Vicente Wrote Final Warning to NXIVM Leaders Days Before Raniere’s Arrest

Mark Vicente with Keith Raniere in Raniere's library.
Just 15 days before Keith Alan Raniere was arrested, his former friend and student, Mark Vicente, sent an appeal to some of his closest friends in NXIVM.
He had been with NXIVM for some 12 years and had risen in the ranks to become one of the top leaders then he left.
Vicente wanted his friends to leave. How much he knew about the likelihood or imminence of the Vanguard’s arrest is unknown.
He knew the FBI was investigating. He has spoken with agents and prosecutors several times and provided evidence for them.
I doubt he knew that the Vanguard’s time was at hand.
Vicente’s email was sent on Saturday, March 10th, 2018. It turned out to be a final warning, a last chance.  And there are some who, perhaps if they could look back, like Nancy and Lauren Salzman, and Allison Mack, if not Clare Bronfman, I would venture that  they might wish, if they could, to go back in time.  And instead of ignoring Vicente, as they did, or just hand a copy of the email to their prince, trusting him to lead them to the garden land, they might be free and unencumbered by the bonds of the criminal justice system. There would have been time to do what Vicente had done. Cooperate with the government that saw the clear need to stop Raniere in his tracks.
So five years have passed since this email was sent, and Raniere spent only a few more days with his freedom. It might be wise for some of the remaining supporters to read Vicente’s email and take heed. You too may look back one day, not many years from now, and wish you had.
Vicente offers something that perhaps no one in NXIVM could offer. He was probably the closest man to Raniere, and he finally figured it out — his Vanguard was a fraud.
One of the reasons for publishing this email, from a true former insider of NXIVM, on the subject of Raniere, is to help those who still follow perhaps wake up and leave, stop spending the valuable time of your life on a cause based on a rotten core, a man utterly not worth your efforts.
So let us go back five years to just before they took your precious Vanguard. Here is the first part of Vicente’s final warning to his friends in NXIVM.
Dear Friends;
Yes! I still think of you that way! That is why I’m writing this note to you.  Note: This is only being sent to a select few who I care about very deeply. 

Grab a glass of wine.

This may be a lengthy diatribe, so grab a glass of wine, settle back and take a journey with me. I have thought many times of writing this letter. There are things I feel compelled to share.
Thus far, I have said 0.1% publicly of what I could say. What follows is 0.5%. I currently have no plans to make this public or share this with media. It is for the select few.

An Unspoken Credo.

Information is contained and kept from you through a decades-long campaign of siloism. Secrecy is an unspoken credo, and very few have the whole picture. If you had more of the picture, you might begin understanding what is going on.
I have now spoken to over 20 women who were Keith Raniere’s lovers/slaves and something very interesting has happened: They are TALKING TO EACH OTHER and comparing notes… and what is coming out is staggering, dark, vicious and disturbing.
Many thought they were the one-and-only NUMBER ONE ‘wife’!
You can of course write them off as victimy, gossipy, conspiratorial, weak-willed women. I understand. That’s what you’ve been taught.

Mark Vicente films Keith Raniere in is library at 8 Hale.
In addition, most, if not all of you, have been poisoned against me.  I was once your trusted friend. Now you likely imagine me as a Machiavellian Suppressive. The question you have to ask is, when exactly did I become so ‘evil’?

Was it when I was born? Did my early life in Africa infect me with badness?

Was it when I made ‘What the Bleep’?
Was it when I joined ESP?
Was it when I got married?
Mark Vicente and his wife, Bonnie Piesse
Was it when I became a Green [sash]?
NXIVM executive board. Nancy Salzman, with Mark Vicente, Alex Betancourt, Karen Unterreiner, Clare Bronfman, Lauren Salzman and Emiliano Salinas – wearing colored sashes indicating their rank.
Was it when Keith Raniere pleaded with me in March 2017 that he hoped I would take his place someday? (And if it was then… wouldn’t he have the vision to know I was a suppressive already and never offer his kingdom to me?)
Or… was it when I decided I could not stand for an organization that refused to look at it’s mistakes and problems, AND when I was morally abhorred at what I uncovered?

The Illuminati.

Speaking of evil…. a quick piece of news.
When I was on the inside, I asked Keith Raniere why, over the years, there was SO MUCH bad sentiment and bad press against him. He assured me that the forces pitted against him went to the highest levels of government… and beyond… (I imagined) to the level of Cabals and Secret Societies.
His enemies were funded in the billions of dollars because he was such a profound threat to unethical institutions in the world. Sort of illuminati conspiracy territory. He also assured me that many people who left, including journalists, were paid vast amounts of money to say negative things about him. I believed him… and I trusted him.
The ‘eye of providence’ means the Illuminati is watching you. Be careful.
So MY news is…. I’ve been out for about eight months now, and the Illuminati have yet to approach me and shower me with currency. I’ve had no significant deposits in my bank from these supposed secret societies, and from what I can tell, those who have left have received no such Illuminati deposits either.
Also, I have found no evidence of a worldwide conspiracy against Keith Raniere. Most people have no idea who he is. Which leaves me with a resounding conclusion…


While I was on the inside of the bubble, I was convinced, like you, that every negative thing ever said was part of a suppressive conspiracy, and it was all complete made-up lies.
The Frank Report for instance was unadulterated, vicious untruths. Now I believe 90% of what is on the Frank Report is actually true, Salacious…. but true.
You see, Keith Raniere taught me a wonderful concept called Occam’s Razor.
It’s a principle from philosophy. Suppose there exist two explanations for an occurrence. In this case, the simpler one is usually better. Another way of saying it is that the more assumptions you have to make, the more unlikely an explanation is. 
So along those lines… These many, many people who have lodged complaints about your Lord and Master over some 30 years…
Is it part of a well-organized, well-oiled, well-executed, well-financed genius Moussad/NSA level conspiracy against him, which requires hundreds of moving, synchronized parts of staggering complexity?
OR… has he done a bunch of bad shit to people and they’re holding him accountable? Which one is simpler and requires fewer complexities and assumptions?
[Stay tuned for Part 2: Pam Cafritz’s death.]

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  • What the Bleep released April 2004. Mark said he received Nancy’s letter “towards the end of 2004, perhaps 2005”.
    Sarah Edmondson said Mark Vicente and Suzanne recruited her on a cruise in 2005.

    Was Mark Vicente already a “senior member” of NXIVM on the cruise ship in 2005?
    Did Raniere, Nancy and/or Bronfmans promote Mark to “senior member” to astroturf?

    I thought maybe Mark was “Intelligence” from South Africa because ESP/NXIVM looked like a political operation. Then I saw the video of the first time Alison met Raneire in 2006. Mark looked almost as smitten as Alison.

    Did ESP/NXIVM become a political operation the year Nancy became President, when Clare and Sara joined or when the DOJ office let Raniere commit crimes the way they let Charles Manson commit crimes? (see O’Neill’s book)

    Tom O’Neill wrote a magazine article about the Dalai Lama in Hollywood years ago.
    What does O’Neill know about NXIVM and what does Mark Vicente know?

    “… Q When did you first become aware of Nxivm?

    A I received a letter — once the film What the Bleep came out, you know, I was receiving a lot of letters and invitations to all kinds of things and I think it was towards the end of 2004, perhaps 2005, I received a letter from Nancy Salzman and Barbara Bouchey inviting myself and the other producers to some kind of a symposium with a number of scientists who I admired greatly, so I decided to respond. And I called and I think I spoke to Barbara Bouchey and we had a chat and they both wanted to meet me. And so they were – I think they were flying to LA, I met them in Los Angeles and we began our conversations about the organization.

    Q Who specifically did you meet in Los Angeles?

    A I met Nancy Salzman and Barbara Bouchey.

    Q Where did you meet?

    A It was a Beverly Hills hotel and I can’t remember the exact hotel right now. …”


    “… In her new book, “Scarred,” Edmondson reveals how she was recruited by filmmaker Mark Vicente while on a cruise in 2005 … On the cruise, she and her then-boyfriend met Vicente, who also happened to be a senior Nxivm cult member.

    “He was very kind and welcoming to my boyfriend and I at the time,” Edmondson said. “I said, ‘Whatever you’re doing, whatever you’re up to, I want to be a part of it.’”

    “He’s like, ‘Well actually, there’s this group of people and we’re all humanitarians and we’re changing the world,’” she said. …”


    “… Vicente challenged the foundations of Ramtha when he saw some contradictions in the behavior of the lady, J.Z Knight, who had thousands who believed her story. There were thousands who built their life around her – and her channelling of Ramtha. Vicente did some dangerous cult bashing …”

  • Would Mark be willing to tell us what he knows about Rama, Ramtha and whether or not their organizations are connected to Raniere’s ESP/NXIVM?

  • “In 2004, RSE students produced an infomercial for the school disguised as a documentary called “What the Bleep do we Know!?” The film grossed $10 million in the United States but was panned by critics. “New Age hooey disguised as a scientific documentary about quantum physics,” is how Jack Garner of the Rochester [N.Y.] Democrat and Chronicle summed it up.
    Appearing in the film is Irishman Míceál Ledwith, a former monsignor in the Catholic Church, adviser to the pope, and president at St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth, an Irish seminary dating back to 1795.
    Ledwith resigned abruptly in 1994 after allegations of pedophilia, which were later settled out of court, and was defrocked by the Vatican in 2005.
    Ledwith, who is part of Knight’s inner circle and has been a student at RSE since 1989, can be seen in the full-length, 16-hour video of the 2011 wine ceremony, where he takes the stage with Knight about seven hours in, propping himself up on Ramtha’s ornate throne.
    “Fuck Jehovah,” Knight proclaims, speaking in Ramtha’s voice and outing Jesus as a fellow alien who came to this planet to basically teach the same things. From the same stage, Ledwith denounces the biblical God as “fickle, capricious, psychotic, neurotic, and insecure, and we are supposed to believe that he is the creator God.” Knight adds that God is a “psychotic, insecure son of a bitch,” which draws a chuckle from the former priest. Then they dance.”

    What does Mark think of Míceál Ledwith?
    Is Mark still working for RSE?

  • Too bad Lauren didn’t listen. Nancy and Kathy might have tried to pay attention and Allison Mack. Poor Alison. Anyone who can’t see she’s a victim is a fool. She was the nicest sweetest dearest girl and she didn’t want this kind of crazy.

  • “ Grab a glass of wine” ok, done!

    I loved the Illuminati reference. Such nonsense, why anyone would believe in stuff like that is mind boggling . Glad mark finally published this. I wish Bonnie was more vocal and shared her story though. Her story would be amazing!

    • I agree. Bonnie has an interesting story to tell, no doubt. It’s indicatve of the failure that is NXIVM that Bonnie’s career revitalised immediately after she left NXIVM: she landed at role in a Starwars movie.

      Joining NXIVM was a death sentence to any career in any profession.

  • Still have a hard time feeling bad for Mark. He was with KR through all the bad media coverage. He was responsive for covering it all up. And he knew it all. He was on the inside. And most disturbing is he defended KR over is own wife for quite a while. It wasn’t until he could see the thing falling apart that he got out. When he said to KR in the VOW, “this thing is going to blow up in your face.” And KR says “this has blow up potential.” That was it. I think Bonnie is the real hero. She doesn’t get enough credit. She saw this BS from the beginning. Remarkable that she stayed with Mark after he sided with KR for months while Bonnie tried to convince him how awful NXVIM was.

  • “Is it part of a well-organized, well-oiled, well-executed, well-financed genius Moussad/NSA level conspiracy against him, which requires hundreds of moving, synchronized parts of staggering complexity?”

    Tom O’Neill is writing CHAOS II. Names are bound to overlap.

  • Mark seems to address Lauren quite pointedly in his full email. I wonder (and hope) that this may have been the turning point for Lauren to cooperate with the government. If so, Mark likely saved Lauren.

  • Interesting. Very interesting.

    Mark Vicente was clever. He backed this Nxivm scam 100 percent while it was to his advantage, buddying up to the vile Raniere, recruiting members and making good money (it was Vicente who recruited Sarah Edmondson, using high pressure sales tactics that would make many a sleazy commissioned salesman blush). He also knew when it was time to abandon ship. Once he was certain that the FBI was investigating this cult in earnest, he made sure to leave evidence that he was opposed to Raniere and his organization. Hence this email.

    Now he’s making money, or trying to, as the heroic whistle blower who brought down Raniere and Nxivm.

    Doesn’t explain why he spent twelve years eagerly promoting the scam and its con man leader. So many awkward questions remain for this bright boy, just as they do for all the others who eagerly participated in this criminal organization until they saw jailhouse gates yawning open. Unlike the women though, the excuse of “victim” fits awkwardly on Vicente.

    I say he’s an opportunist. They all are. Salzman, Mack, Edmondson, Clyne, the whole lot. As unscrupulous as Raniere, as ruthless, selfish and unethical.

    To hell with all of them.

    • He did some things he should be ashamed of. For instance I believe he was sent out to videotape John Tighe’s arrest or somebody that was setup by Keith. All because John Tighe was blogging about the cult. Why even concern yourself, just be happy he was arrested if need be. Why go insert yourself in this way. Disgusting.

    • Either you are clueless or you are completely full of shit. There’s two sides to everything, Actaeon. Pretending only one side exists is YOUR problem. Luckily, most of us are onto your shtick and don’t let your issues sully our open minds.

  • “… Thus far, I have said 0.1% publicly of what I could say. What follows is 0.5%. …” — Mark Vicente

    “… Anytime you question your coach’s instructions — even if you totally disagree with what they’re saying — they twist your reaction and cause you to doubt your natural response to question your own sanity. …” — Sarah Edmondson

    “… nexum … Roman law: a formal contract of loan with coin and balance in the presence of five witnesses under which the obligor could be seized and held in bondage for failure to perform …” — dictionary definition

    “… microcosm … A small, representative system having analogies to a larger system in constitution, configuration, or development.

    A little world or cosmos; the world in miniature; something representing or assumed to represent the principle of universality.

    A little community or society. …” — dictionary definition

    “… and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors …” what a wonderful world this could be.

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    Laugh your ass off.

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  • Shadow has been having a 5 year complaint about Nicki not being a for real citizen. That’s the real reason chicago is underseige.

    • “That’s the real reason chicago is underseige.” You don’t say Aye

      If Chicagoans want to know why their city is under siege all they have to do is look in the mirror.
      Chicagoans are the authors of their own misfortunes. Shadow State

  • Oh Mark. His wife was the smart one. I remember a video where gullible Mark described Raniere as such an ethical exemple because he saw Raniere tearing small sections from a piece of towel paper instead of using the whole thing, Raniere telling him he did that because he was trying to save the environment. No he was just trying to save money.

  • Well, if one has to find out about Occam’s razor from Raniere… I’m going to call Jesus to warn that “one” about brushing his teeth as Jesus will be arriving with his groin freshly washed.

  • Interesting to read this now.

    Mark was actually a little slow off the blocks to start doubting his Master. It was Bonnie who first saw the light re. ESP/NXIVM and the rest of its dodgy off-shoots, but especially Jness, Society of Protectors Complete, and exo/eso, DOS was their culmination. She realized the false promises of paid promotion, sleep deprivation, physical endurance tasks, group humiliation, starvation and penances were typical characteristics of high control groups, otherwise known as cults.

    There’s a particularly sinister moment in the last episode of The Vow Season 1. Mark finds some old notes from his earliest days with Keith made 10 years or so before. Raniere had been outlining a possible plot for a story in which a baneful mentor was offering to coach a heroic but gullible student in a certain ideology dressed up as entirely ethical and world changing, but which was in fact deeply malevolent and manipulative.

    It was a tearful moment for Vicente as the penny dropped that he had been played from the beginning. Raniere knew himself deep down and always had: he was fully aware he was the evil sorcerer and Vicente his unassuming apprentice. The whole thing had been an exercise in narcissistic psychological manipulation from the very outset, and he no doubt had also intended that Vicente find this out after the damage had been done.

    It’s also interesting that the Occam’s Razor concept was no doubt also used by Nicki Clyne in her own awakening based on what she has said: when you look dispassionately at the facts of all that transpired in NXIVM, by far the most obvious explanation is that Raniere was always a lying narcissistic psychopath, who was only ever interested in controlling people for his own ends. He had a particular vendetta against women from his childhood experience of being ignored by his mother and shunned by the girls in his schools; prompting him to embed this misogyny in his teachings, and use it to exploit and abuse his “slaves” in DOS.

    The concepts of consent and victimhood are turned on their heads: devious manipulation renders consent enforced obedience, where victims become perpetrators unable to perceive their own victimhood, and where the real perpetrator attempts to present himself as a victim when the chips are down; even though he knows the truth, and has always known it.

    • “Raniere had been outlining a possible plot for a story in which a baneful mentor was offering to coach a heroic but gullible student in a certain ideology dressed up as entirely ethical and world changing, but which was in fact deeply malevolent and manipulative.”

      And that mentor character’s name was “Erik Einhaert,” i.e., an anagram of “Keith Raniere.” FFS, that plot twist was visible from space.

      • Barbara Bouchey saw his movie and called him and said we have what you’re looking for. Nancy and Sara Brnofman made a full court press.

      • “Filmmaker Mark Vicente first told Edmondson about NXIVM in 2005, when she met him on a spiritual-themed film festival cruise.“


        “… Bleep was conceived and its production funded by William Arntz, who co-directed the film along with Betsy Chasse and Mark Vicente; all three were students of Ramtha’s School of Enlightenment. A moderately low-budget independent film, it was promoted using viral marketing methods and opened in art-house theaters in the western United States, winning several independent film awards before being picked up by a major distributor and eventually grossing over $10 million. The 2004 theatrical release was succeeded by a substantially changed, extended home media version in 2006. …

        Directed by William Arntz, Betsy Chasse, Mark Vicente
        Written by William Arntz, Matthew Hoffman, Betsy Chasse, Mark Vicente
        Produced by William Arntz, Betsy Chasse, Mark Vicente
        Cinematography David Bridges, Mark Vicente
        Edited by Jonathan Shaw
        Music by Christopher Franke
        Production companies Captured Light, Lord of the Wind

        Distributed by Roadside Attractions, Samuel Goldwyn Films

        Release dates
        April 23, 2004 (Phoenix)
        June 18, 2004 (LA)
        September 10, 2004 (New York City) …”


        William Arntz began his professional career as a research laser physicist, developing wave optics simulators for high-energy lasing systems. After a few years of traveling he landed in San Francisco and began studying with his first spiritual teacher, Rama (a.k.a. Dr. Fredrick Lenz). Eventually the students were given the task of writing a software product/company whereupon William wrote “AutoSys” – a distributed event processor. He sold the company 2 years later and retired.

        Soon thereafter William began attending the Ramtha School of Enlightenment. While there he became interested in getting some of the principles gleaned from his decades of spiritual inquiry out to the general public. He realized he could satisfy a life long dream and use the software proceeds to make a movie. That movie started life as a small documentary about Spirit and Science, but grew in scope (and budget) and became What the BLEEP Do We Know!? Producing, scripting, and directing the film, What the BLEEP was completed in 2004 and went on to become a global phenomena, with well over 100 million viewers experiencing the BLEEP …”


        “Kaplan is referring to Norman Marcus, who was – and still is, along with Norman Oberstein – the older, clearheaded power behind the Lenz enterprise. (Both declined to be interviewed for this article.) Marcus was a Los Angeles-based Ernst & Young partner when he became Lenz’s accountant in 1993. Four years later he retired from the Big Five firm to work full-time for Lenz, taking charge of the group’s financial operations, which had become increasingly complex as Lenz’s wealth expanded.

        Oberstein, a Los Angeles attorney, generated many of the numerous contracts Lenz supporters were asked to sign. Followers didn’t object to contracts that restricted them from talking about the Lenz group, and they could afford to keep up with the fees because they were gaining ground in the world of computer programming. They were landing contracting gigs in the information-technology units of Wall Street companies like Salomon Brothers.


        … Lenz was found two days later, after Old Field constable Robert Bell discovered Lacey semiconscious in a downstairs bedroom. Bell phoned estate caretaker Malcolm Wade and the two began a search, but Lacey blurted out something about “the doctor” being in the water. According to Wade’s subsequent statement to police, he first phoned not 911 but Norman Marcus, Lenz’s accountant, and Norman Oberstein, his attorney, both of whom live in California. They told Wade and Bell to call a doctor for the doped-up woman. Police and an ambulance arrived, followed by a diving team that searched the bay. The divers retrieved the 6′ 2″, 184-pound body of Fred Lenz, his dirty-blond curls matted down on his androgynous face. They also retrieved a bottle of Absolut vodka, one black shoe, and a tiny statue of the Buddha, which they found below the dock. …”

  • I like the Occams Razor part. I always say, “If you had to bet your life savings on one of these two scenarios, which one would you bet on?”. 99% of the time, all paranoia goes away and people come to their senses.

    I always thought Vicente was a snake. He always came off slimy. Same with Sarah Edmunson. I think I am starting to come around and becoming sympathetic to what they went through. Let’s face it, they willingly went along with Vanturd until they didn’t.

    I would like to see the Defectors and Dead-Enders get together and discuss Vanturd. That would be interesting.

    • Suneel bring toilet paper
      Mark bring your mouth guard
      Michele bring your new hubby
      Eduardo bring the receipts
      Pilgrim bring the turkey 🦃

  • It’s interesting that those who stand strong with Raniere and most likely have gotten paid by Clare Bronfman to fight for Raniere’s freedom.

    They are the ones who over the years since Raniere’s arrest have done far better than those who left NXIVM & spoke out while Raniere was still in power.

    Those people ended up in legal hell fighting fake battles in court broke from years in NXIVM. Only to face years in the legal system for speaking what we know know is the truth about Raniere.

    Now hus followers speak lies while getting paid to uphold their Master.

    They soil their reputations with their actions in the end. Who is going to hire them when Clare Bronfman wakes up.

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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