Who Is Nancy Salzman, President of NXIVM

Nancy Salzman

Since Nancy Salzman’s sentencing memorandum is missing from PACER and it is hard to understand why it should be filed under seal, let me at least try to give a little overview of what her role was in NXIVM, something she might have provided to the public had she not filed her sentencing memorandum under seal.

As K.R. Claviger wrote:

“Although Nancy and Keith typically operated without regard to whatever rules and norms applied to what they were doing, I would have expected her attorneys to abide by the applicable procedures for filing a document under seal. Sadly, that does not appear to be the case.

“As a result, those brave souls who travel to New York City on September 8th to speak at Nancy’s sentencing will not know what false claims she may have made about herself – or worse yet, what false aspersions she may have cast on them – in that ‘Sentencing Memorandum”’ And Nancy is known to be an inveterate liar.

“But isn’t this flaunting of the rules a wonderful example of how Nancy has lived her life?

“Why spend two more years in college to earn a Bachelor’s Degree when I can just claim to have one without all that work?

“And why spend all that money to earn a Master’s Degree when I can just add those letters after my name – and no one will know the difference?

“And why would I go through all the hassle of getting licensed as a Mental Health Counselor when I can just call myself a psychotherapist – and people will hire me?

“And why intervene when I see that Keith is about to lure Camila into a sexual relationship even though she’s only 15? I would have let him do the same with my daughters if he had asked me.

“And on and on and on…

“A life of lies and deception right to the bitter end.”

Let’s take a further look at Nancy Salzman. Much of the following material I borrowed liberally from Neil Glazer’s lawsuit against Salzman and other NXIVM leaders.

Salzman and Raniere were NXIVM

If NXIVM was good or bad – and Judge Garuafis has his own opinion about that – Keith Raniere and Nancy Salzman were NXIVM.

Raniere met Salzman in the late 1990s.  At the time, Salzman was running motivational programs. She was a nurse who said she previously practiced psychotherapy. Her background was in alternative psychological therapies such as neurolinguistic programming.

Salzman held a nursing license, having worked as a nurse for one year in general practice. She did not have a license to practice psychotherapy.

Together, they founded NXIVM/ESP in 1998. She was known to the NXIVM community as “Prefect” and, other than Raniere, she was the only one who had a NXIVM title. Raniere’s self-annointed title was Vanguard.

Nancy Salzman and Keith Raniere

Photos of Raniere and Nancy Salzman were prominently displayed in the meeting centers.

Nancy Salzman AKA Prefect signed her emails to Keith Raniere “love and wet kisses.”

She profited financially from her role in NXIVM, acquiring numerous real estate properties, as well as funds held in banks and/or non-bank financial institutions, and U.S. currency (including more than $500,000 seized by FBI agents from her home prior to her arrest).

The Bronfman Sisters

Many Raniere and Salzman endeavors were funded by Clare and Sara Bronfman, who invested around $150 -200 million into Raniere/Salzman’s private investments, NXIVM-related litigation, operating costs of the company and other enterprises, experiments and ideas of the leaders of NXIVM.

Among the experiments that the Bronfman’s funded – which Salzman, along with Raniere, designed, recruited subjects for, and oversaw – were the “Tourette’s Study,” the “OCD study,” and what some call the “Human Fright Study.”

It is alleged these “experiments” were done without voluntary informed consent or professional oversight. A medical doctor and longtime NXIVM member lost his medical license largely because of his participation in the “Human Fright Study”.

It was faith in Salzman that helped the two Seagram’s heiresses veer the course of their lives to NXIVM. They were mentored extensively by Salzman when they first joined the group and before they engaged in sexual relations with Raniere. According to reports, the sisters paid Nancy more than $2,000 per hour for private sessions. Nancy purchased more than a dozen properties in the Albany area with money from the two sisters.

Around 2009, Clare Bronfman assumed many behind-the-scenes roles that Nancy handled while the Prefect continued in her public role as president, most advanced therapist, and esteemed leader of the group.

Nancy Salzman was the President of NXIVM – and its public face.
Keith Raniere and Nancy Salzman when they were newly partnered in 1998.

On July 23, 2018, a second indictment in the NXIVM case was unsealed, adding new charges – and naming Nancy Salzman, along with several others, as new defendants. She was arrested – and granted bail subject to home arrest and a long list of requirements and prohibitions.

On March 13, 2019, Nancy Salzman pled guilty to one count of Racketeering Conspiracy, admitting to predicate acts of identity theft and altering records for use in an official proceeding. She is scheduled to be sentenced on September 8, 2021.

Although there were six NXIVM defendants, Nancy was the first to plead guilty, accepting a deal ahead of her daughter Lauren and, thereby, securing lesser charges than her daughter.

But unlike Lauren, Nancy did not agree to cooperate in the prosecution of Keith Raniere – and, insofar as I know, never supplied any documents, information, etc.

Lauren took a plea deal, became a cooperating witness, and gave evidence of crimes against her mother, according to the US DOJ’s sentencing memorandum for Lauren Salzman.

Salzman and Daughters

Salzman brought both of her daughters, Michelle and Lauren, into NXIVM, securing full-time employment for both. Lauren became one of the leaders of NXIVM, arguably third in command, being the Director of Education and one of the top recruiters.

Lauren also had a nearly 20-year intimate relationship with Raniere as a member of his harem.

Her mother, Nancy, also had an ongoing sexual relationship with Raniere. In her letter to Judge Nicholas Garaufis, written on behalf of Lauren, she wrote that she stopped having sex with Raniere when she found out her daughter was in an intimate relationship with him.

Whether this is true or not is unknown. Emails written much later and divulged in court suggest she continued to have an intimate relationship with him even after she found out that he was also in a relationship with her daughter.

Michelle, Nancy and Lauren Salzman

NXIVM Programs

NXIVM’s educational programs were based on a system that Keith and Nancy called Rational Inquiry, which they advertised as a patent-pending technology for changing behavior and thinking. They also claimed that because it was based on science, the system could be replicated, producing empirically measurable results.

Raniere’s patent applications for Rational Inquiry were ultimately rejected in the USA. But NXIVM continued to advertise the system as “Patent-Pending” long after that rejection occurred.

Rational Inquiry had two primary components: (1) a curriculum that taught a distinct framing of ethics, morality, gender roles and relations, among other things; and (2) a form of psychotherapy called “Exploration of Meaning” (“EM”) that were administered by EM Practitioners (“EMPs”).

Neil Glazer alleges that “Rational Inquiry is a synthesis of psychotherapy and the teachings, methods and practices of the human potential movement groups that Raniere had studied.

Rational Inquiry used verbal and behavioral methods of intervention in interpersonal relationships to modify attitudes, thinking, effects, and behaviors that NXIVM taught were intellectually, socially, and emotionally maladaptive.

“NXIVM taught that the root causes of even physical illnesses and psychiatric disorders were these supposedly maladaptive traits and that, therefore, NXIVM’s methods could cure medical conditions.”


Jness was created and headed by Raniere and Salzman along with others, with a curriculum designed to teach that women:

  1. Entered relationships because of dependency on another person and they should be more self-reliant
  2. Typically imposed unwritten contracts on the relationship because of their inner deficiencies and that they needed to stop acting this way and be more forthcoming;
  3. Were not entitles to equal pay because it cost businesses money to train new employees when women quit their jobs to have children and that the gender gap studies fail to account for this;
  4. Do not face any social stigma if they do not compete for work because they can rely on partners or families for support, whereas men would be criticized for doing so; and
  5. Are protected and sheltered from the consequences of their actions by men –  and that accepting responsibility for one’s actions is vital for a person’s growth.
Nxivm Camila
Mk10ART’s sketch of Camila.

Treatment of Camila

One of the principal concerns that Salzman might have in regards to her sentencing is her role with Camila.

Camila alleges that Raniere had sexual intercourse and she performed oral sex on him starting when she was 15. At that time, she said he also took pornographic photographs of her, including close-ups of her genitals. He was forty-five years old at the time. He was also simultaneously engaged in sexual relationships with Camila’s two sisters, Daniela and Mariana.

If Camila’s allegation is true, then Nancy Salzman played a pivotal role in what happened to Camila. That’s because Nancy put Camila to work as her maid, for little to no compensation, instructing her to live in a nearby house that Nancy owned, with other female members of NXIVM, (all adults who were in sexual relationships with Raniere).

Raniere and Salzman assumed responsibility for providing all of Camila’s needs, including food, clothing, shelter, medical care, and education. Nancy also controlled Camila’s environment, including her housing, her relationships with others, the course of her education (or lack thereof), her nutrition, and health care.

While under Salzman’s care, Camila failed to complete high school. [She later obtained a GED.]  Salzman allegedly told Camila that the education she could obtain within NXIVM would be superior to any college.

Other than Raniere, Salzman was the only adult authority figure in Camila’s life from age 13 to about age 18.

Camila’s parents looked up to Salzman, who they revered as “Prefect,” one of the top two leaders of the NXIVM community, who was responsible for the creation of the curriculum, and development and use of the EM method of psychotherapy.

Along with many others in the community, Camila’s parents viewed Salzman as the leading motherly figure in the community, a person who Camila’s parents trusted to dispense good advice, and whom they believed had only their (and their children’s) best interests at heart.

Salzman assumed responsibility to support and care for Camila.

The so-called “Inner Circle” of Keith Raniere featured women of his harem. Of the 25 people in his circle, 20 are women. Raniere had sexual relations with every one of the 20 women and a good number of other women.

When Camila lost her legal immigration status, she alleges Salzman paid her low wages and did not compensate her for some of the work she performed, Camila alleges that Nancy told her that since she was in the country illegally, she had no right to be paid or that because she was in the U.S. illegally, she was receiving higher compensation than others performing the same duties who had to pay taxes.

Since Salzman had a sexual relationship with Raniere at the time, and she helped her daughter Lauren develop a close relationship with Raniere, and she knew how many other women Raniere was having sexual relationships with at the time, she might have suspected that Raniere might enter into a sexual relationship with Camila when she was underage.

In fact, Salzman taught and helped create a curriculum that the age of consent should be as low as 12 if the child is sexually mature, that many women enjoy being raped, and that rape is part of the natural order for men because it is a normal response to any indication that their female partner intends to break off their relationship.

After Raniere allegedly raped Camila when she was trying to leave him, Nancy allegedly added a new segment to the Jness curriculum – which Camila was required to attend. The new segment taught that when men sense that their partner is trying to leave them, they rape them as a natural way of marking their territory. This was in addition to allegedly teaching that some women can only have an orgasm while being raped.

Camila allegedly attempted suicide, slashing her wrists in the bathtub in her apartment – where Raniere found her, bleeding and in shock. He scolded her, explaining that had she been successful, it would have led to serious reputational consequences for him. He then forbade her from going to a hospital. Instead, he sent photographs of the wounds to Salzman, a trained and licensed nurse. Salzman said nothing about the incident, and Camila received no medical or psychiatric care.


Camila’s older sister, Daniela, also had a sexual relationship with Raniere and was considered to be part of his harem. Being in Raniere’s harem included the condition that the woman would not have any sexual relationship with any other man.

Daniela alleges that she told Raniere that she was attracted to another man, NXIVM member, Ben Myers and was experiencing romantic feelings that she had never felt for him.  She informed Raniere that she would no longer have sex with him, which, she testified, consisted primarily of providing him with fellatio at his home at 3 Flintlock Lane.

Nancy Salzman, as well as Lauren Salzman following Raniere’s commands, allegedly began a campaign of extreme isolation, harassment and other abuse that lasted years, culminating in Daniela’s confinement to a room with virtually no human contact for nearly two years, during which her pleas to be let out were either rejected or ignored.

She was eventually sent back to Mexico with almost no money and no identity papers (which they had taken and refused to give back to her) and cut her off from all contact with her immediate and extended family. Daniela was the first of her family to leave NXIVM.

The Actual Crime of Conviction

Plea bargains, as the NXIVM defendants were to learn, do not mean much in federal court. Sentencing guidelines mean even less.

While Nancy Salzman thought her pleading guilty would likely limit her sentence to three years or less [based on preliminary calculations of sentencing guidelines], the judge told her explicitly, prior to accepting her guilty plea, that he was not bound by sentencing guidelines.

The actual crime that Salzman admitted to was racketeering conspiracy with two predicate criminal acts:

  1. During discovery in one of the NXIVM litigations, the Ross litigation, Raniere, Clare Bronfman and Salzman directed others in NXIVM to conceal evidence by altering videotaped recordings of NXIVM classes, in which Salzman made statements about the ability of Rational Inquiry to cure physical and mental illness.
  2. Helped organize and conduct illegal invasions of privacy against critics of NXIVM, including computer hacking and spying on individuals or try to stop them from criticizing NXIVM.

US District Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis has shown that he will sentence people not only for the crimes they admitted to but also for crimes he believes they may have committed.  Federal judges have vast power and provided he does not sentence her to more than the maximum sentence of 20 years, he is free to consider anything he chooses in determining his sentence.

He sentenced Raniere to 120 years and his distaste for him was palpable. On the other hand, he sentenced Lauren Salzman to probation, partly because he was impressed with her entry into the dog grooming business despite her having one of the largest roles in the NXIVM organization.

He gave Allison Mack a three-year sentence because he thought her family assisted in her repentance for her allegedly coercing women into sexual servitude. Allison’s sentencing guidelines were 14 -17.5 years.

Conversely, because Clare Bronfman did not disavow Raniere, and despite her having sentencing guidelines of 21-27 months, he tripled the guidelines and handed her an 81-month sentence. She had far lesser charges than Mack or Lauren Salzman.

What he will do when he sentences Nancy Salzman is unknown but since the prosecution has recommended at least 41 months, it seems difficult to believe that she will not get some prison time.

One mitigating factor for Salzman, who is 67, is that she contracted breast cancer and had double radical mastectomies, and is said to be in poor health.  He may see little value in a long incarceration period for her.

Salzman is expected to repudiate Raniere in strong language when she appears in court on Wednesday for her sentencing.

She is also expected to lie about other matters as well.

Sara Bronfman, Keith Raniere and Nancy Salzman

Her Allocution

When she pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy, Nancy Salzman did repudiate Raniere to a degree and told the judge:

“Between 2005 and 2018 I agreed to join an enterprise comprised of people close to Keith Raniere and agreed to participate in its affairs through a pattern of racketeering activity.

“While doing so I was aware of and participated in some of the criminal objectives of the enterprise which were jointly undertaken by its members, including me, and I agreed that a conspirator would commit at least two acts of racketeering in furtherance of the objectives of the enterprise.

“Such objectives included agreeing that others would commit improper and, at times, illegal invasions of privacy against perceived critics of NXIVM, the company of which I was president, including computer hacking in their email accounts and other acts of improper prying for the purpose of either trying to achieve success in court litigation against those individuals or trying to stop them from continuing to publicly criticize the organization.

“Such objectives also included agreeing during discovery proceedings in a District of New Jersey civil case to which NXIVM and I personally were parties, to have others alter videotapes memorializing NXIVM classroom proceedings that we were required to turn over to our adversaries. We agreed together that the recordings would be edited to remove certain sections we did not want to turn over and to do so without revealing our editing plans to such adversaries in knowing violation of the Court’s rules.”


Nancy Salzman is the next to last of the NXIVM defendants to be sentenced. Only Kathy Russell remains. One might think that the NXIVM saga is drawing to a close, and perhaps it is – although I would not be too sure.

Ahead lies an upcoming Rule 33 motion on behalf of Raniere where it is expected he will allege that the FBI created evidence of child porn and planted it on a hard drive they seized from his apartment. In conjunction with that motion, he will be seeking to overturn his conviction.

He also has an appeal pending in the 2nd Circuit.

There also lies a civil lawsuit against NXIVM leaders that will bring new discoveries, and might potentially bring Sara Bronfman perilously close to some unpleasant circumstances.

There also may be additional charges brought against various individuals if law enforcement officials in the Northern District of New York ever do their duty.

And finally, there remains the mystery of what happened to Kristin Snyder, the woman who disappeared from a NXIVM class some 18 years ago.  There are several people who likely know what happened to her. Nancy Salzman is probably one of them.

For the sake of the Snyder family, the finest thing Nancy Salzman could do – a real service to someone other than herself – would be to tell the court what happened to Kim Snyder, whose life was one of bright promise and clean ambition, who cried out that she was pregnant with Raniere’s child, who was treated as if she was insane, whose management and care were directed by Salzman and who was driven from a NXIVM class in Anchorage Alaska and disappeared forever without a trace.

Kristen Snyder smiling
Kristen Snyder vanished mysteriously in 2003 while in the middle of a Nxivm intensive.









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  • New York Times

    Nxivm’s Second-in-Command Helped Build a Culture of Abuse, Survivors Say

    [ … ]

    “Several former Nxivm members said that even after her arrest, Ms. Salzman had supporters who subscribed to that belief. Ms. Nevares said that the person who called her after Mr. Raniere’s sentencing was a former Nxivm official who told her that he had been in touch through his wife with Ms. Salzman. She added in an interview that she had identified him in her letter to Judge Garaufis only as Michel C. to avoid any possible retaliation.”

    [ … ]


    My observation:

    [Of course, I know much more, but am holding back and keeping this short.]

    Michel C. can be identified in this case. The person in question is Michel Chernitzky. His wife can also be identified in this case as Jacqueline Ronay. Jacqueline Ronay, to my knowledge, is a branded slave of DOS. Michel Chernitzky is known to have run the LA Rainbow Cultural Garden project.


    Company Number: C3584691

    Status: Suspended

    Incorporation Date: 9 July 2013


    Jurisdiction: California (US)

    Registered Address: 205 WASHINGTON AVENUE, APT. 105
    SANTA MONICA CA 90403, United States

    Inactive Directors / Officers:ANITA MONRROY, agent

    MICHEL CHERNITZKY, chief executive officer

    • Rather amusing and disengenious that Betancourt speaks out against Salzman when he and his partner were major benefactors of Nxivm benefits. Why isn’t he on trial as well?

  • Sep 6, 2021

    ORDER: Defendant Nancy Salzman is DIRECTED to file a redacted copy of her sentencing submissions by 12:00 p.m. on September 7, 2021. Ordered by Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis on 9/6/2021. (Kelly, Sean)

  • Who’s Nancy? She’s Queen Horrible.

    They’re all deceptive, conniving, and horrible people.

    They spoke of others being suppressive and destructive, but they were the ones who were like that to other people’s lives.

    Pilfering wealth, time, peace of mind, etc., all for a con job to fill their coffers that they hid in their attics.

    Like Phoenix said in JOKER as lead: “Everybody is awful these days”.

    And they’re right up there.

    • While the cult is indeed “horrible” as are all the people who were/are involved with it, you were not personally in the cult.

      You wasted your own time being delusional and pretending the cult – and a particular cultist within – are the reason your life looks like a raccoon turd run over with a monster truck.

      • You have no idea who I am, what my history is, whether I was in or wasn’t in the cult, what my life is like now, or anything about me at all.

      • Why the quotes around “horrible”? They’re definitely horrible…and awful, immoral, deceitful, deceptive, controlling, selfish, scheming, abusive, egocentric, inconsiderate, money-grubbing, cowardly, victim-blaming and shaming, fault-shifting, grifting, accountability denying, etc. Geez-Louise, the list could go on…

  • https://www.bing.com/videos/search?view=detail&mid=5F3C0ABED358DFB95ECE5F3C0ABED358DFB95ECE&q=radiohead karma police&shtp=GetUrl&shid=5ee4c448-304b-4d10-9881-f1abac9bd564&shtk=UmFkaW9oZWFkIC0gS2FybWEgUG9saWNl&shdk=4oCYS2FybWEgUG9saWNl4oCZIGlzIHRha2VuIGZyb20g4oCYT0sgQ29tcHV0ZXLigJkgb3V0IG9uIFhMIFJlY29yZGluZ3MuIEJ1eSAmIHN0cmVhbSBpdCBoZXJlOiBodHRwczovL3JhZGlvaGVhZC5mZm0udG8vb2tjb21wdXRlciBEaXJlY3RvcjogSm9uYXRoYW4gR2xhemVyIFByb2R1Y2VyOiBOaWNrIE1vcnJpc0NpbmVtYXRvZ3JhcGh5OiBTdGV2ZSBLZWl0aC1Sb2FjaFByb2R1Y3Rpb24gY29tcGFueTogQWNhZGVteSBNdXNpYyBWaWRlbyBMdGQgRm9sbG93IFJhZGlvaGVhZCBGYWNlYm9vayDigJMgaHR0cHM6Ly9mYWNlYm9vay5jb20vcmFkaW9oZWFkIEluc3RhZ3JhbSDigJMgaHR0cHM6Ly93d3cgLi4u&shhk=GULFhdAPdkfJIdLVnoM4gH1x9ov9xgT5pcV18whyzF0%3D&form=VDSHOT&shth=OVP.hZzrIESX4l05bFOVlYAb_QHgFo

    KARMA POLICE by Radiohead for Nancy from Heidi and the late Gina Hutchinson…dedicated to the memory of Jim Del Negro and all those whose lives were destroyed by Keith Raniere and Nancy Salzman.

  • Nancy Salzman is an admitted criminal, that is the reality.

    She was breaking laws before meeting her business/partner in crimes Keith Raniere.

    Even her daughter, Lauren Salzman, told the prosecution of crimes her mother, mama Salzman committed that the DOJ/FBI didn’t know about.

    No one keeps $500,000 ++ cash in their attic unless it’s there for illegal purposes. Salzman did, but was there more, easier to remove, that she got out before the FBI came knocking on her door?

    Out of the upper ranks, Nancy Salzman was left alone after the leadership herd scattered. She had the knowledge as to which house and storage locker contained the rest of the hidden cash. Everyone else left for Mexico or elsewhere not wanting to be around if their house was next.

    Salzman has been overheard saying she is making more money now than ever before while she was in NXIVM. Doing what, is the millions of dollars question?

    What’s been heard through the grapevine is she has kept her EM business from her days in NXIVM.

    You see, Nancy Salzman cannot keep her mouth shut and likes to brag about her life to whoever will listen. What she doesn’t understand is that people tell other people and her current life gets back to the Ex-Nxer’s.

    Regardless of what she has told the Judge in her sentencing memorandum about how she has changed, it’s all a lie.

    More to come…

  • “Entered relationships because of dependency on another person and they should be more self-reliant”

    Every human relationship requires a dependency upon another person in some form or another, be it emotional, financial, physical, spiritual, etc., or any of those and more categories combined. That is implicit in any relationship.

    Unless you’re living like the Unabomber in isolation – e.g., gathering your own firewood, planting your own crops, building your own shelter, and so on, from what nature provides – then you are already dependent on numerous human relationships.

    Keith himself was dependent upon so many relationships in his own household. The entire MLM organization that NXIVM was, was structurally more reliant on layered dependency than companies with different structures.

    To point this out as if this is some flaw in women is just misogynistic.

    • JNESS was very misogynistic. The DOS members are even more so and they do not even realize it.
      I think another big takeaway is how nobody in the group would question those teachings. Question it like you just did to show that they are misogynistic. Maybe hindsight is 50/50

  • Let’s be clear: neurolinguistic programming is pseudoscience https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neuro-linguistic_programming and Nancy Salzman is a fraud.

    That’s really all we need to know. She was perpetrating a fraudulent exploitative scheme well before she met Raniere. She has been in this criminal business for many years, unrepentant and unashamed.

    She’s a nasty piece of work, without morals, without ethics, without shame, only ever interested in herself. She’s a professional liar. Everything she says is a lie, self-serving and ruthless. She wouldn’t know the truth if it bit her on the ass.

    Like Raniere, Mack, her daughter Lauren, Mark Vicente, and around a dozen others, she has no redeeming qualities whatsoever. They are self-serving lying swine who should be put up against a wall and shot.

    I’m sick of pansy-ass excuses and done with the weak-willed whining about victims and who is nice to dogs and whose families wrote a nice letter on their behalf. These assholes are a waste of oxygen and the world would be a better place if the whole bunch slit their throats tomorrow.

    I’m quite serious. Socrates drank the hemlock. I challenge anyone to come up with a moral argument as to why any of these professional fraudsters deserve to be kept alive for years at honest taxpayers’ expense. Honor requires them to off themselves. Read Socrates’ Phaedo for the reasoning behind my conclusion.

    • The criminal statutes of the US do not carry the death penalty for these crimes. So these US statutes themselves give the moral argument for why Nancy Salzman and the others convicted of crimes don’t need to kill themselves.

      Even though he could have left and gone into hiding – the guards had all been bribed to let him out – Socrates refused to leave and took the hemlock willingly because the city of Athens had raised him and clothed him, provided for his defense, etc. So if they sentenced him to death, then he figured he should die.

      No one has been sentenced to die here for their crimes by the Feds. That’s probably next for “cult” members in the US, just as it was for being accused of being a “witch” in the 1690s. Or for being a “heretic” by the inquisitors in the 1470s.

      So Socrates’ moral arguments for drinking the hemlock don’t apply here.

      Morally, as a society, we don’t put people to death for being in a cult any more.

      But hey – the way things are going – you might just get the society you’re pining for.


    • “Socrates drank the hemlock.”


      We only know the Hemlock Story, because Aristotle told Plato the story and then Plato recorded it.
      Ancient history is incredibly entertaining but more often than not, it’s based more on fiction than nonfiction.
      Caesar’s Gaelic and Gaulish tomes are almost all fictional accounts…

      Side note:

      Socrates and Christ have two things in common. Neither wrote down a single word and they both swore off women…

      • Nice guy, I don’t know about Socrates, but Jesus certainly did not swear off women. Please keep with things you know.

  • Also, Nancy Salzman was involved with Kristin “Kook” Kreuk’s Girls By Design/NXIVM group to teach NXIVM nonsense to little girls.

    • Didn’t Kristen sponsor young girly sleepovers and contests where the little girls would make a selfy video for Raniere (called a sexy 7 video). I wonder if the winner would meet Keith Raniere in private, like Kristin Snyder did ?

      • Kristin Crooked does not talk about Nxivm because she does not want to look dirty and stupid. She is extremely privileged and her privilege revolves around her public image. Willing cultist, ignoring horrible things with her name attached for many years does not look good.

        • — Kristin Crooked does not talk about Nxivm because she does not want to look dirty and stupid —

          And she doesn’t want her fans to know how she responded to the EMs Nancy gave her to rid Kristin of her shy reluctance to bury her pretty face in Nan’s WAP.

          Dones said Nan expected to have sex with her (I’m the Prefect) so Nan would also have wanted it from the lovely Kook as well.

  • “1] Nancy Salzman is a demon. She hides it, but she’s a horrible sociopath, not unlike Keith Raniere.

    Crimes: Immigration fraud, tax evasion, fraud, withholding medical treatment from a person with cancer (not sure the legal term for this), and, possibly, accessory to murder.

    Interesting fact: At one point or another, she kept close to $8 million in her house. Doesn’t feel bad about what she’s done at all. No conscience. Don’t listen to what anyone says; she’s a monster. I dealt with her daily for years.”

    Full run down on top players of NXIVM by former member

      • Rosa Laura Junco, according to Lauren Salzman’s testimony in court, also was not used by Raniere sexually, neither privately nor for group sex. Whether this is factual or not, who would really know, though? Perhaps Raniere was either unaroused by Rosa Laura Junco, who had given birth rather a lot, or maybe Raniere was afraid of the long, potent journalistic reach of Rosa Laura’s father, Alejandro Junco. It does look as though Raniere had reasons to be cautious, regarding Mr. Junco.

        Also, Lauren was not omnipresent, after all. She was just another pathetically uncomprehensive woman herself, and she was stuck in neutral herself, sexually and psychologically, since Lauren was one hoping to manifest an “avatar baby” with her sickening, absentee so-called lover and the one whom Lauren called “Master.”

        The stories about Ms. Junco willingly offering up her teenage daughter to be Raniere’s virginal “bride” were and still are unforgettable, and whenever Rosa Laura is left unmentioned, I think of her very influential father as a likely good reason.

        And really, who would blame her father for wanting to protect his daughter and her children? It has sounded, all along, that he was not at all happy with Rosa Laura’s association with Raniere or his groupies. There is certainly power when someone is able to control or to edit the press, whether using it as a weapon or to cause unwanted attention to disappear.

        In some ways, Rosa Laura has been very lucky.

        • Great point. Thanks for sharing this. It is interesting that Emiliano Salinas is mentioned way more than Laura Junco. The press has more power than bad-ass politicians apparently.

  • Thanks, Frank, for posting this. I think you help contextualize and explain clearly WHO Nancy is. This is important because the case is so complex I think even the judge and prosecution can have a hard time connecting all the dots. This lays out a really nice story of Nancy and her evils.

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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.” He also appeared in "Branded and Brainwashed: Inside NXIVM, and was 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 premieres on May 22, 2022.

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