Susan Dones Stellar TNT Performance – Why She Quit NXIVM; How Raniere Duped Clare Bronfman

Susan Dones on TNT's Rich and Shameless.


Susan Dones appeared on TNT’s Rich and Shameless Episode, the Heiress and the Sex Cult. It was a 48-minute documentary on Clare Bronfman. It featured plenty of photos and video clips of Bronfman and commentary from Kristin Keeffe, Maja Milkovich, Sarah Berman, Susan Dones, and myself.

Here is what Susan had to say.

My name is Susan Dones, and I was in NXIVM from December 2000 to April 2009.

I met Clare early on. I don’t remember Clare ever looking like a millionaire. Like, what I would assume a millionaire would look like. She was never super dressed up.

Clare on stage at Vanguard Week.

Her sister Sara was bubbly and personable. Everybody talked to Sara. Sara was fun to be around.


Barbara Bouchey with Sara Bronfman

Clare has a mean streak in her that turns people off. And I think a lot of it stems from her childhood.

Edgar Bronfman with his daughter, Clare Bronfman.
Her family life was sad. Her relationship with her father and her relationship with her mother is sad. So I think her relationship with herself is sad. So she was the perfect mark for a cult.

Clare Bronfman was an elite equestrian showjumper.

As an equestrian, Clare had to be pretty much top of her class even to make it to the Olympic trials. And that’s pretty darn good.
After joining NXIVM, Clare quit show jumping. And I thought that was so cruel of them to extract that out of her life, all because they want it expunged from her, for her money.

I was in a different city in a different country representing this country every single weekend for three and a half years. I mean, it was really wonderful and very fortunate. It was wonderful – Clare Bronfman.
Keith Raniere had a higher vision for Clare than being a mere equestrian.

Later on, I found out through the grapevine that Keith Raniere told Clare she should have a bigger, global vision. Riding horses was not a global vision. Her purpose was to be humanitarian.

In reality, her checkbook became more open. And then I think Keith became more of a like a lover relationship with Clare.


Keith Alan Raniere


Sara and Clare became dedicated to spreading the glad tidings of a new more noble civilization through the glorious message of their Vanguard.
On stage with Prince Raniere Sara and Clare got the privilege of announcing they were donating to his highness $20 million. Kristin Keeffe is on the right.
The beneficient Raniere generously agrees to accept their money for the welfare of all humanity. A more noble civilization is around the corner.

Clare and her sister started a couple of foundations for NXIVM and opened their checkbooks. It was 2004 at Vanguard Week. Clare and Sara were going to present one of those big checks. They were going to give Keith this money for his Ethical Science Foundation.
$20 million dollars.

And I’m like, What the heck?

Susan Dones was surprised to learn about the $20 million donation.

Keith and Nancy go together like birds of feather. Nancy’s daughter Lauren is on the left.One day I got summoned to Nancy’s house, and she’s upset about something.

And she’s like, ‘Keith has this mathematical formula he believes will work in the commodities market. And he is testing it out. And he’s lost a lot of the Bronfman’s money that the girls had loaned him.’

I said, ‘But what’s a lot of money?’

And she said ‘$68 million.’

And my jaw hit the ground, and I’m like, ‘What are you doing borrowing money from students?’

And she said, ‘It’s all Edgar Bronfman’s fault.;

I’m like, ‘What do you mean it’s Edgar Bronfman’s fault?’

Keith had told Nancy that Edgar had set up bets against Keith in the commodities market, so his mathematical formula would not be successful to embarrass him in front of the girls.

And I’m like, ‘how does Edgar Bronfman even know that Keith is in the commodities market?’

Keith and Clare

In 2009, I found out through the grapevine that NXIVM was getting students to go to Mexico to do training. And then they bring cash across the border from Mexico in $10,000 increments. Millions of dollars were being made in Mexico. But they were bringing the money to America to not pay taxes on it, which is illegal.

Nancy [Prefect] Salzman cuts the ribbon opening up the Mexico NXIVM center. Alex Betancourt [l] and Emiliano Salinas [R].
And I’m thinking like, ‘this is what mafia does. Like major criminal activity.’

I immediately closed my center. After I left, Clare and NXIVM’s attorneys filed their adversary lawsuit against me.

It was very difficult for me to come into bankruptcy. I lost everything.

I believe they will go to the ends of the earth to destroy you.

Keith had his day and then it passed.

When Raniere was arrested, I was so excited and so relieved, because it meant his reign of terror was over. It’s just justice for all of us that were duped by this entire gang of criminals.

I think Clare is a victim of coercive control, but I also think she’s a perpetrator. She allowed herself to use her money in a way that did damage. The damage she did to people with her money. She just tortured. And a lot of people know what she’s done.


Clare Bronfman had a grand time until the good times got cut short.


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  • Susan Dones Rocks!

    Here are some words that describe her best:

  • Those slaps could/should have been reserved for daddy’s little ugly duckling, Clare. Who else but Edgar would allow his nutty daughter Clare to waste $100 million on a moron who calls himself Vanguard and is stuck in federal prison for the rest of his life?

  • “Her family life was sad. Her relationship with her father and her relationship with her mother is sad. So I think her relationship with herself is sad. So she was the perfect mark for a cult.”

    Rubbish. Clare was and is a nut case who I’m sure Edgar knew or suspected she would be duped out of her Seagrams trust fund money. The fact she was/is awkward and squandered over $100 million she could have doubled with a Morgan Stanley E-Trade account and just watching what Blackstone and Black Rock were doing (ETF)

    Silly Clare, forever daddy’s ugly duckling was destined to lose.

  • So Clare Bronfman went after Susan Dones, Frank Parlato, and how many others? Is there a story that explains how many people Clare tried to destroy with lawsuits or claims of criminality?

    If she’d interrogate her own ailing father, that’s all you need to know.

    • I think 40 law suits are summarised in a recent article on here . The economic destruction of enemies by excessive litigation (as Scientology too has done ) is utterly dreadful.

  • Thought Susan Dones was genuine. Her explanation of her experience and the ruthlessness of anyone that left NXIVM was news to me. To think the Bronfman’s used their money to retaliate and destroy the lives of anyone who questioned them-

    This made it clear why the judge ruled so harshly – above the recommended sentencing guidelines- for Clare.

  • “Keith had told Nancy that Edgar had set up bets against Keith in the commodities market, so his mathematical formula would not be successful to embarrass him in front of the girls.” Riiiight. Such a winning formula that anyone can set up bets against it for it to collapse to the tune of 68M. KR also had a bridge to sell and Nicki, Suneel et al bought it. Along with all his other BS – sorry … belief systems.

    • If Edgar could have been doing that, had he even known about it, what was preventing Raniere from betting against his own bets in the market with another account making millions on the other side of the millions he was losing of the sisters’ money he was losing?

      All that money is now sitting in some offshore accounts that maybe someone like Suneel his power of attorney has access to help Raniere take care of his legal bills, pay for his Rule 33 experts, and other things. 65, 68 million can go a long way to buy defense to get out of prison, pay to have a blog visited by lots of people to read his followers’ posts, plane tickets back and forth to Tucson, back and forth to PA to see Clare Bronfman so they can pass a message back and forth, help with favors the CO at the prison in Tucson, the list can go on and on

  • I think that Susan Dones is about the best thing next to sliced bread. She makes me want to rent a convertible and take off cross country slapping people who are ugly and/or idiots. Maybe a few slaps will do some good slapping good sense into some of the Suneelian or Nicki. Eduardo is beyond help and should just be dropped off at the border like his hero.
    How about it Susan? I’ll get my best slapping glove ready.

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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