Before that, I reported stories that took me to the West Bank, Moscow and Brooklyn. Below is Forbes’ 2003 profile of Raniere. Raniere and Salzman say they are careful to avoid accepting troubled students. La secta que sedujo al poder en México” by Juan Alberto Vasquez. Partial Transcript VERY, few people from the non-problem-solver realm stand a chance against me on [IQ tests]– they do not have the experience, they do not have the drive, they are like not “primed” to solve problems. He projects a pseudo-humility which he betrays after the fact. "[88], In 2019, Investigation Discovery aired a documentary titled "The Lost Women of NXIVM", speculating that Raniere committed homicide. [7][8], Keith Raniere was born on August 26, 1960, to James Raniere (May 9, 1932 – April 10, 2020), a New York City advertiser, and his wife Vera Oschypko (January 19, 1931 – December 13, 1978), a ballroom dancing instructor. Another “stable genius” … conmen all of them …. He claims he was worth $50 million. The protagonists in Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead are über-individualists, aggressive and ruthless. [52][53], Barbara Bouchey spent $1.6 million covering losses of commodities trades which Raniere made in her name. [47][48] Clifford recalled: "I was told (by a NXIVM instructor) not to bring her to the hospital. [88][89], American felon and founder of the NXIVM cult, Death of Gina Hutchinson and disappearance of Kristin Snyder. I even saw a blue light, but I don't think I told him so. He felt employees too often took jobs they didn't like and made decisions they didn't believe in. Frank Parlato’s work has been cited in hundreds of news outlets, like the New York Times, The Daily Mail, VICE News, The Times of London, Fox News, New York Post, New York Daily News, Oxygen, Rolling Stone, People Magazine, The Sun, CBS Inside Edition, among many, many others in all five continents. “I think it’s a cult,” says Bronfman. Regulators in 20 states began to investigate. They are taught to bow to one another and to “Vanguard.” When he makes a rare appearance, Elvis-like, students rush up to him. [76][77] At trial, the prosecution introduced a 2016 recording of a private meeting with DOS "slaves" in which Raniere acknowledged that "the [branded] monogram as it is right now is very directly related to my initials." The following year, the case was dismissed with prejudice. [81], Raniere was arrested by Mexican authorities in a luxury villa outside Puerto Vallarta in March 2018. (Sample: “There are no ultimate victims; therefore, I will not choose to be a victim.”) It is apocalyptic in tone, with the occasional grammatical error—his genius notwithstanding. Between 1998 and 2020, NXIVM developed a following primarily through its personal development seminars, recruiting several celebrities and socialites. Ultimately I agreed to be intimate with Keith, and it was just as he said. Clare Bronfman, who is set to be sentenced in July after pleading guilty last month to lesser charges, could face two years in jail. Detractors say he runs a cult-like program aimed at breaking down his subjects psychologically, separating them from their families and inducting them into a bizarre world of messianic pretensions, idiosyncratic language and ritualistic practices. Born in Brooklyn, Keith arrived in New York at the age of 5 and graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. [80], A search warrant was issued for Raniere's email account on January 18, 2018. [89] Raniere partner Kristin Keeffe survived cervical cancer. 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, many others in all five continents. Students then go through sessions on "Money," "Face of the Universe," "Control, Freedom & Surrender" and more. “Humans can be noble. [13][10] Heidi Hutchinson recalled that during the late '80s, Raniere was fascinated by Amway, Scientology, and neuro-linguistic programming. “It’s like a practical M.B.A.,” says one follower, Emiliano Salinas, son of a former president of Mexico. Thus, a person who criticizes Executive Success is showing suppressive behavior. It also is reminiscent of the “human potential” training of the 1970s, with a few Scientology-like elements and parallels to EST, the much-criticized groupthink program founded by Werner Erhard. [31], In 1994, Raniere created "National Health Network,” a multi-level seller of vitamins. Raniere says there’s nothing in his operation that makes it a cult, and indeed, many enrollees see Executive Success as a good coaching program and nothing more. When a higher-ranking student enters the room they must stand to show respect. [42] Sara Bronfman initially became involved, followed by sister Clare Bronfman. After Heidi found Raniere climbing into Gina's bedroom window and confronted them, Raniere told her that Gina was a "Buddhist goddess meant to be with him." Wrote Littlefield: "This matter smacks of a jilted fellow's attempt at revenge or retaliation against his former girlfriend, with many attempts at tripping her up along the way. Executive Success resembles motivational groups such as the Landmark Forum, the Sterling Institute of Relationship and Lifespring. In November 2010, Vanity Fair published an article titled "The Heiresses and the Cult", in which Raniere's former partner Toni Natalie recalled that Raniere "had insisted she keep the body of her dead puppy in her garage freezer and look at it daily. It is meant to be a tribute to civilization—another step in the mission to spread Vanguard's gospel around the world. "I can't think. Raniere has appealed several times, driving Natalie to the brink of a breakdown. His teachings are mysterious, filled with self-serving and impenetrable jargon about ethics and values, and defined by a blind-ambition ethos akin to that of the driven characters in an Ayn Rand novel. Ever since 2015, the articles published by Frank Parlato on the Frank Report have exposed major scandals and uncovered disturbing criminal enterprises such as the sex-slavery, branding cult of NXIVM. He speaks slowly and methodically, with digression upon digression, using words he has defined for himself and then pausing to explain each term. Gina Hutchinson's sister Heidi told the Times Union that Raniere became sexually involved with Gina. [88] Live-in girlfriends Barbara Jeske and Pam Cafritz both died from what was diagnosed as cancer at the time, but is alleged to have actually been subtle poisoning. Not only that, it was a take home IQ test, which means no one monitored for the possibility of his cheating. KR: Yes I do. [18] In a January 2003 ruling, federal judge Robert Littlefield implied Raniere was using a legal suit to harass his former partner. When Raniere was five, he and his family relocated from Brooklyn to Suffern, New York. "He was like a mythological figure—the guy with the 240 IQ was coming to town," says Robert Bremner, a former distributor for the outfit. One had to accept them at their word.eval(ez_write_tag([[580,400],'frankreport_com-medrectangle-4','ezslot_2',107,'0','0'])); When Keith joined the Mega Society in the late 1980s, he assumed a large role, if not control of the Mega Society. You're important. Students must sign a nondisclosure agreement and vow never to talk about what they learn. Or maybe horse manure. I was brainwashed and my emotional center of the brain was killed/turned off. She found Raniere to be riveting. test". In the lawsuit Raniere and Salzman made similar claims regarding alleged copyright violations against Hochman, as well as against Stephanie Franco. Some of the data, he said, could not be obtained in writing. [19], According to reporting by the Times Union, in 1984, the 24-year-old Raniere became sexually involved with 15-year-old Gina Melita after the two met in a theater group. Raniere calls this claim “ridiculous and not rational.”, These days Raniere prefers to be called “Vanguard” by his followers. Keith was experimenting on him. [10][20], Kristin Marie Snyder was a 35-year-old environmental consultant who, in November 2002, paid $7,000 to enroll in a 16-day personal development course conducted in Anchorage, Alaska, by ESP/NXIVM leader Nancy Salzman. Keith Raniere’s name never appeared in the US edition of the Guinness Book of World Records. They remove their shoes for class, learn obscure handshakes and wear patented colored sashes in dozens of different variations that signify rank in the organization. A decade ago he ran an alleged pyramid scheme that collapsed after signing up at least 250,000 customers and bringing in more than $33 million in a year. I am sorry life, I didn’t know I was already dead. [54] Beginning in August 2005, the Bronfman sisters covered the losses, ultimately using $150 million of their funds in support of Raniere and his organization. To solve this, Keith volunteered to conduct a study to determine how rare was his genius as proven by the results of his score on the Mega test. As originally designed, the building was to emerge from a stone foundation under a six-sided, glass roof. "He was like a mythological figure—the guy with the 240 IQ was coming to town," says Robert Bremner, a former distributor for the outfit. A more ethical world, he reasoned, would consist of people who understood their goals and pursued them. He barnstormed the nation promoting discounts on groceries, dishwashers and even hotel stays, stoking crowds of a thousand pumped-up and profit-hungry people. She is a nurse and therapist who has studied hypnosis and neurolinguistic programming, by which therapists examine and mimic a person's language and speech patterns to alter behavior. "[79][better source needed], In the wake of the article, Raniere fled to Mexico, accompanied by a few members of his inner circle.

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