Ripley, focuses on the male con man—the Lothario who engages with the aspirations of beautiful, intelligent, and often wealthy women, enticing them to relinquish their bodies and fortunes. He was a former I. But the guru thing was merely instrumental—a means to an end. In secret he was enacting a jaw-droppingly bizarre sex scheme for his own pleasure, intertwining themes of madness, pain, and love like a story by Edgar Allan Poe. On Wednesday afternoon Raniere was convicted of sex trafficking, among other charges for which he could receive life in prison, in the modern New York City courthouse where cartel lord El Chapo recently lost his case. Raniere, stout and short of stature, sat at the defense table with his attorney Marc Agnifilo.