11:28 AM EDT 08/24/2014
Originally posted 10/08/2013 07:00PM
Hannah Anderson's kidnapper, James DiMaggio, taunted the teenager by suggesting she join him in playing Russian roulette, she says in her first lengthy interview.
"When it was my turn, I started crying and was freaking out," Anderson, 16, tells the Today show in an interview airing Thursday. "And he said, 'Do you want to play?' And I said, 'No.' And I started crying and then he's, like, 'Okay.' And he stopped."
Hannah, the subject of a nationwide search that ended when DiMaggio was killed in a shootout with federal agents, says she's "sick and angry" when she thinks about him.
Originally posted 10/02/2013 01:30PM
While she tries to put on a brave face in school, Hannah Anderson says that when she thinks about her abduction and her struggles to cope with the murders of her mother and brother, "I break down at night."
The San Diego-area high-school junior, 16, continues to avoid all print interviews, but over the past few days has answered dozens of questions on her ask.fm page, where she also shared photos of her homecoming dance and happier times with her mom and brother.
Asked why she didn't run away from abductor James DiMaggio while on the 1,000-mile trip from San Diego to Idaho – the query also presumed that Anderson wasn't handcuffed – Anderson replied: "How do you know he never had me handcuffed? Because there you are wrong. Don't assume things you don't know. Just stop."
Originally posted 08/27/2013 08:30PM
Brett Anderson has changed his plans to move to Nashville for work in order to provide stability for his daughter Hannah, who was rescued just over two weeks ago from kidnapping and murder suspect James Lee DiMaggio.
"I'd hoped that Hannah would be able to return to Nashville with me, but I agreed that it was important not to uproot her at this time from everyone and everything she knows and finds to be comfortable, safe and familiar," Anderson tells PEOPLE in an exclusive statement.
"There is no way I will give guardianship of my daughter to anybody – she needs her father and I need my daughter."
Originally posted 08/24/2013 04:35PM
Calling their deaths "an abomination," a priest memorialized a California mother and young son killed by a family friend, who also abducted the woman's 16-year-old daughter.
Saturday's service for Christina Anderson and 8-year-old Ethan Anderson at the Guardian Angels Roman Catholic Church in Santee, Calif., was open to the public.
"For the death of Tina and Ethan there are no easy words," the Rev. Kevin Casey told the memorial gathering, according to the Los Angeles Times. "We are touched by this evil and we can never be the same again."
The pair was found at the home of James Lee DiMaggio, who set it ablaze earlier this month and then took off with Hannah Anderson.
Originally posted 08/22/2013 07:45AM
Less than two weeks after her dramatic rescue, Hannah Anderson pushed back on Thursday at critics who have questioned her relationship with her abductor, James Lee DiMaggio – saying the letters and text messages she sent him were completely innocent.
On the very day she was abducted, Anderson, 16, reportedly sent as many as 13 texts to DiMaggio, who is suspected of killing Hannah's mother Christina, 44, and brother Ethan, 8, before being killed himself during an arrest attempt by the FBI.
But Hannah says the texts can be explained.
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