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Hannah Anderson Talks about Jim DiMaggio’s Weird Crush on Her

Hannah Anderson on Today

Kidnapping victim Hannah Anderson and her dad spoke with Savannah Guthrie on the Today Show this morning.

She revealed that her kidnapper Jim DiMaggio told her that he had feelings for her some time before the kidnapping occurred. “He told me he had a crush on me,” she said. She described the crush as “weird.” After that, she dialed back the friendship.

She talks about what happened on the day of the kidnapping, “The point I realized something was wrong was when we got to his house and my mom’s car wasn’t there. When I got into the house that’s when it a all went down. When I got into the house he handcuffed me and zip-tied my feet and sat me down on the couch and told me what his plan was. He told me he was going to kidnap me and take me to Idaho.” He told her “no one’s going to die.”

DiMaggio told her that her mother, Christina Anderson, and 8-year-old brother, Ethan, were alive. He said they were in different parts of the house.

Anderson says she heard her brother —  who was bound at the time — trying to communicate from upstairs but was unable to help him.

DiMaggio told Anderson that her mother and brother would have a chance to escape the fire he was planning to start with a 20-hour delayed ignition. But DiMaggio lied about the logistics of the fire which ultimately did kill Christina and Ethan.

He made her play Russian roullette with him, when it came to her turn, she was able to end the game.

He drugged her with Ambien, then loaded her in the car and drove to Idaho. That’s the last memory Anderson has from DiMaggio’s house.

She explained the letters she sent DiMaggio. He helped her get through a difficult time with her mom. “We were almost best friends.”

She described learning about the deaths of her mother and brother in the hospital. “I miss them so much. Sometimes it’s like I wait for them to get home and then they’re not there.” She breaks down and cries in the interview.


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