More Intel on Amazing Swami Who Strangles, Beats and Trains Women for Gang-Bangs

Since the publication of Bat-Wielding Swami Sent Woman to Gang-Bang, I have received calls and emails. The two women mentioned in the story were identified by people who knew them – first and last names and photos.

Others have spoken out about their experiences. A private detective hired by a relative of one woman shared his insights.

Michael Shoemaker, AKA Swami Chetanananda is now in his seventies.

He moved from his mansion in Portland with 61 bedrooms to a smaller but still expansive hermitage in Gold Beach, Oregon overlooking the Pacific.

The Movement Center in Portland where the Swami and his disciples lived until recently.

One woman offered information about Shoemaker’s activities with drugs and prostitutes. She said she was involved in getting drugs for Shoemaker. Another person identified the theater where Shoemaker sent women for gang bangs.

Fantasy Theater

Another woman wrote:

Shoemaker and his inner circle have been trafficking people since the early 1970s. They started in Bloomington, Indiana by running an ‘Ashram’ and a restaurant called the Tao.

Shoemaker sexually abused his bookkeeper. He paid the restaurant workers $8 for their 40 hours of work at the Tao. Many of Shoemaker’s followers from Indiana are still with him at his Gold Beach Center.

Shoemaker moved to Gold Beach in 2020 after selling a mansion in Portland for over $8 million. He used his ‘followers’ to cook, clean, maintain, do yard work, and provide hospitality services to guests at retreats and teacher training activities.

Shoemaker and his inner circle have been involved in recruiting women, making them feel comfortable with abuse, and then abusing them. I have spoken with 4 women who have been harmed. One woman left Gold Beach recently after being strangled and abused. She was a ‘Seva’ intern recruited to be ‘trained’ by Shoemaker.”

A woman sent me a photograph of a woman who was rushed to a psychiatric hospital by one of the gang-banging women described in the earlier story. The Swami abused that woman, and she remains hospitalized.

Another woman, Natasha, jumped off a bridge.

The Swami would reportedly send women to attend a session where numerous men engage in sex with her. These group activities can get violent and dangerous for the woman. Not to mention the risk of disease.

Does this include gang bangs?

According to his website: Swami Chetanananda’s teachings arise from the understanding of the true purpose of our life on earth: that we are in this world to grow. We are here to grow spiritually, to reach a higher and finer state, to express the unimaginable possibility that exists in each of us.

Here is a comment I received from someone who suggests the Swami is into BDSM.

By an Anonymous Observer

I can see why people may think this is over the top. To someone in this culture (BDSM) this is not that strange.

That someone outside his control is exposing his secrets like this would absolutely drive him crazy. This is definitely his hardcore stuff, it’s hidden from the view, and most of his students wouldn’t know how wild he is and how cruel he becomes if you don’t say yes.

I have no problem with adults choosing kinks and whatever gets them there. But misusing the power differential freely given by often traumatized young women looking for spiritual solace and growth, and turning it into a means to satisfy his sexual deviancy, and gluttony, is the lowest of the low.

While I don’t know this man “Jim”, I know for sure, personally, this is textbook Shoemaker. He has his preferences, and this has been his M.O. for decades. And he is careless.

I’m surprised the details have been concealed for so long, but the women also need protection from being exposed. I can deduce who the women are that Jim is referring to, and I can tell you for sure, there are many of his other students I personally know of who he has these hardcore relationships with.

His students are attractive people, many are accomplished. He picks and chooses from what’s available to him in the student pool — which is much less over the last 10 years, as people realize what he is and loses his appeal.

No disrespect to Jim, I’m sure Linda and Anna are not the usual type that would frequent these seedy places.

Comparatively, they probably seem like “supermodels”. But they are most certainly intelligent and well spoken, as all his students are. They are certainly not who you’d usually think would participate in this level of wild.

These places are chosen because they’re so seedy. The random men is because he says it’s a great spiritual practice to fuck people you wouldn’t normally want to. The gang banging is even higher, because it’s so antithetical to your mind’s programming, it breaks down your ego. The goal is to open your heart completely while it happens, and to view all experiences as one. (No, I’m not kidding. This is the line.)
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Here it is:

Weekends of drug-fueled BDSM games with one or two of his female students, and occasionally orgies. Usually cocaine, but it sounds like he’s changed to meth, or his current girlfriend prefers it.

Chat rooms, webcams, and texting photos to strangers (men) on the internet to watch.

A lot of porn.

Calling, face-timing, setting up meets around Portland with random men trawling the chat rooms.

Beatings, dog collars, ball gags, being strung up, whips and batons to beat the women by him, or him making the women do it to each other. I guess he’s upped the ante to a bat now.

Shoemaker can’t get hard because of the drugs. Not sure if that’s changed now because of his age, and he just can’t get it up at all.

In the past, I’ve known him to invite men to the Portland center, but usually meeting in a carpark in Portland, or going to the man’s house if he ‘intuits’ its to be safe.

I also know of him and a woman (and not the ones Jim speaks of) meeting in a carpark for the woman to be gang banged. I know from her first-hand account, numerous men fucked her in a group, one after the other while he watched.

I knew him to go along to these meets. It surprises me that he sends his girlfriend out now by herself. Maybe as he gets old, he needs his rest/can’t be bothered.

Maybe she’s doing it of her own accord, because he’s not paying her enough attention, and she has become addicted to the heightened experience, since he’s desensitized her so much she can’t feel anything — like him.

This may sound like Bullshit to you. But to me, with this man, it sounds like a Tuesday.

Swami Chetanananda “It’s not about relationship, it’s about connection. This is especially true when you have a spiritual teacher. What most people do not understand about these very powerful relationships that have tremendous energy in them for us is that it’s about connection; it’s not about relationship.”

Finally, a word from Shoemaker Swami

He said in a statement more than 20 years ago that he had “sexual relationships with mature, adult consenting women.”

“Anyone who is offended by the existence of such relationships simply should find a practice and a teacher with whom they agree,” the Swami said.

They worshiped his divine grace, and lucky women got to worship more,

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  • Too many of us who have been on the inside know that everything Frank is reporting is sadly, completely true and not exaggerated. Salami is a master manipulator, a pathological liar, and a very sick, abusive and mentally ill man who promotes himself to be savior and doctor to all but is merely a pervert who calls his own students “useless animals” behind their backs, or worse. He is a certifiably sociopath and malignant narcissist – and if you’re on the inside and you don’t believe it – you really ought to look up the definition of those terms and see who and what you’ve really whored out your soul for.

    The people that remain by his side do so not out of love, but out of fear. They’ve accepted their own enslavement and conditioning because he’s made them so afraid of the world “out there” – he preaches to “love life” but lives with his head in his ipad, chatrooms, cocaine, meth and porn binges, or up his own ass – and while he preaches the virtues of “living a big life”, those on the inside fear ever stepping outside of the tiny prison he has carved out for them in his house and in their minds.

    He believes that the highest service a woman can offer this world is her total debasement and enslavement to him, and to whore herself out to the poor homeless men in town in his name.. he believes this is the greatest wish of these poor men come true, and that this is a great compassion to the less fortunate: a woman who (pretends to) want to have sex with them. The blatant disclosure of his own emotional underdevelopment are astounding.

    Even if “good work” was being done by him and his sex slaves for humankind – you would think he would be very caring and considerate with who and how he “initiates” into such “tantric” work – the fact of the matter is he couldn’t care less how many women’s lives he destroys to provide homeless men somewhere to cum on for his own thrill. In fact, the younger, more insecure or self-doubting, or under-developed the woman is, the less capable she is to express or understand herself and her needs, the more interested he is in them. The easier to control, abuse and manipulate – and the easier to discredit when he throws them away.

    He just needs somewhere to shove his dick and manipulative delusional claws into so that he can continue feeling important… and this organization has been a front to provide an endless source of these young women for him, for decades. This organization has only ever continued to eat itself from the inside from its inception, a culture which Salami continues to encourage – pitting everyone into ill spirits against each other. If this organization really existed for the good of humankind, it would have had a completely different M.O. The fact is they all hate themselves and they hate each other, which is how he likes it.

  • Instead of exposing the sex in other cults, maybe the FR should return to exposing what went on in “our” sex cult.

    With all the past ex-NXer sources of Frank’s, isn’t it time to reveal more on the sex in Nxivm, beyond DOS and Keith’s regular harem? What actually was taught in SOP and Jness, and were these sexual teachings practiced by those students? Was there “swapping” amongst the members of this “sex” cult like hinted at in Berman’s book? Was there really an orgy on Necker like Tighe’s source said? Was V-Week an opportunity for Vangaurd to have sex with women who didn’t live in Albany? Was there any BDSM taught in GBD as source “Jane” said. Etc, Etc….

    The FR should be a prime source for exposing NX, not just another site for salacious stories that can be found elsewhere.

    • There is still much interest in Nxivm so why aren’t you writing more about the sex cult that you are an expert on. Readers here are more interested in Nxivm than in other cults.

  • The legalities are in the grey area where these guys live their entire lives, skirting the law and preying on the vulnerable. It’s only because Raniere made some stupid mistakes he ever got jailed and can now be called a criminal.

    The issue is, what is this guy portraying himself as? He is a fraud.

    Presenting himself as someone who cares deeply about your life and your spiritual development, only for you to let your guard down and be preyed upon. And it’s always this if you’re young enough and half decent looking. As long as you shut up and toe the line, you remain in favor.

    Otherwise, you lose everything you’ve known. And sex is one thing, but finding yourself in a situation where you’re told you can’t say no to the guru and suddenly your photos or livestream is being sent out without consent, and some stranger is invited in to fuck you while you’re plastered with drugs you’d never taken before, can you really say you agreed to it?

  • The brutal incidents described by the various voices in the article and in the comments certainly seem criminal to me.

    They certainly are degrading and abusive.

    In this age of internet porn and BDSM live casts, I don’t know how law enforcement will consider the activities that Shoemaker seems to direct. So many in law enforcement don’t understand cult dynamics.

    If you are a cult member and your leader tells you to let him abuse you, did you give your consent?

    In the cases of Patty Hearst and the Manson killers, the law saw these coercively controlled people as guilty of the crimes they were charged with. Cultic abuse is similar to domestic violence abuse, but maybe 1,000 times worse?

    So often the abused go back to the abuser, because it is all they know, all they have and they are afraid of the threats that the abuser has made.

    If you read the “literature” about Shoemaker (Leaving Nityananda, Richard Read’s pieces in the Oregonian, testimonials of abuse), over and over again, he tells his victims, if you leave me you will go crazy, you will be in a mental institution, you will never stop the cycle of death and rebirth….. again, classic traumatizing narcissistic cult leader behavior.

    That is why so many cult members can’t leave, can’t denounce their leader, they are terrified of what will be done to them on “the outside”. They stay and accept more and more abuse.

    Keep in mind that many “students” of Shoemaker’s have been taken out of his “ashrams” feet first!

  • Idk. I’m thinking this over a bit more.

    It’s kind of like a guru is a local rockstar. Instead of being an amazing singer/performer on stage, he’s amazing at talking the spiritual talk.

    He gets the same podium effect as a rockstar as women see crowds of people listening to and admiring him.

    Just like with rockstars, if the guy has just the tiniest shred of being OK-looking, a lot of “fans” are going to be eager to sleep with him.

    Is his sleeping with them any more abuse of power than a rockstar sleeping with fans? OK, so the women with the guru think they might attain some fast track to enlightenment sleeping with the guru. Women sleeping with the rockstar probably think they might somehow get themselves into the spotlight.

    I think it is something that should be publicized so that people considering getting into it know what kind of stuff happens. Otherwise, I don’t think I see anything illegal, right? Or wrong?

  • Ok, so Swami has a kinky sex life. It sounds like the women are consenting partners, no? That one who was not happy with it left after a week. doesn’t sound like he is collecting blackmail material on them to coerce them etc.

    The one who was in the psychiatric hospital, there is no way to prove that it’s his fault she is there. A lot of people who join these ashrams are going through a personal crisis or have mental health issues which is why they are seeking help from a supposed spiritual leader. I also don’t recall seeing any mention that that woman was threatened that she had to go to that gangbang “or else.”

    I think it is worth doing some more digging but so far I don’t see anything illegal here.

    • There are reasons that professional codes of ethics prohibit doctors from having relationships with their patients (all the more for therapists/psychiatrists).

      These relationships are not based on equality. The doctor is an authority figure with special knowledge. And the patient is vulnerable and trusting and there to be helped. The same holds true many times over for someone who represents themselves as being a spiritual leader/teacher/guide.

      Moreover, the manipulation is subtle and often accomplished through an innate understanding by these “leaders” about the vulnerability of others and how to control/manipulate them. They don’t have the same moral compass and no compassion or empathy. They are able to act with pure self-intent.

      It is not a fair game.

      Yes… In theory, two consenting adults… but in reality, a strong manipulative person taking advantage of an unwitting, trusting individual trying to be a better person… ie, easily manipulated. England has come to understand this and developed laws to protect people against manipulation.

      Hopefully the recent exposure of cults like NXIVM and the “Me Too” revelations will demonstrate that this is all too common and allow for laws to finally address this problem directly. These are not relationships between consenting adults.

      Heaven’s Gate and Jonestown followers were not consenting adults choosing to take their own lives… they had been manipulated into a condition, environment or state in which there was no other choice that seemed reasonable or possible.

      After all, when the “group” or leader of a group has become your entire world… there is no true north to look to for reason or comparison… “you know the secret”, you are one of the chosen…. etc. I was a member of this group for many years and I can tell you, only the inner circle knew about what was really going on and those in the inner circle had some power or self-interest which made them feel special and skewed their perspective and justified their own inability or unwillingness to exam what was really happening.

      Additionally, as someone else pointed out… Shoemaker keeps everyone separated from each other by talking poorly about this person or that person when they are not present… making the person/persons present feel that the other person is “less”, while at the same time making the people present feel they are special and trusted… (of course once those present leave the room… they are also spoken poorly about to those remaining).

      Definitely not relationships where any real consent can happen. Even as someone who has lived in a cult… this cult… I can tell you… it is NOT reasonable and yet it happens. It should be a cautionary tale for all who read this. These people (cult members) are not “others”… they are you… Given the right circumstances… they are anyone and everyone. So don’t dismiss this as something that couldn’t happen to you or the ones you love… it could happen to anyone given the right conditions and a skilled manipulator. Anyone with a family member with strong political leanings? I rest my case.

  • His divine grace is divine. But I don’t know if I am ready for gang bangs. I’m not that spiritually advanced.

  • I hate this blog, like being a woman in a mans world isnt hard enough , you search out the ‘worst, disgusting people on the planet.

    • If it wasn’t for this blog these victims would get no voice at all. This is heinous. You have no idea what this is like. Victims are finally connecting with each other.

      Everyone knew it was bad but not to this extent and if Frank hadn’t written these… it WOULDN’T have come out and each of those women would have to live the rest of their lives believing they were the only one he did this to.

      That’s the kind of secret suicides are made of. How many suicides or attempted suicides HAVE occurred under this “teacher”.

      As awful and literally bold inducing as this all is if it saves women lives knowing they are not alone it is 100% worth it.

      You think this is hard for you to read, try being someone who lived there or worse experienced it. I KNEW this was awful but those women could have been killed…sending them out to be mailed by strangers like that.

      For those that judge… “how” something like this can happen… I can assure you these women deeply believed in and loved him. The amount of brainwashing, gaslighting and the slow erosion of soul, dignity, self respect and sanity is a 40 year time tested recipe for him.

      He just destroys women. Beautiful, brilliant souls. It’s sport for him. This is for his jackal’s eyes.

      Congratulations you selfish, false light programmed a-holes that have just made excuses for him because you love your “status”, your special place at his table, your “enlightenment”. Turn your privileged noses in the air and backs to anyone who dares call this out.

      Typical cult. Call them crazy, jealous, or evil. Look in the mirror 🪞if you can bear it. Some of you fed family, friends and even your daughters to this horror movie. How weak. How pathetic. How toxically “feminine”.

      How sad. How cruel. How cruel. How despicable. If you can still “stand by your man” after this time to get real about your “spirituality”. You are worshiping a demon. Period.

      Keep at it and I can’t even imagine what your next incarnation will bring you only that you will surely deserve it. Crazy wisdom my ass. Just crazy dangerous, crazy ugly and crazy disgusting.

      • Karma Coma thank you. I wish you’d been my friend there at the time. People arguing about consent have no idea what it was like, the grooming and abuse of power and what he did to your soul. Those scars last a lifetime.

  • Frank-

    Nonpareil journalism! Your “cup would runneth over” with all the praise I could heap on you. You are the quintessential, dogged, intrepid reporter.

    I’m glad you’ve continued to investigate this story.

    Hopefully, you can bring this scum to justice or at the very least put an end to this cult leader’s sadistic and lascivious practices.
    ****

    The peanut gallery, as is usually the case, owes you an apology.

    • As you’re the head prefect of ‘The Peanut Gallery,’ perhaps you can arrange this, Nice Guy!

      • I can arrange a whole host of things. I command you to lick [redacted] Suneel’s [redacted].

        Was that an out of this world experience?

  • Frank’s just being taken for a ride.

    I see too many holes in this story.

    Frank’s become a seller of Swiss Cheese, the stinky variety.

    Frank posted a photo of a ‘porn studio’ gangbang, along with a caption where he’s trying to insinuate that all gangbangs are ‘dangerous’ activities, with violent men hurting the women, along with all kinds of diseases being transmitted. LOL.

    In reality, I doubt that Frank, or anybody else here, has ever witnessed a real gangbang in a sex club.

    Frank also seemed shocked, in his previous article, about the concept of men ejaculating or urinating on women, speaking as though he’s never heard of such a thing.

    Many women visit sex clubs to freely, and voluntarily, engage in kinky sex acts such as:

    Bukkake (where lots of men take turns ejaculating on the same woman; at her request)
    Water Sports or Golden Showers (where men urinate on a woman; at her request)
    Spitroast (Use your imagination, but involves 2 men and 1 woman)
    Blowbang (1 woman blowing several men)
    Gangbang (usually 1 or 2 women doing a room full of men)

    Most women bring their husbands/partners to record the activities on video.

    In fact, the majority of these women have partners present, or other friends present, even if they don’t video tape it.

    Contrary to what Frank thinks, most of these gangbang activities are not the least bit violent or dangerous.

    In fact, the women are usually VERY MUCH in control, telling each man what he can and can’t do, telling each man when to stop and let another man in, etc.

    All it takes is one person to secretly dial 911 (on their cell phone) for the cops to arrive, if anybody begins getting violent or mistreating the women sexually.

    In today’s world, very few men are gonna mistreat women sexually, especially in the presence of a room full of other people (because it’ll mean lots of witnesses).

    That’s why the women who attend these gangbangs are usually 100% in control.

    As for venereal diseases, most women will require condoms of all men at gangbangs, or a recent STD test.

    However… There are some women who will bang total strangers without condoms or STD tests, at these sex clubs.

    Some women are complete sexual ‘freaks’, usually women from liberal cities (which is why I know that Niceguy’s Sicilian wife is a closet whore in Beantown).

    In states like Oregon, there are many more whorish women than in other states. It’s just part of the liberal culture there. Oregon is practically a socialist country. Commies everywhere.

    Anyway, getting back to Frank’s ‘source’…

    She alleges all kinds of violent things, yet she never called 911 even one time? That’s fishy to me.

    She implies that she witnessed shit like this for years, but never once called 911 to help these poor women ‘victims’? That’s fishy to me.

    Even now, why doesn’t she go to police (or the FBI) to help them shut down this alleged ring of violence against women? That’s fishy to me.

    I’m guessing that she never witnessed any woman doing anything which they didn’t voluntarily agree to, and, enjoy doing.

    Oh, and she’s ALSO alleging that many ‘violent’ sessions — where women get beaten and strung up — were broadcast via WEBCAM for various ‘members’ to watch? That’s fishy to me.

    If those things really happened (and were broadcast) then all watchers could have recorded those sessions using simple SCREEN CAPTURE SOFTWARE (this can’t be prevented from a distant website; and it doesn’t take expertise to ‘record’ your screen).

    Frank is too dumb to know this.

    While it’s possible that ‘installed’ software (possibly even ‘installed’ browser add-ons) could prevent screen recording, every viewer would have to VOLUNTARILY install these on their own. *But this still could not prevent people from using a cell phone to record their computer monitor, which means it’s not possible to prevent the recording of these sessions.

    Thus, if this REALLY happened, there would have been MANY video recordings shared online (especially with such a high profile SWAMI behind this; his enemies would have circulated such videos widely).

    These women would have been required to sign model releases. The organization (which broadcast them) would have been required to maintain records of every model shown on webcam, to prove their age and their consent to various activities. The law requires it.

    That’s why I seriously DOUBT that any such webcam sessions took place. I think she’s making it up. 🙂

    Yet, Frank can’t find a single person with a video of such activities. LOL. Imagine that.

    Why is that?

    It’s because Frank is being taken for a ride by nameless bullshitters who refuse to speak with authorities and refuse to produce even a single video of these events.

    I’m guessing that the main narrator is British by her use of the term ‘carpark’ (which I’ve never heard any Americans use in everyday conversation before).

    Why does her nationality matter? It doesn’t really, other than British women are fabulous storytellers. 🙂

    I’m guessing that most of these women are ‘disgruntled’ people with an axe to grind, likely because they’ve ‘aged out’ and are not wanted by the group anymore (hell hath no fury like a woman scorned).

    If these women went to the police to tell their story, I might actually begin believing them.

    But they won’t.

    Why not? Frank says, it’s because they wanna protect the anonymity of the women involved. That’s fishy to me.

    Because if women are still being abused, it’s more important to SHUT DOWN THE ABUSE than to worry about the reputations of past women.

    Can we agree, Frank? Yes? No? Will you answer, Frank?

    Frank is too stupid to question anything I’ve said.

    He WANTS this story to be true.

    Franks WANTS gangbangs to be ‘dangerous’ and ‘crime-ridden’ activities.

    Frank’s goal is to associate “gangbangs” with “bad people”.

    Thus, he won’t do any real journalism, other than be a PARROT for anonymous bullshitters. lol.

    PS — Niceguy’s gonna get taken to the cleaners in divorce court once his WHORE of a wife finally divorces his sorry butt. I’d recommend getting a great divorce attorney ASAP, cuz she clearly wears the pants in the household. He won’t even see it coming.

  • He is a true guru. He helped me a lot. I knew him in my past life and out of his kindness he found me out in this life and lifted me up. Bless you Swamiji.

    • Shave your head. Get an orange T-shirt and skirt, put a red lipstick dot between your eyes, learn to sit cross legged for long periods of time. Assume an ananda name. Learn key Sanskrit words. Watch YouTube videos of swamis and Teal Swan.

      Start a channel. Soon weak, vulnerable & desperate women (and men), will pay to meet you. Promise them the keys to end their mental anguish. Score some Molly. Invite them to dinner and secret samadhi. Get laid.

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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.

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