In interview, Hannah Anderson tells of being drugged, handcuffed and her own self-doubts
Last Updated: 57 days ago
SAN DIEGO - New details were revealed Wednesday about how Hannah Anderson was abducted and taken from San Diego to Idaho.
Anderson admits that there were times she might have been able to escape her abductor, James DiMaggio, especially as he slept, but said she was fearful.
"Maybe I could have done something but who knows?" she said.
She also alluded to her emotional state as she told of DiMaggio holding a revolver and wanting her to play Russian roulette during an interview on NBC's Today Show set to air Thursday morning.
"When it was my turn I started crying, like freaking out, and he said, 'Do you want to play?' I said, 'No,' and I started crying and then he's like, 'OK,' and stopped," she said.
Hannah told the Today Show that, "he drugged me."
Chelsea Hoffman is the author of an upcoming book on the tragedy entitled, "The River of No Return."
Hoffman told 10News, "She did claim that she had been drugged but the details surrounding her being drugged were a whole lot shakier. Someone asked her when did you know you were being kidnapped? On Ask.fm Hannah said she didn't know she was being kidnapped till she was in the car. She said on the Today Show she knew she was being kidnapped when he sat her on the couch and told her she was being kidnapped."
The Lakeside teenager has been criticized for social media postings including photos and comments and her excitement at meeting pop star Miley Cyrus.
Family and friends of DiMaggio recognize that Anderson has gone through trauma: the kidnapping and fatal shooting of DiMaggio by the FBI in the Idaho wilderness two months ago, as well as the deaths of her mother and brother in a raging house fire.
DiMaggio family friend Andrew Spanswick told 10News they want answers, too.
"They're so protective of letting us know what really happened and letting us see the evidence and holding out Hannah purely as a victim and yet she seems to be representing herself in a somewhat inappropriate way," he said.
When asked if DiMaggio owned a revolver, Spanswick replied, "We've looked into whether he had a handgun. He did have an antique handgun."
When asked if he had handcuffs and zip-ties, Spanswick said, "Not that we knew of, so that would have had to be a new purchase if he'd had them."
Anderson used Instagram for this note as well: "Thank you to everyone who came to celebrate Ethan's birthday."
She had this to say to her brother: "I miss you with every bone in my body and I know I never said it enough but I love you."
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