Hannah Anderson has come out to talk about her ordeal two weeks ago at the hands of her "Uncle Jimmy." Long-time family friend James DiMaggio killed her mother Christina, bludgeoning her to death, and also murdered her 8-year-old brother Ethan before setting his home on fire. Even so, many in Internet chat rooms and the comments sections of news stories have been suggesting that perhaps Hannah Anderson was less a "victim" and more an accomplice.
This is especially galling given the police have in no way suggested or even speculated on this. But now Anderson has broken her television silence in an interview with Today that aired this morning at 7 a.m. During the short interview (more will air tomorrow night on Dateline), Hannah explained the 13 phone calls that she had with DiMaggio the day of her kidnapping and also the letters found in his house that were from her. See below:
There is no doubt, after hearing her talk, that this is a 16-year-old girl. Her grief for her mother and brother was palpable and it's kind of heartbreaking that she had to go on record this way. But she did. As she explained it, the letters were from a time in her life when she wasn't getting along with her mother. Like any 15-year-old girl would, she was reaching out for guidance and it was DiMaggio to whom she reached.
The "phone calls" were a series of text messages explaining where he could meet her after cheerleader practice. Apparently she was moving around a lot and wanted DiMaggio to be aware of where she would be so he could pick her up. Pretty innocent, right? She also said:
In the beginning I was a victim, but now knowing everyone out there is helping me I consider myself a survivor instead. My mom raised me to be strong.
Outside of the interview, Hannah's father dismissed claims that DiMaggio's family made, questioning Hannah and Ethan's paternity. Brett Anderson called the request "disgusting," and also explained that he and his wife didn't know DiMaggio until she was six months pregnant with Hannah. Additionally, it was Brett Anderson's DNA that helped confirm the remains of 8-year-old Ethan.
More will come, to be sure. But for now, hopefully this will stop some of the uglier rumors and speculation.
Does this interview make you see Hannah differently?