Kidnapped Teen Didn't Know Mom, Brother Were Dead
Hannah Anderson 'has been through a tremendous, horrific ordeal,' says dad
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 13, 2013 2:00 AM CDT
Updated Aug 13, 2013 7:42 AM CDT
Brett Anderson, wearing a shirt featuring a photo of his daughter, Hannah, makes a statement regarding her kidnapping and rescue at a news conference Monday, Aug. 12, 2013, in San Diego.   (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

(Newser) – Kidnapped California teen Hannah Anderson's ordeal is over, but in other ways it has just begun. "The healing process will be slow," said father Brett Anderson at a press conference yesterday. "She has been through a tremendous, horrific ordeal." He was joined by San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore, who shared this wrenching detail: The 16-year-old didn't know her mother and brother had been killed until after her rescue; she was told while in the hospital, reports the Los Angeles Times. (The Times shares Gore's theory: that Hannah was kept in an area of DiMaggio's property where she wouldn't have observed their murders.) Other details from the press conference:

  • James DiMaggio fired at FBI agents—at least once, possibly twice—using his rifle before they killed him.
  • Gore says that Hannah made it "very clear" in interviews with police that she is "a victim in every sense of the word."
  • Gore also said, without elaboration, that the crime was "not spur of the moment."
  • As for what her captivity was like, Gore told the Times that she was "under extreme duress" and that "extensive threats" and a weapon were involved.
  • Questions that remain unanswered, per the AP: How Hannah's mother and brother died and whether Hannah tried to escape.
  • Very bizarre details, from a family friend: DiMaggio's father, James Everet DiMaggio, was arrested after breaking into the home of his ex-girlfriend in 1988, wearing a ski mask and carrying a sawed-off shotgun and handcuffs; she wasn't home, but he held her 16-year-old daughter until she escaped after asking to use the bathroom. DiMaggio's house burned down exactly 15 years after his father disappeared, and Saturday's shootout came exactly 15 years after his father committed suicide in 1998 after consuming a large amount of meth intravenously and walking into the desert.

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Aug 13, 2013 10:15 PM CDT
This article left out the obligatory line about "closure"
Aug 13, 2013 2:55 PM CDT
"The healing process will be slow," it's going to take a very long time. Sad to say.
Aug 13, 2013 11:01 AM CDT
That poor girl,and her poor father. To think that he was a friend of this man,and brought him into their lives. He must be going through a lot of guilt,although none of this is his fault. No one really know anyone. Because of James, this poor girl lost her mother and brother,and the father lost his wife and son. I hope they take comfort in each other,and comfort in the fact that that murdering crazy bastard is now dead. I'm glad that the cop shot him. He deserve to spend his eternity in hell with his father.