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Autopsy: Hannah Anderson's Mom Bound, Gagged, Beaten

She was died of at least 12 blows to head, had broken arm

(Newser) - Christina Anderson, mother of kidnapped teen Hannah Anderson, was bound and gagged before she was killed by at least a dozen blows to the face and head, according to newly released autopsy results. Her mouth and neck bore "multiple layers" of duct tape. The 44-year-old also had a broken... More »

Kidnapper's Sister Calls Hannah Anderson 'Trouble'

But James DiMaggio's sister now says DNA test not needed

(Newser) - Good news and bad news for the Anderson family: The sister of James DiMaggio says she doesn't actually want paternity tests to determine if her brother fathered Hannah and brother Ethan. Last week, a DiMaggio family spokesman said Lora Robinson wanted DNA to give her closure; yesterday she said... More »

Hannah Anderson: Why I Wrote Letters to DiMaggio

Meanwhile, father angrily rejects call for DNA tests

(Newser) - In her first interview since she was rescued, Hannah Anderson talks about her ordeal—and explains why she sent letters to family friend-turned-kidnapper James DiMaggio, which were later found in his burned house . At the time, she was having problems with her mom, Hannah said during an interview on this... More »

Hannah Anderson Kidnapper's Family Wants DNA Tests

They think teenager and her brother might be biological children of James DiMaggio

(Newser) - The Hannah Anderson kidnapping case gets even more puzzling: The family of James DiMaggio wants DNA samples from both Anderson children because they suspect the longstanding friend of the family could be the biological father of Hannah Anderson, whom he is accused of kidnapping, and Ethan, who he is accused... More »

Cause of Death Revealed for Hannah Anderson's Mom

Christina Anderson died of blunt force trauma

(Newser) - We now know what killed Hannah Anderson's mom: The San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office says Christina Anderson died of blunt force. It does not elaborate in a brief posting on its website. A search warrant unsealed last week said firefighters found Christina Anderson's body near a... More »

Kidnapper Leaves $112K to Hannah Anderson's Grandma

Anderson family to get James DiMaggio's life insurance payout

(Newser) - In another twist in the Hannah Anderson kidnapping case, the kidnapper who murdered the teen's mother and brother has left his life insurance payout to her paternal grandmother, family members say. James DiMaggio, who was shot dead by police last week , left $112,000 to the grandmother, who he... More »

Hannah Anderson Surfaces Again

Calif. teen hits fundraiser, thanks supporters

(Newser) - Hannah Anderson again poked her head out in public yesterday, appearing at a car-wash fundraiser for her family. It's the second such event she's attended in a week , and meant to raise cash for funerals for her slain mother and brother, as well as counseling for the... More »

Letters From Rescued Teen Found in Kidnapper's Home

Phone calls also exchanged between Hannah Anderson, James DiMaggio

(Newser) - Among the items recovered from James DiMaggio's burned home: Letters from Hannah Anderson, the 16-year-old he kidnapped after allegedly killing her mother and brother; a handwritten note; a handcuff box; a gas can; duct tape; two used condoms; incendiary devices and ammunition; camping equipment; a map of Yosemite; and... More »

DiMaggio Tortured Hannah's Mom, Brother

Shot 5 times by police, including in head

(Newser) - A coroner report reveals that James DiMaggio was shot five times by the FBI—in the arm, leg, chest, and once in the side of his head—and more details are emerging about what happened the day Hannah Anderson was abducted . Warrants explain that Hannah's mom and brother were... More »

Hannah Anderson on Dead Kidnapper: 'He's a Psycho'

Talks about James Lee DiMaggio, ordeal online

(Newser) - No need to wait for Hannah Anderson's first big TV interview: The teen has already discussed her kidnapping ordeal in surprising detail online. Hannah answered anonymous questions on ask.fm starting Monday night, and the mother of one of her close friends confirmed to the AP that the postings... More »

Kidnapped Teen Didn't Know Mom, Brother Were Dead

Hannah Anderson 'has been through a tremendous, horrific ordeal,' says dad

(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... More »

Finding Hannah: 'One Chance in a Trillion'

Horseback rider had 'gut feeling about' DiMaggio

(Newser) - The horseback riders who spotted missing teen Hannah Anderson and her abductor, James DiMaggio, are telling the story of their "one chance in a trillion" discovery, NBC News reports. When they encountered Hannah in Idaho backcountry—days before she was rescued—she looked out of place in pajama pants,... More »

Cops Rescue Teen; Abductor Is Dead

Hannah Anderson safe; James DiMaggio killed in Idaho

(Newser) - She's safe: Authorities rescued 16-year-old Hannah Anderson today in remote central Idaho, reports AP . An FBI agent, or agents, shot dead her abductor , James DiMaggio. "She appears well and was rescued and will be transported to a hospital in Idaho," says San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore,... More »

Hunt for Fugitive, Teen Turns to Idaho Wilderness

Horseback rider spotted them on foot

(Newser) - The search for 16-year-old Hannah Anderson and her suspected abductor, 40-year-old James Lee DiMaggio, has spanned three states and thousands of miles. But now that law enforcement officers are at their closest yet to finding the pair, they face perhaps the most challenging search area of all. The Frank Church... More »

Calif. Murder Suspect's Car: Found in Idaho?

Vehicle linked to James DiMaggio discovered in remote area

(Newser) - California murder suspect James DiMaggio may have dumped his car in a remote area of Idaho, CNN reports. Sheriff's deputies say they found a vehicle in Cascade, Idaho, matching a car linked to DiMaggio—presumably the blue Nissan Versa authorities warned about yesterday . No word on what's inside... More »

Kidnapping Suspect's Car May Be Rigged With Bombs

James DiMaggio's Nissan Versa may be ready to explode: sheriff

(Newser) - The San Diego Sheriff's Department has issued a warning to keep away from a blue, four-door Nissan Versa that appears abandoned: It may be rigged with explosives. This is the latest in a multi-state manhunt for James DiMaggio , accused of murdering a female friend in California and abducting one... More »

Father to Abducted Teen: If You Get a Chance, Run

Body of brother might have been found

(Newser) - Police are still hunting for James DiMaggio, suspected of killing a female friend of his in California and abducting one or possibly two of her children. Police originally thought DiMaggio left with 16-year-old Hannah Anderson and her 8-year-old brother, Ethan, but now it appears that Ethan never made it that... More »

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