Sandra Grazzini-Rucki boasted in a recent radio interview that she has violated court orders by communicating with additional people who have been criminally charged related to the disappearance of her two daughters.
On December 21, 2016, Grazzini-Rucki was interviewed by Fletcher Long for his show, “The Long Version.” During the interview, Grazzini-Rucki was asked if she had communicated with Doug and Gina Dahlen.
According to the criminal complaints filed against the Dahlens, Samantha and Gianna Rucki were delivered to the Dahlen’s residence at the White Horse Ranch in northern Minnesota on April 21, 2013 by their mother, Grazzini-Rucki and her friend, Dede Evavold.
Grazzini-Rucki was convicted in July on six counts of deprivation of parent rights for her role in the disappearance of her daughters. Evavold was also found guilty in September on six counts of deprivation of parental rights.
Below is a transcript of the exchange between Grazzini-Rucki and Long:
Fletcher Long: “What about the Dahlens? Did you ever talk with them? Are you permitted to talk with them? You may not be.”
Sandra Grazzini-Rucki: “Yep, I’m not permitted to speak with them either. Let’s just say – I have.”
In response to Long’s question, Grazzini-Rucki acknowledged correctly that she is prohibited from having any contacts with the Dahlens.
Judge Karen Asphaug, who presided over Grazzini-Rucki’s criminal case, and who will have the same role in the upcoming criminal trials of the Dahlens, has issued court orders which prohibit contact between Grazzini-Rucki, Evavold, and the Dahlens.
Attorneys for the Dahlens did not respond to a request for comment about Grazzini-Rucki’s statement that she has been in contact with their clients, in violation of court orders.
The Dahlens will be in court for a pre-trial hearing tomorrow.
Doug Dahlen’s criminal trial is scheduled for January 23, and Gina Dahlen’s trial is scheduled for February 7. Both criminal trials will be conducted at the Dakota County Judicial Center in Hastings.
Missing for 944 days
On November 18, 2015 – 944 days after they disappeared – the Rucki sisters were found living on the Dahlen’s ranch in northern Minnesota by law enforcement, headed by the Lakeville Police Department.
Samantha and Gianna’s father, David Rucki, was awarded full custody of all five of his children in November 2013, while two of his daughters remained missing.
Rucki was reunited with his daughters days after they were found and they live with him and their other siblings at the family’s home in Lakeville.