Trial For NXIVM Sex Cult Mastermind Keith Raniere Begins With Horrid Details Of Abuse And Torture

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An artist’s rendition of Keith Raniere in court.

Last week, Keith Raniere – known as “Vanguard” by devotees of his sex cult, NXIVM – began trial for seven criminal counts including sex trafficking, forced labor conspiracy, possession of child pornography, and racketeering.

Raniere, who sat at the top of NXIVM’s pyramid organization as the “grand master”, is now the sole defendant of the trial.

Two former members of the cult described methods of manipulation, blackmail, humiliation and deception. One detailed their time as a sex slave within DOS, a secret society within NXIVM, breaking down in tears in the process of testifying.

Further horrid details revealed during the trial expose that DOS members were branded with a cauterizing pen during a process that takes 20 to 30 minutes. Once recruited into DOS, members gave up personal, often embarrassing information about themselves, including compromising images or videos as collateral. 

The brand cauterized onto DOS members, sporting Raniere’s initials – “K.R.”

Keith Raniere was the “highest master” of DOS and forced its members, all women, to have sex with him.

The other who gave testimony, Mark Vicente, a senior member within the group, explained NXIVM’s financial workings and rankings – calling the cult’s methods of recruiting women a “horrible evil”.

Vicente, who was the founder of another one of NXIVM’s subgroups – an all-male society, dubbed the “Society of Protectors” – said he felt “bamboozled and honestly stupid” for believing that everything taught in the group was “of best intent”.

Vicente further detailed NXIVM’s ranking system, called the “strike-path”. Starting members were given a white sash to wear before they could move up in the cult until recruiting more participants and enrolling in classes. Next came the yellow sash, where members could apply to be a coach. At the rank of “proctor”, members could only then start earning money and earned a 10% commission for every participant they recruited in. 

Vicente also revealed many programs and divisions under the NXIVM banner. According to Vicente, there were “over 60” companies within the cult. Among the groups were “Executive Success Programs” and a women’s only group that went by “Jness”.

Furthermore, it’s been confirmed that Seagram heiress, Clare Bronfman tried to buy the influence of Hillary Clinton in 2008 – as reported by FMShooter in April 2018:

Even more concerning, NXIVM has ties to both Hillary Clinton – and the Clinton Global Initiative.

Per the New York Post in 2007:

Executives and top associates of the Albany-based NXIVM group – along with their family members – donated $29,900 to Clinton’s presidential campaign, according to federal records

…Group President Nancy Salzman and the Bronfman sisters – are members of Bill’s charitable organization, the Clinton Global Initiative. Membership is by invitation only and requires at least a $15,000 donation per person for one year…

As reported by the New York Post just this week:

“Bronfman funneled thousands of dollars into Clinton’s campaign coffers — far in excess of legal limits to contributionsto ‘curry favor’ with the powerhouse political family, according to Mark Vicente”.


Raniere, who faces life in prison for his charges, operated a manipulative, depraved sex cult since 1998, lurking in the shadows and recruiting unwitting women for his pyramid scheme. The five other co-defendants in the case have all pleaded guilty, some only after prosecutors added child exploitation charges against Raniere based on allegations he had sex with a 15-year-old girl.

One must wonder with the seedy and illicit misdoings of NXIVM spanning for decades, what other innocuous and clandestine operations are happening underneath our noses. What is shrouded in darkness will eventually, always come into light.