Susan Dones: A Beacon of Honesty Amidst NXIVM Chaos – Her Letter to Judge for Frank Parlato

Susan Dones gives an interview outside the Brooklyn Courthouse.

Susan Dones is well-known among those who followed the rise and fall of NXIVM. She left in 2009 and fought to be independent, fighting again in bankruptcy court against a cadre of NXIVM attorneys and won. Since then, she has helped many people who have left NXIVM and other high-control groups.

Susan Dones [r] with Karen Unterriener and myself discussing Keith Raniere with some remaining followers of the Vanguard in Brooklyn. 

NXIVM group photo
Nxivm Group Photo featuring both Nancy Salzman and Susan Dones.

Susan is known everywhere as one of the most honest, least self-aggrandizing, and least egoistic of the ex-NXIVM members who fought to stop the wickedness of the Raniere-led group.

Susan Dones outside the Brooklyn Courthouse, October 27, 2020, right after Keith Alan Raniere was sentenced to 120 years in prison….

Susan Dones interviewed by Dr. Oz.

Susan wrote to US District Judge Richard J. Arcara before my sentencing to ask him to consider leniency based on my efforts to help stop Raniere and his allies. I am deeply grateful for her putting her name out to back me when I needed support.

Here is what Susan Dones wrote:

Dear Judge Arcara,

I am writing on behalf of Frank Parlato, but I must admit that I only know a little about Frank’s legal matter other than what I have read online.

What I know about Mr. Parlato is that he was one of the first to bring to international attention that he has helped to expose one of the most dangerous cult leaders Keith Raniere, and aided in his arrest and conviction.

Now Keith Raniere is doing a 120-year sentence for seven significant RICO charges with eleven predicate acts, including sex trafficking, where five co-defendants were also arrested, and three others are imprisoned along with Raniere.

It was through the information that Frank had collected over the years of people trusting him that he was able to put a package together to take to the Justice Department to start an investigation into NXIVM and Keith Raniere.

Had it not been for Franks’ continued efforts to expose not only Keith Raniere and Clare Bronfman’s support of Keith Raniere’s Cult of NXIVM could very easily still be in the Cult business today.

As a result, thousands of victims are now in recovery from the abuse from NXVIM at the hands of the six arrested by the DOJ that Frank and others worked tirelessly to expose.

I left NXIVM in 2009 but could never rest easy. I lived a life of constantly looking over my shoulder. NXVIM, Keith Raniere, Clare Bronfman, and Nancy Salzman sued me when I left because I am a whistleblower about their crimes and my abuse within NXIVM.

From 1998-2018, these two – Keith Raniere and Nancy Salzman – worked together.

Keith Raniere and Nancy Salzman

Through the efforts of Frank Parato’s work, I and thousands of others can now rest and work toward a fuller recovery.

If Frank has to do community service, he has pre-paid above and beyond the community, a service most people do for their communities with the impact he has had with NXIVM being shut down and people in prison.

I hope this helps your Honor better understand the impact that the Franks’ work has had on the Cult of NXIVM and on all Cults out there. The NXIVM case was a precedent-setting case when holding a Cult accountable for the abuse of its members.

Thank you for taking the time to read this and consider my words.

If you need more information, don’t hesitate to contact me at [redacted].

Respectfully Yours,

Susan F Dones

Frank Parlato talks with former NXIVM insider Susan Dones in “The Lost Women of NXIVM,” a 2019 TV program that Parlato hosted. 
MK10ART’s painting of Susan Dones and I as we appeared in the Lost Women of NXIVM

Because Susan Dones is one of the heroes of NXIVM, MK10ART painted the above of her.  I think it is a good image with which to end this post. Thank you, Susan, for your support.

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  • Susan-

    You are a class act! I always say it!

    Anyone who has you in their life is blessed.

    I wish you the best!

    Take care!

  • I love this letter from Susan Dones!

    My favorite part is when she says that if Frank needs to do community service? That he’s already paid his dues.

  • You got off without any jail time. Stop jacking off in public while pretending to ride this dead horse.

    Stick to what you do best: using your publication to try and get laid by crazy women in custody disputes.

  • Toni Natalie was one of the heroes of nxivm who does not get enough credit. I agree Susan Dones was a big fighter too.

    Toni was Keith Raneri first victim. She never quit. She won.

    • That’s because Toni Natalie is a lair & you can’t trust what comes out of her mouth.

      She helped Keith Raniere in his CBI business. CBI was shut down by almost half the State Attorney General in the US.

      Toni was the head of Raniere’s next business, National Heath Network – hiding the fact he was running another MLM after he was court order by the Sate of NY to not be involved in a MLM

      Toni was knowingly hiding Raniere’s business from the NY Sate Attorney General. What a gal.

      Toni gladly followed Keith Raniere into Executive Success Programs ie NXIVM for nine month but didn’t like being replaced by Nancy Salzman as Top Bitch

      She also didn’t like the fact that Raniere wasn’t interested in her as his main woman any longer.

      Lauren Salzman, among others had entered into the picture.
      So who did Toni started to sleep with? The cook at National Health Network, Scott

      Oh, let’s not forget, Scoot was a married man. Toni could care less that Scott was married and had children. She didn’t care enough to raise her won son. She gave him up to be with Keith Raniere.

      Just some of the facts of how great of hero Toni Natalie has been

  • Susan Dones is the most honest and brave women of Nxivm. Glad the cult is taken down. It would hurt lots more people if it hadn’t been taken down. Susan was part of that. So were others. Susan kept her honesty intact is how I look at it.

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  • Susan Dones is an inspiration for so many of us. A quiet storm who survived the ruthless attacks from the Bronfman’s and defended herself despite financial devastation.

    Happy to read about her and glad Frank and Susan have prevailed and have lives free from the toxicity of Raniere and nxivm. Everyone is free of them thanks to such bravery.

  • Susan Dones was terrorized by Clare Bronfman and Nancy Salzman for years.

    Susan is a very strong person. To have the Bronfman’s pulling every lever of power they have access to, to take her out, is overwhelming to say the least. She survived. Same with K. Keefe.

    Two STRONG, RESILIENT women.

    Clare and Sara Bronfman are two EVIL, COWARDLY women. They helped finance sexual abuse of minors, sex-trafficking, immigration fraud, exploration of immigrants.

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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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