Sandra Rucki Trial Update

July 21, 2016

We’ve been following some tweets from @MissingInMN on Sandra Rucki’s Criminal Trial. here’s an update:

  • The Prosecution put a Lakeville Police Office, Tammy Love (the aunt), Gina Dahlen, Doug Dahlen and Dede Evavold on the stand. There are no reports as to what these prosecution witnesses testified to.
  • The Prosecution rested on Day 3.
  • On Day 3, the recovering father was served by Sandra Rucki’s boyfriend Michael Rhedin with a subpoena for his daughter. Rhedin has previously been found guilty for brining a weapon on school grounds. The recovering father subsequently asked the court for a restraining order on Michael Rhedin.
  • On Day 3, the defense made numerous motions to get the older daughter to testify. The prosecution and the father and the daughter did not want her to testify.
  • On Day 4, 2 of the 8 Felony Charges were dismissed against Sandra Rucki.
  • On Day 4, the judge cleared the courtroom to address snide remarks by Sandra Rucki’s attorney Stephen Grisby.
  • On Day 4, Sandra Rucki’s daughter was allowed to testify via teleconference. Her testimony is reported in the Star Tribune.
  • On Day 4, Sandra Rucki showed no emotion during her daughter’s video testimony.
  • On Day 4, Sandra Rucki took the witness stand.
  • The court is in recess until 9AM on Monday.

Editor’s Note: It appears that this judge allowed the testimony of the daughter to prevent an appeal. We applaud  this judge for allowing the victim adult-child to testify by video. This respects the rights of this victim of a parental kidnapping.

We’re not sure what to make of the daughter’s testimony. She more than likely realizes that if she discloses certain information, her mother might go to prison for a very long time. But how can any parent just leave a child with strangers for 2 years and allegedly never speak with her. If that occurred, we thing that is so horrible that Sandra Rucki needs to go to prison for a very long time. We think the daughter is more than likely still suffering from some form of Stockholm Syndrome.

We are not surprised that protective mom Sandra Rucki took the witness stand. These protective moms always convince their attorneys to allow them to testify.


Bombshell: Sandra Rucki Hearing $2.4M Life Insurance Policy Received

January 27, 2016
Sandra Rucki, Mugshot

Sandra Rucki – Parental Kidnapper

Michael Brodkorb of the Star Tribune is reporting from West St. Paul Court Hearing for the Sandra Rucki Case.

  • Undisclosed Bank Records — In 2010, Sandra Grazzini-Rucki secretly received $2.4 million from a life insurance policy. Her father died in 2010. Sandra Rucki used banks in Las Vegas to access and transfer portions of the money.
  • Marriage to Michael Rhedin — There is speculation that Sandra Rucki married Michael Rhedin. He was wearing a wedding ring at the court hearing. They may have been married abroad.
  • U.S. Passport — In November 2015, Sandra Rucki’s attorney Michelle MacDonald said she didn’t have a passport. In the recent court hearing, MacDonald said she had a passport.
  • Child Support — Sandra Rucki owes $6,963.69 in unpaid child support.
  • April 2016 — the next court hearing.


Twitter: @mbrodkorb

Editor’s Note: At a Criminal Trial Hearing, Michelle MacDonald wanted the court to appoint her as a public defender and for Dakota County to pay her fee.  MacDonald also tried to collect over $200,000 in legal fees owed her. Now it is disclosed that Sandra Rucki was hiding a portion of $2.4 million dollars. Now they need to check Michael Rhedin’s bank records to see if Rucki hid the money in his name.

It’s sounding more like Sandra Rucki wasn’t interested in raising her children. So she sends her daughters to live on a ranch and is found at a luxurious resort in Florida with a male companion. What kind of mother is that?




Breaking: Download the Criminal Complaint Against Sandra Rucki

November 27, 2015

Here’s the criminal complaint against Sandra Grazzini-Rucki “Sandra Rucki” with the 6 Felony Counts. These Felony charges carry a maximum sentence of 12 years in prison and a maximum fine of $24,000.

Download Criminal Complaint


Breaking: Police say Network of Family Court Critics Is Hiding the Rucki Girls

November 3, 2015

A story in the StarTribune is one of the first to link the Family Court Critics to the “protective parent” movement that police believe are responsible for hiding the Samantha and Gianna Rucki, the two teenager girls from Lakeville, Minnesota.

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In this case, the girls mother Sandra Rucki has been arrested and charged with three felony counts of deprivation of parental rights. Her controversial attorney Michelle MacDonald says that her client does not want police to find the girls.

In the story, Faye Yager is now claiming that she is still involved in the underground and that the network is accessed through social media, churches and women’s shelters. Yager has previously said she was retired and is no longer involved.

Amy Neustein, who lost custody of her child (now a successful attorney who has not spoken to her mom in years) is interviewed in the article. Cindy Dumas of San Diego claims to have reliable sources that the girls are underground and safe. Other possible accomplices in the felony counts could be Michael Rhedin and Dale Nathan. Dede Evavold, a campaign manager for Michelle MacDonald is named as a supporter of the Protective Parent Movement.

[Read the Article]

Editors Note: Our Nation’s Family Court System as well as our Child Protection System have many legal options for parents like Sandra Rucki. Kidnapping should never be an option. These teenage girls deserve a life better than being used as pawns or poster girls for the protective parent movement. As these girls approach high school graduation and should be concerned about getting into a good college, their mother was vacationing in Florida with her a new boyfriend. Sandra Rucki and any third party conspirators need to be prosecuted and more importantly these girls need to be found so they can finish high school.

I would really like to hear the Samantha and Gianni Rucki’s side of the story. Are they articulate young adults or naive, misguided teenagers?


Police: Network of family court critics is hiding Rucki sisters Investigators hit a wall in search for Lakeville sisters by Brandon Stahl (StarTribue November 3, 2015)

Parental Kidnapping, Family Court Activism – What’s going on in Minnesota?

April 30, 2015
Samantha Rucki Kidnapped

Samantha Rucki – Kidnapping Victim

Gianna Rucki Kidnapped

Gianna Rucki – Kidnapped

Sandra Rucki, Sandra Grazzini

Sandra Grazzini-Rucki – Alleged Parental Kidnapper

Michael Rhedin

Michael Rhedin – Alleged Accomplice

Michelle MacDonald Activist Attorney

Michelle MacDonald – Activist Attorney

Dale Nathan

Dale Nathan – Suspended Attorney

Samantha and Gianna Rucki, were most likely kidnapped in a teenager parental kidnapping case in April 2013. Their custodial-embattled mother Sandra Grazzini-Rucki can’t be found except through her attorney Michelle MacDonald, the Minnesota Activist Attorney. MacDonald has been critical of the Family Court System as well as one particular Family Court Judge. MacDonald’s boyfriend, Michael Rhedin is also a person of interest in the case as well as suspended family law activist attorney Dale Nathan.

In the Family Abduction cases, there is not always a definitive course of action for classifying teenagers as parentally kidnapped or runaways. As we’ve seen in the Elizabeth Morgan case of the ’80s, Ms. Morgan stayed in jail rather than give up the location of her daughter. In Sandra Rucki’s case, she also in hiding or underground but communicates with her activist attorney. And then there is activist Dale Nathan who has injected himself and his cause into the case and was apparently driving the getaway car when the children were alleged kidnapped.

The Star Tribune is reporting that Lakeville, Minnesota Law Enforcement will be stepping up efforts to find these teenagers. As most of us in the Family Abduction Community believe, if law enforcement decides they want to find someone, it usually doesn’t take very long. As we witnessed in the Genevieve Kelley case, after the case was featured on John Walsh’s CNN The Hunt, Kelley, less than a month after the airing, Kelley turned herself in.

We urge Samantha and Gianna Rucki to do the responsible thing and turn themselves in. That would certainly look much better on a college application than an college application essay about being taken into custody with your arrested mother. To Michelle MacDonald and Dale Nathan, it’s pathetic how the both of you are wasting law enforcement and judicial resources for your own narcissistic and attention-seeking agendas. And to proclaimed protective parent Sandra Grazzini-Rucki – what would have been so bad about co-parenting or joint custody? It appears you have given up on having any type of relationship with your left-behind children. The only thing you will have accomplished is to be the example that parents shouldn’t engage in parental alienation, and the family court system worked. You were not and are not looking at the “best interests of your children“.


StarTribune – Lakeville police setup up efforts to find missing sisters by Brandon Stahl (April 29, 2015)

Left.MN – Did you bring your toothbrush, Mr. Nathan? by Steve Timmer (April 29, 2015)