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

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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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Anderson said she was too frightened to ask for help when four horseback riders encountered the pair in the remote wilderness on Wednesday. The riders didn't report the sightings to police until the next day, after returning home and learning about the massive search spanning much of the western United States and parts of Canada and Mexico.

"I had to act calm I didn't want them to get hurt. I was scared that he would kill them," she wrote.

The girl said DiMaggio threatened to kill her if she didn't help hide his blue Nissan Versa with tree branches. Authorities discovered the car Friday, leading to her rescue the following day.

Asked if she would have preferred DiMaggio got a lifetime prison sentence instead of being killed by FBI agents, she said, "He deserved what he got."

Anderson acknowledged being uncomfortable around DiMaggio even before the ordeal, saying he once told her that he was drawn to her.

"He said it was more like a family crush like he had feelings as in he wanted nothing bad to happen to me," she wrote.

She said she didn't tell her parents because DiMaggio was his father's best friend "and I didn't want to ruin anything between them."

On Monday, Anderson had her nails done - pink for her mother and blue for her brother. She said she anticipates returning to El Capitan High School in the east San Diego suburb of Lakeside for her junior year.

She said she was still in shock. When one commenter said her responses appeared to lack emotion, she wrote, "I'm trying to stay strong. You don't know I could be crying answering these questions at the moment."

Therapists say Anderson faces a long recovery, but support from family and friends can help her lead a happy, productive life. Counselors may focus on acknowledging her trauma but not letting it control decisions.

Her father has told at least two people that he planned to move with Hannah to Tennessee, where he lives.

Moving would be a father's "very normal reaction," said Jessica Donohue-Dioh, a social work instructor at Xavier University in Cincinnati. She cautioned, however, that it shouldn't be an attempt to bury the past.

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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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