Keith Neary, Keith Raniry, Keith discussed on Uncover
Hi, Josh thank you so much for coming on the podcast again. So soon, hey, Jamie it's good to be back on the show I didn't think I'd be back this soon. Look I know you've spent years looking at this organization one hundred and twenty years for nearly got did you expect this to happen? I. You know I was thinking back to when I first ran into Sarah Edmonson who was my childhood friend who I ran into in two thousand, Seventeen Sarah Edmonson. We met when we were to. We went to daycare. Last summer I ran into her on Hornby island British. Columbia. I hadn't seen her in about fifteen years and we have one of those disjointed conversations you have as run after small children. I told her. I work at the CBC. And she replied. I just left a cult. And at that time, the nexium was in full operation. They had centers across North America they were looking to expand into Europe people were signing up for the self help workshops and today you know the sentencing. Is the remarkable end of this dramatic unraveling of the organization that's happened. So quickly so more recently I perhaps a less surprise when I think back to starting to look into this organization, it is quite remarkable and and remind us what Raniry was being sentenced for today, right so so last year in the same court house key through neary had week trial, and he was facing seven counts which he was found guilty on all of them, and they range from sex trafficking to child pornography to racketeering, which is this charge that's usually reserved for Mafia and criminal organizations. But the prosecution made this case that there was a pattern of illegal activity happening and Nexium and that. Keeps Manera was essentially a crime boss that was using nexium for his personal gain for you know to to to for his financial gain to procure sexual partners and you know a big chunk of their investigation focused on dos on the secret women's group inside the organization that women joined thinking they were joining a women's empowerment group and they handed over collateral in the form of of nude photos and explicit videos, and once they were handed over, they talked about how they were essentially blackmailed. Some of them were many of them were branded on their body with the initials of Keith remarry. The Person Who's being branded should be completely nude and sort of held to the table like A. Sort of almost like a sacrifice. And that that's a feeling of submission. You know. Some of them were instructed to have sexual encounters with Keith remarry and they felt that if they did not comply with those demands, they would have their collateral released and that their lives will be destroyed. I mean that's where the kind of sex trafficking charges come from, and so the judge having found airy guilty of the sex trafficking and of essentially being the head of this criminal organization. What did he have to say today when he sentenced him to one hundred, twenty years? I mean, he he first of all I in addition to sentencing him also slapped him with a significant fine I. believe it was one point, seven, five, million dollars. He also instructed Keith Raniry to have zero contact with any nexium associates which is very important for people who have left the group that WANNA see next meal completely collapsed and he was very clear that he was unimpressed with Keith Mary's lack of remorse in this case, and certainly that has played into the significant just how long this prison sentence is right and I. Want to get to his lack of remorse in a moment. But first, if we can spend a little bit of time talking but the survivors here, there are fifteen victim impact statements that were read on. Tuesday some pretty intense statements about however nearly laugh many women traumatized and can we start with the first woman to give a victim impact statement a woman named Camilla? Who is she right? Yes. She was just identified as as Camilla in the courtroom and her testimony is so heartbreaking. She was fifteen years old. She says when Keith Neary I. Began a sexual relationship with her and that relationship went on for twelve years and she says that she just had her childhood and youth robbed from her. She said quote he he used my innocence to do whatever he wanted with me not just sexually but also psychologically manipulated me into what he wanted for his own reasons and for his own pleasure and you know it is very remarkable to hear her case because it's her case is the basis for the child pornography charges that key winner he faces I mean he the FBI found nude photos of her when she was fifteen on his hard drive. So very heartbreaking to hear, and obviously I'm presuming very. Dramatic for her to provide this testimony directly to him right? Right I i. Saw The New York Times was reporting that she was advised not to participate in the trial and then This was the first time that she actually decided to speak out on Tuesday I know her whole family is entangled in this as well. Right and her sister also spoke on Tuesday and her sister had been in order to be confined to a room for almost two years because she apparently kissed another man. Yeah, that's right I. mean the story of family is so bizarre and so tragic and this came out in the trial as well that Kenya had sexual relationships with three. People in that family and this woman committed what they call an ethical breach, which was that you know if your relationship with Catherine area, you're supposed to be entirely devoted for him. You may not be with other people and she had admitted that she had a crush on another boy and she was confined to a room for almost two years and actually calm the nexium took away. Her passport, she's a Mexican nationals so she really couldn't leave and was stuck there and that was her story was very powerfully recounted in by her in the trial last year, right? Right. Right and I understand the whole family has been torn apart by this Ranieri apparently had a sexual relationship with all three of the daughters in.