Unedited Footage from ABC 20/20 – Reveals How Far ABC Will Go to Suppress Abuse in Grazzini-Rucki Case

Source: Unedited Footage from ABC 20/20 – Reveals How Far ABC Will Go to Suppress Abuse in Grazzini-Rucki Case

Behind the scenes footage from the 2016 taping of ABC’s “Footprints in the Snow” suggests that ABC 20/20 suppressed evidence of abuse in the Grazzini-Rucki case, and slanted the story, in order to portray mother, Sandra Grazzini-Rucki, and friend, Dede Evavold, as “vigilante parents” and “family court critics” who participated in a child-kidnapping network operating in a “hidden world”. In pushing this false story, ABC 20/20 covered up domestic abuse, and encouraged viewers to disregard cries for help from children who courageously spoke up to disclose the physical and mental abuse they endured at the hands of a violent father.

 

The video “ABC’s 20/20 Producer Sean Dooley interviews Dede Evavold for Footprints in the Snow April 2016 Broadcast” shows raw footage of producer Sean Dooley interviewing Dede Evavold.Dede is a friend of Sandra Grazzini-Rucki who became involved in the Grazzini-Rucki case by helping Sandra’s teen daughters S.R. and G.R. find a place to stay after they ran away when the family court failed to protect them from their abusive father, David Rucki. The behind the scenes footage offers Dede’s side of the story, in her own words. Comparing this raw footage to the finished product, it is clear “Footprints” is highly editorialized by ABC 20/20 and its portrayal of Sandra Grazzini-Rucki and “supporters” does not accurately reflect their story or experiences.

Dede Evavold (Source: Linked In)

During the interview, ABC producer Sean Dooley admits that he is aware of allegations that runaway sisters, S.R. and G.R., were being abused by their father and if returned to his care they could potentially be abused again. This is a side of the Grazzini-Rucki case never presented in “Footprints”. When asking Dede about the role of the Dahlens (who sheltered the girls on a therapeutic horse ranch), Dooley says, (24:11),”You knew they were safe.. what I guess I’m ..the point I’m trying to get at is you know is this a situation where you felt like what was most important was to ensure that these two teenage girls were in a safe environment and so what you knew about the Dahlens, you felt comfortable saying you knew that they were safe. So that they weren’t going to be with their father, they weren’t going to be put back into a situation where they were potentially at risk of being abused…”

The importance of this remark is that it shows that Dooley clearly understood Dede’s reasons for getting involved after S.R. and G.R. ran away were to protect the children from abuse – yet when “Footprints” aired, ABC 20/20 pushed a completely false narrative and mischaracterized Sandra and “supporters” as radical “activists”.

Sean Dooley wrote a response to journalist Michael Volpe stating ABC stands by their report, and did not suppress information about abuse. Read the response here: ABC Response – Footprints

Sean Dooley (Source: Linked In)

During the interview, Dede repeatedly asks Dooley to “dig deeper” and investigate how the failures of the court to keep the Rucki children safe from abuse caused teen sisters S.R. and G.R. to run away in April 2013.

Dede says, “There shouldn’t have to be a time where children have to runaway because they are fearful. If the system was in place, and it was set up on how it’s supposed to function, they (S.R. and G.R.) would have never had to run. And you hear a lot that the family courts are broken.. they are not broken, they are well designed, there’s a well-designed operation..the court system really functions on conflict for profit.”

Dede remains calm throughout the interview, stating everything she has done was to protect S.R. and G.R. from being further harmed. While the sisters remained in hiding, Dede says, she worked to find a solution to keep the girls safe, and return them home. Dede said several times during the interview that she was not fearful. – It is obvious that Dede placed concern for S.R. and G.R. above her own situation, even when she was facing jail for efforts to protect them. Dede said she was hopeful that when “Footprints” aired that the allegations of abuse would be revealed and that someone, finally, would help the Rucki children.

 

Just the opposite happened – Dooley and ABC 20/20 not only suppressed information about abuse in the Grazzini-Rucki case but sympathized with Rucki, who is portrayed in “Footprints” as a victim of an “epic divorce”. Rucki’s lengthy criminal record, and propensity towards violence is also suppressed.

Elizabeth Vargas, former journalist and anchor, ABC 20/20

Although Dooley was informed of, and provided with evidence, of abuse in the Grazzini-Rucki case, ” the Rucki children were labeled as “brainwashed” and victims of “parental alienation”. ABC 20/20 encouraged viewers not to listen to, or believe, the children’s allegations of abuse or cries for help.

Both S.R. and G.R. have been very vocal in stating they are not “brainwashed” and were not coached by their mother, and that the abuse did, in fact, happen.

As noted in social service records from November 2015, recorded after the sisters were discovered living on the Dahlen’s ranch, S.R. says,”They were told by so many people that they were brainwashed and needed to be de-programmed. She never felt they were brainwashed.”

As for G.R., the social worker says, “Her dad would stalk the house when they were with mom. He showed anger like ‘I’m gonna kill you’. She got no hugs growing up. One time after a hockey game her dad rubbed her inner thigh. Dad shoved her mom often…She still feels fear of her dad, she does not know what he is like today… She does not feel her mother played a role in her thoughts or feelings about her dad.https://www.scribd.com/doc/316692570/SamiRucki

It should be noted that this Dakota County social worker believed that S.R. and G.R. were victims of abuse, and needed to be protected from Rucki. The social worker advocated in court for the girls during the November 2015 hearing, advising they be placed in foster care and that Rucki only be allowed supervised visits. (Nov 2015) Social Worker Recommended – Protective Care for Rucki Girls, Supervised Visits With Father Due to Safety Concerns/

S.R. and G.R. were also appointed a lawyer, who fought to keep the girls in foster care for safety reasons. ABC 20/20 failed to mention any of this in “Footprints”.

Juvenile Court judge, Michael Mayer, disagreed and placed S.R. and G.R. back into the custody of Rucki. S.R. and G.R. were escorted from the courtroom by a guard who transported them to California to participate in a reunification therapy program. 20/20 portrays the program as successful, citing the girls didn’t run away. However, social service records note that the girls promised the social worker they would not run if sent to California. – It wasn’t the program that prevented S.R. and G.R. from attempting to run away, it was a promise made to a social worker, the only person in the system that believed them and tried to help. EPC Hearing Transcript Nov 30, 2015

At the time S.R. and G.R. were placed back into his custody, Rucki was on probation for a road rage incident where he followed a motorist, and ambushed him in a parking lot, beating the victim until he was bloodied and bruised. ABC 20/20 fails to mention this in “Footprints”; even as this behavior shows Rucki’s propensity towards violence.druckipolicereports

Despite overwhelming evidence of his abuse, reporter Elizabeth Vargas remains a strong supporter of David Rucki. During “Footprints”, Vargas says it is quote “total vindication” that Dakota County family court judge, David L. Knutson, denied any abuse had occurred then awarded sole custody to Rucki. At the time of the 2012 custody order, Rucki was on probation for a violation of a protective order against Sandra. Vargas goes on to say that “David works to mend his fractured relationship with them..” ignoring  records that reveal all five of the Rucki children had disclosed that Rucki had physically and mentally abused them, and had threatened their lives. The response of the family court was NOT to protect the children, but, instead order them into “deprogramming” and “reunification therapy” to force them to recant abuse allegations, and accept a relationship with Rucki. Court records document the visible fear the children felt towards their father, including one of the children becoming physically ill and having to leave the room after being forced into a session with Rucki.

 

S.R. and G.R. have consistently stated they ran away for one reason, and one reason only – and that is because they were being abused by their father, and feared for their lives because the court was working to place them into his custody. The system, at every level, failed to protect them.

 

Consider this note from the social worker who interviewed S.R. in November 2015, “The police told them not to call unless someone was being killed…

 

When ABC, a major news organization, sympathizes with a violent abuser, and uses its broadcast as a smear campaign against the victims it sends a dangerous message … Does someone really need to be killed before the cries for help from an abused child are taken seriously?

Source: More Unedited 20/20 Footage

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20/20 Denial of Substantiating Documents in the Grazzini-Rucki Case

20/20 B Roll Footage of Documents in the Grazzini-Rucki Case

Elizabeth Vargas, “We have searched for any of the documentation that you assured us existed to corroborate what you’re telling us and we can find none of it.”

More media collusion below:

BREAKING: Wikileaks Just DROPPED THE BIG ONE! HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

DECEMBER 31, 2017BY 

Sean Brown AMERICA’S FREEDOM FIGHTERS –

Wikileaks has been a thorn in the side of the powerful for over a decade, and overnight, they proved exactly why.

On Saturday, the New York Times published a story with the title “Republican Attacks on Mueller and F.B.I. Open New Rift in G.O.P.,” and apparently Wikileaks’ founder Julian Assange wasn’t too happy about it. So early this morning, he used the official Wikileaks account to expose even more corruption within Obama’s administration as well as expose a member of the “legacy” media’s collusion with the government to deceive the public at-large.

The tweet revealed that a reporter for the Times used to give the State Department, which was headed by Hillary Clinton at the time, email updates of the investigative stories it was going to be publishing…days before the stories ever made it to print. The emails were ostensibly to give Clinton and her agency time to come up with a narrative to defend against the reports, which were problematic for the administration, or to create some sort of diversion on the day the story dropped so that the public was distracted.

That sounds incredibly familiar, does it not?

Check it out:

“Email shows New York Times handed over Cablegate’s publication schedule to the US government (without telling @WikiLeaks) giving the State Department, then headed by Hillary Clinton, up to 9 days in advance to spin the revelations or create diversions.”

Email shows New York Times handed over Cablegate’s publication schedule to the US government (without telling @WikiLeaks) giving the State Department, then headed by Hillary Clinton, up to 9 days in advance to spin the revelations or create diversions. https://foia.state.gov/searchapp/DOCUMENTS/AugSept2016/F-2012-20462/DOC_0C05572024/C05572024.pdf 

The Daily Wire has more on the people in the email chain:

The players in the WikiLeaks email are interesting. Scott Shane is the national security reporter for The Times. And the recipient of his email, Philip Crowley, was at the time the United States Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs under Clinton’s State Department.

As 2017 comes to an end, its clear the Clinton scandals won’t go away any time soon.

Indeed, they won’t be. We previously reported that thousands of emails from Anthony Weiner’s laptop were released by the government just days ago, many of which contained classified information. The release of the emails was labeled a “major victory” by Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.

“Judicial Watch has forced the State Department to finally allow Americans to see these public documents,” Fitton said. “That these government docs were on Anthony Weiner’s laptop dramatically illustrates the need for the Justice Department to finally do a serious investigation of Hillary Clinton’s and Huma Abedin’s obvious violations of law.”

So really, if anyone is looking for any sort of collusion, they need to look no further than the mainstream media and Hillary Clinton, because there’s more than enough evidence they worked together to keep the public in the dark about a wide range of issues.

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PROTECT A CHILD-GO TO JAIL

PROTECT A CHILD – GO TO JAIL

The author of this diary is the grandmother of children who were placed into the full custody and control of their identified and confirmed rapist. Helen and her husband spent one and a half million dollars fighting for their grandchildren’s safety in a corrupt family court system. The mother was unable to write her story because she is still suffering from PTSD from being imprisoned for having challenged the authority of the wealthy father. She was tormented in prison for an entire year before she was released, thanks to a 20/20 investigation. Warning: graphic content.

My story is part of an attempt by Safe Kids International to raise awareness regarding divorce court judges covering up abuse and awarding custody to abusive fathers.

The DOJ Investigative Report explains-the nation’s divorce courts award custody to abusive fathers-while “good fit” mothers are court ordered supervised visits – or no contact.

The U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s-comments to the National Summit on Domestic Violence: Why are mothers who are victims of domestic violence losing custody of their children to the courts-even when their fathers have been abusive to them and their mothers?

I was driven mad by the horrific injustice.  I was compelled to save [not only] my grandchildren-but other abused children in the nation’s divorce courts.  To no avail.  Every night I pray [Lord give us the strength for this journey].  We are still on that journey.

During an intact marriage, physicians diagnosed child sexual abuse-based on five-year-old son’s torn bloody rectum. Father’s reaction to the diagnosis was to go into divorce court with a criminal attorney.

Child Protective Services/CPS opened our case on March 4th, closed March 5th due to custody issues.  Because when father was contacted by CPS, he stated the magic words [“There are custody issues”] which shuts down CPS investigations of child abuse.

The custody decision states: father is awarded sole custody based on parental alienation.  Parental alienation is used in the nation’s courts to cover up abuse – it has nothing to do with alienating behavior.  Minor’s attorney, Kevin Busch and custody evaluator Robert Shapiro recommended custody to father-based on parental alienation.

The physicians who diagnosed child sexual abuse-refused to testify.  Illinois law book POF 6 2D 353 explains: physicians fail to report child abuse for a myriad of reasons -from a fear of harming their practice to a fear of entanglement as a result of reporting.  Legislation has not achieved the desired goal-only a small percentage of cases are ever reported.]

At age 7 daughter drew and labeled a picture [Lynn Dad] of dad’s penis in Lynn’s mouth.  Lynn had blood in her panties-when mom picked her up for visits. CPS and police investigated.  The allegations were found credible and father was placed on no contact.

The court found: father sexually abused son and daughter-including, but not limited to, repeatedly sodomizing and forcing oral copulation.  The judge’s court transcript states: In the case at bar, the danger is extraordinarily disturbing sexual assaults perpetrated many times-skillfully concealed. CPS explained to mother that father is on “no contact” and has no legal standing, recommending mother go home to California.

However, despite CPS giving mother permission – mother was criminally charged with leaving the jurisdiction by Kane County Illinois Assistant State’s Attorney, Clint Hull. The jurisdiction law is based on the parent-child relationship – the only inquiry is the status of the parent left behind.

Despite a court appointed psychologist concluding it was emotionally destructive for Mac and Lynn to have contact with their father, the children were ordered back to father.  At which time, Mac + Lynn ran away. Mac [age 14] found a way to enroll in college-where he was a straight A student, studying law and psychology.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited children does not discern missing children running away from abusive fathers…from children being missing or exploited.

Mac and Lynn were hunted down.  Twenty U.S. Marshall’s broke down the front door…pointed semi-automatic rifles at skinny Mac and Lynn-pinned them on the floor-and handcuffed them. Mac and Lynn were brought into court where U.S. Marshals championed father and championed parental alienation.

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20/20 actually did their job of investigative reporting and helped bring justice to this Illinois family.
I wish we could say the same about their coverage of our cases. As most of you are aware, 20/20 did a hit piece on the Grazzini-Rucki case entitled  Footprints in the Snow in April of 2016. They actually aided and abetted in the cover up of abuse in this case and have refused to make any corrections in their portrayal of this ongoing story. In fact, 20/20 actually asked an investigative reporter that has covered this case extensively, to refrain from sending any more documents that show the truth in this case.
Elizabeth Vargas was extremely biased and hostile when interviewing Sandra Grazzini-Rucki and very sympatheric toward the father in this case. The People Magazine article below shows the false secret network narrative that 20/20 had planned from the beginning. There is absolutely no evidence to suggest a “secret network” was involved in the Grazzini-Rucki case or involved in the disappearance of the eldest two daughters. In fact, both S.R. and G.R. openly admit they ran away due to safety concerns, and raised numerous abuse allegations prior to running away and after being found 2 years later. During all this time, their story is consistent, and does not change.

Elizabeth Vargas

 

Recently, 20/20’s Elizabeth Vargas announced her resignation from the show “to pursue new ventures”.

Here’s Vargas’ note to 20/20 staffers: 

To my 20/20 family,

I want you to hear some news about me, from me. I will be leaving ABC News, and 20/20 at the end of this historic 40th season. It has been a profound privilege to be the anchor of 20/20 for 14 years, and a true honor to work with each and every one of you. I am incredibly lucky to work alongside the very best in the business: the producers, editors, writers on this show, and the enormous team working every week to get our show on the air. I am so very proud of the stories we have told together.

I am sorry only to have to share this news with you as we celebrate the holidays. I had hoped to make this announcement after the first of the year.

This is not goodbye – I will be here through May, and cannot wait to do more work with all you in the months ahead.

Have a happy holiday with your families, and I will see you next year.

With gratitude,

Elizabeth

Stay tuned for more information on Elizabeth Vargas and 20/20.

But She Looks So Sweet



20/20‘s Elizabeth Vargas On Fake News, Barbara Walters, & Being A Woman On The Air
All the fake news that proliferates on social media must drive you nuts.
“It absolutely does. I mean, there’s fake news about me. There’s a lot of inaccuracies out there. As a journalist, it’s incumbent on us to really do our homework, and to really talk to all sides of the story, and explore every single angle, and get the backup that we need. There’s a lot — I don’t want to use the word fake news — but there’s a lot of false information out there in the zeitgeist, online. It’s really incumbent on those of us who pride ourselves on getting the facts right to do the work to do that. To read. To get lots of different points of views, not just one point of view.”

Yes Elizabeth, you are the expert on fake news and false information!

From: Lion News [mailto:lionnews00@gmail.com]
Sent: Friday, December 29, 2017 7:46 AM
To: gretchen.young@hbgusa.com; ddonovan@nysbroadcasters.org; dnovik@nysbroadcasters.org; Sebastian.J.San.Miguel.-ND@abc.com; sean.dooley@abc.com; Beth Mullen <beth.a.mullen@abc.com>; elizabeth.a.vargas@abc.com
Subject: ABC 20/20’s Elizabeth “The Drunk” Vargas forced to leave because of incriminating Sandra Grazzini-Rucki jail audio?

David Donovan, President and Executive Director New York State Broadcasters Association 518-456-8888:

You don’t think that ABC 20/20’s Elizabeth “The Drunk” Vargas forced to leave her job because of the incriminating Sandra Grazzini-Rucki jail audio, do you? Inquiring minds want to know, don’t they? By the way, why didn’t you respond to my previous revelations about “The Drunk” Vargas, huh? Oh, just so you know, the incriminating audio of the 2nd jail interview with Sandra Grazzini-Rucki and “The Drunk” Vargas are found at the link below, aren’t they?

Terry Dean, Nemmers (320) 283-5713

I am sorry only to have to share this news with you as we celebrate the holidays. I had hoped to make this announcement after the first of the year. Elizabeth Vargas To Exit ABC News In May by Patrick Hipes December 22, 2017 10:56am http://deadline.com/2017/12/elizabeth-vargas-exit-abc-news-in-may-1202231802/

Lion News: Unedited ABC 20/20 Elizabeth Vargas 2nd Sandra Grazzini-Rucki Ramsey Jail Interview?

Lion News: Lakeville Police Chief Long & Deputy Kornmann Harass & Hang Up On Dede? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tnKgbkOyjs8
Lion News:  Dede Evavold Exposes Corrupt Ramsey Co. Sheriff Bostrum’s Prisoner Abuse?  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=04gqqjrP77Y
Lion News: Ramsey Co. Sheriff Bostrum Harasses Prisoners Dede Evavold & Sandra Grazzini-Rucki? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VVacoy5sNBo
Lion News: Dede Evavold Reports Corrupt Dakota Co. Attorney Backstrom To Rude FBI?  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hwNuq7rFKk0
Lion News: KSTP-TV’s Altmann Justice-Hating Jerk On Trial-By-Ambush For Dede Evavold?  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a9MS5s4q9I8 Lion News: Dede Reports Corrupt Dakota Co. Attorney Backstrom’s Trial-By-Ambush To FBI? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AXc-PPee7YI
Lion News: Lakeville Detective Dronen Caught Planting Evidence In Missing Rucki Girl’s Case?  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SrLy_kUpAQE
Lion News: Star Tribune Hack Michael Brodkorb Caught Interfering With Missing Rucki Girl’s Probe?  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O95EduiM-5g
Lion News: Exclusive Video Of Samantha Rucki Testifying Her Testimony Is Not Of Her Free Will?  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1KExt9vVBg
Lion News: Exclusive Video Of Samantha Rucki Calling Dakota County Judge Knutson A “Dick”?  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RCuqXUE1CeQ
Lion News:  Dede Throws Monkey Wrench Into High-Profile Sandra Grazzini-Rucki Case?  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oi9c1oJKJiU
Lion News: Audio Proves Corrupt Lakeville Police Illegally Withholding Evidence From Dede?  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yb8JY-SNRws&t=7s


From: Dede Evavold [mailto:xxxxxxx@hotmail.com]
Sent: Thursday, February 18, 2016 4:39 PM
To: ‘Dooley, Sean’ <Sean.Dooley@abc.com>
Subject: Grant Funding

Hi Sean,

Below is an article from huffingtonpost.com regarding federal grant funding in the courts.
Call me if you have any questions.

Dede Evavold 
320-xxx-xxxx

Top 5 HHS Programs Endangering Women and Children

05/14/2012 12:21 pm ET | Updated Jul 14, 2012
Anne Stevenson Journalist, Writer, Policy Analyst

The so-called “War on Women” is raging, and billions of your tax dollars are being misused to fuel it via the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The solution is to remove the middle class from the welfare roles and do away with gender-based funding incentives.

The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 and the Temporary Aid to Needy Families (TANF) program it created transformed welfare policy by drastically reducing and shifting federal assistance away from the homes of mothers and children and into the homes of violent offenders. In an articleentitled “How Federal Welfare Funding Drives Judicial Discretion in Child-Custody Determinations and Domestic Relations Matters” fathers and rights activists Lary Holland and Jason Bottomsly explain that this policy has backfired because the incentives are structured so that the state will only benefit if children are removed from loving homes:

Continue Reading: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/anne-stevenson/top-5-hhs-programs-endang_b_1511613.html

20-20 Transcripts from original broadcast of “Footprints in the Snow”
The real story of the corrupt court system, federal funding, and the destruction of protective parents just didn’t seem to fit their narrative, so instead they engaged in deceptive editing to create their own story.
What you must always remember is that the courts are now an industry of corruption trafficking children for profit. It’s all about funding an out of control and bogus industry which cannot sustain itself through legitimate cases alone so has to create its own constant supply of fraudulent cases instead.
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Family Crisis Main Reason Children Run Away – Studies Validate Arguments Raised in Grazzini-Rucki Defense (Repost)

Family crisis is the main reason kids runaway- escaping to the streets to avoid chaos, abuse in their homes… (2015 report, National Runaway Safeline)

Studies reveal that family crisis is the main reason why many kids run away from home.  47% of runaway / homeless youth indicated that conflict between them and their parent or guardian was a major problem. (Westat, Inc. 1997: National Runaway Safeline: Statistics ) 

 Further, a majority of runaways are victims of child abuse. According to another study, “80% of runaway and homeless girls reported having been sexually or physically abused. (Molnar, et al, 1998: National Runaway Safeline: Statistics)

Findings validate claims raised by the 4 defendants in the Grazzini-Rucki criminal trial, who raised the affirmative defense stating their actions to help two troubled teen sisters was not criminal, but rather an effort to keep them safe. The Rucki sisters, S.R. and G.R., ran away after learning of a court order that they felt would endanger their lives, on two separate occasions in September 2012 and again in April 2013. Both sisters have asserted, on numerous occasions, that they feared their father and ran away to escape his violence.Rucki social service records

 

Background:

* Four of the Rucki children attempted to run away after their mother, Sandra Grazzini-Rucki, was forcibly removed from the home by an unjust family court order, on Sept 7, 2012.

*At the time of the “emergency” court order that September, Judge David L. Knutson acknowledged the sisters had raised allegations of sexual abuse but chose to ignore safety concerns. Judge Knuston determined a mother attempting to protect the children from harm was more of a danger to the children than actual abuse.

* The Rucki children were then placed into the custody of a paternal aunt, Tammy Jo Love, whom they feared. Love had previously lost custody of her own children due to drug problems. The court never conducted a study to determine her fitness to care for children, nor was any motion filed to petition for custody.

* Love went to the elementary school of the youngest children (ages 8 and 10 years old) to inform them of the order, and then left the traumatized children to take the bus home, alone. The two youngest children immediately ran away. The children were found an hour later, having walked over 2 miles alongside a busy road.

* The police report says one of the children asked to see her mom – but was refused due to the court order. The report also said both children indicated that if they go back home, they are “just going to run away,” and said they did not feel safe with Love. After the incident, the children were placed in the care of another relative. http://sunthisweek.com/2015/11/18/son-mom-of-missing-girls-told-kids-to-run-in-2012/

*Just seven months later, this after Judge Knutson personally spoke to the Rucki children and ignored their cries for help, he again court ordered the children into Love’s custody on April 19, 2013.

*This time, the two oldest girls S.R. and G.R. succeeded in running away, and remained in hiding for the next two years. When given opportunities to return home, the terrified teens refused, citing fear of their father.

* The youngest children did not run away because the court recognized the risk, and detained them at school to prevent escape. The court then forced the youngest children into reunification therapy with Rucki even though the GAL noted that they expressed fear, and avoided physical contact with him.

*That the Rucki children currently remain in the custody of David Rucki is no indication of their well-being or safety, especially considering how the family court system has colluded in the abuse of these children and greatly contributed to their suffering.

Among the tragic stories of 1.6-2.8 million American youth who runaway every year, are the 5 Rucki children whose cries for help have been lost in a purposeful cover up orchestrated by Judge David L. Knutson, former family court judge in Dakota County, and assisted by corrupt officials working at every level of government in the State of Minnesota.

Judge David L Knutson

When children do not feel safe, and have witnessed domestic violence or been victims to abuse, they are at a much higher risk of running away. Especially when those charged with protecting them, social services and family court, fail to do so.

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention reports that 21% of runaway youth have a history of physical or sexual abuse, or were afraid abuse would continue if they returned to their home. (Source: Safe Place: Running Away)

Shrieking winds sweep across the prairie, beating against the the luxurious Rucki house, situated at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac in a rural suburb. In the dying light of a sun that never seems to shine over this corner of hell, the door remains firmly shut, the blinds drawn …the house remains unusually quiet and shuttered tight, with no sign of life inside.

Carefully choreographed footage from ABC 20/20 shot over Christmas with David Rucki and children offers a rare glimpse inside… it is an awkward scene with blurred faces and forced cheer.

It is painfully obvious that mother, Sandra Grazzini-Rucki, is absent from the festivities. Sandra has been forcibly removed from the lives of her children by abusive ex-husband, David Rucki, and by an unjust court order that prohibits her from having any contact with her children for the rest of their lives. Once a stay at home mother, and primary caregiver, Sandra is now alienated from her children and has not had any contact with them in over 5 years. Sandra spent Christmas grieving for her children. She clings to the precious memories .. and is haunted by thoughts of who they are today.

Elizabeth Vargas and ABC 20/20 portray David Rucki as a whimpering father who says he is victimized by an angry ex-wife who brainwashed the children to wage abuse allegations against him. The truth is more sinister.. it takes just a click of a mouse to reveal what 20/20 failed to report as much of the documentation has been made publicly available on the internet. Did 20/20 manipulate the Rucki story to hide abuse? (Michael Volpe, CDN)

A long history of police reports documents Rucki’s explosive anger, and propensity towards violence. druckipolicereports

The violence continued after David and Sandra divorced, with stalking, threats, and eruptions of Rucki’s rage – that often spilled onto the streets of this otherwise quiet neighborhood.

After the divorce was finalized, Sandra says Rucki terrorized the family, and in one incident, threatened to kill all of them. Soon after that threat, one of the children received a voice mail with the sound of six bullets being fired in quick succession – one bullet for Sandra and each of the children. recorded voice mail messages

The Rucki children bravely came forward to report abuse to many officials who should have protected them but failed to do so – the court appointed Guardian ad Litem, police, therapists, the family doctor, social workers, the family court judge and others.

The court appointed psychologist Gilbertson wrote a letter from Feb. 6, 2013 that stated, “There are two prevailing emotional themes that these children speak to: One is fear of being in the presence of their father given what they allege to he being an angry and violent person. A second theme is the anger they have over his alleged mistreatment and a corollary of this, a belief that their father is morally flawed, i.e. womanizer, drinks too much, and is hiding money.

Dr. James Gilbertson, PhD

Yet time and time again the Rucki children were not protected but rather, sent back into the abuse; and their mother, and only protector, Sandra, was forcibly removed from their lives.

Sandra Grazzini-Rucki, and three other co-defendants were criminally charged and convicted for their role for assisting S.R. and G.R. after they ran away in April 2013. This, despite the fact that in Minnesota it is an affirmative defense (subd. 2) to take action to protect a child from imminent emotional or physical harm. Sandra continues to fight for justice, and to clear her name. She is actively appealing her conviction.

Co-defendant, Dede Evavold is actively appealing her case, and has argued (Evavold Appeal 2017) that she was wrongfully charged and convicted of parental deprivation because (p.5), The affirmative defense did not need to be raised as there was substantial evidence supporting the affirmative defense. The state had all evidence that no crime was committed and that the girls ran away because of abuse...”

 

 

For More Info:

Birthday Blow Up: David Rucki Chased Terrified Teens Down Street

Rucki Child Speaks Out – Social Media Post Offers Glimpse From Months Leading Up to Disappearance of Sisters

Sandra Grazzini-Rucki convicted of hiding daughters (Michael Volpe, CDN)

 

 

 

 

Source Family Crisis Main Reason Children Run Away – Studies Validate Arguments Raised in Grazzini-Rucki Defense

 

 

 

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…/

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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].