ABC 2020 Exposes Parental Alienation: Footprints in the Snow

BREAKING NEWS: on July 28th, 2016, a jury found Sandra Grazzini-Ruckio guilty of six felony counts. "It is simply inappropriate and unacceptable for any parent to hide their children and keep them from the custodial parent in violation of a court order for any amount of time," said Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom. "The almost two and a half years that these children were hidden led to significant trauma to her daughters and caused significant adverse impacts to the rest of her family. We are pleased with the jury’s decision in this matter."

Victim Impact Statement. and Sentencing.


d. For a deep explanation of how this all works and how easy it is to manipulate children, read the works for Dr. Childress or  the attachment model.

Synopsis of Footprints in the Snow
: Dr. Paul Reitman, a court-appointed psychologist and expert in the field of parental alienation, stated that Sandra seemed to be suffering from a personality disorder. Two days later, the judge ordered that Sandra move out of her house. Sandra’s sister Nancy Olson moved in and became the children’s temporary guardian, and Sandra and David were both ordered to have no unsupervised contact with the children. Then the indisputable truth comes out that proves just how much of a liar Sandra is and that it is not about the children but about her narcissistic/borderline injury. The children then do well living with their father and the oldest son comes out with the truth that he was manipulated and say the horrible things about his father that he knew were not true.

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Time Line Summary:
  • April 19, 2011: Sandra Grazzini-Rucki serves David Rucki with divorce papers.
  • June 2011: An order of protection is issued against David.
  • September 2011: Sandra and David’s divorce judgment is vacated. reunification therapy ordered and did not help
  • January 2012: The children continue to ignore their father.
  • September 2012: The court orders a new custody agreement for the Rucki children. Dr. Paul Reitman, a court-appointed psychologist and expert in the field of parental alienation, stated that Sandra seemed to be suffering from a personality disorder as well as a mood disorder. Two days later, the judge ordered that Sandra move out of her house. Sandra’s sister Nancy Olson moved in and became the children’s temporary guardian, and Sandra and David were both ordered to have no unsupervised contact with the children.
  • April 19, 2013: Samantha and Gianna run away from home.
  • May 15, 2013: Samantha and Gianna appear on a local news report. The sisters claimed David threatened to kill their family and Sandra, which David denies. After the interview, the girls disappeared again.
  • Nov. 25, 2013: David is granted sole custody.
  • April 18, 2015: The Minneapolis Star Tribune publishes a story about the missing girls. Dale Nathan, Sandra's lawyer, said they picked Samantha and Gianna up that same day, but didn’t know where Sandra ended up taking them because she dropped him off at a truck stop. Police later named Sandra a person of interest in her daughters’ disappearance.
  • Oct. 18, 2015: Sandra is arrested.
  • November 18, 2015: Samantha and Gianna are found. The Dahlens said Sandra dropped the girls off at the ranch and that they were helping them out of good intentions, because Samantha and Gianna said their father was abusive.
  • April 8, 2016: Sandra and David speak to ABC News’ Elizabeth Vargas.
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