Hannah Anderson Wiki- Hannah Anderson Biography
Hannah Anderson A popular crime documentary has laid bare the chilling true story of a 16-year-old girl who was kidnapped by a family friend after her mother, brother and pet dog were brutally killed.
Hannah Anderson was abducted after cheerleading practice by then 40-year-old James DiMaggio who had ‘tortured’ and killed her mother, 44, and brother, eight, earlier in the day before setting his California home on fire with their bodies still inside.
The kidnapping sparked a six-day manhunt which ended in a shootout with FBI in the middle of the Idaho wilderness that left DiMaggio dead.
Hannah was left unharmed but the scandal continued to engulf the case with questions about her relationship with the assailant as well as demands for paternity tests.
Here, FEMAIL has laid bare the disturbing realities after an episode of FBI True explored the sordid story.
The harrowing story began with a report of a fire at the home of James DiMaggio in August 2013.
The fire department responded but after quelling the flames were horrified to discover a body that had been tied up in the garage.
It was that of Hannah’s 44-year-old mother Christina, who had been ‘tortured’ with ‘obvious signs of a struggle.’
She was found with duct tape wrapped around her neck and mouth several times as well as having plastic cable ties around her ankles, the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office said.
Christina had suffered more than a dozen blows to the back of her head, forehead and nose.
She had also suffered cuts to her neck-believed to have been inflicted through the tape after she died.
But the horror did not end there because inside the house, the police found the charred remains of Hannah’s eight-year-old brother Ethan.
Investigators said they could not determine how the young boy had died due to extensive burns and tissue loss.
They said gunshot wounds, asphyxiation or burns from the house fire were all possibilities.
The Anderson family’s pet dog had also been shot and killed.
Authorities quickly determined that somebody had set the house on fire by using incendiary devices on timers.
Given the intricate setup, the police soon decided that DiMaggio was the prime suspect.
DiMaggio had been a close family friend of the Anderson family – with the kids referring to him as Uncle Jim – but he had already shown a more disturbing interest in Hannah.
Having previously taken the teen and her friends on a trip, DiMaggio reportedly told her: ‘If you and I were the same age, I would want to date you.
Christina had reportedly asked DiMaggio to take Hannah to cheerleading practice on August 3 because she was at Ethan’s football practice and so she was unable to do so herself, San Diego County Sheriff’s Detective Troy DuGal said in a report at the time.
But the student never returned home and her absence sparked an intense manhunt spanning much of the western United States and parts of Canada and Mexico.
During this time, Hannah’s father Brett was away in Tennessee as part of a ‘three-month work trip’ but promptly issued statements directly to DiMaggio once it became clear that he had abducted the teen.
He said: ‘Jim, I can’t fathom what you were thinking. The damage is done. I’m begging you to let my daughter go. You’ve taken everything else.’
Brett added: ‘Hannah, we all love you very much. If you have a chance, you take it. You run. You’ll be found.’
Hannah was photographed with DiMaggio in his blue Nissan Versa at the California border checkpoint shortly after midnight.
Hannah Anderson Age
Hannah Anderson Age is 34 years old.
She knew as ‘Uncle Jim’ after he ‘tortured’ and killed her mom and eight-year-old brother
The description of the vehicle was released and it was soon found abandoned near Cascade, Idaho.
The car was discovered in brush with the license plates removed but authorities were still able to link it to DiMaggio using the VIN number – usually found on the dashboard.
In the car, there were Walmart receipts from a store in the area which showed he had purchased camping supplies including a blue tent.
Purely by chance, a group of horseback riders later reported that they had come across a man and girl in the wilderness who seemed ill-equipped.
The pair had been camped out in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness – which sprawls across 2.3 million rugged acres of cliffs, mountains and river valleys in what is the second-largest wilderness area in the contiguous United States.
FBI planes began surveying the area from above and ultimately spotted a blue tent camped out near Morehead Lake.
Officers ultimately swooped in on the site after DiMaggio stepped away from the campsite to collect firewood.
During the confrontation, he opened fire at officers who immediately shot back, causing DiMaggio multiple wounds that proved to be fatal.
Hannah was left screaming-but she had sustained no visible injuries despite being ‘incredibly agitated.’
She asked officers about how DiMaggio was before being told he was ‘not going to hurt her anymore.’
Hannah then asked about her mom and brother but officers initially deflected and instead insisted that their main priority was getting her off the mountain ‘safely and quickly.’
The teen returned to the San Diego area while she finished high school and came to terms with the loss of her family members.
But the case was engulfed with rumors that plagued Hannah relentlessly.
In the immediate aftermath, some had already begun to question her own behavior and relationship with DiMaggio.
For example, there were 13 calls made between her and DiMaggio on the day of her abduction before both phones were switched off simultaneously.
Despite this curious nature of this fact, it was explained by the San Diego County Sheriff’s office as the pair making arrangements for DiMaggio to pick her up from cheerleading practice.
Discussing how it was that DiMaggio overpowered her during the abduction, Hannah said that he gave her a pill which she now believes to be Ambien.
She has said she was unconscious from that moment until she waking in Idaho and she has no recollection of she even being put in his car.
Several relatives, at the time of the murders, admitted to being deeply troubled by Hannah’s apparent lack of grief and string of outlandish, often sexually precocious, postings on social media.
On the day of her mother and brother’s funeral she tweeted pictures of herself and a friend, fingers posed like guns, with the hashtag ‘true thugs.’
Some struggled to square the teenager’s online persona and postings with her victim status.
The 16-year-old’s great aunt, Jennifer Willis, told the author of the book ‘River of no Return: On the Trail of Hannah Anderson and Jim DiMaggio’, that the family ‘has n’t seen her grieve at all.’
‘She It’s not the Hannah we know. It’s downright disturbing,’ she said.
Authorities have been adamant in their assertion that Hannah is ‘a victim in every sense of the word.’
However, there would be several other twists in the tale.
It was later discovered that DiMaggio had left a $112,000 life insurance policy in the care of Hannah’s grandmother Bernice.
The beneficiary was changed in 2011 from DiMaggio’s sister to Bernice with the expectation that she would take care of the two Anderson children with the money.
Andrew Spanswick, a spokesman for the DiMaggio family, announced in 2013 that his relatives were not challenging the insurance policy but wanted a paternity test to find out if he was Hannah and Ethan’s father.
‘We are requesting DNA samples from Hannah and anything they can get from Ethan,’ he said at the time. ‘There are rumors that Jim was the children’s real father. The parents didn’t marry until 2002. We think it’s strange he left them so much money with no explanation.’
But this was quickly dismissed by Stacy Hess, a spokesperson for Brett, who said that the Andersons’ did not meet Mr. DiMaggio until the sixth month of Tina’s pregnancy with Hannah.’
‘Brett Anderson’s DNA was used to identify the body of his dead son Ethan Anderson,’ she noted.
The final bizarre revelation in the case came after it was discovered that DiMaggio’s father, who was also called James DiMaggio, killed himself exactly 18 years to the day that his son was killed by the FBI.
And the similarities between the elder DiMaggio’s suicide and his son’s death were uncanny.
Back in 1989, James Sr. was also attracted to a 16-year-old girl, a woman claiming she was that girl he previously said.
James Sr. was dating her mother at the time, but the older man quickly grew interested in the teenager.
He gave her concert tickets and showered her with attention, the woman said.
She recounted that when James Sr broke up with the girl’s mother he told her: ‘He only stuck around because he was in love with me, he wanted to take me away to a better life.’
The woman said she rejected James Sr., who was 35 at the time, and a newspaper report from the time shows he was arrested in December 1989 for breaking into a home and threatening teenage children with a sawed-off shot gun.
She said he had handcuffs with him and threatened to kill her, her sister and her boyfriend. She was able to escape unharmed after talking herself out of the situation.
Six years later, on August 10, 1995, James Sr. killed himself