Category The Girls Are Gone

MN Supreme Court referee: ‘indefinitely’ suspend MacDonald’s lawyer

A judicial referee appointed by the Minnesota Supreme Court has recommended that Karlowba R. Adams Powell, who serves as Michelle MacDonald’s attorney in her lawsuit against Michael Brodkorb and Missing in Minnesota, should be “indefinitely suspended” from the practice of law.

The recommendation by Judge Richard C. Perkins comes after a two-day hearing was held in July about a petition filed last December with the Minnesota Supreme Court by the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility.

In the petition, the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility requested a court order revoking Adams Powell’s probation, suspending her law license, or “imposing otherwise appropriate discipline…” based on “unprofessional conduct” by Adams Powell. The petition claimed Adams Powell made false statements to the court, and others, including staff with the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility, that she engaged in the unauthorized practice of law, that she failed to provide receipts for cash payments, and that she failed to “safeguard client funds.”

According to today’s court filing, this is the fourth disciplinary proceeding for “professional misconduct” involving Adams Powell.

Judge Perkins was blunt in describing Adams Powell’s lack of candor: “[w]hile a misstatement made only once may be a mistake, being stated in writing twice and the again under oath at a deposition demonstrates a disregard for the truth.”

In the final pages, Judge Perkins wrote that Adams Powell “refused to acknowledge her misconduct, exhibited no remorse for her misconduct, and failed to offer any evidence or assurance that she will not engage in similar future misconduct.” Judge Perkin’s added that “[i]n a case about candor to a court … [Adams Powell] displayed a lack of candor with this court during her own testimony.” Continue reading

Book event on Saturday at Barnes & Noble in Rochester

Michael Brodkorb and Allison Mann will sign their award-winning book The Girls Are Gone at Barnes & Noble at Apache Mall in Rochester, Minnesota, on September 14, 2019, from 2 PM –  4 PM.

Since being released last October,  The Girls Are Gone has been a commercial and critical success. In April, Brodkorb and Allison Mann were awarded a 2019 Independent Publisher Book AwardBrodkorb and Mann announced in July that the fourth 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 over 30 events for their book in the last few months, and more book events will be announced later in the coming weeks.

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

Book Event on Saturday at M and M Bookstore in Cedar Rapids

Michael Brodkorb and Allison Mann will discuss and sign their award-winning book The Girls Are Gone at M and M Bookstore in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on September 7, 2019, from 1:30 PM –  3:30 PM.

Since being released last October,  The Girls Are Gone has been a commercial and critical success. In April, Brodkorb and Allison Mann were awarded a 2019 Independent Publisher Book AwardBrodkorb and Mann announced earlier this month that the fourth 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 over 30 events for their book in the last few months, and more book events will be announced later in the coming weeks.

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

 

Author appearance at Barnes & Noble at Mall of America

Michael Brodkorb and Allison Mann will sign their award-winning book The Girls Are Gone at Barnes & Noble at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota, on August 24, 2019, from 1 PM –  3 PM. 

Since being released last October,  The Girls Are Gone has been a commercial and critical success. In April, Brodkorb and Allison Mann were awarded a 2019 Independent Publisher Book AwardBrodkorb and Mann announced in July that the fourth 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 over 30 events for their book in the last few months, and more book events will be announced later in the coming weeks.

On Monday, August 12, 2019, Brodkorb will be at Cherry Street Books in Alexandria for a book event from 1 PM to 3 PM. On Thursday, August 15, 2019, Brodkorb and Mann will be at the Bierstube in Hastings, Minnesota for a book event from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM.

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

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

Tomorrow, July 9, 2019, at 8 AM (CST), Investigative Discovery (ID) will be broadcasting the episode of ABC’s “20/20” discussed in the award-winning 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 over 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

Fourth printing ordered of ‘The Girls Are Gone’

Michael Brodkorb and Allison Mann announced today that the fourth printing of their award-winning book The Girls Are Gone has been ordered.

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 – including their mother Sandra Grazzini-Rucki – who conspired to keep the missing sisters and the truth hidden.

Since being released last October, The Girls Are Gone has been a commercial and critical success. The Kindle Edition of The Girls Are Gone has appeared on multiple “best seller” lists by Amazon.

The Girls Are Gone is a story of love, lies, passion, and perseverance,” said Allison Mann. “It was born out of our belief that the story of the Rucki family is too important not to tell. Bringing awareness to the issue and giving a voice to these victims was all the motivation we needed,” added Mann.

In April, Brodkorb and Allison Mann were awarded a 2019 Independent Publisher Book Award.

“From start to finish, The Girls Are Gone is a thrilling true crime read with shocking twists and unbelievable attention to detail,” said Jim Barnes, the director of the Independent Publisher Books Awards. “It’s everything we look for in a gold medal winner at IPPY, and we can’t wait to see what Michael and Allison will write next,” added Barnes. Continue reading

Book event on Saturday at Paperbacks and Pieces in Winona

Michael Brodkorb and Allison Mann will discuss and sign their award-winning book The Girls Are Gone at Paperbacks and Pieces in Winona, Minnesota on Saturday, June 22, 2019, from 12 PM – 2 PM.

Since being released  The Girls Are Gone has been a commercial and critical success. In April, Brodkorb and Allison Mann were awarded a 2019 Independent Publisher Book AwardBrodkorb and Mann announced in March 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 over 30 events for their book in the last few months, and more book events will be announced later in the coming weeks.

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

Book event on Friday at Barnes & Noble in Burnsville

Michael Brodkorb and Allison Mann will discuss and sign their award-winning book The Girls Are Gone at Barnes & Noble in Burnsville, Minnesota on Friday, June 14, 2019, from 3 PM – 6 PM.

Since being released  The Girls Are Gone has been a commercial and critical success. In April, Brodkorb and Allison Mann were awarded a 2019 Independent Publisher Book AwardBrodkorb and Mann announced in March 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 over 30 events for their book in the last few months, and more book events will be announced later this week.

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

Book event on Saturday at Barnes & Noble in Roseville

Michael Brodkorb and Allison Mann will discuss and sign their award-winning book The Girls Are Gone at Barnes & Noble in Roseville, Minnesota on Sunday, June 9, 2019, from 11 PM – 2 PM.

Since being released  The Girls Are Gone has been a commercial and critical success. In April, Brodkorb and Allison Mann were awarded a 2019 Independent Publisher Book AwardBrodkorb and Mann announced in March 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 over 30 events for their book in the last few months, and more book events will be announced later this week.

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

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.

In the news: Brodkorb and Mann interview on KARE 11

Michael Brodkorb and Allison Mann appeared on KARE 11 on Saturday about their award-winning true crime book, The Girls Are Gone. Below is their full interview.

Brodkorb and Mann will discuss and sign their book on Monday at Artisan Gallery in West Des Moines, Iowa from 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM. More book events will be announced in the next week.

Brodkorb and Mann on KARE 11 on Saturday morning

Michael Brodkorb and Allison Mann will be on KARE 11 on Saturday, April 27, 2019, at 9:45 AM to discuss their award-winning true crime book, The Girls Are Gone.

After their appearance on KARE 11, Brodkorb and Mann will travel to Duluth, Minnesota for a book event at The Bookstore at Fitger’s from 1 to 4 PM.

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.

 

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

Tomorrow, April 24, 2019, at 9 AM (CST), Investigative Discovery (ID) will be broadcasting the episode of ABC’s “20/20” discussed in the award-winning 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.

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

Upcoming book events in Minnesota and Iowa

Michael Brodkorb and Allison Mann will have events in the coming week at bookstores in Minnesota and Iowa for their award-winning true crime book, The Girls Are Gone.

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 over 25 events for their book in the last few months, and more book events will be announced in the next week.