Kidnap Victim Hannah Anderson Posts First Photos Since Rescue
Smiling after her nightmare ordeal, the first photos of kidnap victim Hannah Anderson, taken following her dramatic rescue from the clutches of an obsessed family friend, have surfaced.
Sixteen-year-old Hannah just posted the new pictures on a social media website. She is also talking about her abduction.
Hannah calls the man who kidnapped her, 40-year-old James DiMaggio Jr. "a psycho." Writing about DiMaggio's death in a shootout with FBI agents, she says, "He deserved what he got."
The comments are in Hannah's name on the social networking site ask.fm. It has not been confirmed yet that the postings are in fact from Hannah, but her best friend says they're genuine.
Hannah says the kidnapper lured her family to his house by inviting them all to ride go karts. Police say DiMaggio then killed Hannah's mom and eight-year-old brother, Ethan.
Hannah posted a poignant photo of her murdered mom and brother, whose bodies were found in the kidnapper's torched home. She reveals that DiMaggio rigged his home to burst into flame after he fled with her.
In one picture, Hannah's hand-written note held to the sunlight reads: "In the clouds. I'll meet you again. RIP."
"I will never forgive myself for not trying harder to save them," Hannah writes. "He had a gun and threatened to kill me and anyone who tried to help."
Hannah also posted a photo of a new manicure with a two-tone nail, writing: "Pink for my mom and blue for Ethan."
DiMaggio and Hannah were the subjects of a week-long national manhunt that ended when four horseback riders stumbled across the pair roughing it in the Idaho wilderness and alerted authorities.
So why didn't Hannah ask the horseback riders for help? She writes: "I had to act calm. I didn't want them to get hurt. I was scared that he would kill them."
Hannah even answered questions from other ask.fm users. One user asked, "Did he do anything sexual in any way?"
Her reply: "Can't answer that."
Psychologist Jeff Gardere told INSIDE EDITION Hannah's willingness to talk about her kidnapping is misleading.
"This is a young girl who's going through severe trauma right now, and to think that she's okay is absolutely wrong," said Gardere.