In episode 4 of HBO’s The Vow, we meet the nameless Jane, a filmmaker and former DOS member. Throughout her time in NXIVM, Jane realized of Pam (or Pamela) Cafritz’s dying and even created a memorial video for her. Whereas we solely hear of her briefly within the docuseries, Pam Cafritz is a vital identify relating to decoding every part that went down in NXIVM. Not solely did she rank excessive within the group, however she was additionally Keith Raniere’s life accomplice. Cafritz supported him and his profession to the purpose of enabling his darkest crimes. Even after she died, Cafritz remained related to his group – here is how her story matches into NXIVM’s larger image.
Cafritz’s Life Earlier than NXIVM
Cafritz was the daughter of Washington socialites Buffy and William Cafritz. In outdated footage featured within the docuseries, Raniere and Cafritz describe assembly at a ski journey once they have been youthful. Cafritz turned carefully concerned with Raniere within the ’90s when he launched Customers’ Buyline Inc. When the federal government accused CBI of being a pyramid scheme, she and Karen Unterreiner signed a consent settlement with prosecutors admitting their roles in CBI.
Cafritz’s Complicity in NXIVM’s Darkish Facet
When Raniere began NXIVM, Cafritz cofounded Jness, a girls’s group in NXIVM that targeted on how gender influences girls’s roles in society and their relationships. Earlier than her dying, not solely did Cafritz assist Raniere as a enterprise and romantic accomplice, however she additionally enabled his sketchy dealings. Cafritz has been introduced up usually by “Daniela,” an undocumented girl who was a DOS slave stored in a home towards her will for 2 years. When Daniela turned impregnated by Raniere, Cafritz guided her by way of an abortion at a physician’s workplace. Daniela believes that Cafritz’s function was to protect Raniere from legal responsibility, that she was “the defuser of bombs” who would “neutralize others.”
Cafritz’s complicit habits will also be traced again to the ’90s throughout Raniere’s CBI days. In line with The Occasions Union, she reportedly employed a 12-year-old lady to stroll her canine, encouraging the lady to go to the townhouse she shared with Raniere. Later, Raniere raped the underage sufferer, whose mom labored for his firm. He allegedly had round 60 sexual encounters along with her. Two years later, in 1993, the lady reported the abuse to the police. She finally signed a waiver saying that the declare that Raniere had intercourse along with her was true however that she would not press fees.
The Circumstances of Cafritz’s Demise
Cafritz reportedly died of renal most cancers at age 57 in 2016. However there have been rumors about Raniere poisoning her to get $eight million, which she allegedly bequeathed to him in her will. Frank Parlato, a well known NXIVM defector, believes that Cafritz was poisoned. He has identified that Raniere managed her remedy and weight-reduction plan, in addition to different girls’s.
After Cafritz died, Raniere and his co-conspirators used her identification and her bank card, charging over $300,000. But when Raniere did, in reality, inherit Cafritz’s belongings, why did he use her card? Throughout Raniere’s trial, Assistant US Legal professional Moira Penza informed the jury in her closing assertion: “Why did he use Pam Cafritz’s bank card after she was useless to fund his way of life? To keep away from paying taxes.” In line with Penza, the “final aim” for NXIVM and Raniere was zero tax.
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