Hannah Anderson has been reunited with her father -- the only surviving member of her immediate family -- and new details are slowly trickling to media headlines. James Lee DiMaggio is dead after being shot by an FBI agent, so his side of this horrific story will never be told -- at least not the entire story, and not through him. It's been revealed that his father took his own life just a decade ago, and the elder DiMaggio had also once kidnapped a 16-year-old girl. So it appears that the rotten fruit didn't fall far from the criminal tree. But what of his captive? Was Hannah at all involved in her disappearance with this man? Worse yet, was she involved in the murders of her little brother Ethan and her mother Christina?
San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore has confirmed that Hannah Anderson was "a victim in every sense of the word," during the several-days-long ordeal that ended in an FBI shootout. He said the following about the 16-year-old girl:
"I can't make it any clearer -- she was a victim in this case. She was not a willing participant."
That answers that question, which had been asked since the teen was spotted hiking into the woods with her captor shortly before her rescue. It was released to the media that she didn't "appear to be held against her will," and that sparked debate regarding whether or not this teen was capable of doing such a horrific thing to her own brother and mother. While it was totally probable that she could theoretically be involved, it's a relief to know that she was not. But that feeling of relief is bittersweet, considering this young lady must now live her life without her mother and her brother -- two people she was incredibly close with, people she loved dearly. With that said, it should be noted that this young lady wasn't even aware -- according to officials -- that her mom and little brother were dead.
How does one recover from this type of ordeal? The road to recovery is a long one, and she will certainly have many sleepless nights ahead of her. The memories of being with James Lee DiMaggio will haunt her for a lifetime -- and if she was sexually assaulted by this man, her feelings of remorse and self hatred will be amplified, as they are already existent with her being the sole survivor of this horrific ordeal.
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