Part 1: Long-Suffering Nancy Salzman – the Only Pure Person in NXIVM! (According to Salzman)

Nancy Salzman

The sentencing memorandum for Nancy Salzman was filed under seal on August 30th by her attorneys, David Stern and Robert Soloway. It was authored by Stern.

The judge required the Prefect, as she is known to her followers, to publicly file the memorandum. The lawyers did as instructed on September 7th, one day before sentencing, but curiously they kept 39 letters of support under seal until after sentencing, which occurred on September 8th.

Salzman, who was sentenced to 42 months for racketeering conspiracy, admitted to two racketeering acts:

  1. conspiring to commit identity theft
  2. conspiring to alter court records in a federal civil proceeding.

Before we look at some of the 39 letters, let us look at the memorandum.  Stern points out that the racketeering acts for which she was convicted of occurred over a decade ago when she was under the thrall of Keith Raniere, a sadist, cruel, vicious to the core, humiliating, punishing, depraved sex fiend whom Nancy thought was the most ethical, noble and intelligent man in the world.

Nancy’s lawyer, David Stern, spun a tale for Nancy Salzman. But don’t blame him. That’s what he is paid to do.

She wrongly believed that whatever she did on his behalf was for the greater good,” Stern wrote.

The arguments in the memorandum, written to persuade the judge to give her a lenient sentence, preferably home arrest or probation, are simple:

  1. Raniere made her do it.
  2. She bravely pleaded guilty once she realized Raniere was bad.
  3. She was first among the six NXIVM defendants to do so, leading the way for the government to get others to plead guilty.
  4. She persuaded her daughter, Lauren, to do likewise.
  5. She takes care of her elderly mother.
  6. She took care of her father until the day he died.
  7.  Every bone, down to the marrow, in Nancy’s body is made of unalloyed pure gold [bless her heart].

Her lawyer gave the judge a little history of the grand lady of NXIVM.

  1. Nancy graduated from New Jersey’s Muhlenberg Hospital School of Nursing in 1975.
  2. She “accepted a nursing position” at St. Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury, Connecticut.
  3. She gave birth to her daughter, Lauren, one year later.
  4. She developed an interest in bio- feedback and neuro-linguistic programming.
  5.  In 1991, she separated from her first husband, Michael, a physician. Her daughters were 14 and 11.
  6. In 1992, she married Edward Pike.
  7. Throughout the 1990s, she owned a private center that treated people suffering from chronic pain.
  8. She got offers to train staff from Children’s Hospital at Albany Medical Center, the New York State Department of Criminal Justice, American Express, Saint Cabrini Nursing Home, and the New York State Department of Health.
  9. She separated from Pike in 1997 and was later divorced.
  10. In 1997, Salzman received a contract to provide staff training to Consolidated Edison.

This wonderful woman was on the verge of huge career success, but, yet, after two divorces, “her self-esteem was at one of the lowest ebbs of her life.”

Then she met Raniere.

In the sentencing memorandum, Stern writes that Raniere, “offered to help her find solutions to some of the problems which she had been hired to solve, including some questions that confronted her in her Con Edison project” and that randy, young devil, “almost immediately…began an intimate physical relationship” with Nancy, which, as her lawyer was quick to point out, was “initiated by him.”

It was almost as if she had no choice, or shall we call it “agency,” in the matter despite being six years older than him.

Why did she do it?  “Because she felt desperate for love and respect, [so] she went along,” her lawyers wrote.

This randy rapscallion swept sweet Nancy off her feet.


Keith Raniere and Nancy Salzman when they first set out to create Executive Success in 1998. She was there every step of the way and he was after all a godlike creature.


Keith Raniere and Nancy Salzman when they were newly partnered in 1998. Poor Nancy she took the fall for this demonic entity.

Raniere Made Her Do It

As the memorandum narrates, “Nancy Salzman is a 66 year old woman who for most of the past twenty years has been fooled, controlled, humiliated, and ultimately led to engage in criminal conduct by an egotistical, self-important, sex fiend who told all who would listen about his (fake) solution for mankind’s problems.”

An egotistical, self-important, sex fiend, and his deceived victim. Nancy Salzman knew naught of Keith Raniere’s evil. Her judgment was neutralized, her lawyer wrote.

“Raniere exploited her,” Stern wrote, ” …  pretending to be someone he never was -­ namely, a seeker for universal good, gifting the world his ‘new ethical understanding’ that would allow ‘humanity to rise to its noble possibility…The only goal Raniere ever really pursued was what was best for him.”

“Raniere’s undeniable powers of control over the human will of certain people and uncanny ability to neutralize the judgment of these individuals, took Ms. Salzman on a terrible decades-long journey,” Stern continued.

It was pure hell for Salzman.

Everywhere she went, she was hailed as the Prefect. She had a clothing budget of some $40,000 per year. She made a neat six-figure salary, traveled around the world teaching, was accorded the highest respect by her high net worth students, and regarded by adoring students as a person of wisdom and inner power. At every class of NXIVM around the world,  her photograph was on display, right next to the Vanguard. All gave her tribute. Students would vie to run her errands and clean her house. She always had gophers and assistants and her word was considered sacrosanct, next only to Raniere in its inestimable value.

It was a rough life.

The Bronfman sisters paid her thousands per hour for sessions and bought her millions of dollars in real estate titled in her name, She kept hundreds of thousands, if not millions, in cash at her home.

She suffered for decades.

All told about $520,000 was found in Nancy’s home.


Nancy [Prefect] Salzman cuts the ribbon opening up the Mexico NXIVM center. Alex Betancourt [l] and Emiliano Salinas [R].
Nancy always had a seat of honor wherever they appeared publicly. Here she is at the Dalai Lama lecture. 


Even Pamela Cafritz, whom Raniere said was his number one life partner, said two seats away at Vanguard Week.  The seat besides Vanguard was, of course, reserved for Prefect.


She had reserved parking at NXIVM headquarters because she was the top-ranking person in the organization.


Vanguard [Keith Raniere] and Prefect [Nancy Salzman] during a happier time, when the two were working in tandem to teach the world a new visionary method of critical thinking they called Rational Inquiry. But for the irrational pecker of the founder and a cauterizing pen, they might be still doing so today.
As for Raniere, he was so mean to Nancy that when she failed to act as he commanded, “correction… took the form of gratuitous abuse and public humiliation.”

He “enlisted the whole community in his punishments” even pitting her own daughter against her.

Nancy [left] stood by and silently watched as Vanguard dumped her and starting an intimate relationship with her daughter Lauren. But she saw no evil in the man.
“Lauren… would often be tasked [by Raniere] with confronting her mother about her breaches, and to encourage her to acknowledge Raniere’s near infallibility.”

Then there was the endless dieting.

Nancy was put on a low calorie diet yet “no matter how thin she became, she was never thin enough.”

Nancy Salzman teaching students in class. She was almost, but not quite thin enough for the Vanguard.

Raniere cut her off from his magical sex energies too.

“After meeting all of Raniere’s demands, she was told without explanation that he would not continue a physical relationship with her. Although he refused her a physical relationship, he did not want her to have intimate relationships with others, claiming that doing so ‘was not in her best interest.’”

Still, she stayed.

“Nancy’s devotion to Raniere was such that she accepted his orders and has had no romantic relationship for the past twenty years.”

Nancy Salzman’s devotion to Raniere was great.


Slide from V-Week shown to students.

Another slide from V-Week.


Nancy Salzman, with the executive board of NXIVM: Mark Vicente, Alex Betancourt,, Karen Unterreiner, Clare Bronfman, Lauren Salzman and Emiliano Salinas .

Stay tuned for Part 2 of Nancy, the Victim, Salzman.

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2 years ago

How’s the civil case going? Trace the money trail. It’s all in the family … or was. Probably muled by now…

2 years ago

A couple of things:

—She bravely pleaded guilty once she realized Raniere was bad,

How is pleading guilty brave, when you know you’re guilty and facing 20 years, plus your co-defendant took photos of a 15 year old girl, he was molesting?

—Nancy’s devotion to Raniere was such that she accepted his orders and has had no romantic relationship for the past twenty years.”

The exception being — banging her dentist!

Aristotle’s Sausage
Aristotle’s Sausage
2 years ago

Thank you, Frank, for cutting through the bullshit.

The same reasoning applies to several other of these women who promoted this criminal enterprise for years, committed serious felonies, then claimed victimhood, and got extremely light sentences.

“…for most of the past twenty years [she] has been fooled, controlled, humiliated, and ultimately led to engage in criminal conduct by an egotistical, self-important, sex fiend who told all who would listen about his (fake) solution for mankind’s problems.”

This is laughable excuse-making. “I was misled” they declare, working up a few tears of self-pity. These women who deserve 15 and 20-year sentences for their racketeering and conspiracy convictions walked away with two and three-year slaps on the wrist. “I have reformed”. “I’m really sorry.” “It wasn’t my fault.”

It was their fault, Raniere couldn’t have done it without them, they knew what they were doing. Several of these women (some who were never charged) were clearly guilty of sex trafficking. Several should never have been offered plea deals and should now be serving 20 and 30 year prison terms.

2 years ago

I’m not guaranteeing I’m correct, but I honestly believe that everything in this article and in the sentencing memorandum are true. I realize there is sarcasm and eye-rolling when Nancy’s perks of being Prefect are juxtaposed with her claim of being a victim. I also realize I’m in the minority – but I think it is all true. I don’t think there is mutual exclusivity going on.

What I really want to know is, what do Karen U and Kristin K think? I’d guess they agree with me. But if they don’t, I’ll change my opinion to align with them.

2 years ago
Reply to  Nutjob

Introducing the world’s greatest apologist…
Sir Nut Job!

At this very moment Joe O’Hara, Frank and all of the rest us, are rolling our collective eyes, and quoting Chris Rock……
“[redacted] please!”

2 years ago
Reply to  Anonymous

Why was “[redacted] please” censored?

(Click on the link below)

Warning and Disclaimer:
If you happen to be a white women and/or practice yoga — do not click on the link! Everyone else please proceed forward:

2 years ago
Reply to  Nutjob

Nut Job-Boohoo! Boohoo!

Kristin Keefe, mother of Keith’s oldest son, says shut the [redacted] up!

Kim Snyder says [redacted] you!

Kristen Snyder, from heaven, says [redacted] you dumb, pussy-ass, mother- fucker, shut, the fuck up!

Joe O’Hara says, “STFU!”

Nice Guy says, “STFU!”

Bangkok says, “STFU!”

PS: Kristen Kreuk is too busy hiding from Sultan of Six to tell you to “STFU!”

Nice Guy
Nice Guy
2 years ago
Reply to  Nutjob

Keep on defending the world’s most odious woman!

2 years ago
Reply to  Nice Guy

Is that you telling me to STFU? If yes, F-you and your pussy-azz anon camo. If no, what is your problem with what I typed?

2 years ago
Reply to  Nutjob

Okay, I’m a puzzy-azz.

Nice Guy
Nice Guy
2 years ago
Reply to  Nutjob

Nut Job-

I find you defending Nancy irksome solely because she’s a bad person

I’ll stop lambasting you.

My hunch is Nancy and you have [redacted] crock-potting.

Have a great night!

Sneaky, Slinking Whisperer
Sneaky, Slinking Whisperer
2 years ago

“The devil made me do it.”

Anyone who knows anything about the theology of the Abrahamic faiths will tell you that this excuse will not “fly” in front of God. The devil has no power over you. He simply invites and you accept his invitation. Therefore, you cannot blame him, but only yourselves.

Satan deceives, manipulates, and mixes truth with falsehood. Satan is not straightforward. And when he promises, he fails to fulfill his promise. So if you do this, then guess who you’re like…

2 years ago

Ah yet another gullible soul who falls for the God/Satan delusion.

2 years ago
Reply to  Anonymous

It makes more sense than the delusion of the magical “god” of accident and time “evolving” life and us from a primordial soup. Now that’s some utterly grand bullshyte.

2 years ago
Reply to  Anonymous

After some extreme right-wing lunacy, now we have the evangelicals weigh in on the FR. Great.

I can’t prove that there is no God and the believers can’t prove that there is a God.

So, let’s focus our attention on the main subject of the FR.

2 years ago
Reply to  StevenJ

It is impossible to prove a negative.

Logic 101 fail.

“the believers can’t prove that there is a God”

You have the truth right in front of your eyes, but you refuse to see it.

A world without a God is so relaxing once you open your mind to it.

Breathe. Breathe in the air. Don’t be afraid to care.

About the Author

Frank Parlato is an investigative journalist.

His work has been cited in hundreds of news outlets, like The New York Times, The Daily Mail, VICE News, CBS News, Fox News, New York Post, New York Daily News, Oxygen, Rolling Stone, People Magazine, The Sun, The Times of London, CBS Inside Edition, among many others in all five continents.

His work to expose and take down NXIVM is featured in books like “Captive” by Catherine Oxenberg, “Scarred” by Sarah Edmonson, “The Program” by Toni Natalie, and “NXIVM. La Secta Que Sedujo al Poder en México” by Juan Alberto Vasquez.

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

Additionally, Parlato’s coverage of the group OneTaste, starting in 2018, helped spark an FBI investigation, which led to indictments of two of its leaders in 2023.

Parlato appeared on the Nancy Grace Show, Beyond the Headlines with Gretchen Carlson, Dr. Oz, American Greed, Dateline NBC, and NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, where Parlato conducted the first-ever interview with Keith Raniere after his arrest. This was ironic, as many credit Parlato as one of the primary architects of his arrest and the cratering of the cult he founded.

Parlato is a consulting producer and appears in TNT's The Heiress and the Sex Cult, which premiered on May 22, 2022. Most recently, he consulted and appeared on Tubi's "Branded and Brainwashed: Inside NXIVM," which aired January, 2023.

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