On Sunday, murderer and kidnapper James Lee DiMaggio was killed in the Idaho wilderness after a shootout with police.
In case you are not familiar with DiMaggio’s story, here are the details: DiMagio was the best friend of San Diego resident Brett Anderson. DiMagio was close with Anderson’s family as well, which includes his wife, Christina Anderson, 16-year-old daughter Hannah, and 8-year-old son Ethan.
On August 5, DiMagio tortured and killed Christina Anderson, Ethan Anderson, and the Anderson’s family dog. He then kidnapped Hannah Anderson. Anderson was found with DiMagio six days later in the Idaho woods, where police rescued her after shooting DiMagio in a shootout.
As the San Diego County Police continue their investigation of the tragedy, they have found evidence of extensive communication between Hannah and DiMagio in the days leading up to her kidnapping.
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While searching DiMagio’s house, police found several handwritten letters from Hannah to DiMagio. The content of the letters has not been released at this time. In addition to the letters, police found that Dimagio and Hannah exchanged 13 phone calls on the day of the kidnapping.
Hannah said earlier this week that DiMagio made her uncomfortable prior to the kidnapping. She claims the man told her that he was “drawn to her” at one point.
“He said it was more like a family crush like he had feelings as in he wanted nothing bad to happen to me," Hannah said on ask.fm. Hannah said she did not tell her father about DiMagio’s words because he was her father’s best friend “and I didn’t want to ruin anything between them.”
Despite the correspondence between DiMagio and Hannah, San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore remains adamant that the girl was an unwilling victim.
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“I can’t make it any clearer – she was a victim in this case, she was not a willing participant,” he said during a press conference this past Monday.
At a fund raiser for his family, Brett Anderson said his daughter is just grateful to be home and safe.
"Right now she's with her family and, of course, with some friends, and she's just happy to be here," he said.
On her ask.fm page, Hannah said that she stayed awake for six straight days after DiMagio kidnapped her. She did not eat the entire time, and could not escape because DiMagio had a gun. She says he “threatened to kill me and anyone who tried to help.”
When asked whether she would have preferred DiMagio to spend a lifetime in prison rather than being killed, Hannah would only say “He deserved what he got.”