20/20 Continued Coverage of Grazzini-Rucki Case

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As we suspected, 20/20 left the door open to follow up on the Grazzini-Rucki trial scheduled for July 18th, 2016. Let’s see if they make a better attempt at getting some truth out there this time. Doubtful, but previous backlash may make them more accountable to their viewers.

 

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Did 20/20 manipulate the Rucki story to hide abuse?  by Michael VolpeApr 14, 2016

“20/20” ran a program entitled “Footprints in the Snow” about the disappearance in April 2013 of Samantha and Gianna Rucki; Did they tell the whole story.

Read more at http://www.commdiginews.com/entertainment/did-2020-manipulate-the-rucki-story-to-hide-abuse-61696/#48fPjM4DO8migHFI.99


Michelle Lowney MacDonald Shimota
Michelle Lowney MacDonald Shimota The police told 20/20 there were no police reports??? The police lied. 20/20 wilfully refused to acknowledge numerous police reports they were provided. 20/20 pretended to be looking for police reports. These numerous reports document that Sam Grazzini-Rucki regularly complained, feared that the police would not act on her complaints, and feared retaliation for even filing. 20/20 was cherry picking for pictures of physical abuse…https://redherringalert.files.wordpress.com/…/doc031816…
Thea Ciancanelli
Thea CiancanelliIt makes me so sad that the corruption of the judges and the police was not shown. This only shares the dad’s side of the story. There is so much more to the mother loosing her children. They had no reason to take them from her, yet the dad got them…See More
Bonnie Roy
Bonnie Roy Investigators need to dig into the boxes of motions by attorneys involved. Look at money stolen..why was testimony with children judge hidden?who took care of children prior to divorce? Look at the financial ruin of mother … Tax statements…judge orSee More
Keo Sengsavang
Keo Sengsavang Here are somethings I wonder about: If the girls were programmed by their mother, why did they not call or return home to their father as they were freed to come and go as they please and have not been around their mother for 2 years? If the mother wasSee More

Terry HartsfordTerry Hartsford Letter to ABC To be Reposted Boycotting ABC                                                                         Dear President Dungey, See More                                                                                                                    Like · Reply · 1 · April 11 at 9:29am · Edited

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Terry Hartsford
Terry Hartsford As reading through all the comments and replies it appears Jen Love ( David Ruckis niece) and Andres Garcia appear to have the most negative comments towards this mother. Perhaps these two could benefit from Anger/Frustration classes themselves.

Andres Garcia                                                                                                                                                                            Andres Garcia That mom is a joke! Im soo glad she is facing felony charges. She ruined the relationship between the father and his daughters.

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Molly McIntyre
Molly McIntyre How dare you 20/20 be So naive! You are hurting abused children now and the futures. Hope you can live with yourselves, selling out abused children for a shows headline. I speak from experience.

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Suzanne Cyr
Suzanne Cyr 20/20 failed protective mothers and verbally, emotionally and psychologically abused children. Twenty twenty should read Donna Basio’s book, Nothing but My Voice. Family court is failing our families. Disappointed at how poorly 20/20 researched DV, DV by Proxy and maternal deprivation, trauma bonding and Stockholm Syndrome

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Angila Hartzheim
Angila Hartzheim Why didn’t the local news station that interviewed the girls apprehend them? I am totally confused. The story should have stopped there. Ridiculous.

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Viviana Jones-Caicedo
Viviana Jones-Caicedo This hits so close to home. Why would a child be against a good, loving parent? Think about it! Judges abuse their power everyday and take children from safe homes to give them to sociopath parents, putting children and good parents in desperate situatSee More

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Jennifer John
Jennifer John Thank you for bringing the corruption of family court to everyone’s attention. I’m a victim of a corrupted system in Maryland.

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Nancy B Sura
Nancy B Sura I watched. I disliked! The stress that the children have gone through is tremendous. When adults fight over their children no one wins….20/20 did not win with this story.
Glenda Pugh Williams
Glenda Pugh Williams It didn’t bother David Rucki to leave his wife penniless, homeless, childless, no car after she gave birth to 5 children for his selfish self. 20/20 should be ashamed of themselves.
Linda Hanley
Linda Hanley 20 20 should have delved into parental alienation and the deeper issues. I kept saying – what is point of this story ???

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Alexandra Beckman
Alexandra Beckman Thank you 20/20 for bringing parental alienation to the public eye. Most people dont even know of the word, until after it hits them….And it is too late. frown emoticon
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Courtney Lynn Blasiol
Courtney Lynn Blasiol 20/20 lied. THEY PROMISED to show the truth about family court from the protective mom’s perspective and they didn’t. They just did more harm.

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Bethany Ann
Bethany Ann 20/20, why didn’t you uncover the fact that David is a MASON and has ties with the illuminati?! Ever think that’s what happened to the police reports?!
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Jeremy Stenerson
Jeremy Stenerson Did ANY of you people watch ANY of this. The ex-wife BRAIN WASHED her children into thinking their father was evil. Perhaps 20/20 should have mentioned the dangers of having a psycho ex-wife as well as domestic violence.

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Lisa Bilow
Lisa Bilow Really people…if she felt her children were in danger, how come only hide two of the kids and not all 5?? I was an abuse child…and there is scares physically and emotionally…she hadnt proved any of it…i watched her face and sorry she was lyingSee More

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Jeanne Oster-Lederman
Jeanne Oster-Lederman I was married to a man like this for 13 yrs, with him for 17. The last time he kicked me was the last day I lived with him. The man in this story reminds me exactly of him…acting very meek & mild. The judge in this case is very, very WRONG.
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Mariah Rae Vasquez
Mariah Rae Vasquez Shame on the interviewer for how she conducted herself. She seemed so RUDE and biased against the mother. I was very disappointed in her ability to interview approiately this time.
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Karen Ewart

Timmy WunderlichTimmy Wunderlich Sounds set up with the mother and caretakers who had the girls. My first thought, why didn’t call police right away or within days?

Sharon Blair
Sharon Blair ABC 20/20– Many Grandparents are alienated from their natural grandchildren. Please contact me about covering this. Founder of The Jennifer Act http://thejenniferact.com/…/grandparent-visitation…/

Elizabeth Vargas

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Jim Cavins
Jim Cavins I have appealed to 20/20 several time regarding Parental Alienation in Fresno Calif Courts. I and many others would welcome 20/20 to investigate Parental Alienation for Title IVc funds or VAWA . The offer still stands…
Jeanne Oster-Lederman
Jeanne Oster-Lederman Why does Elizabeth Vargas so obviously believe the father & demonize the mother. Watch the home videos again. You can see the Father’s rage just below the surface. Professionals call it Passive Aggressive. Elizabeth, as a journalist you need to remain neutral.
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Diane Zimmerman Very disappointed in the show ! They missed the bigger story ! The corruption of judge Knutson in the courtroom having attorney handcuffed to a wheelchair ! You missed the mark this time 20/20 !
Cathy Norton
Cathy Norton Watching 20/20 was an eye opener for a lot of people. I know a lot of people were upset with this show, but I believe that they pointed out with this show how things really are in the real world of divorce and custody. This stuff happens everyday. 20/20 did not take sides in this, but reported the facts. I think both parents were at fault for letting there kids go through this crap.
Nancy James Policastro
Nancy James Policastro My heart goes out to the children. I know how it feels, I was there. I feel the decision to run was the girls, but once they got away from their father, they called their mother for help. She would do anything to protect them.
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Keo Sengsavang
Keo Sengsavang So disappointed in ABC 20/20’s spin on this report, NOT surprised, but very disappointed. It would appear that 20/20’s legal team strongly believes in “Professional Courtesy” and declined to investigate the real issues within the case. Why else would tSee More

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Melodee Miller
Melodee Miller I watched this program and then 90 minutes later it was rehashed on Nightline. Is that the best you can do for programming. Must have been a slow news day to have repeat the story.
Amy Pain
Amy Pain Oh…btw 20/20…those video clips you said you “found”…but all of us that submitted them, know you requested them… get your facts straight!

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Veronica Hatton
Veronica Hatton The American Bar Association even acknowledges that abusers win custody of children 70 percent of the time. My son and I’s case has documented domestic violence, child abuse medical documentation, audio recordings, etc. My abuser currently has custody See More

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EliseEvelyn Keledjian
EliseEvelyn Keledjian I’m watching now but that term ” Real life gone girl?” Is always being used! That wasn’t anything like this situation. ..plus this is real and not a so so very predictable movie. .Just got that off my chest lol but I love 20/20 Elizabeth your fantastiSee More
Theresa Yuan
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Syndi Sajarab
Syndi Sajarab 20/20 sad to see you questioned and judged good people trying to help children who believed they were in danger. There isn’t many people now that would offer their home to children with out getting something in return, or even sexually abusing them becSee More
Samantha Jones
Samantha Jones Elizabeth Vargas you have NO IDEA how corrupt the family court system is!!!!!! People with enough money, PAY for results and outcomes!!! It’s Completely corrupt!!!!!!!!!!! This story you did is completely one sided. Abuse is for real and it is a sick world how someone can turn the entire thing around. I pray for JUSTICE!!!!!
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Sharon M Ruddy
Sharon M Ruddy Damon was great! A wonderful young man! He was the light of the show. I’m in this nightmare for many years and I am truly disappointed that they did not use a typical protective mom case that involved sexual abuse and unmistaken evidence. I believe thiSee More
Josh Jackson
 Josh Jackson I own a Mental Wellness Clinic and I can’t count how many times I’ve seen when the custodial parent fighting for their children loses some of their parental rights for expressing there concerns. I’ve seen attorney’s for parents in shock and awe at whSee More
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Elizabeth Eubanks-Brown
Elizabeth Eubanks-Brown So I would also like to know why the news crew that met up with the girls and talk to them and had them on tv with out telling the police? They where reported miss right? So if here’s a murderer on the loose and the news finds them first they can interview them and not call police??????
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East Side
East Side I think that they should look into the mother and father relationship with their kids and leave the people they were with for 2 years alone ! The people they were with for 2 years were just trying to help the kids out by giving them a place to stay instead of having them out on the street. The real case here is the mother and father.
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Todd Dombrock
Todd Dombrock That mother in ur story has problems and is crazy and needs help badly she is also lying big time. The mother should go back to jail same with ppl that helped her and the girls. I live in county where this took place too. I hope 2020 does a follow up on this story this summer sometime
Mardi Miller-Plastow
Mardi Miller-Plastow Watched the Rucki story. I’m can only comment on my own experience with an abusive marriage. It was many years ago but remember it all. My husband reminded me of the husband in this story. These men can charm, manipulate and lie. As l watched the See More
Diana Ansley
Diana Ansley I agree 20/20 has failed the abused. I have seen abusive parents have NOTHING to do with their children behind closed doors but act like the best dad in the world at soccer and football games. If you could hear the screaming I hear when on the phoneSee More

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Mary Lachapelle Mary Lachapelle Watching from Edmonton, Alberta, love my 20/20.
Becky Weers
Becky Weers I live not far from Herman, Mn. Sad story all around for everyone involved. My fear is for the huge scars the children will have the rest of their lives.
Kari Schwerr
Kari Schwerr Watching from Blaine, MN. I want to know where the court stands with the family who let the girls stay with them for 2.5 years. Are they still awaiting trial and verdict…?
Rosa Guadagnano-Dratsch
Rosa Guadagnano-Dratsch You did an excellent job sticking to the point, Damon. If it were not for you, the show would have been a waste. Thank you

 

Jude Hunter
Jude Hunter Elizabeth Vargas is despicable misrepresenting and editing snippets of Damon’s interview. Disney owns ABC 20/20, they continue their misogynistic Company policies, [in their movies] killing off mothers-and on 20/20 disparaging good fit mothers-and elevating abusive dads to [heroes].

 

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