Lauren Salzman’s Letter: My Mother Only Found Out About Keith After We Were Arrested – Then Stood Up Bravely!

Lauren Salzman began to cry hysterically during cross examination and the judge halted the questioning,

One day after she was sentenced to probation, former NXIVM director of education and top EM therapist, now dog groomer, Lauren Salzman wrote a letter of support for her mother, Nancy Salzman to Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis.

Nancy’s attorneys tried to keep Lauren’s and other supporters’ letters under seal, but the judge required the attorneys to publish the letters.

Here is Lauren’s complete letter. My commentary on this letter is found in the post: Debunking Lauren’s Bogus, BS Claim to Moral Superiority for Her or Her Grifter Mother Nancy Salzman.

Here is Lauren Salzman’s complete letter:

Keith Raniere gives his trademark kiss to Lauren Salzman. She is offended that so many people enabled Raniere but she and her mother got too much of the blame.

August 29, 2021

Dear Judge Garaufis,

Respectfully, I write to support my mother, Nancy Salzman, because I occupy a unique position as both her daughter and codefendant. Also, I feel my prior relationship with Keith Raniere and NXIVM provides me with relevant information.

It is appropriate to be angry at people who commit crimes and hurt others. Sometimes people involved with and victimized by criminal organizations are satisfied with simple explanations for what went wrong. They want more than anything to exorcise their outrage, to move on and try to heal. However, often the actual events that took place don’t support the dominant narrative. For someone involved with NXIVM (like me), it is excruciatingly painful (and humbling) to spend time unraveling how we could have participated in the criminal events, and to achieve an accurate understanding of our personal responsibilities.

In the complex system of abuse in which my mother and I participated, what happened is not cut and dry. How it happened is complicated, as were many of the people involved. Less complicated, however, is to step forward and accept the truth, saying, “I did this and that wrong deed, and I accept responsibility.” The number of people who have taken this step, in relation to the universe of culpable actors, is relatively few. But Nancy is not among them.

My mother stood up shortly after our arrests, and upon learning the fast-emerging truths of what had happened, she spoke the truth to her co-defendants. She acted decisively on her belief in what was being revealed, instead of spending time, as had been our practice, demonizing our critics and weaving complex defensive narratives. She pleaded guilty, and in so doing, changed the course of the case, by forging a path for others to do the same.

The truth is that many hundreds of people actively promoted Keith and his initiatives for years and reaped significant financial and other benefits. Many were fervent supporters championing his rise to power from which perch he did significant damage to many more people than would have been possible had he not enjoyed broad support. Although the group that conceived and carried out illegal activities was smaller, very few have owned up to their participation as perpetrate.rs as readily as they don the victim’s cloak. Some of us have rightly been held to task for our conduct, both in public and in a court of law; but I think it is easiest to view the six of us charged as the full complement of “bad guys” now brought to justice, which is hardly the complete picture, and fails to serve the interests of relating the whole truth.

My mom has taken responsibility. When she appreciated the enormity of what she had participated in, she was quick to decide what was right, and do it. She not only pied guilty, but she offered to help the prosecutors. She urged me to do the same, knowing full well that some of the information I would share would implicate her in criminal activity. She urged this upon me anyway because she believed it was the right thing to do and because she felt responsibility and shame. So, I made my own personal decision to follow her advice and cooperate with the government as best I could.

Some people think we pled guilty for the sole purpose of getting ourselves off the hook, but there is no off the hook in our situation. We struggle every day with personal issues relating to the abuse we suffered at Keith’s hands, someone we trusted implicitly and idolized. More so we carry guilt and sadness for helping support his corrupt agenda, and know that we, in positions of authority at NXIVM hurt people who trusted us. There are former members who with good reason aggressively scorn us.

But many others have simply managed conveniently to forget their own complicity and their own commission of crimes in Keith’s service. We case defendants faced public shaming and continue to be shunned and scorned. I believe these consequences of the case will never completely go away. We’ve lost our whole community. We have lost respect. We have lost our belief in ourselves, and in people we trusted and revered. There is no off the hook. I question whether I will ever have the ability to fully recover, and as my mother and I have talked about it, I know she feels similarly.

Many will rightly say that we brought all of this upon ourselves and that we deserve whatever pain and punishment is visited on us. But for my mother, from very shortly after her arrest (and not to get off any hook), she posed the question, “What must we do to make it right; and what may I do to make it right?”

My mom is a good person. That cannot also be said of Keith. As co-founder, titled Prefect, and NXIVM President, it is understandable she is cast as Keith’s right-hand woman, and, as such, presumed to have been completely on board with his many criminal schemes. But while she and Keith were the co-founders of the entity that would become NXIVM, she did not systematically lie, mislead, and take advantage of people in pursuit of demented pleasures, as has been revealed to the chief focus of Keith’s life.

So, while it’s easy to over-simplify and to cast Nancy as Keith’s right-hand-woman, on board and his partner in every crime, Keith was too clever to let Nancy know anything at all about his most depraved project, DOS, and she did not know.

Moreover, Nancy was abused by Keith just as he abused everyone within his orbit. He came into her life at a vulnerable moment for her and convinced her that what he could offer her was far more valuable than anything she had done in the past or could do on her own in the future. He scammed her into leveraging her life savings and the good will she had built over her long self-made career to support a notion that he, the “smartest and most ethical man in the world,” had what was needed to help humanity rise to its greatest potential.

Honestly, Keith’s stated objectives for a more noble human existence was a beautiful vision, so compelling that almost 20,000 people embraced it. And he, the master craftsman that painted this picture, was so good at what he did that before 2017 only a handful of people were able to divine that he was not who he purported to be. Unfortunately, individuals who rightly became disaffected with Keith before his arrest were attacked viciously and written off as scorned lovers, disaffected ex-employees, controlling parents of the more privileged and sheltered NXIVM members, some of whom had themselves engaged in highly questionable, if not overtly criminal conduct, so it was difficult to discern that, at bottom, they were telling the truth versus being vindictive, as was fed to us loyalists.

The early days of NXIVM L-R Barbara Bouchey, Michelle, Lauren and Nancy Salzman. When Bouchey left in 2009, she asked for the return of money she lent Keith Raniere and commissions she was entitled to. Raniere called it extortion and punished Nancy and Lauren by promoting Clare Bronfman to manage NXIVM.

When there were defections of ranking members and demands by them for money in return for services rendered, it was characterized as extortion and an attack on the organization. They were branded enemies to be shunned, and we were the good guys.

Behind the scenes Keith fired most of the executive board blaming us for not handling things better and we believed not only that we had destroyed his organization because of our shortcomings but that we owed it to him to fix it . He installed a new “business building” board with Clare [Bronfman] at the helm and closed my mom out of all NXIVM operations.

From then on, even though we had board meetings in her house he refused to let her attend. Later, he moved the location of the board meetings to Clare’s house and would scold me if I even let me mom know about them. When asked why, he was quick to anger and pointed to limitations he perceived my mom to have that he insisted were bad examples for the organization.

In instances that she was allowed to attend meetings, he refused to look at her and if she spoke he would discipline her for interrupting him or requiring him to expend additional effort on her behalf. He constantly humiliated her in front of others and made her feel that she was stupid. My mother was often exhausted because of how hard she worked, but Keith insisted that her need for rest was out of weakness or an indulgence.

Additionally, he required that she stay up late at night to work with him and wake up early to cook him breakfast each morning before he went to sleep for the day. At times, her fatigue was so pervasive that she would fall asleep anytime she sat down. He would then discipline her and point out to others how “disintegrated” she was that she couldn’t even stay awake while he was speaking. He even went so far as to write into the curriculum how my mom’s drinking was a dependency and demonstrated a lack of personal evolution. Not surprisingly he failed to include the multitude of other caffeinated and energy enhancing drinks that he consumed daily.

Nancy Salzman with Sara Bronfman at V-Week 2017. Nancy had just found out about DOS from the Frank Report and was upset that her daughter was branded. She reportedly even had her first-ever shouting scene with Raniere over the massive stupidity of branding women with his initials. Nancy also learned at this time that she had breast cancer.

When DOS went public, he forbade us from telling Nancy anything outside of the cover-up story he had crafted. She did a lot to try to find out what was going on, but he, both to her privately, and then in a public forum for high ranking NXIVM members, denied all knowledge of DOS and its creation. He subsequently advocated for the benefits of what he explained away as some kind of “edgy” and “character building” group and published a public statement to that effect online. Then, since Allison [Mack] and I were the only members of DOS that were mentioned publicly, he let us take the full public hit for DOS, both inside and outside of the organization. As a result, my mother believed that through my impulsiveness and lack of critical thinking, I put her entire company and reputation at risk. This almost destroyed our relationship.

When Keith went to Mexico in November of 2017, he cut communication leaving us alone to navigate the media explosion and the unfolding investigation that would become this case. It was only then that I finally told my mother that DOS was started by Keith, but she didn’t truly learn the DOS story until the trial.

Michelle, Nancy and Lauren Salzman. All three worked full-time for NXIVM.

Having said this, very quickly after we were indicted and became privy to the case discovery, my mom began to see who Keith really is. She saw it before I did and was instrumental in helping me come to grips with reality. She pushed me to plead guilty and supported me in my cooperation agreement. We both felt strongly that the right thing to do was to take responsibility, tell the truth about what happened and try to help resolve the case. I know we both still stand at that decision.

Since my decision to plead guilty and change careers, my mom has been nothing but supportive. She has helped me emotionally and financially to restart my life. She has assisted me in pursuing meaningful counseling and ongoing education in my new field of work. She has made sure I have had a place to live. She has spent the greater part of the last 3 years facing her own major health issues, while managing the medical care needs for both her parents who have steadily declined in health throughout this case.  My grandfather passed away recently, but up until the end, taking care of him was an enormous job. He was completely bed ridden for the last year of his life and my mom served as his nurse and care manager. Without her, he would have certainly died after a heart attack he suffered last summer. Because of her care, we were able to have an extra year with him, and he was able, as he deeply wanted, to spend his final year in his home with his wife.

My grandma is in the midst of declining mental health. She has lit fires in her home several times. She has fallen and cut her head open twice. She requires round the clock care and can’t be left unsupervised. She now often forgets who we are and how we’re related to her. Even though care aides help, my mother is my grandma’s main caregiver. Without her, my grandma, who just lost her husband of 72 years, would be in a nursing home unable to receive any visitors due to covid.

I believe that if you look at how my mom has spent her time on home detention, you will see her true nurturing and supportive nature. This is the core of who she is and has always been. Yes, some angry voices have risen against her, and it is true she made some poor- even morally deficient and criminal – choices, but the majority of them were grounded in her belief in Keith’s essential goodness, and her wrong-headed view that his ideas would promote greater happiness and decency for humanity.

Also, she is truly repentant, and trying to be the strong one for our entire family. Given her personal regret, her fear of being separated from her loved ones, including her newborn grandson and failing mother, and worrying over her own serious health challenges, she still pushes forward. She works, maintains family connections, and tries to integrate into her life the tragic truth of what NXIVM turned into, and to deal with it responsibly. That is the kind of person she is.

Thank you for your time and consideration of my perspective,

Respectfully,

Lauren Salzman


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  • I would love to hear Sarah and Nippy weigh in on this.

    Lauren is not without her charms and there’s a part of me that empathizes with her,

    BUT…C’mon! She slings the BS with the combined tongue of a leather-assed used car salesman/Amway rep about her sinister mommy.

    Fluffy gets a haircut and an EM, all for the low-low price of $375 US + inflation + convenience fee.

  • I blame the judge for failing to sentence Lauren to at least 5 years and Nancy to 15 years in prison. They should have been remanded on sentencing day so we would not have to suffer through Lauren and Nancy’s blithering.

    I hope the judge hauls Nancy’s sorry ass to prison ASAP in light of her bogus character reference letters submitted under seal

    • Another fuck-up is in the fifteenth paragraph and in the second sentence of Lauren’s letter, where you put “me mom”, like a damn illiterate pirate, instead of putting *my mom* like we’re actually in the 21st century right now! I see you still haven’t fixed the other grammar errors yet! Are you just going to continue to be retarded and let it this article continue to look tacky as fucking shit, Frank?!

      Is that professionalism in regards to being a reporter in your part?! If Lauren’s letter didn’t even have those fuck-ups, are you ACCURATELY AND TRUTHFULLY reporting her, if you continue to let those grammatical and spelling errors stay while claiming these are her own words when they’re not?!

  • 1. In the fifth paragraph and in the third sentence of that fifth paragraph, you misspelled *perpetrators* as “perpetrate.rs”.

    2. In the sixth paragraph and in the second sentence of that sixth paragraph, you misspelled *pled* as “pied”.

    3. In the thirteenth paragraph and in the second sentence of that paragraph, it seems that you were trying to say *discern*, instead of “divine”.

    We’ll start off with those fuck-ups for now! You need to get some real article editors, Frank! No real news publishers would be caught dead with the kind of fuck-ups and the amount of fuck-ups you have!

  • Sorry, Lauren, but your mom is an evil douche bag.

    Nancy instructed a woman with cancer to not to seek medical help. Nancy stated it was unethical to do so; however, Nancy ran to her oncologist’s office, faster than a black holding a color tv.

    Lauren you’re good daughter and your mom is a first rate cunt.

    I’m sure there are a lotta nut-jobs who will disagree with me. 😉

    • “ran…faster than a black holding a color tv.”

      Saying “holding” instead of “stealing” is subtle, but we get your meaning. You must have been using that “witty” phase since the good old days, because for decades there’s only been color TVs to steal.

    • There are a lot of metaphors for tasks done speedily…and yet you used this one.
      That speaks volumes. Only one ‘cunt’ though. Thanks for sparing us, Donald.

  • Whether she knew about Keith before or found out about him after his arrest, this is yet another fine example of self-deception, on the part of the mother and daughter.

  • Wow. I’m genuinely impressed. Will probably comment more, later.

    Just one thing, though.

    What about the cash? I still don’t think anyone has ever explained what Nancy was doing with such a large amount of cash in her house.

      • Ya, no kidding. This woman is a crime boss. I don’t think she got nearly the time she deserved. This NLP artist was the co-creator of everything. She was a grown woman supposedly capable of providing mental health counselling to others and look what she’s saying now! That she couldn’t recognize the signs of abuse?

        She should have listened to Susan dones, et al. But no. This woman turned a blind eye while they driven through the courts, etc etc etc.

        Obviously her daughter loves her a lot.

      • You keep posting this same comment/question. I keep asking you what Michelle did that was criminal. Maybe there are people who can help answer this question (that you clearly find important enough to post many many times). It could help you get an answer, if you share what Michelle did wrong.

    • Tax evasion crime charges or was it included in the racketeering charge? Also, did anyone follow the money trail of all the other money not found in Nancy’s house? Someone took it or muled it before the raid.

  • Fascinating to read a first hand account and mirror it to the information you have about this case.

    She is dismayed she is singled out for punishment just like Allison was, or rather, angry the prosecution limited the defendants to 6 persons. I can understand that. Monica Duran could perhaps have been charged with sex trafficking (Sylvie). Same with India (Jay) Salinas, and perhaps even her brother in law Meyers. Although I don’t think she thought about that one.

    What all those NXIans have in common, from the highest rank to the lowest footsoldier, from victims to defendants, is that they are all a bunch of idiots believing in this bullshit story that they were improving humanity. On the contrary: they showed the world the exact opposite.

      • Thanks, but after re-reading it, I want to tone it down a little bit: not all the victims were idiots. It’s not reasonable to say Camilla, a victim, was an idiot. Imagine being a kid put in such an environment at such a young age. So incredibly sad. And a small miracle she recovered from that. Nicki, please take notice, it can be done!

        Correction nr2: Salinas and Myers could have been prosecuted, but obviously not for sex trafficking.

        • Picture yourself as a girl at thirteen years old who — instead of being in seventh grade and doing all the things children at that young age should be doing — was groomed for a few years to eventually be coerced into a sexual relationship at fifteen years old with the dirty, hairy-chested, pudgy, forty five year old man who was simultaneously screwing around with multiple other women?

          It’s gross.

          • Ya. By Daniela’s account, she laid there pretending to be asleep while he slapped her in the face with his penis.

    • Maybe some of them thought they were really helping humanity, but not all of them. Not the Salzmans, not Nicki Clyne, not former doctor Danielle Roberts. The were conniving and evil; they still are but smart enough to pretend otherwise.

  • Hard to feel for her lack of “knowledge “ of the situation with over $500,000 cash in your house! And I have not seen or heard any apologies- just blaming .

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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 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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