Allison Mann and Michael Brodkorb will be at Paperbacks and Pieces in Winona on June 22 from 12-2 p.m. to discuss their true-crime book, “The Girls Are Gone.” The event is free and open to the public.
“The Girls Are Gone” was released in October 2018, published by Wise Ink Publishing. Since its release, “The Girls Are Gone” has made Amazon’s Hot New Releases charts and has become a best-seller in the true-crime category. Mann and Brodkorb recently won the 2019 Independent Publisher Book Award for True Crime.
“The Girls Are Gone” tells the true story of two sisters who went missing (in Minnesota), the father who kept searching, and the adults who conspired to keep the truth hidden.
On the evening of April 19, 2013, Samantha and Gianna Rucki disappeared. Two of five children born to David Rucki and Sandra Grazzini-Rucki, the teenage sisters vanished in the midst of their parents’ divorce.
The girls’ father, David Rucki, worked tirelessly with law enforcement to search day and night for his two missing daughters, following every lead while raising three remaining children at home. Their mother, Sandra Grazzini-Rucki, used her newfound freedom to vacation around the world, abandoning her children. And as the investigation intensified, catching the attention of the media, Sandra also disappeared.
On November 18, 2015— 944 days after they disappeared — the girls were found living on a ranch in Northern Minnesota by law enforcement.
Criminal charges were filed against four people, including the girls’ mother, for their role in the disappearance of the Rucki sisters. “The Girls Are Gone” chronicles key events during the criminal trials of the people who were later convicted or pleaded guilty for their involvement in this heinous crime. The book examines the other adults who aided in the conspiracy to hide the truth and the Rucki sisters.
To learn more, go to missinginminnesota.com
About the authors
Michael Brodkorb and Allison Mann met during the 2016 criminal trial. Mann worked at a law firm representing David Rucki, the father, who was trying to find his girls. Brodkorb was working for the Star Tribune at the time and covered the story as the case developed.
Brodkorb and Mann have spent the last two years working together investigating and researching to find the answers to many questions that had been left unanswered for years. They have analyzed court documents, reviewed investigative files, and conducted numerous interviews to provide a completed story about how and why two children vanished from their family and friends for 944 days. Their passion for following the case and connecting the dots to figure out the truth of what really happened led them to write “The Girls Are Gone.”
“The Girls Are Gone” provides new details about the disappearance of Samantha and Gianna Rucki and includes interviews with members of the Rucki family, including exclusive interviews with Samantha and Gianna Rucki. The book also discusses the connection between Michelle MacDonald, who is currently a candidate for the Minnesota Supreme Court. MacDonald was labeled a “person of interest” by the Lakeville Police Department in the disappearance of Samantha and Gianna Rucki, but did not cooperate in the investigation.