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Tom Barnard critical of Trish Van Pilsum’s treatment of the Rucki family

In a recent interview with Michael Brodkorb and Allison Mann for The Tom Barnard Podcast, host Tom Barnard strongly criticized Trish Van Pilsum for withholding critical information which could have helped reunite two missing sisters – Samantha and Gianna Rucki – with their family and friends within days of the children disappearing 2013.

Brodkorb and Mann appeared on The Tom Barnard Podcast to discuss their new best-selling true crime book, The Girls Are Gone, which details Van Pilsum’s unethical conduct as a journalist also broke the Rucki’s family trust with the media. This lack of trust contributed greatly to a lack of any substantive media coverage about the disappearance of Samantha and Gianna Rucki for nearly two years.

At the end of the podcast, Barnard directed his final remarks at Van Pilsum:

Trish, I have no idea how the hell you could do this cause, I’ve been around parents who’ve lost their children. Neither one of them came back, one of them died from huffing, the other one, Jacob [Wetterling], unfortunately, was buried for I don’t know how many years. How you could walk away from that and be comfortable I will never understand cause I could never do what you did. Never.

As noted in the interview, Barnard has worked in the past with Patty Wetterling to help promote public awareness about missing children, including the disappearance of Jacob Wetterling. Click here to listen to Brodkorb and Mann’s full interview for The Tom Barnard Podcast. Continue reading

In the news: The Tom Barnard Podcast

Michael Brodkorb and Allison Mann appeared on The Tom Barnard Podcast to discuss their new best-selling true crime book, The Girls Are Gone.

Brodkorb and Mann have announced a series of book events scheduled for later this month and February. Click here to find an event in your area.

The Girls Are Gone is available for sale through numerous retailers in both paperback and ebook.

Trish Van Pilsum and missing children: how one reporter failed

On Thursday evening, news broke that 13-year old Jayme Closs had been found alive 88 days after she vanished from her home after her parents were murdered.

For 88 days, people wondered if Closs would ever be seen alive again. On the 88th day, the prayers of many were answered when Closs was found alive. A suspect in the kidnapping of Closs and the murder of her parents was also arrested.

We celebrate the return of Jayme Closs to her family and we pray for their healing and peace, as well as justice for those involved in the murder of her parents and in keeping Jayme hidden for 88 days.

The morning after Jayme was found, law enforcement had a press conference to provide updates to the public on the miraculous news. In his remarks, Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald thanked the media for their role in helping the public remember that a 13-year-old girl was missing. Continue reading

In the news: The Matt McNeil Show

Michael Brodkorb and Allison Mann appeared on The Matt McNeil Show on AM950 to discuss their new best-selling book, The Girls Are Gone.

Brodkorb and Mann have announced a series of book events scheduled for later this month and February. Click here to find an event in your area.

The Girls Are Gone is available for sale through numerous retailers in both paperback and ebook.

‘The Girls Are Gone’ podcast roundup

Michael Brodkorb and Allison Mann have been interviewed on numerous podcasts over the last month to discuss their new best-selling book, The Girls Are Gone.

Below are links to the interviews, which provide insight into the writing of The Girls Are Gone.

Since being released in October, The Girls Are Gone has been a commercial and critical success. The Kindle Edition of The Girls Are Gone is currently listed on Amazon’s Best Sellers for True Crime Biographies.

Less than one month after being released, Brodkorb and Mann ordered a second printing of their book.

Brodkorb and Mann will have a book signing at Barnes & Noble in Burnsville, Minnesota on January 3, 2018, from 7 PM – 9 PM. Click here to view a list of upcoming book events.

The Girls Are Gone is available for sale through numerous retailers in both paperback and ebook.

UPDATE: Facebook Event During Broadcast of ABC’s “20/20” Episode

UPDATE (5:31 PM, Thursday, December 27, 2018) – Our Facebook event has ended. Thank you to all that particpated in the discussion. To read more about the ABC “20/20” episode broadcast today on The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), please buy the new best-selling true crime book, The Girls Are Gone.

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UPDATE (3:40 PM, Thursday, December 27, 2018) – We’re discussing the broadcast now on Facebook. Please join us for the discussion.

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Starting TODAY at 3:45 PM (CST), we’ll be answering questions on Facebook during The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) rebroadcast of the ABC’s “20/20” episode discussed in the new best-selling true crime book, The Girls Are Gone.

The episode about Sandra Grazzini-Rucki, called “Footprints in the Snow” was first broadcast on April 8, 2016, and was later rebroadcast on March 25, 2017. The episode has since been rebroadcast on multiple television networks in the last two years.

Grazzini-Rucki had tried to stop the rebroadcasts 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.

“20/20” episode discussed in the new best-selling true crime book

Grazzini-Rucki’s appearance on “20/20” is discussed along with her involvement in the disappearance of her daughters Samantha and Gianna Rucki is examined in the new book, The Girls Are Gone.

The book details the events which led to Grazzini-Rucki abducting her daughters on April 19, 2013, during a custody dispute with her ex-husband, 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.

Since being released in October, The Girls Are Gone has been a commercial and critical success. The Kindle Edition of The Girls Are Gone is currently listed on Amazon’s Best Selling True Crime BiographiesThe Girls Are Gone is published by Wise Ink Creative Publishing.

Please follow Missing in Minnesota on Twitter and Facebook to participate in the discussion during Thursday’s broadcast of “Footprints in the Snow.”

Allison Mann contributed to this story.

In the news: “A Dark Turn” with Kevin Deutsch

Michael Brodkorb and Allison Mann appeared on a recent podcast episode of “A Dark Turn” with Kevin Deutsch to discuss their new best-selling book, The Girls Are Gone.

Brodkorb and Mann announced last week that they will have a book signing at Barnes & Noble in Burnsville, Minnesota on January 3, 2018, from 7 PM – 9 PM.

The Girls Are Gone is available for sale through numerous retailers in both paperback and ebook.

Thursday: ABC’s ’20/20′ episode about Sandra Grazzini-Rucki

On Thursday, December 27, 2018, at 4 PM (CST), The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) will be broadcasting the episode of ABC’s “20/20” discussed in the new best-selling true crime book,  The Girls Are Gone. Starting at 3:45 PM (CST), we’ll be answering questions and discussing the broadcast live on Facebook.

The episode about Sandra Grazzini-Rucki, called “Footprints in the Snow” was first broadcast on April 8, 2016, and was later rebroadcast on March 25, 2017. The episode has since been rebroadcast on multiple television networks in the last two years.

Grazzini-Rucki had tried to stop the rebroadcasts 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.

In April 2017, Grazzini-Rucki announced she would be filing a defamation lawsuit against ABC, Inc, ABC’s “20/20”, and Elizabeth Vargas, the co-anchor of “20/20”. Grazzini-Rucki claimed she would be seeking “an ungodly amount” of money in her latest lawsuit, but the lawsuit was never filed. Continue reading

In the news: Corpus Delicti podcast

Michael Brodkorb and Allison Mann appeared on a recent podcast episode of Corpus Delicti to discuss their new best-selling book, The Girls Are Gone.

Listen to “71: The Girls Are Gone ft. Michael Brodkorb and Allison Mann” on Spreaker.

Brodkorb and Mann announced yesterday that they will have a book signing at Barnes & Noble in Burnsville, Minnesota on January 3, 2018, from 7 PM – 9 PM.

The Girls Are Gone is available for sale through numerous retailers in both paperback and ebook.

In the news: Ignorance Was Bliss podcast

Michael Brodkorb and Allison Mann appeared on a recent episode of the podcast Ignorance Was Bliss to discuss their new book, The Girls Are Gone.

Brodkorb and Mann have a book event today in Shakopee, Minnesota. On Friday, they have a private book club event in St. Paul, Minnesota. If you’re interested in hosting a private book event, please contact Michael and Allison.

The Girls Are Gone is available for sale through numerous retailers in both paperback and ebook.

Second printing ordered of ‘The Girls Are Gone’

Michael Brodkorb and Allison Mann announced today that the second printing of their book, The Girls Are Gone, has been ordered.

Since being released last month, The Girls Are Gone has been a commercial and critical success. The Kindle Edition of The Girls Are Gone is currently listed on Amazon’s Hot New Releases for True Crime Biographies.

“It is exciting to see people not only reading the book but understanding the importance of this story,” said Allison Mann. “We have heard a lot of feedback from readers that have been shocked by the ability of some of the individuals involved to manipulate the legal system,” said Mann.

“It is encouraging to see the reach and impact we are having after only a month,” added Mann.

The Girls Are Gone is published by Wise Ink Creative Publishing and was released on October 23, 2018. The book provides new details about the disappearance of Samantha and Gianna Rucki and the adults who conspired to keep the missing sisters and the truth hidden. Continue reading

In the news: Writing About Crime podcast

Michael Brodkorb and Allison Mann appeared on a recent episode of the podcast Writing About Crime to discuss their new book, The Girls Are Gone.

Brodkorb and Mann will read from and sign their book tomorrow, Saturday, November 10, from 7-8 p.m. at Eat My Words Books in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The Girls Are Gone is available for sale through numerous retailers in both paperback and ebook.

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