NXIVM boss Keith Raniere being kept in prison where Epstein died, fears he might be killed: 'It's dangerous for me'
The 60-year-old cult leader is currently at the Brooklyn Metropolitan Detention Center for multiple felonies, including sex trafficking, forced labor and racketeering
NXIVM "sex cult" leader, Keith Raniere, in a series of recordings, has stated that he fears he will be killed in prison. He reportedly made the recordings from the same prison where convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein was found dead in his cell. Raniere, who was sentenced to 120 years in prison last month, has claimed that he will die if he is relegated to the general population of a maximum-security prison. The cult leader is currently at a Brooklyn Metropolitan Detention Center for multiple felonies, including sex trafficking, forced labor, and racketeering.
Raniere, called 'Vanguard' by his followers, was convicted after being accused of running a master-slave group called DOS, where women were branded on their groins, starved, forced into sexual acts, and were asked to provide damaging collateral like their naked pictures. Raniere was also found guilty of production and possession of child pornography, acts of extortion, and identity theft.
The sex cult leader, as he awaits a permanent prison placement, spoke to investigative journalist Frank Parlato and gave his statements in a series of recorded conversations. The 60-year-old described his life behind prison as a "dangerous situation" and claimed that other prisoners were plotting his murder. Raniere, in one of the recordings, described an unnamed man, possibly with Latin Kings or MS-13 gang connections, whom he believes wants the sex cult leader killed.
"So here you have a man who’s used to and he’s notorious for being vicious," Raniere told Parlato in audio uploaded to the Frank Report. "And he told various people he would put as much money as necessary, literally hundreds of millions of dollars to have me put in jail for the rest of my life, to have me killed, to have me destroyed. To have me, whatever… the worst thing you can imagine," he added. The cult leader also predicted that if he goes to a penitentiary, he will not live for long there. "Yeah, I’m looking, you know, I’ll be in here the rest of my life if we don’t do something. The rest of my life may not be that long," he said. "Considering the way things are in here, you know, once I get to a destination point, I guess I’ll go to a pen. With these charges and if I’m sentenced to life and go to a penitentiary, it is a death penalty."
Raniere had also alluded to the alleged dangerous situation prison last week took and had claimed that he may never be seen again. "And right now, over the next month to two months is a real countdown for me, because once they designate me and either ship me off to the Supermax or ship me off to a pen, things become dangerous for me. And you guys may never get to speak to me again, for all I know," he said.
Raniere, on October 27, was sentenced to life in prison for exploiting victims as head of Nxivm. Nxivm-5, which also includes actress Nicki Clyne, believes Raniere has been wrongly convicted and claims they had videos allegedly showing witnesses were threatened. Many believe that Reniere's followers are still brainwashed by their leader.