Breaking: Owners of ranch where missing Rucki sisters lived make offer to testify for prosecution

An interesting development in the Teenager Family Abduction Criminal Case of Sandra Rucki, Dede Evavold, Gina Dahlen and Doug Dahlen as reported by Michael Brodkorb. In Protective Parent / Family Court Critic Family Abduction Criminal Trials, the co-conspirators rarely testify against the parental kidnappers and other conspirators.

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Doug and Gina Dahlen, the owners a ranch in northern Minnesota where two missing Lakeville sisters lived for over two years after disappearing from their home, have offered to testify against two other people facing criminal charges related to girls’ disappearance, if they are granted immunity from prosecution.

The Dahlens, who own the White Horse Ranch in northern Minnesota, have each been charged with two felony counts of deprivation of parental rights involving the disappearance of Samantha and Gianna Rucki, who disappeared during a custody and divorce dispute involving their parents on April 19, 2013.

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4 Responses to Breaking: Owners of ranch where missing Rucki sisters lived make offer to testify for prosecution

  1. Margo/Mom says:

    Interesting. I wonder if this is a function of the co-conspirators actually being charged themselves. The Dahlens have tried to present themselves as innocent bystanders who merely took in two teen-agers they found on their doorstep and just didn’t know what else to do. While I have never bought into all of that, it is certainly possible that their failure to exercise due diligence led them to trust people who were somewhere on the spectrum from denial to outright making stuff up.

    • underwatch says:

      Interesting. I wonder if this is a function of the co-conspirators actually being charged themselves.

      I think it has everything to do with that. The District Attorneys are usually reticent to charge others since the cases involve so many issues the courts have never seen before (Family Abduction, the Necessity Defense). It is usually their first case like this. And the co-conspirators are usually located in other states. But the Dahlens don’t really have much a of defense so it makes sense that they would want incriminate Sandra and Dede.

      The Dahlens have tried to present themselves as innocent bystanders who merely took in two teen-agers they found on their doorstep and just didn’t know what else to do. While I have never bought into all of that, it is certainly possible that their failure to exercise due diligence led them to trust people who were somewhere on the spectrum from denial to outright making stuff up.

      I tend to agree with you that they were not innocent bystanders. Once they took the kids in, they had a very long opportunity to turn them in. I don’t see jury members having much sympathy for them.

      • woodenickles says:

        PLEASE HELP US! A group of supportive mom and dads have been trying to fight this possible cult/church that hide children. We need help and support to derail these evil people who think they are above the law. It’s soooo bad that law enforcement won’t execute a court order b/c they are afraid of the possible violence.
        Please help!

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