Hannah Anderson’s kidnapper, James DiMaggio, taunted the teenager by suggesting she join him in playing Russian roulette, she says in her first lengthy interview.
“When it was my turn, I started crying and was freaking out,” Anderson, 16, tells the Today show in an interview airing Thursday. “And he said, ‘Do you want to play?’ And I said, ‘No.’ And I started crying and then he’s, like, ‘Okay.’ And he stopped.”
Hannah, the subject of a nationwide search that ended when DiMaggio was killed in a shootout with federal agents, says she’s “sick and angry” when she thinks about him.
She also says that during the abduction, DiMaggio did not reveal that he had just murdered her mother and kid brother.
“He told me that my mom was in the garage and that Ethan was upstairs and that they were alive,” Anderson says. She adds that DiMaggio “handcuffed me and zip-tied my feet and then sat me down on the couch and told me what his plan was.”
She says that DiMaggio told her “that he was going to kidnap me and take me to Idaho, where my intention was just to carry his backpacks to the river. And that he was gonna live there. And then he’d get me home afterwards.”
Since the incident, Anderson has tried to resume to a normal life in San Diego, attending high school, hanging out with her friends and chatting on social media, where she has answered questions about the abduction on her ask.fm page.
Anderson says she stands by her online comments that DiMaggio “got what he deserved.”
“You still feel that way?” asks the Today‘s Savannah Guthrie.
“Yes,” Anderson replies.