Hannah Anderson: Suspect handcuffed me, wanted me to play Russian roulette

Hannah Anderson: Suspect handcuffed me, wanted me to play Russian roulette

Credit: AP Photo/San Diego Sheriff's Department

FILE - This combination of undated file photos provided by the San Diego Sheriff's Department shows James Lee DiMaggio, 40, left, and Hannah Anderson, 16. A massive search entered a seventh day Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013, for DiMaggio, suspected of abducting 16-year-old family friend Hannah. DiMaggio is suspected of killing Hannah's mother Christina Anderson, 44, and her 8-year-old brother Ethan Anderson, whose bodies were found Sunday night in DiMaggio's burning house in California near the Mexico border. (AP Photo/San Diego Sheriff's Department, File)

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by CNN

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Posted on October 10, 2013 at 10:16 AM

(CNN) -- Months after a nationwide manhunt helped authorities track down kidnapped California teen Hannah Anderson, she’s revealing new details about her conversations with the man who allegedly held her hostage.

In an interview with NBC’s  “Today” show set to be broadcast Thursday morning, Anderson describes the time she spent with alleged kidnapper James DiMaggio in his house about an hour east of San Diego.

Anderson says DiMaggio sat her down on a couch, handcuffed her, zip-tied her feet and revealed his plan to kidnap her and take her to Idaho. The day quickly took an even darker turn, Anderson told “Today,” describing how DiMaggio encouraged her to play Russian roulette with him, using a real gun.

 “When it was my turn, I started crying and, like, was freaking out,” Anderson said. “And he said, ‘Do you want to play?’ And I said, ‘No,’ and I started crying, and he’s like, ‘OK,’ and he stopped.”

Anderson said DiMaggio told her he would eventually get her home. He also told her that her mother and brother were in his house, alive.

Police later found the bodies of her mother and brother at DiMaggio’s burned home.

After evading authorities for a week, DiMaggio was spotted in the Idaho wilderness on August 10, nearly 1,000 miles from where the alleged kidnapping occurred.

An FBI agent shot him dead and Hannah, 16, was returned to her family in Southern California.

The nationwide manhunt for DiMaggio drew widespread attention and sparked widespread speculation about the case.

Now, a new book criticizing the teen’s behavior and claiming there are inconsistencies in her story has drawn criticism from Anderson’s family, CNN affiliate KGTV reported. The teen’s family told the CNN affiliate that the author of “The River of No Return,” set to be published next month, is trying to cash in on their harrowing ordeal.

Anderson, meanwhile, told “Today” that thinking about her abductor makes her “disgusted” and “angry,” according to quotes from the interview published on the morning show’s website.

But learning more about the Amber Alert issued by authorities as they searched for her, she said, has helped her recovery.

“It helped me keep going through healing,” she said, “knowing that people were looking for me and that they’re on my side.”

 

 

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