Controversial new book written about Hannah Anderson kidnapping case
Author: Her case stands out from other survivors
Last Updated: 62 days ago
SAN DIEGO - A controversial new book has been written about kidnapped Lakeside teenager Hannah Anderson.
Anderson is making headlines again, this time as the main character of an upcoming book entitled "The River of No Return," which will be released next month. The book's author has been critical of Anderson's behavior, including a weekend trip to New York and a shopping spree just days before what would have been her little brother's 9th birthday.
Author Chelsea Hoffman, who has analyzed other high-profile kidnapping cases, told 10News the book sheds light on how Anderson's case seems suspicious.
"I can't really think of any notable survivors of kidnappings that shared the same behavior as she has," said Hoffman. "Elizabeth Smart, Jaycee Dugard, Amanda Berry … the only time any of these people have really spoken to the public in the beginning was to ask for privacy and peace while they picked up the pieces of their lives and healed."
Days after her rescue, Anderson told her story on the "Today" show and answered questions on social media about the deaths of her mother and brother.
In her book, Hoffman also points to the encounter Anderson and her alleged kidnapper, James DiMaggio, had with four horseback riders they came in contact with in the Idaho wilderness. She questions why Anderson did not plead for help.
"As far as I've read, they were visibly armed and he wasn't armed at the time he was holding the cat that they had taken with them, so I don't understand what was going through her head at the time," said Hoffman.
Perhaps only another kidnapping survivor would. In her memoir released Monday, Elizabeth Smart says she did not cry out for help because she was afraid.
As the attention swirls around Smart's new book, there are rumors Anderson is seeking a deal of her own.
Anderson posted photos of her and a friend in New York City over the weekend on her Instagram account. One of her followers commented about if she is there to sell her story.
"She's going to New York allegedly to tell her story so that means she's going to be reliving this entire experience," said Hoffman. "She's going to be made to think about it all over again, but yet she's treating this like it's a joyous event."
Her father, Brett Anderson, told 10News he had not heard about the upcoming book but says Hoffman does not have his permission.
10News spoke with a clinical psychologist after Anderson's rescue. He said expressing herself and interacting with others on the Internet is her way of dealing with the trauma.
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