In interview, Hannah Anderson reveals James DiMaggio admitted to having crush on her
Hannah reveals details on NBC 'Today' show
Last Updated: 59 days ago
SAN DIEGO - Rescued Lakeside teen Hannah Anderson revealed in a new network TV interview that kidnapping and murder suspect James DiMaggio admitted to her that he had a crush on her.
With her father Brett by her side, the 16-year-old spoke about the moment in Idaho when FBI agents shot DiMaggio to death.
"A bunch of guns went off, then I looked and he fell on the ground and I kind of looked over and said are you OK?" Hannah said in an interview that aired on NBC's "Today" show Thursday.
According to authorities, DiMaggio was shot six times, and moments later, Hannah's rescuers hustled her to safety.
Hannah said she had many chances before that day to make a run for it, but she admitted she was too scared.
"He did threaten me, saying that if I ever tried to run or that I had someone help me that he'd kill me and them," Hannah said.
That included the four horseback riders who came across the pair and ultimately alerted authorities.
Hannah was rescued less than a week after she was kidnapped by DiMaggio, a longtime family friend. Authorities said DiMaggio is suspected of killing Hannah's mother and younger brother.
"I miss them so much that sometimes it's like I wait for them to get home and they're not there," Hannah said of her mother Christina and brother Ethan.
Hannah said before she was taken to Idaho, she could hear her brother screaming in the house.
"I hear him trying to yell upstairs, but he was gagged and I couldn't do anything to help him. I was yelling his name, but I couldn't do anything," she said.
Hannah said she believes DiMaggio drugged her with Ambien when he abducted her.
However, Chelsea Hoffman, the author of a new book about Hannah, said she is skeptical.
"She did claim that she'd been drugged, but the details surrounding her being drugged were a whole lot shakier," said Hoffman.
When Hannah woke up in Idaho, she said she had only one question.
Hannah said, "I woke up and I asked, 'Where's mom and Ethan?' First thing I asked and he said they are both in the garage tied up and my house is supposed to set on fire at 7:00 o'clock. Then he said I put a sign on the garage to help them be saved by the firefighters before the fire reached the garage."
Hannah said prior to the kidnapping, DiMaggio began making her feel uncomfortable.
She said, "He told me it's not that I don't want your friends up here, it's that I don't want to see you kissing your friends or anything like that because I have a crush on you."
Hannah, however, made clear show she feels about DiMaggio now, saying, "Disgusted, shocked; just mostly sick and angry."
Hannah also said she turned to DiMaggio when her parents separated about a year ago, exchanging letters with him during that time when she wasn't getting along with her mother.
In the "Today" interview, Hannah was not asked about her use of social media after her rescue or Hoffman's book, which claims there are inconsistencies in the teen's story.
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