“I had to read it three times before it sunk in.”
THE DOS GENIE WAS OUT OF THE BOTTLE
“On June 5, 2017, Frank Parlato revealed the existence of DOS on the Frank Report. The news sent shock waves through the NXIVM community. Keith hemmed and hawed, denying that he had knowledge of the society at all. It was his most devoted concubines who started it and ran it, and what was he supposed to do about it? Some Nxians believed him. Crucially, many others did not. Within the top-down framework of NXIVM, it was simply not possible that Vanguard could have been unaware of DOS. It was far more likely that the whole sordid affair was his idea.”
“Vice News did a profile of Frank Parlato, where he appears in all his eccentric glory. The DOS genie was out of the bottle.”
Her co-writer on the book, Chet Hardin, wrote, “Toni has always said that there were three things that Keith Raniere never anticipated: the Internet, a mother’s love, [Catherine Oxenberg] and Frank Parlato. With his upstate media empire, Frank Parlato achieved more than any single outlet could have in the fight to bring Keith Raniere to justice. It is not hyperbole to say Keith wouldn’t have seen his day in court without the Frank Report.”
But since then, after she wrote kindly of me and I wrote favorably of her, she chose to attack me during the trial of Raniere, and I returned the criticism.
Toni has made it clear repeatedly she does not like me. While always busy promoting her book, she has taken to promoting a website that is focused on NXIVM – and that, from time to time, features me, but always unfavorably, I am told.
“John communicated sporadically with Keith for years, always trying to negotiate my freedom—as he’d done when I left back in 1999. But this was not a fight among equals. NXIVM had unlimited resources, while ours were tapped out. Keith was surrounded by a coven of brainwashed witches who would fly hither and yon at his command. My brother was desperate, exhausted, financially ruined, and mentally broken. He was taking strong medications to treat angina and hypertension. He was drinking too much. And he was in regular contact with Keith all through the winter. There were emails, phone calls, even a personal visit from Vanguard’s fixer, Kristin Keeffe. The autopsy lists the cause of death as suicide by a lethal combination of metoprolol and diltiazem, John’s heart medications.
“I thought about my brother, so damaged, so empathic, and wondered what fucked-up messages Keith had communicated to him in months days leading up to his death….. How many more lives would Vanguard claim before he was stopped?”
This sounds horrifying for a woman who says she had to give up her son, went bankrupt for eight years, was in constant litigation for 20 years, and, on top of that, lost her brother to suicide – all because of Raniere.
According to people who knew him, John Natalie was not the type to kill himself. Two sources with knowledge of John’s communications with others told me that John, on occasion, proposed business opportunities to Raniere, which Raniere declined. This is not likely the act of someone determined to protect his sister from a monster.
While Natalie said John was in email communications with Raniere shortly before his death – which Toni claimed was proof of Raniere’s gaslighting influence, Bouchey said that she reviewed the email account of John Natalie and did not find any recent communications with Raniere or Keeffe.
Did John Die of a Heart Condition?
One of the Natalie family friends told me that everyone knew John died of a heart attack. While failing to state the cause of death, his obituary reads, “Contributions may be made to the American Heart Association”.
Why would the family suggest contributions be made to the American Heart Association if John committed suicide? Wouldn’t it have been better to seek donations to suicide prevention or mental health?
I spoke with John’s girlfriend of 20 years – Lisa LoPresti – who was with John the day he died. I asked her if John committed suicide.
Lisa said, “Absolutely not. He didn’t commit suicide. I have his autopsy report. He died of Afib.”
[Afib stands for atrial fibrillation. It is a quivering or irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) that can lead to blood clots, stroke, heart failure, and other heart-related complications.]
Lisa continued, “He called his doctor when he didn’t feel good that morning. He died in the evening.”
Toni says he killed himself.
“It’s absolutely not true,” Lisa said. “John didn’t want to die. He thought he could ride it out. He was basically having a heart attack the whole day.”
Why did Toni say it was suicide?
Lisa seemed angry when she said, “John didn’t talk to his sister in over two years. She doesn’t know what happened.”
Natalie closes her book with a mention of John’s death. She writes, “After my brother died in 2009…. I got a tattoo of a favorite expression of John’s, a spin on Aeschylus. I think of that quote, and of my brother, as I leave the courtroom for the last time: ‘In war, truth is the first casualty… but not this time.’”
“Both my mother and father died weeks apart, thinking you were going to be putting me in jail. My brother John, you remember him, don’t you? He fought very hard to stop you. He was right, you are the boogeyman.”
A month earlier, on Sept. 30, 2020, at the sentencing of Clare Bronfman, Natalie was more explicit.
She said, “my brother, a brother who I lost on March 12, 2009, to an apparent suicide, according to the autopsy, my brother was in communications with Keith, as explained to me in heart-wrenching detail. John was desperate to stop the ongoing litigation that was destroying our family, pulling us apart. I don’t believe my brother woke up that day and decided to take his own life. I believe people who die, deal with this type of relentless pursuit, do things to ease the pain, you drink, you take drugs, you over medicate, you stop caring for yourself as you should.”
Here, Natalie presents a kind of hybrid – John did not commit suicide – for that requires intent – but the autopsy report lists him as a suicide.
This is something John’s girlfriend disputes.
Glazer Provides Evidence
Glazer however forwarded to me something Natalie likely forwarded to him – a “cut and paste” of a portion of her brother’s autopsy that purportedly states John committed suicide.
Name: John A Natalie Date of Birth: 11/11/1952
Manner of Death: Suicide Age: 56 Years
Cause of Death: Combined effects of metoprolol and diltiazem
Did Keith Raniere Save Toni Natalie?
August 21, 2019
Do you have the death certificate to prove truth here? Do you have documentation to prove that you’re correct?
You didn’t have Kris’ – paper does NOT make it what it is without a legal signature and the state seal – don’t you know that? Will hope you will get out of her room.
Please call me back- damming evidence against the Clifford woman – trying to reach you – please call me back ASAP.
Toni told us 2 years ago- that her brother committed suicide – but a female came forward and said she knew he had died of heart ❤️ problems – don’t know who she was – was an anonymous call to me @ 2 am one morning.
Toni still insists that Kris was born in Texas – she was NOT – she was born in Florida – on December 14,1967. Toni is so sure on everything – even the false claim that mom did 0 to help Kris when she claimed to be responsible for the “Challenger disaster” That was a made up “LIE”- mom knew 0 about Kris saying that – another Toni Na-ta- lie -!!!!!!!
Now Toni is writing another book? Oh goodness – what now ? Lol 😂-!!!!!!
Have tried to call you and email – nothing back from you – hmmmmm-!!!!!
Very good story on Toni- Nat-a-lie-
She placed a comment on Facebook about Kris weeks ago – but wasn’t smart enough to sign her name to it. I grabbed it – and hours later, it was gone-
Feeling sorry for our family – Justice for Kris and plain garbage – then went into the discussion of her next book, to place the light back on herself.
I have texted her and let her know, I know it was her, and that she is NOT the fall of NXIVM – as she claimed on Facebook- let her know she is NOT part of the investigation, and she can stop lying.
Hours later, she removed the comment.
Thought I would share this with you.
Thanks Kim, good info.
Maybe I’m mistaken but I would have thought that an autopsy report would use the full name of the deceased person and not a middle initial.
Toni Natalie is a scam artist. I believe it’s the one thing Frank, Keith, her ex-husband, her late parents, and her ex-boyfriends can all agree on; and maybe even the entire world. 😉
Vanguard got a long sentence – but not as long as this cult leader!
Re: Turkish “cult leader”; I wonder if The NY Times still stands by this: tldr: he was a target of the ultra-conservative govt
Thank you for sharing! “one woman who says she was ‘made to have a nose job WITHOUT anaesthetic'”!
EDUCO have boasted of similar (pinning ears back on a member) on Irish television https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q_V_qfrOy6Q
February 10, 2022
Hon. Eric R. Komitee
United States District Judge
Eastern District of New York
225 Cadman Plaza East
Brooklyn, New York 11201
Courtroom: 6G North
Re: Edmondson, et aL v. Raniere, et aL, l:20-CV-00485-EK-CLP
Hon. Eric R. Komitte:
I just saw Mr. Glazer’s request for an emergency status conference (Dkt. #140). I have no opinion on whether an emergency status conference is necessary.
I am writing to correct an error Mr. Glazer made while representing a social media post that 1made. Mr. Glazer said that I posted on Sarah Edmondson’s public Facebook page. I didn’t post
on her page, I posted on a common acquaintance’s page (Exhibit A). Maybe this distinction doesn’t matter because I linked her name to my comment. I don’t know. I will describe what I
did and my intent.
A common acquaintance of Ms. Sarah Edmondson’s and mine posted links on his Facebook page to a recently released podcast (“A Little Bit Culty”) by Plaintiffs Sarah Edmondson and Anthony (“Nippy”) Ames. Ms. Edmondson and Mr. Ames are married and have been profiting
in the media off of their new expertise on cults. Their guest on the podcast was Plaintiff Mark Vicente. The three Plaintiffs spoke in two episodes for about two hours about their NXIVM stories, some of them fabricated, related to this civil complaint. Mark Vicente was a board
member for NXIVM and co-owner of two Executive Success Programs centers. Sarah Edmondson was a co-owner of an Executive Success Programs center. Nippy Ames was a professional coach in Executive Success Programs and a leader in a men’s organization that was part of NXIVM. The Plaintiffs have extensively told their partially fabricated stories in multiple media outlets, including an HBO entertainment series starring them (Dkt. 88-2).
Ms. Edmondson wrote on our common acquaintance’s Facebook page “Thank you.” This was in response to a positive comment from our acquaintance and, I suspect, for sharing her podcast on social media. I responded to her “Thank you,” with the following: “Sarah Edmondson, why are you suing me for racketeering, forced labor, forced sexual slavery, sex trafficking, human trafficking, and peonage? It looks like a joke, but this is very serious. When I applied for a medical license, they had a state prosecutor in the room because of these very serious charges.”
(Exhibit A, names and photos of non-involved (I think) parties redacted).
I wrote this question to Ms. Edmondson for a few reasons. First, I don’t know if she is aware that she is suing me for these charges. I knew Sarah for almost her whole time in Executive Success Programs, close to 12 years. Our children played together. It surprises me that she would make such egregious claims against me. The First Amended Complaint (“FAG”) is so long, maybe she didn’t read the whole thing. My concern that Ms. Edmondson might not be fully aware of the specifics of her complaints against me also arose because I am aware that Jane Doe 51 asked to be removed from the suit before the FAC was filed on August 13, 2021. For some reason, she: wasn’t removed from the complaint until November 5, 2021. This misrepresentation may have been a clerical error, but it suggested to me that there may be some confusion between Plaintiffs and Plaintiffs’ counsel elsewhere in this (not so) civil action. Second, 1 wanted Sarah Edmondson and our common friends to see that the Plaintiffs are making preposterous claims against me and the other defendants. Maybe I made an error in doing so. I was thinking that this was a public forum and that my question to Ms. Edmondson would be supported by the First Amendment. I made this assumption based upon the three above-mentioned Plaintiffs’ decisions to release a podcast talking about the narrative that brought us to this civil action… while their civil action was in process. I suspected, and support, that they had a First Amendment right to do so… even if their stories included lies… lies that might, unfortunately, stand to enrich the plaintiffs even more than their multiple media deals have already. These Plaintiffs made a significant amount of money (likely millions of dollars, together) in the NXIVM companies they are now calling a cult, they are making money taking down their former friends in the media, and now, they are seeking even more money in this court. I was hoping to speak to Sarah’s conscience and the terrible reality that she is accusing me and her former friends of racketeering, forced labor, forced sexual slavery, sex trafficking, human trafficking, and peonage.
In my opinion, if Ms. Edmondson is actually threatened by the question I posed to her on Facebook, it might be a sign that she is feeling threatened by her conscience. Or, perhaps she is scared that her false narratives will tumble down. I don’t know. She is well-aware that 1 am non-violent, and continue to be so, despite sustaining significant abuse from the entertainment “docuseries” and podcasts she and other Plaintiffs participated in and created.
I state that all of the information described above is true.
/s/Brandon B. Porter
Brandon B. Porter
Cc: All Counsel by ECF
Based on Brandon Porter’s own conduct, it’s highly probable that he is an active member of the “name the plaintiffs” and harass them all cabal.
Dr Brandon Porter wrote:
It does look like a joke.
How did Dr Brandon Porter do those things to Sarah Edmonson?
As Nicki Clyne pointed out in her motion to dismiss, Sarah made money on all Nicki’s purchases in NXIVM.
How did Nicki or Dr Porter cause Sarah to engage in forced labor?
I’ve never seen such a mess.
How is anyone suppose to take this seriously?
—It does look like a joke.
If you happen to be unhinged then – yes – it looks like a joke. It makes me wonder…
Whose more unhinged, Whacky Porter or Mr. RingDings?
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP
801 17th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006
Direct Line: 202.639.7040
February 14, 2022
The Honorable Eric R. Komitee
United States District Court
Eastern District of New York
225 Cadman Plaza East
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Re: Edmondson, et al. v. Raniere, et al., 1:20-cv-00485-EK-CLP
Dear Judge Komitee:
We represent Ms. Sara Bronfman in the above-captioned action. We write in response to the Court’s February 11, 2022 minute order insofar as it directs the defendants to appear in person at a conference to be held on February 17, 2022. ECF No. 141. Ms. Sara Bronfman lives
outside of the United States and has not been in the United States since January 2019. She is unable to attend the conference in light of COVID-related travel restrictions, including the Health and Safety Protocols of the Eastern District of New York. However, Fried Frank
attorneys will appear in person on Ms. Sara Bronfman’s behalf at the February 17 conference.
We note that Ms. Sara Bronfman has no knowledge or involvement in the matters outlined in plaintiffs’ February 4, 2022 and February 10, 2022 letters. ECF Nos. 136, 140. Those filings do not claim otherwise. In addition, as the Court is aware, Ms. Sara Bronfman has
not taken any position regarding the motion of certain plaintiffs to proceed pseudonymously in this action.
/s/ James D. Wareham
James D. Wareham (pro hac vice)
cc: All parties appearing, via ECF
February 11, 2022
Danielle Roberts, DO, MS
Honorable Eric R. Komitee
United States District Judge Eastern District of New York 225 Cadman Plaza East Brooklyn,
New York 11201 Courtroom: 6G North
Re: Edmondson, et al. v. Raniere, et al., 1:20-CV-00485-EK-CLP
Dear Judge Koinitee:
I am writing in response to Mr. Glazers letter (Dkt. 136 & 140) requesting for an order of protection for anonymous plaintiffs.
I echo Ms. Clyne’s request “to reveal the names of the 59 individuals who, in his letter (Dkt.136), he claims are prepared to use their full names”, in addition to the dozen left unnamed. It is important to know who is suing me, and if I’m interacting with someone who is doing so under guise. In addition, it is important to me that accusations in this country, especially those as serious as this, are made in good faith and full responsibility is taken by those choosing to make them.
I will, of course, defer to your authority and respect any order you choose to put in place
/s/ Danielle Roberts
February 13, 2022
Brandon B. Porter
Hon. Eric R. Komitee
United States District Judge
Eastern District of New York
225 Cadman Plaza
East Brooklyn, New York 11201
Courtroom: 6G North
Re: Edmondson, ct al. v. Ranfere, et al., 1:20-CV-00485-EK-CLP
Hon. Eric R. Komitte:
The next Status Conference is scheduled for February 17, 2021.1 am asking if I may attend the Status Conference remotely via teleconference or by videoconference. I live in central Iowa and travel to the court will incur substantial expense in time and money for me and
my family (over $1000 for travel, expenses, and accommodations). 1 can share with you my current finances if necessary. The malicious allegations within this suit significantly contributed to the difficulty I experience finding and keeping gainful employment and financially supporting my family.
/s/ Brandon B. Porter
Brandon B. Porter
Cc: All Counsel by ECF
Brandon Porter is asking for special accommodations. Lol
Yet Brandon Porter let Suneel Chakravorty have his and his assistant text & Whats App messages with the names of the Jane & John Does in the illegal research NXIVM, Raniere, Bronfman, and Porter preform.
He was fired from his job at the hospital he worked at and lost his medical license over his behavior and actions while working for NXIVM.
Now he acts as immature as he did with this lawsuit as he did with NXIVM in this lawsuit.
He isn’t stupid. He made it through medical school and he got his PhD in medical research.
Porter knew what it took to undertake a legal research project, but cut corners based on the advice and guidance he got from Raniere, Salzman and Bronfman.
Salzman was hands-on with the Tourette’s project.
Let’s hope this Judge holds Porter’s feet to the fire since it was him who gave the NXIVM Five the information to figure out who the Jane and John Does were.
Michele Hatchette said she knew who they were when she made threats to release their names if they didn’t come forward. Now, we know how she knew. Brandon Porter gave her and the rest of the NXIVM five the evidence.
What a bunch of idiots and misfits.
Point of order – PDFs can be cut & pasted from. I do it all the time, every day, in fact.
After reading the article and having my memory refreshed with the old article headlines, there is one clear thing that needs to be researched and reported on: What’s up with keith playing the woman as Toni sucked on his nipples? So many questions…
– Other than lying on his back and getting his nips suckled, how did he play the woman?
– Did he shave his nips, or was Toni suckling on hairy nips?
– If hairy (like his hot chest and the pink canoes of his harem), did the hair ever act as dental floss or get stuck her teeth?
– Can Kristin Keeffe and Karen U confirm than keith enjoyed feeding the ladies with fake nipple milk?
– Did kinky Pam Cafritz ever partake in tandem nipple suckling of vanguard?
– While keith was playing the woman, was role playing involved? Would he wear a brassiere? Lipstick? Shave his funny little legs?
– We know keith would never ASK for an anal probe. Did he ASK for nipple licks?
In all honesty, I have always thought there is a very real chance that Keith will eventually transition to female in prison.
Maybe not while Keith still thinks there’s any hope of leaving incarceration.
But it really would not surprise me.
All these questions and more, will be answered on… the next episode of…SOAP.
Or would that we be SOAPy nipples? SOP nipples? That’s the one.
Funny stuff, Nutjob.
This probably explains it. Vanguard was simply trying to improve the well-being of his students by letting them drink the healthiest food on the planet. The only thing better than mother’s milk is Vanguard’s milk.
We only heard Toni’s version of the nipple sucking. Can we depend on its veracity?
If Kristin Keeffe caused Toni’s brother to kill himself, she was only doing what Keith ordered her to do. She’s a victim who will have to live with that guilt.
I’m triggered by these stories. I thought we were done.
Accusations against ‘cults’ are cheap. One should always seek, or ask for, evidence.
Otherwise, the most serious accusations which do have evidence to support them get drowned out by the hysterical ones which don’t.
With so many screaming ninnies, law enforcement rolls its eyes, throws up its hands, and walks away.
This is one of the reasons why David Miscavige, the head of Scientology, has never been successfully indicted and sits atop a 3 billion dollar tax exempt cult, still doing whatever he wants to scientologists. People allowed themselves to become distracted onto the most sensational accusations that have no evidence, and let the most serious crimes, which do have evidence, fall away.
Scientology operatives know this dynamic very well, and use this prestidigitation to their advantage.
Don’t be a screeching ninnie.
Rely on evidence before you decide to believe an accusation against a “cult”.
Why not ask Suneel, Clyne, Hachette, or Chung to prove they have the world changing evidence they’ve been claiming to have and reveal for years now? You broke ass, small dick hypocrite.
I’m glad you have a sense of humor about being a loser.
School photos are often taken in the preceeding school year. “Dropping out” of school isn’t completely linear. It usually starts before the student actually leaves education and never comes back.
Disengaging and missing classes put the teenager behind. Prompting more absences. The powers that be then try to re-engage the student.
Can you PLEASE report on the Starz response to Marc Elliot’s lawsuit?
Frank can’t do that. He is getting a kick back by the NXIVM Five. Haven’t you noticed there are no more ads on the Frank Report?
The only money Frank gets anymore is from the NXIVM 5 to post what they want about NXIVM.