Nxivm sex-cult leader Keith Raniere says he’s as good as dead when he’s transferred to prison, according to a report.
Raniere — who was sentenced to 120 years in prison last month for running the sex-slave cult — can be heard in recordings from this year talking about how dangerous being placed in the general population of a maximum-security prison could be for him, according to recordings that Nxivm’s former publicist, Frank Parlato, posted on his blog the Frank Report.
“Well, with these charges and if I’m sentenced to life and go to a penitentiary, it is a death penalty,” the outlet reported Raniere saying in recordings of messages to his followers.
Raniere — who is being housed in Brooklyn’s federal Metropolitan Detention Center, started expressing worry about his safety in March when he talked about a “vicious” man who, “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,” the blog reported Raniere saying.
Parlatto said there are rumors that members of the Latin Kings and the MS-13 gangs would kill Raniere if they got the chance — though it was unclear where those rumors were spreading or how he came to hear of them.
Raneiere said in a recording last week, “I can’t think of anything else to say, but remember these things have to move quickly because, you know, I get designated soon – and then I’ll be out of here. And that’s a dangerous situation for me,” the blog said.
Raniere echoed that same sentiment in a recording from Nov. 21.
Prior to his Oct. 27 sentencing, Raniere said in a recording from April, “Yeah, I’m looking, you know, I’ll be in here the rest of my life if we don’t do something.
Raniere previously requested to be placed in a protective unit because of his high-profile case in which he branded women and forced them to sleep with him.
A judge has since declined to intervene directing Raniere’s lawyers to take the issue up with the Bureau of Prisons.
Raniere was convicted in June 2019 of sex trafficking, racketeering, child pornography and forced labor.