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Kidnapped Teen Didn't Know Mom, Brother Were Dead

Kidnapped Teen Didn't Know Mom, Brother Were Dead
Posted August 13th, 2013 @ 10:20am by Kate Seamons, Newser Staff

(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."

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