the report were made.

      – I have very good reason to believe that attempts were made on JT’s life and other attempts were made to frame JT on other crimes he was innocent of.

    • Anonymous-

      You should do a search, in the search bar up top, for “John Tighe”. His story is voluminous, to say the least. I wouldn’t know where to begin except to say he was most likely framed for possession of child pornography. Read a little about the story and ask me why it seems he was framed.

      • I never believe pedophiles, but there are some very odd facts about his case. He is the first person prosecuted for child porn I ever felt may be “innocent”. Sincerely

    • Anonymous, briefly, John is the original Frank Parlato. He ran a blog many years ago exposing corruption in the Saratoga Springs area. He had a special focus on exposing NXIVM and Keith Raniere. For his trouble, he was terrorized by NXIVM, including likely being poisoned at a coffee shop, having nails thrown under his tires, and his garbage and mail searched.

      Eventually one of his computers was seized, and after questionable chain of evidence issues, a small amount child porn was found on his computer and he was arrested. The porn might have been planted with the help of law enforcement. John was imprisoned and silenced, which is exactly what Keith wanted to happen. The blog is now gone, except for excerpts on Wayback.

      John Tighe’s website is how I followed the machinations of Keith Raniere after interacting with him during the Consumers Buyline days, and prior to Frank launching this site

  • Spooked: The Trump Dossier, Black Cube, and the Rise of Private Spies, a book about private spying, described as “a billion-dollar secret industry that is shaping our world – the booming business of private spying, operatives-for-hire retained by companies, political parties and the powerful to dig up dirt on their enemies and, if need be, destroy them.”

    Well done, Mr. Meier, for bringing this to light. A billion-dollar industry (industry?? –more like an industrious gathering of blackmail/compromat and collaterals). Just shows that Nxivm, in all its horror, is a virtual kindergartener in the dark arts. And for every Bronfman million, there are other vast sums from faceless, nameless ‘entities’ used to pull the strings in the background.
    ‘Cui bono?’ remains an ever applicable question in almost all circumstances.

    Thank you, Mr. Meier for trying to open this particular can of worms. It takes guts and dedication to the truth, wherever it may lead.

    You also made a fundamental point (which other commenters have also noted): “… but noted that neither documentary explored “the ranks of enablers outside Nxivm — lawyers, public officials and others — who had unwittingly or otherwise shielded the group.”

    Unfortunately, the documentary-makers/authors/contributors probably don’t have the ‘clout’/ knowledge or financial means to dig up this information in any meaningful way (other than speculation). However, it would make a great expose for any author/paper that would choose to publish it (hint, hint).

    Thank you again to both Messrs Parlato and Meier … It is heartening to know that investigative journalism (the best!) still exists and that it still reaches a wide audience, in these times of ‘opinion journalism’ and soundbites.

    • Re The Trump Dossier aka Steele Dossier:

      I am a Republican never Trumper. I am glad the Republicans held the Senate and Trump is out.

      The Trump Dossier was one of the biggest crocks of shit of all time. It is disgusting and disturbing. A private-eye former MI-6 member gathered a bunch of gossip and published it as truth.

      Then it was leaked and circulated. And then it BACKFIRED! That one piece of “actual fake news” then snowballed out of control.

      That slanderous report was true “fake news” and allowed Trump to claim the moral high ground and attach the “fake news” moniker to all other negative stories.

      • No one needs to be a partisan fundementalist to the extent we turn a blind eye to state capture, whichever party happens to be the locus for that. It can happen to any political party. We the people are the ones who suffer.

  • Frank-
    Sublime Synopsis and excellent insights!

    —What led to Raniere’s arrest was driven by two media outlets, in my opinion, one the largest in the world, the NY Times – and the other, an obscure blog, written by a man who was attacked by Raniere and chose to fight back.

    I have been following this story for over 2 years. Basically, I have about 256 hours of college course credits on Nxivm. I thoroughly believe your Blog and The NY Times article are almost entirely responsible for the demise of Raniere and Nxivm.

    Side note:
    Frank — I sincerely hope I never make enemies with or piss-off someone like you. I mean that as the highest of compliments.
    😉

    • …..Lastly, the DOJ – i.e., federal prosecutors and the FBI – and many journalists have all mentioned the Frank Report as a “key resource” in understanding Nxivm and all of the players.

      Bonus;
      The Frank Report saved federal law staff 100s if not 1000s of manpower hours.

      That’s a fact that’s never been mentioned!

  • What a strange product to promote!
    On her Instagram page, Allison Mack’s sister promotes this future e-book:
    https://www.instagram.com/p/CF2GRzwjuCV/

    janis_therapy
    It’s been a long time comin’, but it’s finally here! I’m so excited to announce that I’m about a third of the way through writing and designing my ebook, which is an adaptation of my culminating project from my MSW program!
    .
    Death to Wh*rephobia is a guide to s*x work affirming care for clinicians, s*xuality professionals, as well as s*x workers themselves. It is based off of years of research as well as 40 qualitative interviews with current and former swers, who so generously shared their time and experience

    • It’s SO empowering, dontchaknow! Elon Musk turned tricks for that start up money, all the high powered men do it. 🤫

      Another bias, confirmed. This is why so many of these young women can’t tell the difference between abuse and exploitation, and the culture they’ve been raised in.

      Privileged White women speak on behalf of the majority of sex workers, who are trafficked, under the age of consent, children, not White, in slavery and turned into addicts. These are White women positioning themselves for a higher rank in a patriarchal exploitative system. The same was true in NXIVM. Sex work or promoting sex work as anything but survival sex and paid rape, does nothing to challenge patriarchy, it serves exactly what it demands.

      “How to be a paid fuck hole, instead of an enslaved fuck hole” – so mfing empowering…

      We see news reports of women and children being rescued from the very situation they posit is empowering and noble. The same holds true of NXIVM culture, it’s self help culture is what women escape from in other counties and considered human rights violations.

      It’s the ongoing pattern of capitalistic exploitation that permeate this group. Placing monetary value on malignancy and coercion, and the power to place themselves above others.

      Allison is absolutely fucked if that’s the environment she’s in. Her sister is exactly what she doesn’t need right now, or the pretty white lady/ happy hooker trope. She just escaped from that.

      • Thank you Cilantro for making the most important points about sex work, so clearly and compassionately.

        I’d also like to add some advice to the writer that is A’s sister: never announce a literary project when you are only a third of the way through your 0-1st draft. This sounds un-professional even for an E-book.

        Unless of course, the big announce of the intention, matters more than the actual completed project.

      • —empowering, dontchaknow! Elon Musk turned tricks for that start up money, all the high powered men do it. 🤫

        LOL

    • Shadow-

      Thanks for posting that link. It confirms Allison Mack is 100% hardcore DOS.

      Common sense should dictate making such posts is not beneficial for her sentencing hearing.

      ***
      Three other things point to Allison Mack being a hardcore fanatic of DOS

      1. Nicki Clyne and Allison Mack are still in their sham marriage.

      2 Allison never truly denounced DOS or Nxivm publicly.

      3. Michelle Hatchett wore Allison’s white dress from Allison’s notorious Vanguard Day A Capello performance.

      Please add to the list Shadow if I left something out.

      *****

      If Allison’s slave (Mark Hildreth’s ex-girlfriend) shows up to Allison’s sentencing she getting more than 2 years.

      Allison Mack makes Ann Hecht seem down to earth.

      • I do not agree that Allison and Nicki have a sham marriage. Marriage can mean many things to many people, but Nicki definitely fulfilled the most important conditions for legal marriage –i.e., that she intended to spend the rest of her life with Allison.

        Even if we hate the idea that they were both lifelong, avowed slaves to Raniere, they lived together and planned to live together and share their lives in common, with common interests. That is the litmus test, I believe. I strongly believe that Allison would still be with Nicki had she not been arrested.

        Monogamy is not required for marriage. Sex is not required. What is required is the intent to share one’s life with a partner. Nicki and Allison intended that in my opinion.

        • With all due respect, I’m a little surprised, Frank. I rarely disagree with what you say. You usually make so much sense and are fair and sound. But I disagree with your take on this.

          You can intend to “share your life” (whatever that means) with a friend, or anyone — your dog even – but that still isn’t a marriage in the true sense of the word.

          And it’s not why the institution of marriage was formed.

          Allison and Nicki got married to keep Nicki in the country. That is a sham marriage.

          You may think it’s not immoral, or that it’s okay that they did that because they intended to stay in the same cult together, and fulfill their Master’s (Keith’s) desires together and that’s fine. But don’t say the marriage wasn’t contrived. And that ”marriage means different things to different people”.

          Yes! It does! To some it means citizenship! That doesn’t make it a real marriage.

          • I agree with Frank on this.

            Also, some couples who would be happy to live together without marrying get married because of the legal and tax benefits, etc. Some do it to avoid the social stigma that still persists in some communities regarding having a child out of wedlock. That doesn’t mean that those marriages are shams.

            I’ve also known a young heterosexual couple who, for highly personal reasons of their own, did not ever want to have sexual intercourse with anyone. Both of them were on the same page with that, consider themselves to be a couple, and haven been happily cohabiting for many years now. They aren’t married, but if they were to marry, I wouldn’t consider it a sham.

        • Frank

          Two things:

          1.)Between my wife and I, we literally have friends who span every major race, and religion in addition to friends who are gay men and women.
          We don’t have any polygamous or polyamorous friends…But I could give a rat’s ass about what grown adults do, unless of course they are being blackmailed.
          Please do not paint me as xenophobic or homophobic.

          I do say crass things and until fairly recently Scott Johnson was allowed to run roughshod with impunity over the Frank Report. So I responded in kind.
          [Not that any of this important]

          2.) I have no opinion on your new perspective regarding Allison Mack and Nicki Clyne. They are grown women. If they want to fornicate with tree-frogs, I support it or anything else they do. It’s none of my business. I was merely commenting that I believe Allison Mack is still hardcore DOS.

          [At the end of the day, my opinion has as much stock as Johnny Rotten’s opinion from the Sex Pistols.]

          • Nitro Brewed Alison-
            Yes, but all of the examples you cite are of two people who were already “couples” or people who actually had a child together. Even the couple that never has sex, they are together because there is a common bond to each other and they make a family unit together.

            Not just two cult members doing what their male master tells them to do: Get married so one of them can stay in the country.

            Sorry, I’d never believed that Allison Mack and Nicki Clyne were a real couple. Not in a million years.

        • Who was quoted as saying, that it was Keith’s suggestion and that the two of them didn’t like each other or like the idea of it, but warmed to the idea over time? That it was a way to keep her in this country and divert their attention while he made an Avatar baby with Marianne. The marriage vow they made was directed by Keith, for Keith.

          Keith is his own match-making prison yenta

      • In one of the documentaries, they show a picture of their wedding – and the look on the face of the woman officiating is priceless.

      • My question: Assuming Allison and Nicki are legally married, how can the court demand that they not see each other while Mack awaits sentencing?

        Nicki has not been charged, so on what legal basis is Nicki barred from being with her legal spouse?

    • For a better understanding of the text:
      Please insert the letter provided for this purpose at the position of the asterisk.

      Wh*rephobia *=o
      s*x work *=e
      s*xuality professionals *=e
      s*x workers *=e

    • Sex “work” is immoral and emotionally and mentally damaging to the individual, family, and society as a whole, and especially degrading to women in particular. It shouldn’t be excused as sometimes “necessary”. It is a symptom of a morally sick society that has serious issues, not only philosophically in terms of belief and practice, but practically in terms of the social, political, and economic institutions determined by the former.

    • So her sister wrote a master’s thesis for her MSW about sex workers. This isn’t scandalous, even with her sister Allison’s participation in NXIVM. Sex work is certainly not the same as sex trafficking, despite the obvious overlap between the two.

  • So, what is the evidence that prosecutors supposedly manufactured against Raniere? And, why did the NXIVM five wait until JUST BEFORE KEITH WAS SENTENCED to say anything about said evidence? This sounds like desperation and denial. I hope they all get help.

    • So true. Though I think the point is that NYT is The Establishment, with a reporter highly regarded by that Establishment.

      I wondered if they delayed or squashed it because of those probable bribed entities doing what they were paid to do.

    • I thank g*d everyday for the New York Times. Not the opinion pages but for the work of journalism and its role in society. NXIVM is but one small example (not to diminish it, or Frank’s contributions to taking NXIVM) of the value of journalism in a free society.

    • Shadow-

      Where is Hunter Biden‘s laptop and why I was it never released by Giuliani?

      How come Trump and William Barr not do anything?

      The Führer would have taken control of the situation at once.

      Have a great night Der Her!

  • Amazing that the doctor just before the sentencing thought this journalist would be interested in these weird suggestions that KR was somehow not guilty and the evidence made up. What are these people on?

  • “ Encender el Corazón ” The hotlink is misspelled. There was also a their that should be a there. “ Were their secret payoffs?”

  • Re “I found Meier [ …], [ …], despite his sometimes curmudgeonly exterior, that he had an extremely warm heart.”

    Frank, doesn’t that also apply to you? Could also be a description for you.

About Frank Parlato

Frank Parlato Investigates

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 featured prominently on HBO’s docuseries “The Vow” and acted as lead investigator and coordinating producer for Investigation Discovery’s “The Lost Women of NXIVM.” He was credited in the Starz docuseries, 'Seduced,' for saving 'slave' women from being branded and escaping the sex-slave cult known as DOS.

Parlato has 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, which was ironic since many credit Parlato as being one of the primary architects of his arrest and the cratering of the cult he founded.

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