Category The Girls Are Gone

Book event at Once Upon A Crime on Saturday

Michael Brodkorb and Allison Mann will have an event for their book The Girls Are Gone at Once Upon A Crime in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Saturday, January 19, 2019, from 12 PM – 2 PM. Click here to view a list of upcoming book events.

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.

‘The Girls Are Gone’ book event in Herman on Thursday

Michael Brodkorb and Allison Mann will be signing their book The Girls Are Gone on Thursday from 4 PM – 6 PM at American Legion Post 378 in Herman, Minnesota.

The Girls Are Gone details the events which led to Sandra Grazzini-Rucki abducting her daughters – Samantha and Gianna Rucki – on April 19, 2013, during a custody dispute with her ex-husband, David Rucki. Continue reading

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

‘The Girls Are Gone’ book event scheduled in Herman

Michael Brodkorb and Allison Mann will have an event next week for their new book – The Girls Are Gone – in a key location featured in the book. Brodkorb and Mann will travel to Herman, Minnesota next week for an event on Thursday, January 17, 2019.

The Girls Are Gone details the events which led to Sandra Grazzini-Rucki abducting her daughters – Samantha and Gianna Rucki – on April 19, 2013, during a custody dispute with her ex-husband, David Rucki. 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.

Book event tonight: Barnes & Noble in Burnsville

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

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.

‘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.

Michelle MacDonald’s lawyer facing additional discipline

Karlowba R. Adams Powell, who serves as Michelle MacDonald’s attorney in her lawsuit against Michael Brodkorb and Missing in Minnesota, is 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. Continue reading

Allison Mann targeted with harassing and sexually obscene messages

A supporter of Dede Evavold, Sandra Grazzini-Rucki, and Michelle MacDonald was contacted by law enforcement after targeting Allison Mann in recent days with harassing and sexually obscene messages.

Michael Volpe, a self-described “investigative journalist” based in Chicago, Illinois, was contacted by the Lakeville Police Department after Mann reported Volpe’s repeated, unwanted, and harassing communications.

Despite being instructed by Mann to cease all contact, Volpe continues to contact Mann with unwanted and harassing messages. In one email, Volpe admitted he was “harassing” Mann and requested to “make a deal” about Grazzini-Rucki.

Volpe has previously disseminated propaganda for Evavold, Grazzini-Rucki, and MacDonald masquerading as news. Many of Volpe’s stories published about Grazzini-Rucki have been retracted or corrected after being published due to factual inaccuracies contained in the stories.

Last December, Volpe participated in an interview with Grazzini-Rucki where she claimed a federal agent with the United States Marshals Service, posing as a plumber, had placed her in protective custody and she was living in a safe house in an undisclosed location.

Grazzini-Rucki was not in protective custody, but rather she was living in a waterfront estate community in FloridaContinue reading

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.