Update: Hannah Anderson and her alleged captor James Lee DiMaggio were reportedly spotted camping in the Idaho wilderness after the man's booby trapped car was discovered. However, in an unexpected twist to this already strange story: Officials claim that the girl didn't appear to be held captive by the man sought in the murders of her mother and little brother. Does this mean she is voluntarily with him, or is this a case of Stokholm Syndrome?
Witnesses reportedly happened upon the "couple" while they were camping, but evidently didn't realize who they were at the time. It's been revealed that Hannah didn't appear to be in any kind of distress -- though the "couple" did appear to be out of place in the rugged terrain where they were camping. This comes after other reports indicating that the two were witnessed hiking into the mountains after the car was spotted. It was stated by numerous reports that Hannah was behind her alleged captor and the two were carrying backpacks.
It's hard to believe that this 16-year-old girl -- who appears to be socially normal if you go by her photos and online presence -- went willingly with a man accused of murdering her family. It makes more sense to believe that this teen is terrified for her life and is likely pretending to be willing so as to avoid being murdered. Her defense and survival instincts could be the explanation behind her apparent willingness.
On the other hand, there are indeed cases of "kidnapped" young women being willing participants. Some have even participated in the murders of their own parents -- such as Jasmine Richardson of Medicine Hat, Canada, who helped in the murder of her parents and little brother to escape with her much older boyfriend. She was only 14-years-old at the time of the brutal murders and she was by no means a victim of "Stockholm Syndrome."
Is Hannah Anderson voluntarily with James Lee Dimaggio? If so, was she involved in the murders of her mother and little brother Ethan? Again, it's hard to believe such horrible things -- especially in a society that treats women and children as weaker and "innocent" symbols -- but it's probable, just as probable as if she were truly terrified for her life. Hopefully some answers can be had. But seeing as though they have been definitively spotted in the mountains of Idaho, it is likely only a matter of hours -- maybe just days -- before the two of them are caught.
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