Hannah Anderson on Ask.fm: Rescued Teen Answers Questions Online

By Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. news, including politics and court cases. He started at The Epoch Times as a New York City metro reporter.
August 13, 2013 Updated: August 16, 2013

A user who says she’s Hannah Anderson, the kidnapped teen from Boulevard in California who was just rescued, was answering questions on the website ask.fm for several days.

Under the moniker Hannahbanana722, Anderson was answering questions about a wide range of issues, before she disabled her account on Wednesday morning. 

Hannah’s mother and brother were killed, allegedly by the man, James Lee DiMaggio, who kidnapped her. DiMaggio was fatally shot by federal officers as Hannah was rescued. They were in the Idaho wilderness.

Anderson is 16 years old.

Some of the queries were about what took place during the captivity and the night before she was kidnapped.

Andersone was kidnapped Aug. 4 by DiMaggio, 40, her father’s best friend who was like an uncle to her and her brother, Ethan. DiMaggio had invited the children and their mother, Christina Anderson, 44, to his house in Boulevard, a rural town 65 miles east of San Diego.

“He told us he was losing his house because of money issues so we went up there one last time to support him, and to have fun riding go karts up there but he tricked us,” Anderson wrote.

Anderson said DiMaggio tied up her mother and brother in his garage. Their bodies were found after a fire destroyed the home. She said she didn’t know they had died until an FBI agent told her at the hospital after rescue Saturday.

“I wish I could go back in time and risk my life to try and save theirs. I will never forgive myself for not trying harder to save them,” she wrote.

Anderson said she “basically” stayed awake for six straight days and DiMaggio ignored her requests for food. She couldn’t try to escape because DiMaggio had a gun and “threatened to kill me and anyone who tried to help.”

Anderson said she was too frightened to ask for help when four horseback riders encountered the pair in the remote wilderness on Wednesday. The riders didn’t report the sightings to police until the next day, after returning home and learning about the massive search spanning much of the western United States and parts of Canada and Mexico.

“I had to act calm I didn’t want them to get hurt. I was scared that he would kill them,” she wrote.

The girl said DiMaggio threatened to kill her if she didn’t help hide his blue Nissan Versa with tree branches. Authorities discovered the car Friday, leading to her rescue the following day.

Asked if she would have preferred DiMaggio got a lifetime prison sentence instead of being killed by FBI agents, she said, “He deserved what he got.”


Among the other questions and answers:


-Are you looking for a guy to be your boyfriend?

Not at the moment.

-When you’re up to it come over and smoke hookah

Hahaha alright I will soon ,(:

-Greetings from Finland, stay strong.

Thank you.

-Hannah, We are reporters at U-T San Diego and saw your comments about your ordeal. We’d like to talk to you and your family about what you shared. We know you are upset with inaccuracies in news reports, and we want to do our best to get the truth out about what happened.

No please leave me alone. All you guys don’t know the story. And don’t need too. You already got a lot of things mixed up. So please just leave me and my family alone so we can heal. Thank you.

-Who’s your Idol? (:

Kesha and my mom and Ethan.

-Are u still gonna help pee wee

Idk it’s hard knowing I won’t be going with Ethan anymore. That’s the hole reason I volunteered.

-How many piercings do you have?


-I didn’t want to intrude but I just wanted to say your story touched people around the world

Dang England.?! Well thank you.!
-Are you going to do any public interviews on the news anytime soon or ever??
-what advice would you give someone that has been kidnapped or is in danger?

To stay strong and don’t give keep fighting and gives clues as much as you can. People WILL be looking for you so don’t ever think they are not. And to keep your head up and never let go.
-I see the news reporting a Thursday fundraiser for your family at Boll Weevel and links on the news web sites for donations. Are you okay with that?

-What are you and your family intending to do with the money from the fundrasiers?
Going towards my mom an Ethan’s funeral and stuff
-You’re basically famous!
-You should run for Miss California, you’d win for sure!

Thank you.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. news, including politics and court cases. He started at The Epoch Times as a New York City metro reporter.