THE sister of a woman who mysteriously disappeared after leaving a class run by the now infamous Nxivm cult believes leader Keith Raniere may have had her killed after allegedly raping her and getting her pregnant.
In an exclusive interview with Sun Online, Kim Snyder, the sister of Kristin Snyder says she blames Raniere and the cult for her "beauty queen" sister's mental demise and her death - and would like to see him get the death penalty for his alleged crimes.
Kristen Snyder (right) with her sister KimCredit: Frank Parlato
Kristin Snyder went missing almost 16 years ago in what officials ruled a suicide - although her body was never found.
The then 35-year-old apparently drove over two hours from her house in Anchorage, Alaska, to a deserted lake, stole a kayak, paddled it into the middle of a freezing lake and purposely tipped it over.
The strange disappearance is now the subject of a two-hour bombshell TV special on Investigation Discovery called “The Lost Women of Nxivm,” which investigates whether Raniere was in fact responsible for the deaths of four of his female followers - including Kristin.
Angry Kim says her sister's death - and Nxivm's involvement - was never investigated properly - and witness statements from Nxivm members, who were the last to see her alive, don't match up.
Kristen's body has never been foundCredit: Frank Parlato
"My sister was beautiful. She was tall, blonde, slender, very bright, very people oriented," Kim said.
"She was a beauty queen, a straight A student. People loved her. She was very loving, very giving of herself. She was very much a daddy's girl kind of person like me. She was very, very brilliant in different things.
"And we miss her - I believe Keith Raniere snuffed her life out - and for nothing.
"I believe that not only is Keith Raniere a rapist but a killer.
"There's even video where Keith says, 'I've had people killed because of my beliefs'.
"It's almost 17 years ago and there's still no justice for my sister. I would like to see him executed. Why should he be able to live?"
Kristin began to have an interest in Nxivm in around 2001 and started taking classes in 2002 - which at the time purported to be a self-help group.
Keith Raniere the leader of Nxivm is currently in federal prison
This is a brand of an escaped member of DOS a secretive master-slave group at the heart of Nxivm
The group - led by Raniere - hit the headlines in 2017 when it was revealed that members had been forcing women to be branded on their groins with white hot cauterizing pen and operating a sinister master-slave group in which women were forced to have sex with Raniere, send damaging collateral such as naked pictures and starve themselves.
Raniere and other Nxivm members were charged with a slew of crimes including sex trafficking - and Raniere is currently in federal prison awaiting sentencing.
Kim says she noticed the differences in her "mentally stable" sister as soon as she began attending Nxivm course meetings in both Anchorage, Alaska and Albany, New York.
"I first heard about this group and Keith Raniere in late 2001. Not long after in 2002, she wanted to go to on a trip just the two of us," she said.
"So I met her in Colorado and she was flipping out. She was not her even-keel self that she always was. She was yelling and crying. Any little thing she lost it. And I knew that that wasn't the girl that I knew.
Actress Allison Mack was also part of Nxivm and pleaded guilty to racketeering charges earlier this yearCredit: AP
"Then the last time I saw her was January 2003 with my parents. Again she was absolutely explosive. She had become this angry, depressed, sad, upset woman that we didn't recognize anymore.
"Kris was always stable, very even, very flat. She never had any mental, emotional, psychological problems up until she met this idiot.
"And she never had any problems until she got into this mess with Nxivm, who I believe are culpable of murder."
It was just a month later, on February 6 that Kristin began acting "erratically" during the Nxivm intensive course she was taking at the Westmark Hotel in Anchorage, according to witnesses.
After leaving the hotel, she drove over two hours in the winter to Miller's Landing, a small resort near Seward in Resurrection Bay - about 130 miles away - where she committed suicide.
However Kim believes that version of events is near impossible.
"I'm now coming to believe that that was all a set up. I think that they set that up to make it look like it was a suicide," she revealed.
The Snyder family now want answersCredit: Frank Parlato
"Yeah, she had deteriorated quite a bit, but I think that Resurrection Bay is not the site of the crime scene.
"Her partner Heidi says that she was in such bad shape that she couldn't have possibly driven that truck, but two or two and a half hours away from Anchorage.
"My parents and I have done it and it is a dark, gravelly, nasty, muddy road. And if she was in the shape that she was in, no ma'am, there's no way she drove that vehicle down that dark road that night. None whatsoever.
"Kris was about 5'8" and when I sat in that car I was almost under the steering wheel, so whoever drove that truck last was short.
"And guess what happened to the truck? It was given to Keith Raniere to pay off the rest of Kristin's bills from Nxivm.
"I also don't believe the suicide note is her writing. The lettering is too big. And the things it says are not her, she wasn't a lovey-dove person and that message is.
"And the biggest thing that I've only recently found out about is that she told friends at the time she was drugged and raped by Raniere and was pregnant with his child.
Kim does not believe this suicide note - found in her sister's truck - was really written by herCredit: Frank Parlato
"I believe that they [Nxivm members] killed her. I believe that they killed Kris to silence her because she was saying that Keith had raped her and she was saying that she was carrying his child.
"I want them to re-open this case and re-investigate it. There are too many unanswered questions."
Nxivm's official version of what happened also doesn't match up to the police report - they told members that Kristin had faked her death and was now living happily in New Hampshire.
Journalist Frank Parlato - who was the group's former publicist and first exposed the sinister group was branding women in 2017 - travelled up to Alaska to investigate the disappearance for the Discovery ID TV special, due to be aired on Sunday.
He believes he has uncovered enough evidence to reopen the investigation.
"We know that Kristin was removed from the class for acting erratically, but one person's being erratic is another person's cry for help," Frank told Sun Online.
Kristen Snyder apparently told friends Raniere had got her pregnant before her deathCredit: Patrick Dodson / Courtesy of Albany Student Press
"We know she was telling people that she was pregnant with Keith's baby and that would have been anathema to what anybody there wanted to hear.
"But she may well have been telling the truth. We know that she was in Albany with Keith in January, less than a month before she disappeared.
"We also know she was a gay woman and that Keith had teachings about gay women; that he could 'convert' them to heterosexuality. He believed in 'conversion therapy' and 'sexual mentoring' so it's very possible that Raniere either raped her or seduced her.
"Kristin was escorted out of that class in February and driven home because they wanted to shut her up - but the question is - and it's what I investigate in my film and come to some startling conclusions - is did they want to silence Kristin for good?
"The possibilities are; that she committed suicide just like police said; or that she was helped, enabled, assisted or encouraged to commit suicide; or that she was murdered.
"Or maybe Keith Raniere is right and she faked her own death to escape.
"But I think my investigation, where I speak to more than 20 people who were around at the time, definitely shows some flaws in the official version of events."
The Lost Women of Nxivm” premieres on December 8, 9-11pm ET on Investigation Discovery (ID).