NXIVM Story By Messy Bitch Criticizes Frank But Praises His 100 Percent Indifference to Her

By Paul Serran

Everybody wants a piece of the NXIVM story. And some newbies not only want their entire cake, but they want to eat it too. And the results can often be hard to digest.

Take this blogger called Grace, for example. No family name to speak of, just the handle gracetopia. Her bio describes her as ‘just a messy bitch who is here for the drama‘, which I would very much like to disagree with – but can’t.

Grace apparently caters for an audience who finds anything longer than a tweet to be too exhausting. She tells us that she read ‘a LOT’ about NXIVM, and wrote a collection of (…wait for it) NINE articles, and – wouldn’t you know it – another instant expert is born.


I’m all for more and more people spreading the NXIVM story around, and I would be willing to overlook her poor writing skills were it not for the fact that she is unkind to Frank Parlato, who is a dear friend of mine, who has been 11 years in this war and who paid a hefty personal price for his role in the takedown of the ESP/NXIVM scam and the DOS sex cult.

Grace explains to us how she ‘decided to rethink my ambitions and see what happens if I just try to be someone who writes, and here we are.’

Her 9 article ‘oeuvre’ is an ‘attempt to make one semi-cohesive narrative out of the mishegas that is NXIVM/Keith Raniere.’ She hopes it provides ‘a basic narrative for those who are interested‘. She must be commended – she does sound semi-cohesive.

She doesn’t like the Frank Report, but praises it. She doesn’t believe in Parlato’s sources, but mentions information from it IN THE INTRO of her series. That’s almost coherent.

She finds her 2600 word intro to be so long it’s almost the unabridged ‘1001 Nights’. Wow. She also has multiple ‘content warnings’ about how sickening the content may be, before inviting the reader to ‘grab some snacks’. What?

Nine articles for the ‘participation trophy’ generation.

Maybe we should cut her some slack: she is obviously writing for the ‘participation trophy’ generation. Look at this ‘Content Warning’: ‘Please ensure you are in a good mental headspace before reading, regardless of whether you consider yourself to have any specific triggers.’

And she proceeds with a turn of phrase that is pure William Shakespeare: ‘A lot of fucked-up shit happened in NXIVM.’

One of the really bad things included in her NXIVM expose is – brace yourselves – that Keith Raniere believed that there are two genders. Really.

‘And what I find extra-fascinating about NXIVM is how truly bonkers it all is, and how much there is. Most other cults I’ve looked into I could sum up in, like, a paragraph or two. This 16,000-word treatise I’ve written on NXIVM is the summary.’

She has written a treatise – or is it a summary?

After her admittedly incomplete research, she got to the realization that ‘[t]he depth of the insanity surrounding NXIVM and Keith Raniere is just mind-boggling, layers and layers, an onion with no end.’ Oh, ok. More Shakespeare. Whatever.

The guy on stage is Vanguard. He’s talking to his followers.

While it is true that some parts of what she wrote are entertaining, she reveals herself to be just a newbie by the way she treats this blog here, believing that it deserves a ‘Dishonorable Mention’.

She says the Frank Report ‘utilizes a lot of exclamation points’. That is her half-assed way of suggesting that we can’t write properly here, and are just sensationalist.

But she has to immediately admit that the FR ‘became the place on the internet to go for anti-NXIVM information. The Frank Report was posting about DOS before the New York Times.’

‘Colorful’: Parlato doesn’t mind being criticized – but I do mind Grace’s uninformed nonsense.

Grace has a way with words: a bad way. When she finds a word she likes, she sticks to it: ‘Parlato’s a colorful character [..] His colorfulness, and his deep hatred for NXIVM, make me dubious of anything that can just be sourced to The Frank Report. […] The Frank Report, for better or for worse, is colored by the colorful character behind it.’ Color much? She is ‘dubious’ about his work, but she quotes facts sourced by him alone on her intro? This girl is not a pro.

Sometimes, her absolute lack of information is just pathetic: ‘[Parlato] is not unbiased. (I mean, who is honestly, but he is really biased.)’ WHAT? Who else you know, I ask the dear readers, that has extended a platform to Raniere and the holdout followers of NXIVM? No one.

And also: who would not be biased against a multilevel marketing scam that degenerated into a sexual slavery, fire-branding cult? I know I am.

I don’t believe that Grace’s unacceptable lack of kindness to Frank comes from her being nasty, but rather from the fact the she is not nearly as well-informed as she believes to be, and also that she writes under the yoke of the politically correct mandates of her inane generation.

She finally reveals her beef with Frank: ‘He’s also pretty misogynistic.’ Oh, she thinks? Frank has helped free countless women from sexual slavery. Grace has helped not one. But hey, Frank is ‘muh misogynistic’. He may even be suspected – the horror! – of sharing with Raniere the heretical belief that there are two genders!

The newly self-anointed expert writes: ‘He goes for the jugular, the dramatic angle, whatever will get the most hits and hurt NXIVM the most. Is what he writes true? Possibly, some of it. But the style of journalism just hits me the wrong way, and I can’t help but be dubious [here’s that word again, synonyms are out].’

Let me examine one part of this claim: ‘Is what he [Parlato] writes true? Possibly, some of it.‘ Oh, no, dear Grace – oh, no. In his podcast, Mark Vicente, who IS an expert on NXIVM, said he believes that 90% of the content in the Frank Report is true. And Vicente is not that sympathetic to Frank, so I believe he takes Frank down a notch from the real level of 99% veracity in this blog.

In the end of her disgraceful account of the FR, she writes: ‘Basically, I just don’t like the vibe. Am I prejudiced? Maybe. The great thing about Frank Parlato is I’m sure he doesn’t give a crap what I think of him.’

This is actually the only time that gracetopia gets something really right. Frank doesn’t mind being criticized in the least. He probably gets a kick out of it. However, I do give a crap. If Grace were a kickass writer with top notch information, I could overlook the rudeness to a man who endured an all-out attack by the Bronfman legal machine, and lived to tell the story and help others.

As it stands, she is just a ‘semi-coherent’ newbie wannabe with faulty information.

By Frank

This photo above marks the end of Paul Serran’s comment. The photo that says “The End.” That’s the end for Paul in this post.

I have to make this painfully clear because there is one dunce who can never figure it out.

Now below is a picture of Grace. She doesn’t like my style.

Grace [above] writes:

I have not watched Investigation Discovery’s The Lost Women of NXIVM. I looked it up and saw the victims listed, and I saw that it was based on Frank Parlato’s journalism, and I suspected that
a) it would not provide me with much new information and
b) it would be a little schlocky and in-your-face, which isn’t a vibe I’m interested in.
I fully admit that skipping this documentary is due to my own biases, and I may watch it eventually.  

So Grace also sums me up in another section she calls:


Here is what she writes:

I’ve been promising to talk about Frank Parlato for a while, guess the time is now. Parlato worked for NXIVM and the Bronfman sisters briefly; like many who left, he ended up entangled in lawsuits. He also started a blog called The Frank Report, which utilizes a lot of exclamation points and became the place on the internet to go for anti-NXIVM information. The Frank Report was posting about DOS before the New York Times. 
Parlato’s a colorful character, who you can see in Episode 7 of The Vow. “The greatest chess people, including myself, we don’t need a board,” he says. His colorfulness, and his deep hatred for NXIVM, make me dubious of anything that can just be sourced to The Frank Report. He is not unbiased. (I mean, who is honestly, but he is really biased.) He’s also pretty misogynistic. As far as I can tell, Parlato is the primary source for the “Raniere slowly poisoned Pam Cafritz” story as well as the “Sara Bronfman slept with the Dalai Lama’s assistant” story. He goes for the jugular, the dramatic angle, whatever will get the most hits and hurt NXIVM the most. Is what he writes true? Possibly, some of it. But the style of journalism just hits me the wrong way, and I can’t help but be dubious.
The Frank Report, for better or for worse, is colored by the colorful character behind it. Basically, I just don’t like the vibe. Am I prejudiced? Maybe. The great thing about Frank Parlato is I’m sure he doesn’t give a crap what I think of him.

Hey, you know, sometimes a person can redeem themselves with a single truth. This Grace bitch did it when she said the last thing she said about me.

The great thing about Frank Parlato is I’m sure he doesn’t give a crap what I think of him.

I like the kid. She’s trying, and that may be “misogynist” to call her a kid or whatever else little people try to use to put down my greatness.

So here’s a shout out to Grace. Keep on doing what you’re doing. One day you may have something really important to say. And even as it is you didn’t do bad at all. Pretty good try at almost a damn good summary of NXIVM.

You only forgot to give more credit to the guy who ‘but for’ him NXIVM would be alive and well and you wouldn’t know about them, for they would not be famous and you couldn’t write about them.

I am referring to their publicist turned enemy. Me.


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  • Re ‘Take this blogger called Grace, for example. No family name to speak of, just the handle gracetopia. Her bio describes her as ‘just a messy bitch who is here for the drama‘, which I would very much like to disagree with – but can’t.’

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  • Mad respect to FP. He literally risks it all in the pursuit of the truth. He protects the underdog—
    He’s a hero among men.
    Beth, go back to your microwave and throw in your Swansons turkey TV dinner, watch your reruns of Sanford and Son.

    I think you are on way too many “ mothers little helpers”.
    Seek help.

    • The above commenters is a true genius. I mean total wisdom. So smart. Other than what that great guy I see in the mirror says I have not heard better words. Ever.

  • Frank Parlato has got balls. He walks his talk.
    All the lily livered anonymous bloggers, keep blogging’, it’s the only place anyone will ever entertain your mediocrity.
    As for the “ pokey”, whatever limp schlipped loser wrote that wouldn’t last 3 days behind the wire. Little wussy.
    Parlato is a maverick, the John Wayne whistle blower of today.

  • I just read “The Beginnings of NXIVM Part 2” and it was pretty good. I didn’t know EMs were done in front of an audience.

  • Paul you are fucking hysterical. Will you be writing Frankie about how wonderful he is when he’s in the pokey? I’m am sure you won’t fail to entertain poor poor little Frankie. Tick tock

  • Grace seems to want color her life and color others lives with her colorful choice of words. However dubious her color choices may be, they are dubious and they are colorful.

  • Frank
    Ha – someone else told the truth about your nonsense – ha!!!!!!
    How about your false hoods & lies to everyone that you meet? Doing movies with fake names of movie directors and lying to families and telling them- “I am a private investigator and I am going to solve the case”.
    Telling people- “YOU are a health care provider and talk to people out on the streets, like you told me. YOU are NOT a private investigator but a journalist & have NO problem lying to people. YOU are SO full of shit – BAT 🦇 shit !!!!!
    YOU taunt families with Rainere and YOU don’t give a damn- YOU place their loved ones names in the same sentence as that goon. Crazy !
    YOU are Batty!!!!!! Coo- Coo !!!!
    YOU have yet to apologize to the Snyder’s for all of your made up shit to them . We are awaiting the day that YOU do that.
    YOU have told SO many people SO many different versions of what took place when. The stories were easy to find out. It showed YOU up stupid. Tell the truth dinosaur 🦕

    • Hey, do you know an elephant by the name of Zebra? BTW I thought you were at death’s door. Glad you recovered.

  • Grace thinks Frank’s misogynistic because of comments made re: women/NXIUM? If she ever finds your old manmaking.com site, she may just melt down completely. Maybe you should warn her! Kids these days needs their trigger notices. LOL

    • I don’t want to trigger her. But I not only believe there are two genders but that for me it’s best to adhere to some principles specific to gender. I’m sorry if that triggers or offends. I don’t want to inhibit anybody’s freedom to think otherwise. Likewise I don’t want anybody to inhibit mine. I am a man and am not apologizing for it.

      • They look alike. They talk alike. They walk alike. They write alike. One’s a messy bitch and the other is a young woman trying to be a writer.

  • Blogging Big Blue.com

    The Vow Season 3 Release Date: Who is the Cast in This Season?

    The Vow is a documentary based on a true story. It was first shown on August 23, 2020. Jehane Noujaim and Karim Amer are in charge of making it. The story is about a group led by a character named Keith Raniere. The group said it was for self-improvement, but it was really a cover to hide from the police and society because she was using it for illegal things like sex trafficking.

    The first season of The Vow introduces the members, the crimes, and the people who are trying to stop these criminals. The second season, which will come out soon, will be about Raniere and his trial.

    The audience (summary) gave The Vow a score of 3.7/5, IMDb gave it a score of 7.1/10, Common Sense Media gave it a score of 3/5, and Rotten Tomatoes gave it a score of 72%. Several reviews mentioned and liked the pace and detail, but they didn’t like the way the story was told or how the focus changed.

    The Vow Season 3 Release Date
    According to liveakhbaar, No one from the official crew of The Vow has said or hinted that there will be a third season.

    The first season of the show came out on August 23, 2020. Most critics liked it, but there were a few people in the audience who didn’t like it as much. After that, the show was renewed for a second season, which is set to come out on October 17, 2022. If there were to be a third season of the show, that is, if the second season didn’t wrap up the story, it wouldn’t come out until at least 2025, which doesn’t seem likely.

    Name Of The Show The Vow
    Season Number Season 3
    Genre Documentary
    The Vow Season 1 Release Date 23 August 2020
    The Vow Season 3 Release Date Not Announced

    The Vow Season 3 Cast
    If there were a third season of the show, it would probably be a continuation of the first two. This means that almost all of the same people would be in it.

    READ MORE: Engage Kiss Season 2 Confirmed Release Date: When It Will Be Renewed?

    Sarah Edmondson, Bonnie Piesse, Mark Vicente, Catherine Oxenberg, Anthony Ames, and Frank Parlato, Jr. make up the main cast.

    The Vow Season 3 Story
    Even though it hasn’t been said if there will be a third season, if there is one, the third season of the American TV show The Vow would continue the story of the first two seasons and most likely wrap up the storyline that began in the first season.

    This series is in the genre of true crime documentaries, which means that it is based on real events.

    Keith Raniere’s so-called self-improvement group, NXIVM, is at the center of the first season’s story. Raniere uses manipulation to bring innocent people into the group and get them involved in illegal activities like sex trafficking and other illegal conspiracy rackets.

    Some of the former members of this group, like Sarah Edmondson, Mark Vicente, Bonnie Piesse, Anthony Ames, Barbara Bouchey, Susan Dones, and a few others, show up in random scenes with the journalist Frank Parlato, who has been trying to help the victims and bring the illegal activities of NXIVM to light. Keith Rainey, the leader of NXIVM, was caught in the first part.

    The second season of the show, which is set to start on October 17, 2022, is likely to be about what happens after Keith Rainer is caught. So, it would be about what happened around her trial and questions. It would also show how big a network this trafficking is and how easy it is for a lot of people to be fooled by their tricks. For the second season, they watched the taped sentencing of Clare Bronfman, who was the leader of NXIVM and a coworker of Keith Rainer.

    Where To Watch
    When the third season of “The Vow” comes out, you’ll probably be able to watch it on Netflix, Hulu, Hulu Plus, Disney+, Hotstar, and ESPN+, just like the first two seasons.
    If you haven’t seen the first season of the show yet, you can watch it all at once on Hulu, Disney+, or ESPN+. The second season will be available on the same platforms on October 17, 2022.


  • She isn’t saying anything that most haven’t and thought much worse of you. Thanks for the story. You can go now.

  • The Guardian

    Donald Trump Jr posts crude memes making light of attack on Paul Pelosi
    The former president’s son spread an image of a hammer and references to the baseless conspiracy theory about the attacker

    In the aftermath of the attack on Paul Pelosi, amid rising concern over rightwing figures stoking violence against political opponents, Donald Trump Jr posted online a crude meme featuring a hammer, the weapon used to attack the husband of the House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, on Friday.

    “OMG,” the former president’s son wrote next to the picture, which also had the caption “Got my Paul Pelosi Halloween costume ready”.

    The internet backlash was swift but Trump Jr, a full-time provocateur and surrogate for his father, doubled down equally swiftly – posting another, this time clearly homophobic, meme which appears to reference a baseless conspiracy theory about the assault.

    Paul Pelosi, 82, was attacked in his home in San Francisco by a man wielding a hammer who reportedly said “Where is Nancy?” after gaining entry. Pelosi was hospitalised with serious injuries but is expected to fully recover.

    Police named the suspect as David DePape, 42. News outlets have reported that he posted delusional, conspiracy-laced writings online before the attack, some echoing QAnon and election denial conspiracies familiar in Trumpist circles.

    Trump Jr, whose Instagram biography includes the phrase “Meme Wars General”, has welcomed the takeover of Twitter by Elon Musk, the Tesla owner and sometime world’s richest man.

    Musk has said he will loosen restrictions on content posted to Twitter, which banned Donald Trump after the January 6 insurrection.

    On Sunday, Musk drew fire for also posting a reference to the conspiracy theory about the Paul Pelosi attack. Hours later, without explanation, he deleted it.

    The story Musk pointed to was from the Santa Monica Observer, which Mediabiasfactcheck.com calls “an imposter website that is designed to look like an authentic local news source” but “favors the Republican party”.

    Roger Stone and Dinesh D’Souza were among other pro-Trump figures to post conspiracy theories and misinformation about the Pelosi attack.

    Carl Cameron, a former Fox News correspondent, told the Washington Post the aim was to create “a dystopia wherein lying and physical violence become part of our politics”.


    • The rumor is that Paul Pelosi was attacked by his “gay male prostitute” friend.
      There are not many MAGA supporters in San Francisco or Berkeley, California.

      • Oh puleaze. Have you seen DePape? The Bay Area is teeming with gorgeous gay male escorts. No way was DePape Mr. Pelosi’s call boy.

  • Please Frank, spare us all from this tedious rubbish. Give us grace and spare us Paul any day, his writing is truly appauling!!! Even Kevin would be preferable.

  • I kinda like you Frank. You’re the best misogynistic saver of hoes. I say, off with Gacies head! Off with her socks! 💕
    Gracie, you cannot write the nxivm story without Mr. Parlato. You cannot write a comprehensive article without facts brought to you by the Frank Report. And who cares what you think, Gracie? 🤔

  • It’s true I took them down. I was the but for dude. I kept hammering and women kept running. And Keith kept hiding.

      • THAT comment needed a spew alert. You are a pig going to slaughter, oink oink lil piggie. Cheers to you, hope get the cellmate of your dreams, I’m rooting for you. See what I did there? Ahahaha, I kill me.

      • What business is that? What do you do exactly? We thought you were in the business of helping oppressed, silenced and abused women? How is publicly savaging this woman and calling her a bitch for describing you in a way you found unflattering “great” for your business? As you mentioned, ratings have slipped noticeably. I think people have lost interest in this story and definitely some of its more “colorful” characters. What’s next for you, Frank? What do you need out of this? The goal posts seem to constantly change for you. What will it take for you to let Rainiere go? There are many concerned about your mental stability and health based on the way you conduct yourself. Please take care. There is no shame in seeking out therapy.

        • What business? Writing of course. I called her a bitch because that is her chosen pronoun. What’s next for me? More writing — check out my work on Swani Chet.

          What will it take to let Raniere go? Oh, I don’t know. Maybe if you started calling me Vanguard and got branded. But don’t send me collateral. Especially not nudes. That would drive me to a therapist.

          • I’m proud of my Sicilian forefathers. If I met you face to face, you’d fill your diapers, vomit blood, and probably die of a stroke. Good thinking to stay anonymous. Really.

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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Contact Frank with tips or for help.
Phone / Text: (305) 783-7083
Email: frankparlato@gmail.com