Dede (Deidre) Evavold is a close friend and confidant of Sandra Grazzini-Rucki, who she met during Sandra’s divorce with David Rucki.
Evavold was charged with six felony counts of deprivation of parental rights for her involvement in the disappearance of Samantha and Gianna Rucki.
She was convicted in September on six felony counts of deprivation of parental rights related to the disappearance of the girls.
Evavold involvement in the disappearance of missing children is examined in the new book, The Girls Are Gone.
Evavold is a strong opponent of family courts and attended numerous court hearings in Dakota County involving the Rucki family, providing assistance to Grazzini-Rucki.
Evavold is not an attorney, but is an activist, and also runs a blog focused on exposing what Evavold and her supporters believe are injustices and corruption in the judicial system, along with conspiracy theories.
Evavold previously served as Michelle MacDonald’s campaign manager for MacDonald’s campaign for the Minnesota Supreme Court in 2014. MacDonald ran for the Minnesota Supreme Court in 2016 against Justice Natalie Hudson and Evavold was listed as the chair of MacDonald’s campaign until May 2016.
According to MacDonald’s most recent campaign finance report, MacDonald owes Evavold $2,635.04 for public relations and mileage expenses.
During Evavold’s criminal trial, Assistant Dakota County Attorney Kathy Keena provided the jury with numerous examples of how Evavold withheld information from law enforcement and the girls’ father about the location of the missing sisters.
Deputy U.S. Marshal Matthew Palmer testified at Evavold’s trial that he interviewed Evavold at her home on August 25, 2015, about the disappearance of the Rucki sisters.
Palmer said he asked Evavold if the Rucki girls were in danger or dead, in which Evavold responded, “for all I know, they could be.”
Two officers with the Lakeville police department testified that Evavold’s phone contained audio files of the missing sisters talking and pictures taken after they disappeared in 2013 which helped pinpoint their location.
Evavold sent threatening letter from jail; family claims she has an “undiagnosed mental illness”
While in jail in 2016, Evavold sent a letter to court staff which containing numerous threats targeted at public officials in Dakota County.
In a handwritten letter dated October 17, 2016, Evavold wrote “that from jail, I can use the truth” to “completely destroy [the] blackened reputation” of judges, prosecutors, law enforcement, and elected officials from Dakota County.
Evavold lives in St. Cloud with her husband Darin and their two children. Her family did not attend Evavold’s criminal trial, but members of her family did attend her sentencing hearing.
Evavold’s sister wrote a letter to the court claiming that Evavold has an “undiagnosed mental illness.”
Court granted restraining order against Evavold
Starting within days after being released from jail in January 2017, Evavold’s blog posted pictures of the Rucki family, their home in Lakeville, and the address to the home, in violation of the conditions of her probation.
In July 2017, a court in Dakota County has found that “an immediate and present danger of harassment” by Dede Evavold existed to warrant the granting of a Harassment Restraining Order requested by David Rucki and his daughter, Samantha Rucki, against Evavold.
The Harassment Restraining Order requested by David Rucki and Samantha Rucki also protects Gianna Rucki and two other minor Rucki children from being harassed by Evavold.
According to court documents, the Harassment Restraining Order against Evavold is in effect until July 27, 2019.
New probation violations to be filed against Evavold
In August 2017, Dakota County Community Corrections filed a Probation Violation Report with Dakota County District Court. At a court hearing last November, Assistant Dakota County Attorney Kathy Keena requested the hearing be postponed in part to allow Keena to file new probation violations against Evavold.
Picture Source: Dakota County Sheriff’s Office