Dede Evavold had never met Samantha and Gianna Rucki before she helped orchestrate the kids disappearance from their family and friends.
Evavold was friends with their mother, Sandra Grazzini-Rucki and on April 19, 2013, Grazzini-Rucki abducted her daughters near their home in Lakeville, Minnesota during a custody and divorce dispute with her ex-husband David Rucki.
The sisters were taken by their mother near their home in Lakeville, Minnesota, in violation of a court order.
In the hours after the Rucki sisters vanished, it was Evavold who connected Grazzini-Rucki with Doug and Gina Dahlen, who owned the ranch where the Rucki sisters were found on November 18, 2015 – 944 days after they disappeared. The girls were found living on the Dahlens’ ranch in Herman, Minnesota by law enforcement, headed by the Lakeville Police Department.
While Grazzini-Rucki’s involvement with the disappearance of her daughters generates the most headlines, it is Evavold who is considered by many to be the most dangerous and demented of the adults involved in the disappearance of the Rucki sisters.
Judge said Evavold “showed no remorse” for her crimes
At her sentencing hearing, Judge Karen Asphaug said Evavold “showed no remorse or comprehension” for her actions against the Rucki family, adding that Evavold’s actions “disrupted a family for 944 days.” Evavold’s sister wrote a letter to the court claiming that Evavold has an “undiagnosed mental illness.”
After being released from jail, Evavold has repeatedly violated the conditions of her probation by referencing the Rucki family on social media. In April, Evavold went so far as to publish a picture of the Rucki’s home on her blog.
Evavold is appealing her criminal conviction, and is she is using her court filings as a platform to spread misinformation and lies about her involvement in the disappearance of the Rucki sisters. Evavold is not an attorney, and she is using a ragtag group of lawless radicals to assist her while she appeals her conviction.
But all of the smoke and mirrors in the world can’t cover-up Evavold’s role in the disappearance of children. Below is a summary of the key false claims made by Dede Evavold.
Evavold falsely claimed she hadn’t met Samantha and Gianna Rucki
In an interview from September 2015, Evavold denied ever meeting Samantha and Gianna Rucki. But according to police reports, court documents, and testimony, Evavold met both Samantha and Gianna on April 19, 2013 – the night they were abducted by their mother.
Evavold falsely claimed Samantha and Gianna Rucki did not stay at her home
In an interview from September 2015, Evavold denied that Samantha and Gianna Rucki ever stayed at her home. But again, according to police reports, court documents, and testimony, Samantha and Gianna Rucki stayed at Evavold’s home in St. Cloud from April 19 to April 21, 2013.
Evavold falsely claimed she didn’t know the location of Samantha and Gianna Rucki
When the Lakeville Police Department executed a search warrant at Evavold’s home on October 21, 2015, Evavold told police that she did not know the location of Samantha and Gianna Rucki. But evidence collected at Evavold’s residence provided law enforcement with the exact location of where the Rucki sisters were living.
Despite her statements to the contrary, Evavold had been involved with the girls disappearance since they were abducted by their mother near their home in Lakeville, Minnesota on April 19, 2013. According to court testimony from multiple witnesses, Evavold and Grazzini-Rucki drove Samantha and Gianna Rucki to the ranch in Herman, Minnesota where they were later found on November 18, 2015 – 944 days after they vanished.
Evavold said David Rucki’s parents and sister, Dr. Tammy Love, should be investigated for being possibly involved in the disappearance of Samantha and Gianna Rucki
In an interview from September 2015, Evavold suggested David Rucki’s parents and sister, Dr. Tammy Love, be investigated for being possibly involved in the disappearance of Samantha and Gianna Rucki. But this was an attempt by Evavold to distract for her own involvement in the disappearance of the missing children. By suggesting that other people may be involved, Evavold was hoping her criminal activity would go unnoticed.
Evavold falsely claimed she was “an honest person”
In an interview from September 2015, Evavold falsely told me, “I’m an honest person Michael, you’ll always get truth with me.” The truth is that with Evavold, you get everything but the truth.
David Rucki, was awarded full custody of all five of his children in November 2013, while two of his daughters remained missing. He was reunited with his daughters days after they were found and they live with him at the family’s home in Lakeville.