Date Archives May 2019

Criminal charge filed against Dede Evavold for violating restraining order

Dede Evavold has been criminally charged for violating an Harassment Restraining Order (HRO) filed against her in Dakota County by Michael Brodkorb and his family.

Evavold was charged last week after she attempted to contact Michael Brodkorb for assistance in restarting her blog after WordPress suspended it for violating their terms of service.

Brodkorb was granted an HRO against Evavold last year for her involvement in surreptitiously obtaining and later distributing a photograph of Brodkorb’s wife and minor children online.

Michael and Sarah Brodkorb filed the HROs in Dakota County against Diane Ristau of Medford, Carrie Beaudette of St. Joseph, and Evavold, who lives in St. Cloud.

The photograph of Ms. Brodkorb with her minor children was distributed multiple times with false allegations on a social media account connected to Sandra Grazzini-Rucki and her supporters.

The same social media account had been investigated by law enforcement for publishing threatening, harassing, and defamatory statements targeting judges, law enforcement, court staff, and journalists. Continue reading

Another restraining order granted against Kimberley and Jay Bukstein

A judge in Washington County granted an Harassment Restraining Order (HRO) against two supporters of Dede Evavold, Sandra Grazzini-Rucki, and Michelle MacDonald for harassing an attorney for Michael Brodkorb and Missing in Minnesota.

Nathan Hansen filed for HRO against Kimberley Bukstein and her husband, Jay Bukstein, who reside together in St. Paul, Minnesota. Hansen has served as Brodkorb’s attorney regarding numerous HROs, including two filed against Kimberley and Jay Bukstein.

Kimberley Bukstein is a self-described “civil-rights advocate” who was fined $10,000 for the unauthorized practice of law in Ohio in 2013. Both Kimberley and Jay Bukstein are also “qualified” Rule 114 ADR Neutrals for the Minnesota Supreme Court. The Buksteins are referenced in the award-winning true crime book,  The Girls Are Gone, which was written by Brodkorb and Allison Mann.

According to court documents, the Buksteins “excessively” contacted Hansen before and after Brodkorb was granted separate HROs against the Buksteins last month.

Respondents, Kimberley and Jay Bukstein have both excessively called my office both before the filing of Harassment Restraining Orders against them by my client, and since the time the Orders were granted. Phone calls have come at the rate of five per night at times. Respondent Kimberley Bukstein, on one occasion, began a flurry of voice messages by stating that she and her husband, Jay Bukstein, would be leaving a series of messages overnight. All of the messages from both Jay and Kimberley Bukstein are unnecessary, unwanted and harassing. These messages are not relevant to the case in which my client obtained Harassment Restraining Orders against Respondents. The cases regarding the Harassment Restraining Orders are now closed and have been since the Orders were granted one month ago.

Respondents began this pattern of harassment with emails. When I specifically instructed them to stop contacting me and blocked their emails, they not only persisted, but ramped up their contacts. Because I blocked their emails, I now receive multiple faxes at a time containing copies of emails they are attempting to send to me. These emails contain threats.

Similar to the harassment and threats made by the Buksteins to Brodkorb, Jay Bukstein “…stated in emails that his wife, Kimberley Bukstein would kill herself if the cases against them were not dismissed.”

Respondents Kimberley and Jay Bukstein have made threats to myself, my livelihood and my client. Respondent Jay Bukstein explicitly stated in emails that his wife, Kimberley Bukstein would kill herself if the cases against them were not dismissed. Ms. Bukstein herself made threats of suicide in emails as well including reference to Easter Sunday being a good day to die.

The court agreed and found that the Buksteins made both “harassing phone calls” and “threats” to Hansen. The HRO against the Buksteins remains in effect until May 1, 2021. Continue reading

In the news: ‘The Girls Are Gone’ authors visiting Sweet Reads

Please read this story from the Austin Daily Herald about Michael Brodkorb and Allison Mann’s upcoming book event at Sweet Reads Books in Austin, Minnesota on Saturday, May 11, 2019, from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM.

“Two girls are abducted from their home

The search drags on for two years as their father never gave up the search for his children. In those years, a conspiracy is unraveled by law enforcement, ultimately ending with the arrest of their mother, along with three other people, after the girls are found alive on a horse ranch in a dramatic turn that could only be found in a New York Times best selling crime-thriller.

But, this isn’t the plot of any work of fiction. Instead, it’s a non-fiction telling of the events surrounding the abduction of Samantha and Gianna Rucki on April 19, 2013.

Allison Mann and Michael Brodkorb, the authors of the book ‘The Girls Are Gone,’ will be talking about the book and the case from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday at Sweet Reads.

Mann and Brodkorb, who come from two different backgrounds, give perspectives of both a  participant and reporter involved in the events as they unfolded.

Mann worked as a paralegal in the law firm that represented the father of the two girls, David Rucki, while Brodkorb was an online reporter for the StarTribune, writing several stories between the time the girls went missing to when they were located on Nov. 18, 2015, on a ranch in northern Minnesota.

“What makes it such an important story is unfortunately, it can happen anywhere,” Brodkrob said.

Click here to read the full story from the Austin Daily Herald.

Since being released  The Girls Are Gone has been a commercial and critical success. Earlier this month, Brodkorb and Allison Mann were awarded a 2019 Independent Publisher Book AwardBrodkorb and Mann announced last month that the third printing of their book had been ordered.

The Kindle Edition of The Girls Are Gone has appeared on multiple “best seller” lists by AmazonThe Girls Are Gone is published by Wise Ink Creative Publishing.

Brodkorb and Mann have appeared at nearly 30 events for their book in the last few months, and more book events will be announced in the next week.