Sandra Grazzini-Rucki is trying to stop the rebroadcast of an episode of ABC’s “20/20” which found no documentation to verify Grazzini-Rucki’s claim that she was abused by David Rucki.
Last April, ABC’s “20/20” broadcast an entire episode focused on the disappearance of Samantha and Gianna Rucki. 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 – Sandra Grazzini-Rucki and David Rucki.
In July, Grazzini-Rucki was found guilty on six counts of deprivation of parental rights for her role in the disappearance of her daughters.
The episode of “20/20” which aired last April is currently being rebroadcast on numerous cable channels, including Investigation Discovery and the Oprah Winfrey Network. Both channels are owned by Discovery Communications.
Grazzini-Rucki has taken to Facebook, calling the show “rank propaganda” and encouraging people to register complaints with Discovery Communications.
ABC’s “20/20” found no evidence to support Grazzini-Rucki’s claims of abuse
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.
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.
During the airing of the episode of ABC’s “20/20” focused on the disappearance of her daughters, Grazzini-Rucki repeated the false allegations that she has made in the past about David Rucki.
Later in the show, ABC’s Elizabeth Vargas said they found no evidence to support Grazzini-Rucki’s claims.
After the show was broadcast last April, 20/20 released the following statement via Facebook about Grazzini-Rucki’s allegation of abuse:
IN RESPONSE TO FRIDAY’S #ABC2020 BROADCAST: The police reports that have been posted refer to alleged incidents after Sandra filed for divorce. 20/20 obtained all of these police reports from the Lakeville Police months ago and carefully reviewed them, prior to our visit to Michelle MacDonald’s office. As we stated in our report on Friday night, Lakeville police has “no record of ever being contacted by Sandra about abuse during her marriage.” In our interview with Sandra Grazzini-Rucki , she repeatedly claimed there were photographs and police reports from before she filed for divorce to prove her allegations of physical abuse. To this date, neither she nor the Lakeville Police department have produced documentation to support those claims. As we stated in our report, after filing for divorce, Sandra “gets an order of protection against David, and then calls police on him at least 20 times.” He was charged with violating the order of protection for contacting Sandra’s neighbor, but none of her allegations of abuse resulted in any charges.
As noted above, the Lakeville police department has said that they have no record of ever being contacted by Grazzini-Rucki about abuse during her marriage to David Rucki.
Grazzini-Rucki caught in lie on “20/20”
During the show, Vargas confronted Grazzini-Rucki about her pattern of lying, specifically about her claim that she hadn’t seen her daughters in years.
“Well, all I’m telling you is you sat right here and spent half an hour telling me you hadn’t seen or spoken to your daughters. And I’ve now spoken to three people who tell us, in fact, that’s a lie. So if you were lying to me about that, what else might you be lying to me about?“
Vargas was correct to confront Grazzini-Rucki about her extensive record of lying and making false allegations.
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.
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.
A new page was published on Missing in Minnesota to provide verifiable facts and primary source documents to refute false statements and fabricated incidents made by Grazzini-Rucki and her supporters.