Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Teen Turns to Social Media to Describe Her Kidnapping; Girl, 16, Shares Her Tale of Abduction by Family Friend, Killing of Mother, Brother

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Teen Turns to Social Media to Describe Her Kidnapping; Girl, 16, Shares Her Tale of Abduction by Family Friend, Killing of Mother, Brother

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SAN DIEGO * Hannah Anderson says a longtime family friend "tricked" her into visiting his house, tied up her mother and younger brother in his garage and kidnapped her, setting off a massive search that stretched across much of the western U.S.

And when she later learned they were found dead in her captor's burning house in Southern California, the 16-year-old said, she cried all night.

"I wish I could go back in time and risk my life to try and save theirs. I will never forgive myself for not trying harder to save them," she wrote in a harrowing account on a social media site roughly two days after she was rescued and FBI agents killed James Lee DiMaggio in the Idaho wilderness.

Many of the hundreds of the questions she fielded on the social media site were typical teenage fare, including her favorite musical performers, but she also told of how she was kidnapped, how she survived captivity and how she is coping with the deaths of her mother and brother.

The postings, which began Monday night and stopped Tuesday night, appeared on the ask.fm social-networking site account for "Hannahbanana722" of Lakeside, the San Diego suburb where the teen lived with her mother and brother. The account was disabled Wednesday.

DiMaggio, 40, was shot at least five times in the head and chest, said authorities, who were unable to determine a precise number of gunshot wounds. DiMaggio's body was cremated Tuesday near Los Angeles, said family spokesman Andrew Spanswick.

Dawn MacNabb, whose son, Alan, is one of Hannah's closest friends, confirmed that the postings were by the teen. Alan spoke on the phone with Hannah Tuesday and urged her to delete some of the postings, MacNabb said.

She declined interview requests from news organizations that posted to her account.

Nora Baladerian, a Los Angeles psychologist who headed trauma teams in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, said Anderson's choice of social media was another example of how her generation turns to the Internet to share deeply personal experiences with strangers. …

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