December 23, 2015 Staff 17

During my tenure as a press consultant for purported cult leader, Keith Raniere, and his benefactors, Clare and Sara Bronfman (heiresses of the Seagram’s liquor fortune), I was tasked with improving Raniere’s public image and that of his company, NXIVM.

Officially, NXIVM conducts “human potential and ethics” seminars in Albany, Mexico City, Los Angeles and elsewhere. However, several mental health experts have critiqued its trainings, comparing the methodology to “thought reform,” commonly called “brainwashing.” read more


December 17, 2015 Staff 0

It’s worth noting that well before I was hired as a consultant at NXIVM in 2007, the two Seagram heiresses, Clare and Sarah Bronfman lost a staggering amount of money.

In 2002, after joining the “self-help” company NXIVM, which critics call a cult, the Bronfman sisters became enamored with NXIVM founder, Keith Raniere, and his top assistant, Nancy Salzman, president of NXIVM.

They expressed their infatuation as one might expect heiresses would: They gave him money.

It began modestly and gradually increased. The sisters donated $250,000 to advance Raniere’s ideals. Out of that $250,000, Raniere got a gift of a $40,000 piano. read more


December 10, 2015 Staff 21

Thanks to the recommendation of my friend, G. Steven Pigeon, and following an interview in Albany, I began work for the self-help group NXIVM (pronounced Nexium).

NXIVM is a New York for-profit corporation, headed by the self-proclaimed spiritually advanced genius and teacher Keith Raniere and his chief assistant, Nancy Salzman, a nurse-hypnotist.

When I arrived, I knew little of NXIVM other than Keith Raniere was reputed to have one of the highest IQ’s in the world – a 1988 test reportedly placed his IQ at between 188 and 194; that his organization was funded by two heirs of the Seagram’s liquor fortune, Clare and Sara Bronfman, both in their early 30’s; and that the company was being widely labeled as a “cult” in the media. read more


December 3, 2015 Staff 13

Keith Raniere, self-proclaimed smartest man in the world and spiritually evolved guru


lived and worked with NXIVM for several months as their round-the-clock consultant, staying in their properties and communicating closely day and night with their top officials. That included leaders Keith Raniere, hypnotist and president of the organiztion, Nancy Salzman, and the wealthy Seagram heiresses, Clare and Sara Bronfman who fund the operation.

At first I thought they were a much persecuted but kindly group of people who were being attacked for having a different belief system. I later came to believe they were operating a criminal enterprise. read more


November 26, 2015 Staff 30

This newspaper will continue to do it and encourage the Feds to join in

This is another installment of a series where I am a journalist covering my own federal indictment on 19 criminal counts.

Last week I wrote about cult leader Keith Raniere and the two women who fund and empower him – Seagram heiresses, Clare and Sara Bronfman.

Keith Raniere, is he an enlightened spiritual being, or a criminal cult leader?
Keith Raniere, is he an enlightened spiritual being, or a criminal cult leader?

The trio had a role behind the federal investigation that led to my indictment. It may have been a corrupt role.

Clare, 36, and Sara Bronfman, 39, are sisters. Their father, the late Jewish Canadian billionaire Edgar Bronfman, Sr. was chief executive of Seagrams and president of the World Jewish Congress. read more


November 19, 2015 Staff 33

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The federal government is actively investigating whether the Bronfmans are my victims. But they are the ones who should be investigated since there are many victims – including myself – of the Bronfman sisters and the man who leads them, Keith Raniere.C
lare and Sara Bronfman, heirs to the Seagram’s liquor fortune, and purported cult members, filed a complaint against me with the FBI claiming I defrauded them out of $1 million.

Raniere – who made the 1989 “The Guinness Book of World Records” for his high IQ – estimated to be between 188 and 194 – was born in Brooklyn in 1960, claimed to speak full sentences at age one, taught himself high-school math in 19 hours when he was 12 and completed three years of college math and computer-language classes by the age of 13. read more

Target and Journalist

November 12, 2015 Staff 19

Parlato to have dual role in investigation


Left to right: US Attorney William Hochul, Keith Raniere (Forbes cover story), Clare Bronfman
Left to right: US Attorney William Hochul, Keith Raniere (Forbes cover story), Clare Bronfman

As a newspaper editor and publisher I have always insisted on transparency of government, and the transparency of private individuals dealing with government.

I have reported on these matters whenever I could with the depth that I could.

The Buffalo News reported on Sunday, November, 8, 2015 that the local US attorney’s office has targeted me for an investigation to determine whether to charge me with one or more felonies, or decline to prosecute after reviewing exonerating evidence, or alternately make an offer to me to avoid prosecution by taking a plea deal. read more

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Opinion: Raniere is not evil; he is a frightened child

August 19, 2017 48

A reader asked me if I despised Keith Raniere.

No, of course I don’t.

Candidly – and it is just my opinion – I have come to see Raniere as a tormented soul.

Asked to share my opinion, it is this (and I hope the reader will not be offended by the purely opinionated aspect of this post):

One should feel sympathy for Keith Raniere for the terror that must haunt him.


He is frightened, and, with Bronfman millions at his disposal, he tries to buy away his fears – sometime with unbelievable cruelty (Barbara Bouchey, Toni Natalie) – at other times with immature foolishness (The Dalai Lama, suing Rick Ross) and sometimes with either dishonest or incredibly stupid intentions (commodities, real estate scams, loss of $http://southbuffalonews.com00 million). read more

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Reader: Working Families Party Conduit Bronfmans use to funnel money

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We received this note from a reader:

The Working Families Party (WFP) is the conduit that Sarah and Clare Bronfman have used to funnel money to Albany County District Attorney P. David Soares.  It is also the conduit that several members of their family have used to funnel money to a wide variety of political candidates: e.g., Hillary Clinton; Bill DeBlasio; etc.

With all of the cash that Keith Raniere has on hand – and with the high-level contacts that NXIVM now has in Democratic circles (e.g., Richard Mays) – they may also be making political contributions that way. read more

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Followers State: Keith Raniere ‘doing’ Bronfmans

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The March 24, 20http://southbuffalonews.com5 recorded conversation between Kristin Keeffe and Barbara Bouchey, two inner circle members of Keith Raniere’s love cult, has many candid observations.

Two otherwise intelligent women who lost years of their lives under the thralldom of Raniere, make some fascinating statements when they in essence compare notes.

Here are some snippets about Clare and Sara Bronfman and of course Raniere:

 Kristin: Clare (is) on the hook again for doing another criminal act. read more

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Did Asimov inspire Raniere to be ‘the mule’?

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Artist’s conception of the Mule, an unpredicted mutant who has the capacity to detect and ‘Adjust’ the thoughts of others.

(This essay contains major spoilers about Isaac Asimov’s “Foundation Trilogy” of science-fiction novels.  So if you want to fully enjoy these classics, read them first before reading further.  For the rest of you, we continue below.)

A little bit of light reading for Christmas.

Keith Raniere’s whole enterprise is based on exploiting other’s emotional weaknesses.

Keith Raniere, the self-styled “Vanguard” of NXIVM/ Executive Success Programs, states in his affidavit in “NXIVM v Ross Institute et al”: read more