Episode 5 of HBO’s The Vow takes a deep dive into Keith Raniere’s shady dealings, specializing in his DOS group and the convoluted efforts to clear his title. The episode opens with a clip of former NXIVM authorized liaison Kristin Keeffe as she ardently defends NXIVM’s troubles with the regulation. Quickly, The Vow shifts to Keeffe voicing her suspicions towards Raniere, and it turns into strikingly clear that she has a whole lot of data on NXIVM. However Keeffe wasn’t only a high-ranking member who defected. From 2007 to 2014, she was Raniere’s accomplice, they usually even had a son collectively named Gaelyn. Worrying for her and her son’s well-being, Keeffe ultimately left Raniere and NXIVM in 2014.
So what’s Keeffe’s story with Raniere? Keeffe was an Government Success Program proctor in NXIVM and labored carefully with legal professionals to fight lawsuits towards the corporate. She additionally focused folks spreading adverse press about Raniere and Nancy Salzman, his NXIVM cofounder. Keeffe was even concerned with Mark Vicente’s unreleased movie to clear Raniere’s title. And past knowledgeable relationship with Raniere, she had a child with him. The New York Put up initially reported that Gaelyn was an adopted orphan versus their organic son. Purportedly, Raniere ordered Keeffe to go together with this story as a result of he needed to take care of his persona as somebody who was celibate. Within the 2019 Investigation Discovery documentary The Misplaced Ladies of NXIVM, Frank Parlato, a recognized NXIVM defector and reporter, stated that Keeffe wasn’t conscious of her being pregnant till weeks earlier than her son’s delivery. Raniere stored her, like lots of the girls in his inside circle, very skinny.
Keeffe went off the grid in 2014, involved about her and her son’s security. She fearful about Raniere conducting experiments on their son. Raniere reportedly gave orders to maintain Gaelyn away from friends and to solely permit him to be cared for by 5 nannies who every spoke a unique language. Keeffe additionally discovered about monetary wrongdoings in NXIVM that made her need to go away. Based on Parlato, Keeffe and Gaelyn stayed at one in all his flats within the Florida Keys for a 12 months as they hid from Raniere.
As we see within the episode, Keeffe tried very exhausting to vanish, utilizing burner telephones as she helped different defectors construct a case towards Raniere. Based on a chunk by The Instances Union, Keeffe alleged in 2015 that Raniere directed Canadian investigative agency Canaprobe to acquire monetary data on six federal judges and a US senator in addition to a reporter, an editor, and the writer of The Instances Union. She additionally alleged that Raniere was luring his critics into Mexico to be arrested on false prices. Whereas Keeffe did not testify towards Raniere, she stated within the Investigation Discovery particular that she labored carefully with the FBI and the Division of Homeland Safety to carry him down.
Keeffe and her son are presumably nonetheless off the grid at this time.
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