Kristin Keeffe: Why Clare Bronfman Lies

In a recent post, Bronfman Sisters’ Crucial Role: The Financial Backbone of Yellow NXIVM at the Heart of the Lawsuit, Frank Report discussed two sisters who caused so much harm to so many.

They are the real targets of the federal civil lawsuit, Edmondson v Raniere, and rightfully so,

These two ladies caused more harm than all the other NXIVM players, besides Keith Raniere, put together. While Clare stews in prison, her sister, Sara, escaped to Europe and lives the high life, oblivious to the people she harmed or how she and Raniere used her money to destroy lives.

Let us focus on Clare Bronfman for a moment and hear from Kristin Keeffe, who has written the following:

Clare Bronfman

Why Clare Bronfman Lies

Kristin Keeffe

By Kristin Keeffe

Many people familiar with Clare Bronfman and the NXIVM saga have asked me over the years, “Why did Clare do the things she did?”

In 2011, after a year of trying to leave Clare and NXIVM, I accepted a position back, working for her part-time. My salary was so little I could barely keep the lights on, but it was enough to pay for food while I tried to figure out a better exit strategy from the group long term.

My primary responsibility was to prepare for the Yuri Plyam trial, which involved the theft of Clare and Sara Bronfman’s assets in Los Angeles in their company Precision Development LLC.

Yuri Plyam

Frank Parlato had brilliantly uncovered the theft, and recovered much of the assets three years earlier. 

Clare had zero first-hand knowledge of the underlying facts supporting the launch of the suit, and I had handled all related litigation matters for her with her attorneys after Frank left her employment in 2008.

Although I had been out of her employ for a year, the case couldn’t go to trial without my help.

Years before, I had asked myself, “How is it possible Keith didn’t know about this – Yuri’s $10 million embezzlement from Precision Development?” I dismissed the question and moved on at the time.

In major litigations, it’s common for emails, phone records, bank records, meeting notes, etc., to become “discovery” in the case in search of relevant evidence to prove claims. Part of my job was to analyze and annotate all such documentation and present my findings to the attorneys.

Studying Precision v. Plyam was eye-opening. When I read the history of communications between Keith Raniere and Yuri and what was going on with the real estate business before Frank’s takeover, which halted the thefts, I found most of what Keith had told me prior did not match the evidence. He had known, at least in part, what Yuri was up to and didn’t care.

Attorney Robert Crockett represented the Bronfmans in Precision v Plyam

The case went to trial, and I was not asked to testify, which I didn’t give much thought to. I was told Clare was the star witness for Precision, and after several weeks, the jury rendered a $10 million judgment against the Plyams. Deservedly so. 

Long after, I read the transcript of Clare’s testimony. It shocked me. Under oath, she completely stepped into my shoes on all matters relating to Frank and the case’s inception. She boldly lied, even about things that took place while she was in a remote village in the Himalayas (unreachable by phone!) that were impossible for her to witness. Unsurprisingly, her testimony was all over the place.

When was Frank hired? For what, by whom, what was he paid, why he left her employ, and the existence of any underlying documentation to support her statements was highly inaccurate or flat-out wrong. This was because Clare didn’t know. She was pretending.

Had the Plyams’ attorneys done a better job investigating Clare’s early involvement in Precision, they could have impeached and thoroughly discredited her on the stand. Still, matters relating to Frank were not material to the case or their focus. What was material was proving the thefts, and the Plyams did steal.

So why did Clare lie? She did not need to lie. I could have testified to matters pre-dating her.

 Clare doesn’t lie out of necessity, she lies for sport. Keith does too.

Keith Raniere and Clare Bronfman on stage at Vanguard Week.

In 2014, my son and I ran away from Clare and Keith with only the clothes on our backs. Leading up to that departure, though, I read the work of Dr. Robert Hare, which put my history with Clare in a whole new context. Dr. Hare, a Canadian forensic psychologist, is a pioneer and expert in studying psychopaths. He is a long-time advisor to the FBI’s Child Abduction and Serial Murder Investigative Resources Center.

Dr. Hare wrote two books, Without Conscience: The Disturbing World of the Psychopaths Among Us (1993) and Snakes in Suits: When Psychopaths Go to Work (2006) with Paul Babiak.

Dr. Robert Hare may not have met Clare Bronfman, but he might know her by her traits.

Dr. Hare discusses the personality characteristics of psychopaths in his books and how to recognize them in the workplace. He developed the Psychopathic Checklist—Revised (PCL-R), a widely used diagnostic tool for assessing psychopathy. 

When I read his books, I realized Clare and Keith exhibited many psychopathic personality traits.

Clare Bronfman and Keith Raniere

Yet with Clare, one trait, a hallmark of psychopathy, stands out based on my experience with her. It’s called “Duping Delight”. 

Duping Delight is the perverse pleasure a psychopath gets from lying and getting away with it, especially if it involves harming, stealing, or getting unfair control over another person. However, it is also lying for lying’s sake.

Keith Raniere and Clare Bronfman


Keith Raniere and Clare Bronfman
Keith Raniere with Clare Bronfman

Unfortunately for her victims, once Clare got a taste for the thrill of Duping Delight – lying under oath at a big trial, not getting caught, and winning her case – it became her new M.O. Her criminal behavior escalated quickly after that, to a devastating result.

MK10ART’s painting: Clare Bronfman and Keith Raniere where they belong.


MK10ART’s painting of Clare Bronfman with [Frank Report] FR logo behind her and gorgeous KR [Keith Raniere] brand on her—

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  • Gentlemen, let’s take a knife to the excrement and get to what really matters: we need to get a pool going on weight gain, severe signs of aging, poor posture, etc. Im thinking she went completely to hell, though she was blessed with a genetic headstart. The question is, how to make able to wager on…

    • Is it possible to measure “Disgusting”? I understand it is a subjective word, might not work. Ex: Percentage wise, how much more disgusting is Clare’s horse-face since her incarceration began? I guess Frank would have to judge it.

      I don’t know, Snorlax. I love pools but, might be tricky coming up with categories.

      But I am game!

      • The two most widely used instruments to measure sensitivity to disgust are the Disgust and Contamination Sensitivity Questionnaire (DSQ or DQ; Rozin, Fallon, & Mandell, 1984) and the Disgust Scale (DS; Haidt, McCauley, & Rozin, 1994), (Muris, van der Heiden, & Rassin, 2008).

  • Claire will leave jail and go ‘full metal jacket’ on the traitors who broke the oath. The oath that tethered Claire to this strange reality she loved. She has no personality. No moral fiber. No character. She is ignoble. Cruel. Without restraint.
    She is waiting to be released, and it continues until she, and her sister either die, or are slapped with the mother of all restraining orders. Never stop.

    • Clare will seek, stalk, harass and eventually destroy all of Keith Raniere’s perceived “enemies”. None of us are safe. Not Frank, not Richard, not Sausage, not Tenzin, not Snorlax, not Pilgrim, etc. Clare will be after all of us. She will never stop hunting us. She is lije the Terminator going after John Connor.

  • Via ECF

    August 24, 2023

    The Honorable Nicholas G. Garaufis
    United States District Court
    Eastern District of New York
    225 Cadman Plaza East
    Brooklyn, New York 11201
    Re: United States v. Keith Raniere
    Case No.: 18-Cr-00204-NGG

    Dear Judge Garaufis:

    We represent Keith Raniere, the defendant in the above-referenced action. On July 24,
    2023, the Court ordered the defendant’s response to be filed on or before September 1, 2023.
    The defendant respectfully requests a 14 day extension, from September 1, 2023 to September
    15, 2023.
    Mr. Raniere’s incarceration poses certain logistical challenges, and we respectfillly
    request this extension to ensure that Mr. Ranie,:e is fully able to participate in his defense and
    assist in the filing of his response.

    Respectfully submitted,

    Arthur L. Aidala
    Aidala, Bertuna & Kamins, P.C.
    546 5th Avenue, 6th Floor
    New York, New York 10036
    Attorneys for Keith Raniere

    Application granted
    So Ordered.
    s/Hon. Nicholas G. Garaufis
    Hon. Nicholas G. Garaufis
    Date: 8/25/23

    cc: AUSA Tanya Hajjar

    • Arthur L. Aidala
      Aidala, Bertuna & Kamins, P.C.
      546 5th Avenue, 6th Floor
      New York, New York 10036
      Attorneys for Keith Raniere

      He will make Keith’s case for the city he loves, the Bronfmans and globalism after recording his daily podcasts.

    • Martin Luther King Jr:

      “… So let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York. Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania. Let freedom ring from the snow capped Rockies of Colorado. Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California. But not only that, let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia. Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee. Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi. From every mountainside, let freedom ring, and when this happens, when we allow freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and gentiles, Protestants and Catholic, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last! …”

      Keith Rainere:

      “… 11. People control the money, wealth and resources of the world. It is essential for the survival of humanity that these things are in control of successful and ethical people. I promise to ethically control as much money, wealth and resources of the world as possible within my plan of success. I will always support the ethical control of these things.

      12. A world of successful people will undoubtedly be a better world; a world free from hunger, theft, dishonesty, envy and insecurity. People will no longer try to destroy each other, steal from each other, lower each other or rejoice at the loss of another. Success, ethics and integrity go hand in hand. I promise to share and enroll people in ESP and their mission for my own benefit and to make the world a better place to live. …”

    • Kristin Keeffe built the whole criminal case against NXIVM, including pioneering the charges related to Daniela.

      Kristin built the whole civil case too and spent years while in hiding with her young son trying to find an attorney to represent victims, even before any people recognized they were victims. Kristin built Neil Glazer’s whole case.

      If not for Kristin it’s not likely anything would have gone to trial criminally.

      Kristin had diligently documented and reported all the criminally wrong doing to the NYS Police and the NDNY federally.

      That’s why EDNY was able to move so fast when they decided to make a case. (Finally) Because of Kristin.

  • She must be so depressed that she fucked her life up so badly and this is her existence. She’s coming out way worse than when she entered. What a waste.

    • Just like the Vanguard. He should be paying some child support or is Clare?

  • Isn’t Clare a victim too? Brainwashed like the other sheep, like you claimed you were too once upon a time?

    You were away from this cult for years and did nothing to sound the alarm bells while more and more sheep went to the slaughter.

    If you truly believe this Vanguard guy was a criminal mastermind, then every single person under his thumb is a victim. People with whom we should all have some compassion for, not punished and despised because they are still lost and damaged.

    • With all the hypnosis, brain experiments and promises of lots of money, it’s hard to know who was under which thumbs.

    • Regarding sounding alarm bells, I’d guess that Kristin was walking a difficult line for years in order to protect her child. It’s already hard to balance your choices when you are solely responsible for a child’s well-being and safety and there is no good safety net if something happens to you. I would imagine that becomes even more difficult when the “safety net” is the psychopath from whom you are trying to save your child. I know I was reluctant to speak with James Odato for his expose on Raniere in the Albany Times Union years ago primarily because I didn’t want be recalled to Raniere’s attention. I was a single mother to a young son at the time, and I wasn’t sure just how psychopathic/dangerous Raniere was at that point or how “proprietary” he might feel towards a child of one of “his” women (despite having left him many years before). I gave Odato all the information I could, but did not allow him to use my name or details that would indicate my identity because I didn’t want my son exposed to Raniere or his flying monkeys.

      Compassion has boundaries. One can acknowledge that Clare (along with many others) has been misused and abused by Raniere, but she is still responsible for her own actions. If she cannot acknowledge that her actions harmed others and she continues to support and uphold Raniere despite the harm he did/does to others, compassion for her only goes so far. One can have compassion for a bully when looking at the root causes of the behavior, but the bully still needs to stop the behavior and repair what they can of the resultant damage.

  • In my opinion, Clare was patently evil, either out of stupidity from lack of socialization and education – or she was so overpowered by her relationship to Keith that she dared go to jail for perjury. She is where she belongs and does not deserve to be given any reduction of her sentence.

  • A great author!
    “Jeffrey Epstein is just the tip of the iceberg, it gets worse!” – Whitney Webb | Redacted

    • The Last F’, Marry, Kill;

      1. Aristotle Sausage
      2. NiceGuy

      To Men:
      You’re not gay if you play. Pretend a gun is at your head demanding an answer.

      To Women:
      Decide based on their personalities. At best the three men in question have C- looks.

      Choose wisely!

    (At the time I advanced this theseis I was still living in Illinois.
    I have now fled to greener pastures.)

    Nicki avoided both criminal and civil liability, probably by cooperating.
    Claviger, you owe me an apology.

    • No one likes to have to apologize. My guess is that Claviger doesn’t either. Especially not to someone who makes an assumption, even if it is well-founded under the circumstances, but can’t actually prove it. Shadowstate may have been right, but that’s no reason to apologize for a different position that could have been taken. Shadowstate’s assumption may have been right, but there is still no proof.

    • ShityState1958:

      Are you seriously suggesting that I owe you an apology that you now claim “PROBABLY” happened. How about you show me some proof before you ask for an apology.

      PS: Why did you have to flee Chicago?

      • PS: Why did you have to flee Chicago?

        The State of Illinois, led by Jabba the Hutt Pritzker, released a criminal who likes to breaK INTO ISOLATED HOUSES AND TERRORIZE PEOPLE.

      • Yes Claviger, that is exactly what Shadow is suggesting. He finally guessed something where he feels that he is probably right. For most of us, this guess would be about as consequential as ‘probably’ guessing a puzzle correctly on the Wheel of Fortune. But for him, this is a major life achievement (even though he’s actually probably wrong, but whatever).

        Just humor him, Shadow’s having a rough summer. 91 felony charges is a lot. And apparently Shadow’s caps lock has run amok. He needs something to feel happy about.

  • The civil trial will be very interesting. Sara will be on the stand, under oath and getting question by seasoned attorneys. Clare has gone through the process, but Sara has not. Her existence will be flipped upside down. All Daddy’s money will not be able to protect her. All of her dirty, filthy secrets will be on full display for the world to see. What did she know? When did she know it? What did she turned a blind eye to? Brace for impact, Sara: Glazer will hit you with questions like a freight train hitting a donkey cart stranded on a railroad crossing.

    Clare – I doubt – is a psychopath. I believe she is an extremely dumb fuck who gets a fix out of being cruel to weaker people. I think its more of a fetish or kink than psychopathy. Definitely not saying she is not a deeply flawed, deranged person, because she is, but psychopath,? I don’t think she is smart enough to be a psychopath.

    Clare and Sara are both dumb fucks. We all know this. Dumber than dirt. “Duping Delight” may be a thing, but not sure if Clare really delights in it or if she is just copying Vanturd.

    • RE “I don’t think she is smart enough to be a psychopath”

      Not all psychopaths are smart. Clare lied repeatedly. It’s a PATHOLOGICAL condition, which is a hallmark of psychopathy.

      In fact all psychopaths are not smart at all in reality, they can MIMIC good insights, perceptions and REAL intelligence but they are all fundamentally destructive and anti-life oriented (ergo, NOT smart at all) — see “The 2 Married Pink Elephants In The Historical Room” …

      “We’ll know our Disinformation Program is complete when everything the American public believes is false.” —William Casey, a former CIA director of the US regime

      “When a well-packaged web of lies has been sold gradually to the masses over generations, the truth will seem utterly preposterous and its speaker, a raving lunatic.” — Dresden James

    • I think it’s very unlikely that Sara will ever take the stand in the civil case. In fact, I would be shocked if she even shows up if there is a trial (Unlike criminal cases, civil cases do not require defendants to attend trials).

      • Clavy- I’d be shocked if you answered a well written question instead of nonsensical questions. LOL

        —Unlike criminal cases civil cases are civil.

        Go back to your Notary Pubic or paralegal(glorified secretary) job.

  • This important article explains so much and it explains so much of what’s still happening, everywhere. We need many many more good people stepping forward with articles such as this to expose the selfish politics still destroying so many of us, everywhere.

  • “Still, matters relating to Frank were not material to the case or their focus.What was material was proving the thefts, and the Plyams did steal.”

    What was the timing of Clare’s testimony to the indictment or claims she made against Frank?

  • “Duping Delight is the perverse pleasure a psychopath gets from lying and getting away with it, especially if it involves harming, stealing, or getting unfair control over another person. However, it is also lying for lying’s sake.”

    Thanks for the great insights Kristin! I was told that for psychopaths the greater the “duping” the more gratified and fueled they are by their ability to con while inflicting pain.

    • Duper’s delight is also when you see a flash of a smile on the face of someone who is lying and thinks they are getting away with it. Body language experts often pick up on that as one of many telling micro expressions that indicate deception.

      • Watch Harry & Meghan’s body language on that Oprah interview … if you can bear it … and keep an eye out for those ‘dupers’ delight’ flashes of smiles (from both of them). You’re right, it’s the telling micro expressions ‘dupers’ can’t control that indicate deception. Funnily enough outright liars don’t show this, only the ones telling fibs and thinking they ‘got away with it’.

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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