Hannah Anderson, the California teen who was abducted by a family friend and spirited to the Idaho wilderness, describes her kidnapper in Internet postings as a “psycho” who “got what he deserved” when FBI agents shot and killed him.
James DiMaggio, 40, kidnapped Hannah after leaving her mother, Christina, and 8-year-old brother, Ethan, tied up in the garage of his house near San Diego that later burned to the ground.
Hannah, according to authorities, did not know until after her rescue that her mother and brother were dead. She said in her online postings that DiMaggio, known to the family as “Uncle Jim,” had rigged the garage to catch fire after she and he had left the area.
“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 writes.
Hannah purportedly provided details of her ordeal on the social networking site ask.fm, answering questions online under her user name “Hannahbanana722,”according to the Associated Press and U-T San Diego newspaper.
USA TODAY was unable to independently confirm that the material was posted by the teen. The site, however, is listed in her name and goes back many days prior to the kidnapping in which she discusses school activities, boyfriends and having lunch with friends. There is also a break during the period of the kidnapping.
Later Wednesday, a notice said the site for the account had been disabled at the user’s request.
The San Diego County Sheriff’s Office says it was aware of Hannah’s online posting and had contacted the family about them, the newspaper reports.
Asked why she thought DiMaggio did it, the 16-year-old replies: “Because he’s a psycho.”
Brett Anderson, Hannah’s father who flew to San Diego from his home in Tennessee after the kidnapping, did not respond to a text message seeking comment about his daughter’s postings, which continued into Tuesday evening, the AP said.
Her first post on Monday afternoon shows her holding a scrap of paper with the words “In the clouds, I’ll meet you again” with a heart, the Daily Mail reports, referring to her mother and brother.
“I cant sleep. it hasnt processed in my head yet, I still can’t believe what happened. It hasn’t even hit me yet that you guys are gone,” she writes in the caption.
The 16-year-old says she barely slept or ate during her six-day ordeal that took her from the southern tip of California to the wilderness area of northern Idaho.
Asked directly by one person on ask.fm whether DiMaggio had raped her, she responds: “I’m not aloud (sic) to talk about it so don’t ask questions about it thank you.”
Hannah says she was too scared to ask for help when four horseback riders encountered the pair in the wilderness last Wednesday. The riders didn’t report the sighting 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. That tip led officers to the pair’s campsite.
Authorities said an FBI agent killed DiMaggio after he fired at them.
Hannah said the horror began after DiMaggio “tricked” the family into coming to his home in Boulevard, a rural town 65 miles east of San Diego, on Aug. 4.
“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 writes.
Among other details in her online postings:
• She didn’t try to run because “(he) had a gun and threatened to kill me and anyone who tried to help.”
• Asked by one person online whether DiMaggio had done anything sexual to her, she replies, “Can’t answer that” at another point, to a similar question, she writes, ‘I’m not supposed to talk about that.”
• Asked if she is glad her abductor is dead, she writes, “Absolutely.”
• Asked if she was happier that they shot him or would have wanted him to have life in prison, she responds: “Shot him. He deserved what he got.”
• DiMaggio told her he had a crush on her, but that “more of a family crush like he had feelings as in he wanted nothing bad to happen to me.” She says she didn’t tell her parents because DiMaggio was his father’s best friend “and I didn’t want to ruin anything between them.”
• She was afraid that her abductor might kill four campers on horseback who came up on them in the Idaho wilderness. “I had to act calm I didn’t want them to get hurt. I was scared that he would kill them,” she writes.
• DiMaggio threatened to kill her if she didn’t help hide his blue Nissan Versa under tree branches. Authorities discovered the car Friday, leading to her rescue the next day.
• Hannah also posted photos of herself online and even showed off her newly done nails. One was painted half-pink and half-blue. Pink, for her mother, she says, and blue for Ethan.
• At one point during the lengthy series of posts, a questioner asked Hannah to post a photo and she complies. The image shows her with a wide smile.
Courtesy of USA Today