With each passing day, more layers of the Hannah Anderson kidnapping case get peeled back to reveal more controversial details. Most recently, however, a few of the details of the case are being cleared up with Hannah's first on-screen interview since her kidnapping in which she addresses her relationship with her captor and a few details of her rescue.
Yesterday, it was revealed that James DiMaggio, the man who kidnapped Hannah after killing her mother and brother in a house fire, might be Hannah and her brother Ethan's biological father. According to Fox8, James's sister Lora has requested DNA samples from Hannah and her brother's remains in order to complete a paternity test. Lora was surprised to discover that her brother had stricken her name from his life insurance policy, which was reported to be around $110,000, and replaced her with Hannah's grandmother, Bernice Anderson, who is now Hannah's caretaker. Even more odd is the policy allegedly includes a statement from James saying he didn’t put the policy in Hannah’s parents names because he didn’t trust them.
Andrew Spanswick, spokesperson for the Anderson family did release a statement on behalf of the family addressing these concerns recently, which said, "Brett and Tina Anderson 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.”
Hannah's maternal great uncle, David Braun, didn’t mince any words when it came to the DNA requests, releasing the following statement: “I would tell them to shut up with their accusations and their implications up until after the funeral, until after my precious Tina and precious Ethan are buried — the family members that your family murdered,” Mr. Braun said. “That’s what I would tell them.”
A shroud of suspicion still hangs over Hannah, herself, with new reports even claiming phone records show 13 calls between her and James the day he killed Hannah’s parents. An affidavit claims James, who Hannah and Ethan referred to as “Uncle Jim,” “tortured and killed” Tina and Ethan before setting his house ablaze.
In her first television interview with Today since the incident, Hannah addressed the speculation on the Today show. She noted that the 13 calls were actually texts that she had exchanged with James because he was coming to pick her up from cheer camp and needed to know the address and where she would be in the building. Letters had also been uncovered from the burned remains of James's cabin that, according to Hannah, "were just to help me through tough times.” She further explains that she was just getting support from James while she went through some relationship issues with her mother.
Hannah took the time during the Today interview to thank her rescuers, specifically thanking the horseback riders who reported seeing her in the wilderness of Idaho. “I’d like to say thank you, because without them I probably wouldn’t be here right now,” Hannah said.
As for how she thinks of herself now, she told Today, “In the beginning I was a victim, but now knowing everyone out there is helping me, I consider myself a survivor instead.” She went on to say, “My mom raised me to be strong.”