First TV Interview Since Freed: Hannah Anderson Describes Herself a Survivor

First TV Interview Since Freed: Hannah Anderson Describes Herself a Survivor

It is her first television interview since she was freed following her kidnapping earlier this month. Hannah Anderson describes herself as a survivor and thanks her supporters.
It is her first television interview since she was freed following her kidnapping earlier this month.  Hannah Anderson describes herself as a survivor and thanks her supporters.

Hannah Anderson spoke publicly for the first time about her kidnapping and rescue.

"In the beginning I was a victim, but now knowing everyone out there is helping me, I consider myself a survivor instead."

It was August 4th when Hannah was allegedly kidnapped by family friend James DiMaggio and police would later find the bodies of her mother and brother at DiMaggio's burned home.

In the interview Hannah responded to questions about hwy she exchanged as many as 13 text messages with DiMaggio on the day of the kidnapping.

"They were texts because he was picking me up from cheer camp and he didn't know the address or what like where I was, so I had to tell him the address and tell him that I was going to be in the gym and not in front of the school."

She also explained why she had sent him letters.

"The letters were from like a year ago when me and my mom weren't getting along.  He would tell me how to deal with it.  He'd help me through it.  They weren't anything bad, they were just to help me through tough times."

Nearly a week after the alleged kidnapping, horseback riders in the Idaho wilderness spotted Hannah and DeMaggio.

DiMaggio was ultimately killed by an FBI agent and Hannah returned to her family in Southern California.

"I wanted to thank the horsemen and the amber alert and the Sheriff and the FBI with everyone putting their time to find me."
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