Category The Girls Are Gone

Book event on Saturday at Barnes & Noble in Edina

Michael Brodkorb and Allison Mann will have a book signing at Barnes & Noble at the Galleria in Edina, Minnesota on Saturday, March 23, 2019, from 1 PM – 3 PM.

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 available for sale through numerous retailers in both paperback and ebook. Click here to view a list of upcoming book events for Brodkorb and Mann.

Third printing ordered of ‘The Girls Are Gone’

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

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.

Brodkorb and Mann have appeared at over 20 events for their book in the last few months and more book events in Minnesota and other states will be announced in the next few weeks.

“We are thrilled that there has been such an amazing response to our book,” said Allison Mann. “Bringing such an important story to as many people as possible has always been the goal and it feels wonderful that is happening now,” said 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

Barnes & Noble book events canceled due to weather

UPDATE (3:10 PM, Frida, March 8, 2019) – Due to inclement weather scheduled for this weekend, Saturday’s event at Barnes & Noble in Edina has been postponed until March 23, 2019.

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UPDATE (3:41 PM, Thursday, March 7, 2019) – Due to inclement weather scheduled for this weekend, Sunday’s event at Barnes & Noble in Minnetonka has been postponed until a later date.

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Michael Brodkorb and Allison Mann will have three two events this week at Barnes & Noble locations across Minnesota for their new best-selling true crime book, 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.

 The Girls Are Gone is available for sale through numerous retailers in both paperback and ebook. Click here to view a list of upcoming book events for Brodkorb and Mann.

Michelle MacDonald’s lawsuit against Missing in Minnesota dismissed

A judge in Ramsey County today dismissed a defamation lawsuit filed by Michelle MacDonald against Michael Brodkorb and Missing in Minnesota. Judge Richard H. Kyle, Jr. granted the motion for summary judgment filed by Brodkorb and Missing in Minnesota in October.

Judge Kyle ruled MacDonald was a public figure and that the statements made by Brodkorb and Missing in Minnesota “were either true or lack the requisite showing of actual malice…”

In an interview for Minnesota Lawyer, Brodkorb said the ruling from today from Judge Kyle was that further evidence that MacDonald’s lawsuit “should have never been filed in the first place.”

Michelle MacDonald being investigated by lawyers board because of her lawsuit

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 over eight-month investigation into the alleged violations by MacDonald was opened after Missing in Minnesota filed a formal complaint with the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility weeks 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.

Complaint alleges lawsuit filed by MacDonald was frivolous and violates an Order from Minnesota Supreme Court

The Minnesota Supreme Court suspended MacDonald’s law license for 60 days last year and she remains on probation for two years in response to an attorney complaint filed against MacDonald in August 2016.

The conditions of MacDonald’s two-year probation included that she will be supervised by an attorney appointed by the Director of the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility.

MacDonald is prohibited from engaging in “the solo practice of law,” and she must “work in a setting where she is in daily contact with, and under the direct supervision of another Minnesota licensed attorney.”

Complaint alleges MacDonald’s lawsuit contained false statements and she knowingly lied to the Eagan Police Department in making a false report

Booking photo from MacDonald’s arrest on September 12, 2013.

In her lawsuit, MacDonald claimed she filed a police report against Brodkorb on May 24 and June 11, 2018, regarding a booking photo published on Missing in Minnesota. MacDonald is suing in part over the publication of the booking photo from her arrest during a court hearing involving Sandra Grazzini-Rucki on September 12, 2013.

In response to a public data request, the Eagan Police Department provided a police report from May 24, 2018, but they could not find a report filed by MacDonald on  June 11, 2018.

According to the police report from May 24, 2018, provided by the Eagan Police Department, MacDonald told police that Brodkorb took a picture of MacDonald in public, doctored it to look like a mugshot and uploaded it to a mugshot website.

The Eagan Police Department investigated MacDonald’s claims and found them unfounded. The report states: “the photo turned out to be a valid public booking photo.” In fact on October 20, 2016, MacDonald testified under oath at her own deposition and acknowledged the existence of the booking photo that she falsely claimed to police Brodkorb created.

Michelle MacDonald’s lawyer also facing additional discipline

Karlowba R. Adams Powell, who served as MacDonald’s attorney in her lawsuit against Brodkorb and Missing in Minnesotais facing new sanctions from the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility.

As previously reported by Missing in Minnesota, Adams Powell’s law license was suspended last year for 45 days. As with MacDonald, Adams Powell is currently on probation for 2 years. Minnesota Lawyer was the first to report on the new petition filed against Adams Powell.

In the petition filed with the Minnesota Supreme Court, the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility is requesting 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 claims 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.”

MacDonald was an unsuccessful candidate for the Minnesota Supreme Court in 2018, having previously lost two bids for the Minnesota Supreme Court in 2014 and 2016.

An examination of MacDonald’s legal was detailed in the new book, The Girls Are Gone which was released on October 23, 2018. The book also includes new information about the disappearance of Samantha and Gianna Rucki and the adults who conspired to keep the missing sisters and the truth hidden.

The Girls Are Gone also explores the connection between MacDonald and two people convicted for their roles in the disappearance of the Rucki sisters: Sandra Grazzini-Rucki and Dede Evavold. MacDonald was labeled a “person of interest” by the Lakeville Police Department in the disappearance of Samantha and Gianna Rucki but did not cooperate in the investigation.

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.

Below is the order from Judge Richard H. Kyle, Jr. dismissing MacDonald’s lawsuit against Brodkorb and Missing in Minnesota.

In the news: ‘Authors bring their true crime book to Scout & Morgan Books’

Please read this story from the Isanti County News about our upcoming book event at Scout & Morgan Books in Cambridge, Minnesota on Saturday, March 2, 2019, from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM.

Allison Mann and Michael Brodkorb have spent the last two years sharing the true story of the Rucki family after both were exposed to the disappearance of the two children through their careers.

Mann, a paralegal, and Brodkorb, a Star Tribune writer at the time of the incident, will be hosting an event from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. March 2 at Scout & Morgan Books in Cambridge, where they will discuss the book and how the story of the Rucki girls helped bring awareness to the issue of family abduction and missing children across not only the state of Minnesota but the country as a whole.

It was while at work that Mann came across the Rucki family’s case.

“I work as a paralegal at a small law firm in Minneapolis,” Mann said. “This case literally walked through our door. After getting to know the family and watching all that happened to them, I became passionate about following the case through all of the legal channels, even when it didn’t involve my office.”

During the criminal trials, Mann met Brodkorb, and through their mutual vested interest in the case, they joined forces to tell the story.

“My work on this case began when I was writing for the Star Tribune,” Brodkorb said. “As this story evolved, so did my work. I went from writing stories for the Star Tribune to later writing this book.”

“‘The Girls Are Gone’ was born on the idea that the story of the Rucki family is too important not to tell,” Mann said. “Many families in our state and across the country are impacted by not only divorce but parental or family abduction. Being able to bring awareness to the issue and give a voice to these victims was all the motivation we needed.”

Click here to read the full story from the Itasca County News.

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.

 The Girls Are Gone is available for sale through numerous retailers in both paperback and ebook. Click here to view a list of upcoming book events for Brodkorb and Mann.

Book event in Alexandria on Saturday

Michael Brodkorb and Allison Mann will discuss and sign their new book, The Girls Are Gone at Cherry Street Books in Alexandria, Minnesota on Saturday, February 23 from 12 PM – 2 PM.

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.

 The Girls Are Gone is available for sale through numerous retailers in both paperback and ebook. Click here to view a list of upcoming book events for Brodkorb and Mann.

Book event on Saturday at Barnes & Noble in Eden Prairie

Michael Brodkorb and Allison Mann will have a book signing at Barnes & Noble in Eden Prairie, Minnesota on Saturday, February 16, 2019, from 7 PM – 9 PM.

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.

 The Girls Are Gone is available for sale through numerous retailers in both paperback and ebook. Click here to view a list of upcoming book events for Brodkorb and Mann.

Restraining orders granted for stalking Brodkorb and Mann

A judge in Dakota County granted Harassment Restraining Orders (HRO) against a zealous supporter of Dede Evavold, Sandra Grazzini-Rucki, and Michelle MacDonald, for harassing and stalking Michael Brodkorb and Allison Mann.

The HROs were filed separately by Brodkorb and Mann against Terry Dean Nemmers of Glenwood, Minnesota.

Over the last three years, Nemmers (pictured above during a previous time in jail) has attempted to contact Brodkorb and Mann nearly 400 times, despite being instructed on multiple occasions to cease all contact. Most recently, Nemmers has taking premeditated steps to track and monitor Brodkorb and Mann’s public events to promote their new book, The Girls Are Gone.  Nemmers sent harassing and threatening emails to bookstores, trying to have Brodkorb and Mann’s book events canceled.

Nemmers has also posted pictures of Brodkorb’s wife and children – the same pictures that were surreptitiously taken of Brodkorb’s wife and children and distributed online.

The HROs – which remain in effect until February 2021 – note that Nemmers “[f]ollwed, pursued, or stalked” both Brodkorb and Mann.  Nemmers is prohibited from having any direct or indirect contact with Brodkorb and Mann. He is also prohibited from attending any of their appearances or book events. Continue reading

Book event at Bexter Book & Copy on Saturday

Michael Brodkorb and Allison Mann will discuss and sign their new book, The Girls Are Gone at Bexter Book & Copy in Milaca, Minnesota on Saturday, February 9 from 7 PM – 9 PM.

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.

 The Girls Are Gone is available for sale through numerous retailers in both paperback and ebook. Click here to view a list of upcoming book events for Brodkorb and Mann.

Book event at SubText Books on Wednesday

Michael Brodkorb and Allison Mann will discuss and sign their new book, The Girls Are Gone at Subtext Books in St. Paul, Minnesota on Wednesday, February 6 from 7 PM – 8 PM.

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.

 The Girls Are Gone is available for sale through numerous retailers in both paperback and ebook. Click here to view a list of upcoming book events for Brodkorb and Mann.

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

Two book events this week in St. Paul and Minneapolis

Michael Brodkorb and Allison Mann have two events later this week for their new best-selling true crime book, The Girls Are Gone. On Friday, Brodkorb and Mann will have a book discussion and signing at Common Good Books in St. Paul, Minnesota from 7 PM – 9 PM.

On Saturday, Brodkorb and Mann will be signing their book at Barnes & Noble in Minneapolis, Minnesota from 1 PM – 3 PM.

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.

 The Girls Are Gone is available for sale through numerous retailers in both paperback and ebook. Click here to view a list of upcoming book events for Brodkorb and Mann.

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.

Book event on Saturday at Barnes & Noble in St. Cloud

Michael Brodkorb and Allison Mann will be signing their new book, The Girls Are Gone at Barnes & Noble in St. Cloud, Minnesota on Saturday from 2 PM – 4 PM.

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.

St. Cloud, Minnesota is a significant location in The Girls Are Gone. On the night Sandra Grazzini-Rucki abducted her daughters, she later drove them to St. Cloud where they stayed for two nights at the home of Dede Evavold. Evavold was later convicted of six felonies for her role in the disappearance of the sisters.

Evavold’s St. Cloud home was the location of a police search that eventually led to the discovery of the Rucki sisters in Herman, Minnesota at the White Horse Ranch.

In March 2018, Evavold was arrested at her home in St. Cloud on an outstanding warrant for contempt of court related to her repeated violations of an Harassment Restraining Order.

The Girls Are Gone is available for sale through numerous retailers in both paperback and ebook. Click here to view a list of upcoming book events for Brodkorb and Mann.