Hannah Anderson’s Emotional First Interview: I Am ‘A Survivor’

Thu, August 22, 2013 11:34am EST by 4 Comments
Hannah Anderson Interview
Courtesy of the Today Show

The 16-year-old kidnapping victim gave her first official interview since her Aug. 3 kidnapping on Aug. 22. In her revealing tell-all, Hannah broke down in tears talking about the loss of her mother and 8-year-old brother — and she set the record straight on her correspondence with her kidnapper.

Kidnapping victim Hannah Anderson gave an emotional interview with the Today show — her first official interview since being returned home to safety her father on Aug. 11. The girl was kidnapped by family friend James DiMaggio who later set fire to his home with the girl’s mother and 8-year-old brother inside. The teen spoke out about how she is coping with this harrowing ordeal, calling herself a “survivor” — not a victim.

Hannah Anderson Interview — Kidnapping Victim Is ‘A Survivor’

Hannah is beginning to  change the way she sees her situation. “In the beginning, I was a victim. But now knowing everyone out there’s helping me, I consider myself a survivor instead,” the brave 16-year-old explained in her first official interview since her kidnapping. Hannah’s controversial decision to take to social media shortly after being rescued got a lot of backlash from concerned supporters, but it was all a part of her coping process, she explained:

I didn’t know people could be so cruel. I connect to friends through Facebook and Instagram. It helps me to grieve to post pictures and tell people how I am feeling. I’m a teenager, I’m gonna go on it.

Hannah also reveals that she is nervous about going back to school after this whole ordeal saying “It’s going be a little overwhelming returning to school with people and their opinion but I know a lot of my friends will have my back.”

Hannah Anderson Speaks Out About Correspondence With James Dimaggio

Hannah also used the interview opportunity to address concerns about her correspondence with her kidnapper and believed murderer of her family, James DiMaggio. The two reportedly exchanged 13 phone calls on the day of her kidnapping, but Hannah explained that they were really text messages meant to give the family friend details about picking her up at cheer camp.

Police also revealed that they found letters to Hannah written by James at the home. Hannah explained in her Today interview that these letters were from over a year ago when she reached out to the family friend when she needed advice about issues she was having with her mom at the time.

Hannah Anderson Reflects On The Loss Of Her Mom & Brother

The most emotional portion of Hannah’s interview came when she reflected back on her mother, Christina Anderson, and 8-year-old brother Ethan, both of whom were tragically killed by her kidnapper.

Little Ethan had “really good heart,” the teen explained, breaking into tears. Her mother is a also very missing support system at this difficult time because Hannah says “she knew how to handle things.”

What do YOU think, HollywoodLifers?

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Posted at 5:55 PM on August 26, 2013  

OKAY! Yeah this story is toatlly bs, why are you doing all this if you want private time to yourself, something seems reallly fisshyyy about this story, come on its almost been a month and this is getting ridicolous, you should not be on camera, getting nails, iphone, hair did or whatever, you should be grieving i believe they need too go into this case somemore why the heck is she still alive, i beilive she wanted her brother and mother dead! Doesn’t add up at all. i am not buying this publicity stunt!

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Posted at 11:28 PM on August 24, 2013  

At the time of the interview it had been 10 days since she had been rescued, and she was in the hospital two of those days. I’m not saying she was involved, but she certainly has been very social; shopping, nails, hair, buying a new iPhone, friends over, Internet, Facebook, this interview. This has all been gleaned from what she has told! Something isn’t right with her. Milking the publicity? She contradicts herself a lot. And she hasn’t even buried her family until today!! Honey, the media isn’t chasing you, you’re chasing the media, every damn chance you get.

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Posted at 11:16 AM on August 24, 2013  

Anyone else kinda find this story bs? She doesn’t seem like a grieving sister/daughter. Everything seems…odd. And I am sorry but “in the beginning”..it has been exactly 3 weeks since you were “kidnapped” most would consider this still the beginning. Jmo.

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Posted at 12:04 PM on August 22, 2013  

well, I’M TOO, you know.

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