Hannah Anderson to Today: Abductor Made Her Play Russian Roulette


Hannah Anderson, the San Diego teenager whose kidnapping ordeal ended in a rescue and the shooting death of her abductor in Idaho's backcountry, will appear the morning of Thursday, Oct. 10, in an extended interview on NBC's Today Show.

NBC reports that Anderson told Today Show host Savannah Guthrie that her feet were bound with zip ties as her abductor, James DiMaggio, told her that he would take her to Idaho before releasing her.

Law enforcement said DiMaggio murdered Anderson's mother and 8-year-old brother just prior to the teenage girl's abduction.

"He told me that he was going to kidnap me and take me to Idaho, where my intention was just to carry his backpacks to the river. And that he was gonna live there. And then he'd get me home afterwards,'' Anderson told NBC.

Coroners confirmed that DiMaggio that was killed with six gunshots to the head, chest and extremities, fired by FBI agents Aug. 10. The FBI had tracked DiMaggio and Anderson to a Valley County campsite.

Anderson told NBC that DiMaggio had previously forced her to play Russian roulette.

"When it was my turn, I started crying and, like, was freaking out. And he said, 'Do you want to play?' And I said, 'No.' And I started crying and then he's, like, 'Okay.' And he stopped,'' Anderson told Guthrie.