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In the news: The ComMN Law Podcast

Michael Brodkorb and Allison Mann appeared on a recent episode of the podcast The ComMN Law to discuss their new book, The Girls Are Gone, and the status of the lawsuit filed by Michelle MacDonald, who is currently a candidate for the Minnesota Supreme Court.

Aside from offering details about their book, Brodkorb and Mann provided insight into the scandal-plagued candidacy of MacDonald.

MacDonald is currently being investigated by lawyers board

MacDonald is currently being investigated by the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility for alleged violations of the Minnesota Rules of Professional Conduct governing licensed attorneys. The investigation into the alleged violations by MacDonald was opened after Missing in Minnesota filed a formal complaint with the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility in June after MacDonald filed a “frivolous and vexatious” lawsuit against Missing in Minnesota, which appears to be in violation of an Order of the Minnesota Supreme Court which details the conditions by which MacDonald is allowed to practice law. Continue reading

Why Sandra Grazzini-Rucki not being in jail should scare you

Sandra Grazzini-Rucki has failed to report to the Dakota County Jail, as required per the conditions of her sentence after being convicted for her role in the disappearance of daughters for 944 days.

Grazzini-Rucki was ordered to report to the Dakota County Jail in Hastings, Minnesota by 8:00 AM, on Saturday, November 18, 2017. She is over four days late for reporting to jail, and a warrant has not been issued for her arrest.

The fact that Grazzini-Rucki is not in jail should scare you.

Grazzini-Rucki recently lost the appeal of her criminal conviction, and she is scheduled to be sentenced again on December 14, 2017. She knows that she is going back to jail, and Grazzini-Rucki has no incentive to voluntarily report to jail.

Over the last 17 months, Missing in Minnesota has reported on the continuing developments involving Grazzini-Rucki, and the other adults charged and prosecuted for their criminal roles in the disappearance of Grazzini-Rucki’s daughters.

We’ve learned during that time how dangerous Grazzini-Rucki has become. In February, we detailed that Grazzini-Rucki had begun a dangerous quest:

“Grazzini-Rucki has started down a very dangerous road. She thrives off of chaos and the attention it brings. Not satisfied with the damage and pain she has already inflicted, Grazzini-Rucki is working to create more lawlessness in society.”

In the last year, Grazzini-Rucki’s disdain for law enforcement and the court system has become more flagrant, her rhetoric more incendiary, and her behavior increasingly dangerous.

Below is a summary of what Missing in Minnesota has published in the last year about Grazzini-Rucki’s threatening behavior.  Continue reading

Oops: Another fake news story from Grazzini-Rucki supporter retracted

An online story published by a key supporter of Sandra Grazzini-Rucki which made false and misleading claims about jury tampering during Grazzini-Rucki’s criminal trial was taken down by the media outlet after being contacted by Missing in Minnesota about the inaccurate facts contained in the story.

The inaccurate story was published by Michael Volpe for Communities Digital News last Thursday, but the story was later edited with multiple corrections by Jacquie Kubin, President of Communities Digital News, and then republished. Continue reading

Law enforcement investigating threatening social media posts connected to Grazzini-Rucki and supporters

Law enforcement in Dakota County is currently investigating numerous threatening, harassing, and defamatory statements which have been published on social media accounts connected to Sandra Grazzini-Rucki and her supporters.

A collection of social media accounts on Twitter and Facebook have targeted judges, law enforcement, court staff, and journalists, including members of their families.

David Rucki and members of his family continue to be targeted by multiple social media accounts, which has lasted for years.

Missing in Minnesota is not publishing the name of the suspected social media accounts, nor will the content contained in the posts be published at this time. Continue reading

Fake news used by Grazzini-Rucki and her allies to distort the truth

Sandra Grazzini-Rucki and her allies continue to use fake news and propaganda to distort the truth involving her criminal conviction. The latest example comes from Michael Volpe, who writes for Communities Digital News, and who also co-authored a book with Grazzini-Rucki’s family court attorney Michelle MacDonald about this case.

In a post published last Friday, Mr. Volpe repeated a false statement that David Rucki was present in the room with Samantha Rucki while she testified during her mother’s criminal trial last July.

The inaccurate claim that David Rucki and his sister, Dr. Tammy Love were in the room with Samantha when she testified has been continually used as a talking-point by supporters of Grazzini-Rucki since she was convicted for her role in the disappearance of her children.

Mr. Volpe is based in Chicago, Illinois and he disseminates Grazzini-Rucki’s propaganda masqueraded as news. He has never attended any of the court proceedings involving Sandra Grazzini-Rucki and the other adults charged and convicted for their role in the disappearance of Samantha and Gianna Rucki. Mr. Volpe is frequently interviewed with Grazzini-Rucki on podcasts about her criminal case and family court drama.

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Grazzini-Rucki announces lawsuit against ABC’s ’20/20′, Elizabeth Vargas

Sandra Grazzini-Rucki announced last evening that she will be filing a defamation lawsuit against ABC, Inc, ABC’s “20/20”, and Elizabeth Vargas, the co-anchor of “20/20”.

Grazzini-Rucki’s announcement of the lawsuit comes one year after ABC’s “20/20” first broadcast of  “Footprints in the Snow”, which focused on the disappearance of Samantha and Gianna Rucki. On March 25, 2017, ABC’s “20/20” rebroadcast the episode with updated information.

The sisters were taken by their mother near their home on the night of April 19, 2013, during a custody and divorce dispute involving their parents – Grazzini-Rucki and David Rucki.

Grazzini-Rucki had tried to stop the rebroadcast of the episode which found no documentation to verify Grazzini-Rucki’s claim that she was abused by David Rucki. Grazzini-Rucki had taken to Facebook, calling the show “rank propaganda”and encouraging people to register complaints.

Public court records show that in the last ten years, Grazzini-Rucki has filed over 20 unsuccessful lawsuits in district, state, and federal court, including two petitions to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Grazzini-Rucki said last evening that she would be seeking “an ungodly amount” of money in her latest lawsuit. Continue reading

Grazzini-Rucki critical of proclamation designating April as National Child Abuse Prevention Month

Sandra Grazzini-Rucki, who was convicted last year on six felony counts related to the disappearance of her daughters, strongly criticized the proclamation designating April 2017 as National Child Abuse Prevention Month by President Donald Trump.

In violation of a court order, Samantha and Gianna Rucki were taken by their mother near their home on the night of April 19, 2013, during a custody and divorce dispute involving their parents – Grazzini-Rucki and David Rucki.

On November 18, 2015 – 944 days after they disappeared – the girls were found living on a ranch in northern Minnesota by law enforcement, headed by the Lakeville Police Department.

Grazzini-Rucki critical that Trump’s proclamation honored child protective workers, law enforcement officials

In his proclamation issued on March 31, 2017, Trump listed groups of professionals “whose tireless work every day protects children”:

“We also honor foster and adoptive parents, child protective workers, faith leaders, community mentors, teachers, and law enforcement officials, whose tireless work every day protects children who have been tragically abused or neglected. Their often thankless service in these difficult and painful situations helps restore the safety and dignity of these wounded children and, in many cases, dramatically improves the course of their precious lives. As a Nation, we pledge to honor our commitment to protecting the vulnerable among us, not just this month, but every day of the year.”

After reading Trump’s entire proclamation during her interview, Grazzini-Rucki said the groups recognized by Trump “have single-handedly destroyed our children, and the future of America”:

“I think it is our obligation to inform our president, who I believe can make some changes, that all these people that he is giving credit to don’t deserve the credit and in fact, expect for a very few individuals… they’ve done nothing but harm children more, and I’m including CPS, foster parents, government workers, police departments, lawyers and judges. They have single-handedly destroyed our children, and the future of America.”

April has been designated National Child Abuse Prevention Month by every president since 1983.  Continue reading

Grazzini-Rucki announces her next targets: children, spouses, and family members

UPDATE: This story has been updated with new statements from Grazzini-Rucki targeting children.

Sandra Grazzini-Rucki, who is currently on probation for her role in the disappearance of her children, announced that she and others will be targeting the family members of judges, attorneys, and county staff, including their children.

The alarming comments from Grazzini-Rucki were made during her podcast last week, which she hosted with a man convicted of threatening to shoot a judge.

In an enraged tirade, Grazzini-Rucki said on her podcast:

“When we start exposing that, then we’ve made it personal. We are not gonna sit back and let you destroy our families because now, what you’ve done to us and our children and our families, we are now going to transpose it onto you.

We are going to start exposing your children, your spouses, your families, your parents. We are coming at you with exposing what’s truly going on in your own home.”

Click here to listen to Grazzini-Rucki’s comments.

As previously documented, Grazzini-Rucki’s disdain for law enforcement and the court system has become more flagrant, her rhetoric more incendiary, and her behavior increasingly dangerous, since being released from jail last October.

But the recently discovered statements from Grazzini-Rucki in which she angrily declares “we are going to start exposing your children” are more troubling and concerning than any previous public comments made by Grazzini-Rucki.

Authorities in Dakota County have been notified about the latest comments from Grazzini-Rucki targeting children.  Continue reading

Grazzini-Rucki aligns herself with man convicted of threatening to shoot a judge

Sandra Grazzini-Rucki took her documented threats toward law enforcement, judges, and court staff in Minnesota to a dangerous level joining forces with a Connecticut man convicted of threatening to shoot a judge.

Grazzini-Rucki hosted a podcast with Edward Taupier, who was convicted in October 2015 of threatening to shoot Hartford Superior Court Judge Elizabeth Bozzuto.

Since being released from jail last October, Grazzini-Rucki’s disdain for law enforcement and the court system has become more flagrant, her rhetoric more incendiary, and her behavior increasingly dangerous.

But Grazzini-Rucki’s association with Taupier provides additional evidence that Grazzini-Rucki continues to escalate her threatening behavior toward law enforcement, judges, court staff, and now their family members. Continue reading

Sandra Grazzini-Rucki’s dangerous quest

Sandra Grazzini-Rucki walked out of jail last October looking to pick a fight after she finished the first portion of her jail sentence for her role in the disappearance of her daughters.

I doubt anyone believed Grazzini-Rucki was going to be reformed after serving just over 30 days in jail.

But even I was surprised, when hours after being released from jail, I found Grazzini-Rucki standing by my car as I left the Dakota County Northern Service Center in West St. Paul. Grazzini-Rucki momentarily blocked my exit, as she stood behind my car as I attempted to back out of my parking spot. I stepped out of my car and asked her, “can I help you with something?” Grazzini-Rucki said no and she walked back to a waiting vehicle.

Since October, Grazzini-Rucki’s disdain for law enforcement and the court system has become more flagrant, her rhetoric more incendiary, and her behavior increasingly dangerous.

Grazzini-Rucki has started down a very dangerous road. She thrives off of chaos and the attention it brings. Not satisfied with the damage and pain she has already inflicted, Grazzini-Rucki is working to create more lawlessness in society. Continue reading

New page refutes false statements from Sandra Grazzini-Rucki

A new page has been published on Missing in Minnesota to provide verifiable facts and primary source documents to refute false statements and fabricated incidents made by Sandra Grazzini-Rucki and her supporters: Fact vs. Fabrication.

Since being convicted in July 2016 on six felony counts of deprivation of parental rights, Grazzini-Rucki, and her supporters have continued their behavior of making false allegations against David Rucki, his family, the media, law enforcement, and the judiciary.

As the record of documented lies continues to build, the statements and accusations from Grazzini-Rucki and her supporters have become more outrageous and untruthful.

Over the last 6 years, Grazzini-Rucki and her supporters have used social media, blogs, and online forums to promote their distorted view of the facts involving Grazzini-Rucki’s family and criminal court proceedings. Continue reading

Interview: “The Matt McNeil Show” on first week of Sandra Grazzini-Rucki trial

Below is audio from my interview with Matt McNeil yesterday on AM950 about the first week of Sandra Grazzini-Rucki’s criminal trial in Hastings.

[The Matt McNeil Show] Michael Brodkorb – Grazzini Rucki Trial Week #1 by AM950’s Podcasts

Michael Brodkorb joins the Matt McNeil Show to fill us in on what’s been happening during the first week of the Grazzini Rucki trial.

Please check back to Missing in Minnesota on Monday for additional developments involving Sandra Grazzini-Rucki’s criminal trial.

Missing in Minnesota 2017: The year in review

Missing in Minnesota continues to document and report on the true story of two sisters who vanished, the father who kept searching, and the adults who conspired to keep the truth hidden.

In 2017, Missing in Minnesota published over 70 stories, over 500 tweets, and built a Facebook Page with over 10,000 followers which provided detailed breaking news, analysis, and commentary on the continuing legal developments involving the disappearance of Samantha and Gianna Rucki.

The most significant change to Missing in Minnesota in 2017 was the additional of Allison Mann, who aside from contributing to the published content, Mann has provided strategic direction as Missing in Minnesota transitions from an online format to additional mediums which will be announced in 2018, so stay tuned! Continue reading

Fact vs. Fabrication

The legal drama surrounding Sandra Grazzini-Rucki in family court created a cult-like group of followers who were drawn to Grazzini-Rucki’s case because many were also involved in their own disputes in family court.

Her followers knew little about the true facts involving Grazzini-Rucki’s lawless behavior in court and her unwillingness to follow court orders.

Over the last 6 years, Grazzini-Rucki and her supporters have used social media, blogs, and online forums to promote their distorted view of the facts involving Grazzini-Rucki’s family and criminal court proceedings.

The vast majority of Grazzini-Rucki’s online supporters have never attended a court hearing involving Grazzini-Rucki.

As Grazzini-Rucki’s record of documented lies continues to build, her statements and accusations have become more outrageous and untruthful.

This page of Missing in Minnesota will provide verifiable facts and primary source documents to refute false statements and fabricated incidents created by Grazzini-Rucki and her supporters.

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A collection of Sandra Grazzini-Rucki’s booking photos from multiple law enforcement agencies related to her arrest on criminal charges involving the disappearance of her children and subsequent probation violations.

Grazzini-Rucki and her supporters have a problem with the truth

The owner of a blog which posted extensively about Grazzini-Rucki’s family court case shut down the blog last year after being notified they were facing potential civil litigation for “defamation, false imprisonment, infliction of emotional distress, negligence, tortious interference, and other serious wrongdoing that could lead to litigation seeking substantial damages…”

In an interview last year, the owner of the blog admitted they published posts about Grazzini-Rucki’s case written by another person without independently verifying the accuracy of the posts.

Grazzini-Rucki is an admitted liar

During her criminal trial, Grazzini-Rucki testified that she had been repeatedly “dishonest” when she previously testified under oath in her divorce and custody proceeding with her ex-husband, David Rucki.

After being confronted with the documented factual inaccuracies of their misstatements, Grazzini-Rucki and her group of supporters have resorted to creating websites to promote their propaganda and lies, or they use anonymous social media accounts to recirculate their previously debunked talking points.

Grazzini-Rucki currently does media interviews with supporters who operate their own websites, social media accounts, podcasts, or who write for fringe publications. She continues to recycle many of the same lies in her interviews which have been repeatedly debunked and proven to be false.

Questions raised about Grazzini-Rucki’s mental health

Because of Sandra Grazzini-Rucki’s erratic behavior, questions have been raised about her overall mental health.

Publicly available court documents contain numerous examples of court-appointed officials and psychologists highlighting concerns with Grazzini-Rucki’s mental health.

  • “Concerns about [Grazzini-Rucki’s] mental health have been a central issue throughout these proceedings. Ms. Miles believes [Grazzini-Rucki] addressing her mental health is a key component in Petitioner having a healthy relationship with her children.”
  • “Collateral sources support [David Rucki’s] allegation that [Grazzini-Ricki] is mentally unstable.”
  • “Dr. Millenacker previously diagnosed [Grazzini-Rucki] with a personality with narcissistic and histrionic features.”
  • “[Grazzini-Rucki] seems to be out of touch and suffering from a personality disorder, as well as a mood disorder…
  • “[Grazzini-Rucki] had a flat affect and showed no emotion when speaking about her missing children.
  • “[Grazzini-Rucki] never followed her recommendations to seek individual counseling with a therapist who specializes in personality disorders.”

False allegations of abuse made by Grazzini-Rucki

Sandra Grazzini-Rucki was married to David Rucki in 1991. 19 years later, Grazzini-Rucki filed for divorce. In her initial petition for divorce, Grazzini-Rucki made no allegations of abuse against David Rucki, nor did she claim David Rucki abused their children.

It was only after the initial divorce decree was dismissed “based on fraud and misrepresentation by [Grazzini-Rucki], among other reasons” did Grazzini-Rucki start accusing David Rucki of abusing her, and their children.

In fact, Grazzini-Rucki called law enforcement over 20 times after the initial divorce decree was dismissed in an attempt to ensnare David Rucki.

To date, David Rucki has never been criminally charged with abuse against Grazzini-Rucki or any of their children, nor has any credible or verifiable allegation of abuse been made against David Rucki.

Court documents show Grazzini-Rucki made false allegations of physical and sexual abuse, along with allegations of professional misconduct against nearly everyone involved with her family court case. In November 2013, the court said in an order: “The Court finds that [Grazzini-Rucki’s] extensive history of making false allegations calls into question her judgment and parenting skills.”

In another incident described in court documents, Grazzini-Rucki made sexual assault allegations against David Rucki involving the children, “while simultaneously requesting that he take immediate custody of all five children.” The court noted, “these two irreconcilable positions reflect negatively on the veracity of [Grazzini-Rucki’s] allegations.”

Independent reporting from media outlets, statements from law enforcement officials, and testimony in court have confirmed the findings that Grazzini-Rucki manufactured false allegations of abuse.

  • During an episode of ABC’s “20/20”, Sandra Grazzini-Rucki repeated statements she has made in the past that she was physically abused by David Rucki during their marriage. Staff from “20/20” spend hours examining 20 boxes of documents provided by Grazzini-Rucki’s attorney and found no documentation to verify Grazzini-Rucki’s claim that she was physically abused by David Rucki.
  • Sandra Gazzini-Rucki’s son Nico told ABC’s “20/20” that his mother “coached” him into making false allegations of abuse against his father, David Rucki.
  • Sandra Grazzini-Rucki’s two oldest children testified at her criminal trial that they were not abused by their father, nor did they see their father abuse any of their siblings.

Sandra Grazzini-Rucki has continued her behavior of making false allegations against David Rucki, the media, law enforcement, and the judiciary, since being convicted in July 2016 on six felony counts of deprivation of parental rights.

David Rucki was awarded full custody of all five of his children in November 2013, while two of his daughters remained missing. David Rucki was reunited with his daughters days after they were found on a rural ranch in northern Minnesota. They live with him and their other siblings at the family’s home in Lakeville.