Lawyer: Nancy Salzman Knew Nothing About the Evil of Keith Raniere

MK10 ART's painting of Nancy Salzman with the snake like tongue

This is Part #3 of “Nancy, the Victim.” The lady who served and profited alongside Keith Raniere for 20 years – and who now claims to have known nothing about his true nature until after her arrest.

Attorney David Stern could teach a class on creative writing. Instead, he chose to be Nancy Salzman’s lawyer.

Nancy Salzman’s lawyer, David Stern, wrote in her sentencing memorandum that Nancy, “was never anything more than a tool for Raniere.”

Yes,  Nancy was noble and Raniere knew it. That’s why he did not tell her about DOS, not the ethically upright Prefect.

DOS brand

Stern writes, “When his depraved plan reached its crescendo in the creation of DOS, all of the members, including her daughter, Lauren, were ordered to keep it secret from Nancy, and they did.”

If Nancy had known, she would have quit on the spot, or would she?


Nancy Salzman with Sara Bronfman at V-Week 2017. After learning about DOS, she continued to stay and teach up until the day she was arrested.


When They Are Wrong, the Noble Admit It

Nancy in London with Sara Bronfman and students on an overseas teaching excursion.

Nancy was too noble to fight when in the wrong.

Stern writes, “She accepted responsibility, which broke a defense logjam and paved the way for all but the lead defendant to enter guilty pleas.”

MK10ART’s artwork of five of the Nxivm racketeers.

Stern wrote that Nancy “became the first defendant in the case to accept that many of the things she had been taught by Raniere were false, and that the man she had thought and had taught others was ‘infallible,’ was actually deeply flawed, and vicious to the core.”

Nancy Salzman looks down upon her vicious Vanguard.

“The consequence of these steps led her to plead guilty, notwithstanding the pressure and opprobrium directed at her by many former friends, including, of course, Raniere himself.”

Did Raniere heap opprobrium on her? He was in custody at MDC and not permitted to talk to her. How did he do that?


Nancy Saved Lauren

Nancy and Lauren Salzman

According to Stern, Nancy should be respected for saving Lauren.

Stern writes, “Her decision and genuine remorse for her wrongful conduct had ancillary benefit for the Court and justice system at large, because, following that guilty plea, others, most notably her daughter, Lauren, realized it was indeed possible to renounce Raniere, despite the many who still steadfastly remained faithful to him.”

Stern continued in his touching memorandum a yarn of familial love.

“After pleading guilty, Ms. Salzman made the decision to try to cooperate with the government. Nancy assisted where she could and provided information that helped the government to prepare. In addition, and perhaps more importantly, she encouraged Lauren to plead guilty and to assist the government.”

MK10ART’s painting of Nancy Salzman


Nobly Remorseful About Lauren

It is clear from the memorandum that Nancy wanted the judge to know she felt truly sorry, as any good mother would, for bringing her daughter Lauren into the horror cult.

MK10ART’s sketch of Nancy Salzman

Stern wrote, “She has struggled with the guilt of exposing Lauren to Raniere’s sadistic attentions.”

Though Nancy knew from early on that Raniere had moved on sexually from her to her daughter and that the lascivious lecher of Clifton Park told Nancy to never to have sex again with any other man, Nancy did not glean the slightest hint that Raniere was selfish, evil, depraved, or even a sex fiend.

She pushed the relationship forward between her innocent daughter and the man she only learned was a sex fiend after she was arrested.

As Stern writes, “while Nancy had led a full life prior to meeting Raniere, Lauren had not. She joined Nxivm at her mother’s urging, straight out of college. As a result, she has never had a normal relationship, a family of her own, or an adult social life. She knew only the twisted relationships and underlying belief systems as they relate to interaction between the sexes, of Raniere.”

Still, Nancy had no clue of the enormous evil of monstrous Raniere.

After her arrest, this woman, with the noblest sentiments of motherhood welling up in her breast, after encouraging a relationship with Raniere and her daughter for 15 years, advised Lauren that being in Raniere’s harem was not a good thing after all.

After 15 years of being promised a child, as Nancy watched her biological clock ticking for her daughter, Nancy never once said to her child — “Go, get a husband if you ever want to be a mother. This Raniere liar will never do what he promised.”

Stern writes of Nancy,  “She is responsible for the conditions under which Lauren has lived from the age of 21 to 41, and bears much responsibility for what her daughter was exposed to during that time, as well for her daughter’s arrest and felony convictions. Her guilt was greatly compounded by Lauren’s severe depression following her arrest. Nancy deeply believes that the pain to which her daughter has been exposed is entirely her fault and regrets her role in that debacle every day of her life.”

MK10 ART’s painting of Nancy with the snake-like tongue.


She Accepted Responsibility Though a Victim Herself

Greater than the guilty accepting responsibility is the innocent sacrificing for others. Such is Nancy Salzman.

How quick she was to accept responsibility, even when she was innocent. How fine it was of her to be first to step up onto the Plea Deal Bus.

The Plea Deal Bus: It may not be big, but those who get on first usually find the best seats.

Stern writes, “Nancy accepts responsibility for enabling the horrific crimes Raniere committed, even where she lacked any knowledge of their commission or nature.”

Blanket acceptance. Though she hadn’t the slightest clue of the evil Raniere did [she thought he was trying to create a more noble civilization], she will take the fall, will shoulder the burden.


“She herself feels the weight of responsibility for not making herself more aware of the enormity of what ‘Vanguard’ Raniere was doing at the helm of Nxivm, an entity that she had co-founded with him, and that was her life’s work.”

Such a noble lady. Innocent of wrongdoing herself she nevertheless accepted the full measure of responsibility.


Innocent of Crimes Too

Her lawyers explain that, though she pleaded guilty, despite being a victim, she is not guilty of anything more than loving too much and believing in goodness too strongly.

Nancy Salzman and Keith Raniere

Stern writes, “As to identity theft, while she herself lacked the technical ability to invade the on-line accounts of others, Nancy agreed between 2006 and 2008 that other Nxivm actors [the truly guilty ones] would invade the privacy of perceived critics of the company to try to stop them from continuing their criticisms of the company, or to gain unfair advantage over them in ongoing litigations.”

Nancy did not do any identity thefts, she merely did not stop others from following Raniere’s orders.

“For this wrongful conduct, she accepts responsibility.”

“Among Raniere’s unscrupulous business tactics [but not Nancy’s tactics] was the utilization of the great wealth of some of his followers [the Bronfman sisters] to hire lawyers to misuse the court system, and thereby intimidate those he considered to be his enemies.”

No, Nancy did not have a hand in conspiring to alter records turned over in civil discovery, but the lady “accepts responsibility for allowing others to alter video tapes.”

It was Raniere and Mark Vicente in June 2008 who altered videotapes and removed segments from them without having the videotapes appear altered.

“Clare Bronfman, together with another co-conspirator [not Nancy], helped Vicente with altering the videotapes to remove content, including segments in which Nancy Salzman made unsubstantiated health claims about Nxivm’s curriculum. These videotapes were then produced in discovery by Nxivm’s attorneys with the false claim that they were provided in ‘unedited fashion.’”

The Prefect did not do it.

Stern further explains, “The government has painted Nancy’s guilt… with too broad a brush by including her in the retention of the Canadian investigation company, Canaprobe…   Nancy was never aware of Canaprobe’s retention by Nxivm, and neither played any role in its retention or direction, and had no knowledge of any services they rendered, despite the fact that records, about which she was ignorant, were recovered in her home at the time of her arrest.”

In short, she did not do a damn thing other than doing what Raniere told her to do and she thought it was for the welfare of the world. How could anyone think she is guilty of anything?

MK10 Art – portrait of the lady whose birthday was known throughout NXIVM as “The Festival of Flowers”.


MK10ART’s painting of mother Nancy Salzman with her daughter Lauren Salzman.


MK10ART painting of Nancy Salzman, the first to take a plea deal, testifying against Nxivm – which, of course, never happened.
The original NXIVM defendants: Sketch by MK10ART.


Old Parent

After doing all this immense good, and suffering more than any victim, Nancy was arrested on July 24, 2018.

She led the charge to save the other defendants by pleading guilty.

This noble lady never stopped doing good. After her arrest, “the health of Nancy’s parents..  failed…  Nancy has dedicated herself to their care and to the mission of allowing them both the dream of dying in the home they have resided in for over 70 years, instead of in an institution. That goal was achieved with respect to her father, and his letter memorializes the eternal gratitude he felt toward his daughter shortly before his death. Nancy was at his side until the very end.

“Now Nancy cares for her mother, whose mental health has failed precipitously recently… Nancy’s mother is alone. She is frail and confused and looks to Nancy for her every need. Ms. Loshin is extremely anxious when she does not see her daughter and would be gravely impacted by her incarceration.”

Despite all of these compelling arguments, the judge sentenced Nancy to serve 42 months in Federal prison.

Viva Executive Success!


How Could Anyone Believe Nancy Knew Anything About Keith?

They can’t. She was completely deceived.

Keith Raniere and Nancy Salzman when they were newly partnered.

Sara Bronfman, Keith Raniere and Nancy Salzman


Keith Raniere and Nancy Salzman

Pam Cafritz, Nancy Salzman and Keith Raniere.


Vanguard [Keith Raniere] and Prefect [Nancy Salzman]

Keith Raniere has owned Nancy Salzman for years. But that ownership may now be rescinded.


When the Dalai Lama came to town, Mr. Raniere and Ms. Salzman attended together.

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  • She was complicit. She enjoyed profiting and I think she enjoyed the suffering of others. Especially the women. When she told his girlfriend, Toni Natalie, “You just don’t understand him do you?” I laughed and thought, oh, only the wise caterpillar does, right Nancy?! I call her that because she has those ridiculous caterpillar thick eyebrows early on in her life when she hooked up with Raniere.

    Clearly, she was in love with the idiot. Or she was in love with the money they made. She just sickens me with her pseudo-scientific bull shit. Oh, I am Nancy Salzman. I am the no. 2 NLP person in the WORLD! lol. Sweet baby Jesus tap-dancing Christ. It’s not scientific. It’s bull shit. It’s pseudoscience! These people just kill me. Lol. I see their crazy followers are still out there defending their “dear leader.” I mean really people? The internet facilitates these nut jobs. Well most of them are in prison, although I think some should have had a hell of a lot longer sentence. At least the main one is serving 120 years. These types never think they will get caught, the fact that he was allowed to do what he did as long as he did is troubling. I don’t know why with all the truly intelligent people we have, we can’t come up with some laws so those cults and wing nuts that run them can’t be shut down. We make it all too easy in this country. Do we have to have a mass suicide or worse have people on the outside of the cult hurt before we say, ok you fruitloops, no more of this!

  • Yup. Bullshit. Nancy knew everything there was to know about this guy whether she knew every sordid detail or not. She should be counting her lucky stars and very grateful to that judge who let her off so easy.

    She’s not to be faulted for wanting to help people and I don’t think so many would have followed her if she wasn’t at least somewhat good at that. But this woman saw other women, her peers, driven to the ground and stood steadfast in her role as prefect. She had her chances to turn away from keith but she did not.

    A mental health nurse should have seen the signs of abuse but she willfully turned a blind eye and stacked her home full of cash, instead. Worst of all? She brought her beautiful daughters to the feet of this sick man.

    I hope she can forgive herself someday.

    • Some Buddhists go on 3 year sabbaticals where they mostly sit alone in darkness meditating on the meaning of life. I could see Nancy possibly coming to a personal, karmic epiphany in such a scenario. It’s best, too, if one’s head is shaven in the fashion of Buddhist nuns. And, I expect, with Nancy’s prison chemo treatments, she won’t even have to shave. Yes, there is hope for justice, after all. …I know an old lady, who lived in the SHU…

  • Suneel has removed all the articles from his website except one.

    Nothing about EXIF data, Brian Booth, and claims of the Feds manufacturing evidence.

    What is the point? The Feds already have copies of all his posts and they are still here on the Frank Report.

    A certain little rat is running scared.

  • Imagine having Keith “The Vanfraud” Raniere and Nancy “The Preject” Sleazeman as your moral examples/guides/mentors in your life.

    • BenjiCarver-
      Yes, indeed it’s Kim Constable. It’s rumored that Suneel has a fetish for dirty booty, and desires to wipe Kim’s heinie. If she clenches her butt cheeks, she’ll rip his hands off.

      • ROFLMAO! And he’s gonna need those hands, at least one, where he’s heading. Run, Sunny boy, but you cannot hide. Trust me on that.

  • “After pleading guilty, Ms. Salzman made the decision to try to cooperate with the government. Nancy assisted where she could and provided information that helped the government to prepare.”

    If Nancy knew nothing, how could she assist with any info? Sounds more like she ‘vetted’ the info so her daughter would not blurt out anything that would incriminate Mommy dearest. Nancy needs to do a whole lot of EMs on herself.

  • The shoeboxes stuffed with half a million dollars hidden in her house paint a very different picture of this woman.

    She was instrumental in setting up and running the criminal organization that was Nxivm. Raniere got 120 years, she should have gotten at least 18. That’s a mere15%

  • Yet another day has passed and still no other news outlet has reported on Vanguard’s latest lawsuit against Starz.

    Unless there is some new outrage that is going to crawl out of the closet, no one is paying attention other than those of us still here.

    • Frank Report is the ONLY platform for these arrant nxivm liars. Aside from their [ex-nxivm] sorry selves, I think this angle fascinates Nice Guy and Alonzo. So thats at least a couple of handfuls of avid reader interest. That’s all that matters.

  • Congressman Madison Cawthorn, who lied about being accepted to the Naval Academy and is accused of sexual harassment, made a misogynistic rallying cry reminiscent of Vanguard: “Complaining that “our culture today is trying to completely demasculate all the young men,” Rep. Madison Cawthorn issues a plea to parents: “If you are raising a young man, please raise them to be a monster.”

  • A reasonable attorney with any morals or ethics could never write such a deranged assessment of his client’s conduct over 20yrs.

    To accept and assist her lover in seducing and romancing her daughter is just disgusting, no matter what age.

    Did she ever have a threesome?

    You know KAR would have wanted that – and pictures. Mother and Daughter together.

    A half-million in cash in her home and she didn’t know what she was doing was illegal?

    The only question I have is what did she have so valuable that the DOJ went easy on her.

    I wonder if the judge will continue to go along with the DOJ or get tough on her.

    • That’s a very good question, is it S Todd — is that Sweeney Todd, or what? Perhaps, the prosecutor appointed and paid by the US specifically to investigate public corruption of Albany (and thereabouts) Government officials could offer a few clues. When he’s not busy writing letters of recommendation for Teny Gregaros to join the prosecution “team.” Kevin Trowel still on the job? Or on his honeymoon in the Greek Islands with the baby sharkette, pedo-peddler?

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.” In addition, 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 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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