Kidnapping Victim Hannah Anderson Appears At Fundraiser For Her Family

Thu, August 15, 2013 10:38pm EST by 9 Comments
Hannah Anderson Fundraiser
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So brave! The 16-year-old made her first public appearance since her traumatic kidnapping experience, showing up unexpectedly at a fundraiser to benefit her and her late mother and brother on August 15.

Hannah Anderson, survivor of the tragic August 3 murder/kidnapping case, attended a fundraiser to help cover the funeral expenses of her mother and brother. Amanda made no statement to the press as she walked into the Boll Weevil restaurant in Lakeside, Calif., in her first appearance in public since she returned home and reunited with her father.

Hannah Anderson At Fundraiser For Family — Kidnapping Victim’s 1st Appearance

Ever since she was rescued by FBI agents who shot and killed her suspected abductor, family friend James DiMaggio, on August 10, Hannah has been very open about her experience. She even started a social media account on to answer personal questions about her horrific ordeal, but later disabled the account.

Hannah was so strong when she attended the fundraiser with her grandparents, Sara and Ralph Britt, and her father, Brett Anderson, who spoke to the press on her behalf, according to ABC News.

“Hannah sends her love,” Brett told reporters at the event. “She’s doing good day by day. And we’ll just keep moving forward from here. Right now, we’re just looking for her future and [to] get her settled.”

The fundraiser was held to benefit Hannah and to help pay for the funerals of her mother, Christina Anderson, 44, and brother, Ethan, 8, who police believe were killed by James before he allegedly kidnapped Hannah.

Hannah Anderson On — Kidnapping Victim Calls Abductor ‘Psycho’

Just days after the horrific crimes against Hannah and her family, she took to to answer questions about her experience.

Most of the “questions” on Hannah’s page were well-wishes coming to her from around the world, to which she responded with brief thank yous. But she also revealed some of the harrowing details of her kidnapping.

One user asked how Hannah’s mother and brother ended up at James’ house: “So your mom and [Ethan] were just at his house for no reason and the thing went off and they caught [on] fire and burned?”

Hannah explained that she felt tricked by James:

He told us he was losing his house because of money issues so we went up there one last time to support him, and to have fun riding go karts up there but he tricked us.

After one user wanted clarification, asking “the news said your were with him willingly? Were you?”, Hannah revealed, “No not at all.”

Another user asked, “how did he separate you from your mother and brother?” Hannah, who seemed unenthusiastic about answering the questions in great detail, revealed:

He tied them up in the garage. I’m done answering questions about it so don’t bother asking.

She did not want to talk about James very much “because he’s a psycho,” she said.

WATCH: Hannah Anderson Appears At Fundraiser For Her Family

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More On Hannah Anderson’s Kidnapping:

  1. California Murder Suspect, James DiMaggio Shot Dead By FBI; Missing Teen Found
  2. Hannah Anderson Rescued: Father Of Kidnapping Victim Elated To Reunite With His Daughter
  3. San Diego Mother Found Dead In Burned House — Manhunt For James DiMaggio Begins

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Posted at 1:34 PM on August 17, 2013  

She is wearing the shortest shorts I have ever seen! that is totally inappropriate! she might as well be wearing underwear. I’ve read comments about how Selena Gomez shorts recently were too short, but this is even worse, especially due to the circumstances. This whole thing is just heartbreaking. These young girls should not even be on social media either. Some should give them the news that it’s just not suitable.

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Posted at 12:21 AM on August 16, 2013  

This girl is tryng her best to become famous. I have never seen a traumatic event take place with a child and then afterward go have your nails done, get online and answer questions. This story is missing so many pieces but if she doesn’t talk the dead family friend certainly can’t. Doesn’t anyone think the 13 telephone calls between Hannah and DiMaggio before they went to his house have any significant value. Something seems not right.

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Posted at 1:20 AM on August 16, 2013  

Yes, common sense is saying, “Investigators look further into this or there may be another person in a few years who goes ballistic (this young woman)!” There are some who knew her saying, “She and her mom were having the normal problems during teenage years but she was also ready to go along with getting rid of her ‘pressures’ (i.e. mom and brother) in order to pursue a famous life…..

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Posted at 1:29 AM on August 16, 2013  

plus the down to earth people on horse back who talked to her (probably the best to give an accurate statement about her) initially said she was by herself soaking her feet in water and said, “Oh I guess we are all in trouble now right?” This is not a statement from any person being held captive…..tell me anyone of you if you wouldn’t have run to anyone of these 4 on horseback asking for help!

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Posted at 2:47 AM on August 16, 2013  

There is something just not adding up in this case. I like what would be said Paul Harvey, and. Now. The real story.

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Posted at 7:18 AM on August 16, 2013  

I’m glad i’m not the only one who thinks there is more to this story. Everyone grieves differently, but so shortly after such a traumatic experience i would not be answering questions about my ordeal on the internet nor would I be making any public appearance. When I was 16 I didn’t even want to talk about my boyfriend breaking up with me, much less would I feel inclined to discuss every detail of witnessing my mother and brother murdered and then myself being abducted. Something’s not adding up.

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Posted at 12:23 PM on August 16, 2013  

I was thinking the same thing. Something doesn’t seem right. Hannah Anderson didn’t appear to be being held against her will. She dressed and looked like she was a horney 16 year old girl. Why was she with this man instead of with her mother and brother? If she had just learned about her mother’s and brother’s deaths, then why does she appear so unconcerned and unemotional. Something is very fishy with Hannah Anderson. Also, when the horseback rider male made a joke about her being in trouble about putting her feet in the lake with the fish and she responded by calmly saying: “then we’re both in trouble” referring to her and James. I have a feeling that Hannah Anderson was complicit in the murder of her mother and brother and she was running away with James. Hannah Anderson is not an innocent person in this.

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Posted at 12:06 AM on August 16, 2013  

everyone gets rich now?

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Posted at 11:39 PM on August 15, 2013  

like Hazel said I didnt even know that a student can profit $6253 in a few weeks on the computer. did you look at this page>>>>www.ℛush64.Com

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