News of NXIVM: the ‘Vanguard’ and His Loyal Followers

by Paul Serran

As ‘The Vow – Part 2’ continues to refresh the mind of the mainstream public about this story, many news sites are keeping a close watch over the different aspects of this ongoing saga.

The ‘Style Caster’ site, for one, published, this last few days, a series of articles on NXIVM, and I’ve gathered here two of the most interesting ones. And YES, they use the same photo in all articles.

MK10ART’s painting of Keith Alan Raniere where he presently resides.

The first is: Where is Keith Raniere now?, by Sophie Hanson.

‘Keith Raniere, the founder of the self-help organization NXIVM, spent over a decade using his power and influence to manipulate women and groom underage girls under the guise of female empowerment.’

Hanson notes that the jury convicted Raniere after deliberating for less than five hours.

‘The disgraced former leader of NXIVM is serving a 120-year prison sentence at a high-security facility in Tucson, he is prisoner 57005-177. His release date is listed as June 27, 2120.’

The Vow series is showing how the trial went, so the mainstream readers can – many for the first time – have a real idea of the crimes committed by Raniere and his accomplices.

Acting United States Attorney Seth DuCharme.

‘“The 120-year sentence imposed on Keith Raniere today is a measure of his appalling crimes committed over a decade,” stated Acting United States Attorney DuCharme at the time. “Raniere exploited and abused his victims emotionally, physically and sexually for his personal gratification. It is my hope that today’s sentence brings closure to the victims and their families.”’

Other aspect of the post-trial is that Raniere has not apologized or admitted his crimes, and is ready to fight his conviction with a stellar group of lawyers.

‘To this day, Raniere denies any wrongdoing. “He is not sorry for his conduct or his choices,” his lawyers wrote in a court filing, per the New York Times, adding that he “intends to fight this case with all of his might, confident that he will one day be vindicated.”’


Another one of the ‘Style Caster’ pieces is Is NXIVM still active in 2022?

‘After Keith Raniere’s sex trafficking conviction in 2019, many fans of HBO Max’s series The Vow will be wondering if NXIVM is still active in 2022.’

The answer, as FR readers well know, is no – but yes.

The followers dance for their ‘Vanguard’,

‘[…] While Raniere awaited sentencing, the US federal government seized a Delaware company that owned the rights to NXIVM’s ideologies, often referred to as “tech”. Prosecutors argued this “tech”, developed by NXIVM co-founder Nancy Salzman who was a former practitioner of a pseudoscientific therapy called neurolinguistic programming, enabled the company to manipulate and mentally condition its members.’

The company has been shut down, indeed, but the poisonous ideas are still out there.

‘[…] Some former members of DOS believe there has been a “mischaracterization” of the secret group’s activities. The Dossier Project, which is made up of former NXIVM members including Battlestar Galactica actor Nicki Clyne and others interviewed in HBO’s The Vow, defines DOS as “Master, Allegiance, Sisterhood,” rather than a translation that suggests subservience. They’re also committed to carrying on the “spirit” of the group. “DOS no longer exists, but the spirit of compassionate, strong women working together lives on!”’


Eight DOS women from the website

So there we have it, for all the mainstream readers to see, the usual rationalizations that the Raniere followers use to justify their ongoing work:

‘The group acknowledged the allegations against Raniere but stands by NXIVM’s 12-Point Mission Statement, written by the group’s founder, the second of which includes a philosophy where “there are no ultimate victims; therefore, I will choose not to be a victim”. This aligns with Raniere’s defense at trial, which argued that the women in DOS weren’t coerced but in fact, gave consent to be branded and dominated over.’

Dr. Janja Lalich brought some sanity.

Unlike ‘The Vow’, where the claims and assertions remain largely unchecked, Style Caster felt it needed some sanity to counterbalance their ‘ESPian’ point of view.

“They’re what we call true believers,” said Janja Lalich, a sociologist and cult expert who has worked with Nxivm defectors, per the New York Times. “It shows the depth of their indoctrination and the extent to which they have internalized his rhetoric.”

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  • ““They’re what we call true believers,” said Janja Lalich, a sociologist and cult expert who has worked with Nxivm defectors, per the New York Times. “It shows the depth of their indoctrination and the extent to which they have internalized his rhetoric.”

    These are not the words of an expert.

    These are the words of a dismissive propagandist who diseasifies the freedom of thought, and nullifies the differing beliefs and viewpoints of others with dehumanizing adhom attacks and government deprogramming.

    Right here in America.

    And no one even notices.


    • Aloonzo-

      “These are the words of a dismissive propagandist who diseasifies the freedom of thought, and nullifies the differing beliefs and viewpoints of others with dehumanizing adhom attacks and government deprogramming.”

      What exactly are you attempting to say?

      Because you sound like
      Noam Chomsky & Maya Angelou!

      Maya and Noam are two people who’re as annoying as fuck and make no sense whatsoever!

      Your poor dad is up in Heaven thinking…..

      “My son’s head is so up his ass he’s sucking on his own cock in reverse.”
      -Mr. Stansfield Senior

      • Two questions Uncle Bangkok:

        1 Do you remember when a certain lady said, “Despite you being an asshole, or maybe because of it, I’d like to rip off your clothes, have your babies, sell you the complete Amway tool set, and a garage full of Amway Duck Biscuits, don’t tell anyone”?

        2 And do you remember how you did two of the four things she suggested?

  • FTX “Naughty Video” Leak!? Meet Kevin Knew EVERYTHING!

    Scott Shafer
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    17,281 views Nov 16, 2022
    Apparently a secret “adult only” video may be leaked that takes place with Sam Bankman-Fried and Caroline Ellison. Someone Claiming to be an FTX insider plans to release it in a few days as payback for all the crimes FTX has committed.

  • The Lunatics who caused the 32 billion dollar FTX Implosion all practiced Polyamory just like the NXIVM clowns.
    This Strongly Appears To Be Alameda CEO Caroline Ellison’s Tumblr Account
    Okay, this is a doozy.
    The implosion of the crypto exchange FTX has been garnering headlines all weekend, but we’re just beginning to unravel the mystery of one of the biggest personalities at the center of it all.

    While FTX founder CEO Sam Bankman-Fried has been gobbling up the majority of the attention in the ongoing debacle, Caroline Ellison — the CEO of FTX sister company Alameda Research, which allegedly used FTX’s customers’ funds for trading and led to the whole meltdown — is now attracting significant interest as well.

  • That’s how public relations is done like Amber Heard’s open letter. And you need the support of signers and organizations and at least one article in the NYT. The Deadender around Nicki Clyne and even Keith Raniere should learn how professional public relations works.



    An Open Letter in Support of Amber Heard
    Five months ago, the verdict in the defamation trial between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard deeply concerned many professionals in the fields of intimate partner and sexual violence.

    As many, including A.O. Scott for The New York Times have noted, the vilification of Ms. Heard and ongoing online harassment of her and those who have voiced support for her have been unprecedented in both vitriol and scale.

    Much of this harassment was fueled by disinformation, misogyny, biphobia, and a monetized social media environment where a woman’s allegations of domestic violence and sexual assault were mocked for entertainment. The same disinformation and victim-blaming tropes are now being used against others who have alleged abuse.

    In our opinion, the Depp v. Heard verdict and continued discourse around it indicate a fundamental misunderstanding of intimate partner and sexual violence and how survivors respond to it. The damaging consequences of the spread of this misinformation are incalculable. We have grave concerns about the rising misuse of defamation suits to threaten and silence survivors.

    We condemn the public shaming of Amber Heard and join in support of her. We support the ability of all to report intimate partner and sexual violence free of harassment and intimidation.

    [ … ]


    • “We support the ability of all to report intimate partner and sexual violence”

      That part is great. I agree. It’s some of the preceding statements that are troubling:

      “We condemn the public shaming of Amber Heard”

      This sounds like advocating for restricting free speech. What exactly is “public shaming”, and who decides?

      “We have grave concerns about the rising misuse of defamation suits to threaten and silence survivors”

      This seems like advocating for restricting due process. What, this class of people termed survivors can’t be sued for defamation? That seems like a violation of the Equal Protection clause. And this statement as a whole seems like a lack of faith in the judicial system. Amber Heard lost, therefore the system is broken. That’s the line Raniere’s defenders take.

      Depp sued Heard for defamation and (largely) won. A jury agreed that she had defamed him. There is a high bar for proving defamation in US courts and Heard crossed it. So said the jury.

      This was not some frivolous lawsuit. Depp had a solid case and he won. Mostly.

      As for public ridicule, c’mon, this was a high profile case involving two celebrities. Who were at each other’s throats. In a very public way. Airing their dirty laundry in the press, no less.

      Heard had published nasty details of their relationship in a newspaper for chrissake! Can’t complain then when it blows up online.

      As for “disinformation”, wasn’t Heard guilty of that very thing when she published lies about Depp in the newspaper? Which was the very basis of the lawsuit. Which Depp won.

      Moira Penza should not have signed this letter.

      • “Moira Penza should not have signed this letter.”

        Well well. Publicly disagreeing with your anticult leader.

        What’s next, AT?

        Seeing the patterns of her character – which were there all along for everyone to see – but you were too blind to see them because of your hatred for “cults”?

        You should examine the characters of the people on your team. And also examine the kind of society we will have if anticultism is given power, like it was given power in Nazi Germany.

        But that’s probably too much for you. Your head might explode.

        Baby steps, AT.

        Baby steps.

        Well done on thinking for yourself, and on having the social courage to express your opinion publicly even though your anticult leader disagrees with you.


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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