Keith Raniere Turns Red as Verdict Is Read

In General

[Based on reports from Dianne Lipson and others in the courtroom today]

The verdict came in. Keith Alan Raniere was found guilty on all counts.

Mark Vicente and Susan Dones were in the courtroom. Barbara Bouchey, Catherine Oxenberg, and Toni Natalie were there.

Judge Nicholas Garaufis came in wearing his robes [something he often did not do during the trial. He said on the first day of trial, while wearing his robes, that he does not like to wear robes, and asked the jury not to think he did not think this case was important just because he might not wear his robes. He often did not wear his robes.] But today he wore his robes.

When the defendant, Keith Alan Raniere, AKA Vanguard came in, he was busy talking to one of his lawyers, Paul DerOhannesian.

Keith looked serious. He knew the jig was up. His lawyers later admitted that they spoke to Keith before he came in and they advised him that, due to the ultra-fast decision by the jury – they had deliberated less than five hours [and that included lunch] – that this looked quite grim.

Keith looked a little down, depressed. Maybe even scared.

All rose for the jury- who walked in. They were not looking at Keith. They went to their accustomed seats, where they have sat through 25 days of trial – all in the presence of Raniere.

But they did not look at him. That was not a good sign either.

And Keith did not look at the jury, either. He was looking intently at the judge.

Each of the charges was read by the bailiff.  The foreman was the spokesman for the jury.

He answered each and every one of the charged counts exactly the same –‘”Guilty.”

And as per count #2 – when each of the racketeering predicate acts was read, the foreman answered each one exactly the same – “Proven.”

When count #2 was read, and the foreman said, “Guilty,” Keith, perhaps involuntarily, nodded and began his fade to red.

As each additional charge was read and he was found to be guilty of each, Keith’s face became redder and redder and he seemed to get smaller, and smaller, – it appeared to be so – the redder he got, the smaller he seemed – while he kept hearing the same answers over and over again.

Imagine the scene:

Bailiff: As to count two, racketeering, how do you find the defendant?

Foreman: Guilty.

Bailiff: Since you answered, “Guilty” as to Count Two, indicate whether the following Racketeering Acts
were proved beyond a reasonable doubt.  Racketeering Act 1, 1A (Conspiracy to Commit Identity Theft – Ashana Chenoa)

Foreman: Proved

Bailiff: Racketeering Act 1B (Conspiracy to Unlawfully Possess Identification Document)

Foreman: Proved

Bailiff: Racketeering Act 2 (Sexual Exploitation of a Child on November 2, 2005 – Camila)

Foreman: Proved

Bailiff: Racketeering Act 3 (Sexual Exploitation of a Child on November 24, 2005 – Camila)

Foreman: Proved

Bailiff: Racketeering Act 4 (Possession of Child Pornography – Camila’s photos)

Foreman: Proved

Bailiff: Racketeering Act 5, 5A (Conspiracy to Commit Identity Theft)

Foreman: Proved

Bailiff: 5B (Identity Theft – James Loperfido)

Foreman: Proved

Bailiff: 5C (Identity Theft – Edgar Bronfman)

Foreman: Proved

Bailiff: Racketeering Act 6 (Conspiracy to Alter Records for Use in an Official Proceeding)

Foreman: Proved

Bailiff: Racketeering Act 7 (Conspiracy to Commit Identity Theft – Marianna)

Foreman: Proved

Bailiff: Racketeering Act 8, 8A (Trafficking for Labor and Services – Daniela)

Foreman: Proved

Bailiff 8B (Document Servitude – Daniela)

Foreman: Proved.

Bailiff: Racketeering Act 9 (Extortion)

Foreman: Proved.

Bailiff: Racketeering Act 10, 10A (Sex Trafficking – Nicole)

Foreman: Proved.

Bailiff: 10B (Forced Labor – Nicole)

Foreman: Proved.

Bailiff: Racketeering Act 11 (Conspiracy to Commit Identity Theft – Pamela Cafritz)

Foreman: Proved.

Bailiff: As to Count One,  Racketeering Conspiracy. How do you find the defendant?

Foreman: Guilty.

Bailiff: As to Count Three, Forced Labor Conspiracy. How do you find the defendant?

Foreman: Guilty.

Bailiff: As to Count Four, As to Wire Fraud Conspiracy. How do you find the defendant?

Foreman: Guilty.

Bailiff: As to Count Five, Sex Trafficking Conspiracy. How do you find the defendant?

Foreman: Guilty.

Bailiff: As to Count Six, Sex Trafficking of Nicole. How do you find the defendant?

Foreman: Guilty.

Bailiff: You find the defendant guilty as to Count Six. Do you find that the defendant knew means of force, fraud or coercion would be used to cause one or more persons to engage in one or more commercial sex acts?

Foreman: Yes.

Bailiff: As to Count Seven, Attempted Sex Trafficking of Jay. How do you find the defendant?

Foreman: Guilty.

All the while this questioning and answering by the bailiff and the foreman was going on, Keith continued to look straight at the judge.

After the foremen finished his last answer of “guilty”, the judge asked each of the individual jurors, one by one, starting with juror number 2, he said, “Juror Number 2, do you agree with this verdict?”

As the judge asked each juror, Keith looked at the jurors.

Each of the jurors – from number two to number 12, in turn, answered yes.

The case was officially over.

Before he dismissed the jury, the judge thanked them for their professionalism and said they were excellent citizens. He said, “We’re honored by your participation in this trial.”

All rose for the jury. The jury left to resume their lives, anonymous. Free from having to explain their decision, unless of course, they choose to do so.

Keith Alan Raniere AKA Vanguard was immediately handcuffed by US Marshals – who seemed a trifle too pleased with their last act in the courtroom in his trial. They handcuffed the Vanguard and led him away, to his new role, now and forever, as a convicted felon, sequestered – by walls and bars – from those he had preyed upon and others who he would have preyed upon had this day not occurred.

Sentencing will be September 25, 2019. He faces life in prison.


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71 commentsOn Keith Raniere Turns Red as Verdict Is Read

  • What about the sentence?

  • Girl Scout Cookies

    Now is the time to think about poor Keith. Look on the bright side, our tax dollars will go towards his creature comforts in prison. Once again, “things just appear”. Anyway, for how muck this little bastard fucked around with people’s heads for his own benefit and amusement, I would be happy to foot the bill to keep his sorry ass behind bars for the rest of his life. Live long Keith! Live Long! You’ve just enrolled yourself in “Humanities 101” in the U.S. penitentiary system.

  • I am usually very compassionate. The Bible tells me to be compassionate. It is hard to do, sometimes. “Keith looked a little down, depressed. Maybe even scared.”

  • Department of Justice
    U.S. Attorney’s Office
    Eastern District of New York

    Wednesday, June 19, 2019
    Jury Finds Nxivm Leader Keith Raniere Guilty of All Counts
    Raniere and His Co-Conspirators Operated a Racketeering Enterprise Victimizing Women Through Sex Trafficking and Other Crimes

    • “Nxivm’s so called self-help programs did anything but help the women they professed to empower,” stated FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge Sweeney. “What’s been proven today is that Keith Raniere preyed on the vulnerabilities of his many female victims, sold them lies and other falsehoods, and committed horrifying acts of coercion. This guilty verdict is a welcome end to a case that highlighted the many avenues of criminal activity pursued by a man whose intentions were deplorable beyond belief.”

      And that sums it up perfectly!

  • I wanna hear from the true believers who still idolize Vanguard.

    • I took a single 5 day seminar at ESP when it first started up around early1999. There were no Bronfrmans, no Mexi-Nexiians, no sashes, no celebrities and no publicity about it. Apparently, it was in its infant stages.

      I was never a follower and I completely forgot about ESP / Nxivm till it hit the news last year. Nonetheless, the trial and verdict has an impact on me. I find it confusing as I examine my own ideas, my idealism and my goals. I wonder what attracted me to ESP to begin with? I detest how Raniere lied, betrayed and hurt people.

      Mostly, I question myself and I find the whole thing confusing. Yikes, am I crazy like him? I hope not.

      • What did you think of the seminar up until the point you heard about Raniere being arrested?

      • orangecountydreams - OCD

        I would not worry. At that time, they were peddling self improvement / awareness classes – nothing wrong with that, right? In 1999 they had not yet veered off into mind control, collateral, extortion and all the rest.

  • So much for that recommitment ceremony.

  • Human empathy makes me a feel a bit of pity for the little guy.

    But he made his own bed with his own free will. That is the trust given to humans who are often unjust and arrogant, wronging firstly their own selves.

    • orangecountydreams - OCD

      Anon 8:11, your empathy is laudable. However, please consider: Many were grievously hurt – life savings stolen, careers ruined, identities crushed, sisters lost, self esteem decimated, and children aborted, abandoned, or disowned. Not to mention those who were falsely accused, arrested, sued, and imprisoned. TO BE CLEAR, this was not simply about a guy who got a lot of voluntary sex and money from willing people.

      From another article: “According to him, it’s his former ‘bitches and whores’…who are causing all his problems. He talks constantly about being betrayed – and how none of this would have happened if he had been allowed to be out on bail before the trial started.”

      • deeply repented i see ; 0 {damn biotches!!}

      • I feel pity only because of the lamentable description given in the article and how I would feel if it applied to me. I only feel it because I was never directly wronged and significantly emotionally impacted so it is a third person empathy perspective. I likely would feel different if I was a direct victim of some great evil he committed against me.

        I do not condone the wrongs he perpetrated on his victims and I feel bad for their suffering too.

        • I get it, Anonymous. I feel the same way. I’m glad about the verdict, but I don’t like to imagine anyone going to jail. I would have failed at those fright experiments for sure! I feel way too much empathy.

      • Had Keith been out on bail, I would guess there would be more “suicides”, Bronfman money used to coerce those who are buyable, a midnight flight to Fiji and more.
        It is the more I shudder at.
        Lives have been destroyed, many will never recover what they lost. Besides, wherever they go they will always be suspect. The neighbor next door, the clerk at the store, every look and whisper they will assume is about them.
        Parents will hold their children close when they are spied.
        Clare will have her money to shield her.
        Sara may never return to the USA. She also has her inherited millions to live off.
        Throughout history, these names will be known for their crimes.
        Remember….your name lives after you.

        • orangecountydreams - OCD

          “There would have been more ‘suicides’.”

          Yep. And other crimes. An escalating monster was stopped before something like a Jonestown occurred.

  • What a Fall from Grace!

    In 2016 Raniere had an estimated 400 supporters attending his Vanguard Week Celebration/Orgy.
    From now on he will be happy to get solitary confinement.

    But it will still be a struggle to wipe out NXIVM and other cults.
    America is still plagued with Scientology.
    And Buzzfeed has just published a series of stories about self-help Guru Tony Robbins abusing his followers.

    Tony Robbins Punishes Followers By Making Them Drink Unidentified Brown Liquid “Designed To Have A Lasting Effect”

    • Excellent yet disturbing post Shadowstate,

      I honestly had no idea Tony Robbins is such a sadistic bastard.

      I knew he pedaled self-improvement Dale Carnigie type stuff, but I did not know he is cult like. Nuts.

      Thanks for posting.

    • Now that we’ve seen inside a cult through details of Raniere’s techniques of manipulation and control, including the use of humiliation and degradation, these descriptions of Robbins’ practices and behavior are disturbingly suggestive of a familiar pattern.

      I knew a couple of young women who had worked from Robbins about 30 years ago, and who described being taken advantage of in an environment of low pay pay, overwork and poor treatment, that seemed inconsistent with a supposed message of empowerment and better relationships, so it doesn’t surprise me to hear that he may have taken the hypocritical exploitation further:

      “some former female fans and staffers have accused him of sexual misconduct”

      And then there’s the typical angle of getting followers to work for free as a supposed “privilege” to be in attendance and part of the endeavor (similar to the rationale for low pay, above), even though the events and courses are generating large profits:

      “Glen Lechtanski, who was a registered emergency nurse during more than a decade spent volunteering for Robbins, including as director of medical operations for his live events, said he too had witnessed participants getting sick after being pressured into drinking “health” shots.”

  • Thank you thank you so much Frank. Any other words are trite. God Bless you

  • Girl Scout Cookies

    Well done Frank!

  • Goodnight, prisoner 57005-177……
    ….And sweet dreams. 😉

  • Keith has always made his own reality. His thoughts are not connected with the world audience which clearly spoke up today.

  • I wonder if he had thought to go to Fiji? Or if now he’s kicking himself for not. Smartest man on the planet.

    • orangecountydreams - OCD

      I wager he’s kicking himself daily. He made dreadful miscalculations all the way down the line, including running to Mexico and encrypting his emails, and travelling with a bozo who posted a picture of herself on a well known landmark, disclosing their location.

      Had he not done that, and had he been forthcoming about the resources he had access to, he might not have suffered pre-trial detention. He brought that on himself.

      Now he will blame his attorneys for his conviction, likely saying had they listened to his cockamamie defense strategies, he would have walked.

      He is already blaming his female followers for betraying him.

      When one starts to truly believe he is smarter than everyone else – attorneys, law enforcement, adversaries like Frank, Joe O’Hara, Rick Ross, etc. – grave mistakes will be made for which there will be consequences.

  • Can I go visit him in MDC and tell him what shit he is? Because wow I would love to.

    • He has to put you on his “Visitors List” in order for you to do that. We’ll be publishing ways for folks to send Raniere such requests in the near future.

  • He will enjoy a few rounds of butthole bingo before he suicides himself

  • Shocking Barbara Bouchey news!!!!!

    The following quote is taken from today’s Time Union News Paper website:

    “A jubilant Barbara Bouchey, a NXIVM defector, in the hallway outside the courtroom following verdict:
    “Oh my God! Oh my God! That’s amazing”
    Bouchey, addressing one of Raniere’s lawyers, Marc Agnifilo:
    “There is goodness in him. But there’s this dark side that’s crazy ( TimesUnion).”

    I personally am going to try and not comment on anything Barbara Bouchey or her friends post. Barbara, in my opinion, is clearly not in the right frame of mind. I could not believe what I was reading. I was flummoxed.

    Here is the link:

    • What goodness?

    • Just Barb hogging the limelight again.
      She’s a grade B actress.
      Now she makes the rounds of Crime Con, TU event, etc.
      Barb, go away, go far away. Do not pass go, do not collect $200.

      As for Brandon Porter in Waterford.
      I suggest you move out of state. Then your wife won’t whine about being harassed.
      One would do better with a witch doctor than the likes of you.

      We know Barb, Nikki, Brandon, et al read this. You are despised. Remember that.

  • The Bronfman crime family DNA certainly showed up in Clare and Sara.

  • Sentenced To Cock!

    Judge – “Keith Raniere, you are sentenced to cock in prison! May God have mercy on your asshole!”

  • Frank says: [Based on reports from Dianne Lipson and others in the courtroom today]


    Frank spends YEARS of his life exposing Raniere, yet he can’t even attend court for the final VERDICT?

    What a loser.

    What an asshole.

    Frank has pretty much just ruined his reputation as a journalist.

    Both Frank and Heidi should have been front and center at the verdict.

    Yet I’m guessing that both of those turds lacked the courage to face Keith up close and personal.

    Frank needs to turn over the keys to his blog to somebody like Claviger, since at least Claviger has some balls.

    Frank should be ashamed of his lack of presence at the trial.

    • Frank was at the trial, just not yesterday. Raniere saw him there, that’s the most important thing. Nobody knew how long the jury would be deliberating, it could have been several days.

    • Christmas in the Kalahari

      Oh Cock!

      is this your own special way of expressing your delight? Hahaha..:)

  • Because Raniere is a psychopath, he is incapable of remorse and will never accept responsibility for his crimes, despite what his lawyers may script for him at his sentencing. Also, it is highly unlikely that he will commit suicide. It is equally unlikely, however, that he will long survive in prison, where convicts of his ilk are regarded as the lowest of lowlifes deserving of torture and death. I predict he will be killed after a period of unmerciful torture at the hands of his colleagues in crime. Frank can then retire with all our undying thanks.

  • I wonder what color his face will turn when they start busting his cheeks. You just know he’s going to get his wig split

  • So all you nxivm apologists can kiss Frank Parlato’s ass!!! The jury aka We The People, has shown you just how far from the ethical consensus you had strayed!!!

    God Bless you Frank, you absolute G, you Hero!!! I’d love to know how the glorious defence team reacted to the news as well as the stalwarts: Toni, Catherine, Susan and Mark – what a moment!!!

    Thank you Judge Garaufis for presiding over what was a faultlessly humane process for the witnesses. May the wheels of justice continue to grind until all the perpetrators are dust. RESULT!!!!

  • I wish we had a Truman Capote to really develop the whole story in a document to make the country understand the evil that was done here, The deception against heiress Clare Bronfman and sister is something we all need to learn from. Hopefully, the connection with Gillibrand, Schummer and Clinton will start to be made clear too.

    • i firmly believe Frank Parlato is that Truman Capote – his book (surely there’ll be a book?) will be the ‘In Cold Blood’ of our times!

  • Barbara Bouchey is quoted as saying “There is goodness in him but there’s this dark side”.

    I rarely swear BUT…..Barb, SHUT THE FUCK UP!

    You are either delusional, still under his thrall or positioning yourself, as you have been doing all along, and as I keep pointing out openly to one and all, to resurrect the “best” of NXIVM as you call it.

    So shut the fuck up and disappear into the vast sea of humanity.
    No one trusts you. We don’t want you.
    Or Nancy, Lauren, Clare and so on.
    We want the stink of NXIVM, DOS, ESP, etc, anything and anyone to just go away and stay away.

    The people in Clifton Park, Halfmoon, Waterford, and Colonie deserve better.

    • “The people in Clifton Park, Halfmoon, Waterford, and Colonie deserve better.”

      The people of the Albany area deserve both the NDNY and the New York State government prosecuting ALL of the NXIVM criminals.
      Most of the NXIVM crimes occurred near Albany, not Brooklyn.
      Albany is the proper venue for a mass trial of the whole NXIVM gang.

    • Barbara:

      “I’ve had people killed because of my beliefs.”

      Those are Raniere’s own words, spoken on camera.

      Where is the fabled goodness that none of us can see?

      Where is the fabled goodness that only you can see.

    • Barbara should speak with Rhiannon, Toni Natalie, and Heidi Hutchinson regarding the good that’s in Keith Raniere.

  • One more step Frank – you and Rick Ross and all NXIVM litigation targets class action suit against Claire Bronfman for every cent left in her cash stash – and give all the proceeds to Vanguard’s victims to rebuild their shattered lives.

    Claire will get her first real job. CB: “You want fries with that?”

    Justice served.

  • orangecountydreams - OCD

    All his faithful, daily watching of the OJ trial for nothing. There was no OJ moment when the verdict was read!

  • What will now be left to frankreport on?

    • orangecountydreams - OCD

      I’m not speaking for Frank, BUT: I believe additional charges will be filed – against Clare and maybe KAR. Then there will be the sentencing of all the Defendants, at various times. Plus you can be sure that KAR will appeal his conviction.

  • Thank you very much, Frank and congratulations from Mexico today that Raniere was found guilty on all counts! You have been very brave and you have done an excellent and wonderful work.

  • Thank you so much for keeping us updated on this case. You played a big part in justice being served!

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