US teen says kidnapper deserved to die

2013-08-14 20:05
James Lee DiMaggio. (San Diego Sheriff's Department/ AP)

James Lee DiMaggio. (San Diego Sheriff's Department/ AP)

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San Diego - The 16-year-old US girl who was kidnapped by a family friend suspected of murdering her mother and young brother said the man threatened to kill her if she tried to escape - and that he got what he deserved when he died in a shootout.

Hannah Anderson went online barely 48 hours after her rescue and fielded hundreds of questions through a social media site.

The postings started on Monday night, hours after her father 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.

Police have said little about their investigation. Jan Caldwell, a spokesperson for the San Diego County Sheriff's Department, said authorities were aware of the online comments but couldn't confirm the account is Hannah's.

The postings appear on the ask.fm social-networking site account for "Hannahbanana722" of Lakeside, the community where the teen lived. At one point during the lengthy series of posts, a questioner asked Hannah to post a photo, and she complied.

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 organisations that posted to her account.

She was kidnapped on 4 August by James Lee DiMaggio, 40, her father's best friend. DiMaggio had invited the children and their mother, Christina Anderson, 44, to his house.

"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.

Go back in time

Anderson said DiMaggio tied up his 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 after her rescue on 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".

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 reported the sightings to police 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.

Asked if she would have preferred to see DiMaggio get 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.

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".

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