August 14, 2013

Calif. teen says kidnapper 'deserved' to die

Hannah Anderson went online 48 hours after her rescue Saturday and fielded hundreds of questions on social media.

The Associated Press

SAN DIEGO — The 16-year-old California girl kidnapped by a close family friend suspected of killing her mother and 8-year-old brother says he threatened to kill her if she tried to escape and got what he deserved when he died in a shootout with authorities in the Idaho wilderness.

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These undated photos provided by the San Diego Sheriff's Department shows James Lee DiMaggio, left, and Hannah Anderson, 16. The 16-year-old California girl who was kidnapped by DiMaggio, a close family friend, says he threatened to kill her if she tried to escape.

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In this June 2011 file photo provided by Andrea Saincome, Hannah Anderson, center, reclining across the laps of others, and James Lee DiMaggio, right, pose for a picture with other members of the extended Anderson and Saincome families. Via a social media site, Hannah Anderson says longtime family friend DiMaggio “tricked” her into visiting his house, tying up her mother and younger brother in his garage before escaping with her to the Idaho wilderness. Anderson says she cried all night after being rescued and learning that her family members were found dead at DiMaggio's burning house. Seated from left are: Christina Anderson; Christopher Saincome; Christina's sisters Samantha Saincome and Andrea Saincome; their niece Hannah Anderson, reclining; Alexi (last name unavailable, friend of Hannah's), and DiMaggio. On the floor are Ethan Anderson, left, and Andrea's infant child, whose name was not provided. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Andrea Saincome, File)

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Hannah Anderson went online barely 48 hours after her rescue Saturday and started fielding hundreds of questions through a social media site. Many were typical teenage fare — she likes singer Justin Bieber and her favorite color is pink — but she also answered queries about how she was kidnapped, how she survived captivity and how she is dealing with the deaths of her mother and brother.

The postings started Monday night, hours after her father publicly requested that the family be allowed to grieve and heal in private. Brett Anderson didn't respond to a text message seeking comment about his daughter's postings, which continued into Tuesday evening. The account was disabled Wednesday morning.

James Lee DiMaggio, 40, was shot at least five times in the head and chest, said Valley County Coroner Nathan Hess, who completed an autopsy Monday in Boise. He was unable to determine a precise number of gunshot wounds.

DiMaggio's body was cremated Tuesday near Los Angeles, said family spokesman Andrew Spanswick.

Police have said little about their investigation. Jan Caldwell, a spokeswoman for the San Diego County Sheriff's Department, said authorities are aware of the online comments but could not confirm the account is Hannah's.

The postings appeared on the ask.fm social-networking site account for "Hannahbanana722" of Lakeside, the San Diego County community where the teen lived with her mother and brother. At one point during the lengthy series of posts, a questioner asked Hannah to post a photo and she complied. The image shows her with a wide smile.

Dawn MacNabb, whose son, Alan, is one of Hannah's closest friends, confirmed the postings were by the teen. Alan spoke on the phone with Hannah on Tuesday and urged her to delete some of the postings, MacNabb said.

"He said she was going to, but I don't know if she will," she said.

Anderson declined interview requests from news organizations that posted to her account.

She was kidnapped Aug. 4 by DiMaggio, her father's best friend who was like an uncle to her and her brother, Ethan. DiMaggio had invited the children and their mother, Christina Anderson, 44, to his house in Boulevard, a rural town 65 miles east of San Diego.

"He told us he was losing his house because of money issues so we went up there one last time to support him, and to have fun riding go karts up there but he tricked us," Anderson wrote.

Anderson said DiMaggio tied up her mother and brother in his garage. Their bodies were found after a fire destroyed the home. She said she didn't know they had died until an FBI agent told her at the hospital after rescue Saturday.

"I wish I could go back in time and risk my life to try and save theirs. I will never forgive myself for not trying harder to save them," she wrote.

Anderson said she "basically" stayed awake for six straight days and DiMaggio ignored her requests for food. She couldn't try to escape because DiMaggio had a gun and "threatened to kill me and anyone who tried to help."

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This screen shot taken from the ask.fm website shows a social media page of Hanna Anderson. Anderson, the 16-year-old California girl kidnapped by a close family friend suspected of killing her mother and 8-year-old brother, went online barely 48 hours after her rescue Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013, and started fielding hundreds of questions through the social media site. During the lengthy series of posts, a questioner asked Anderson to post a photo and she complied. The image shows her with a wide smile. (AP Photo/ask.fm)

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This 2013 file photo provided by Andrew Spanswick, a friend of James Lee DiMaggio, shows DiMaggio posing for a photo in a restaurant in West Hollywood, Calif. Hannah Anderson, the 16-year-old California girl kidnapped by DiMaggio, says DiMaggio threatened to kill her if she tried to escape and got what he deserved when he died in a shootout with authorities in the Idaho wilderness. (AP Photo/Andrew Spanswick, File)

 


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