The bizarre story of a teenager who was kidnapped by a family friend after he murdered her mom and brother has been made into a Lifetime movie – and left the victim furious.
Hannah Anderson posted angry remarks on social media about the made-for-TV movie, calling the show ‘a lie’ and saying she had not been consulted. A description of the movie reads: ‘As the dust settled, questions began to emerge about the nature of the relationship between Hannah and her kidnapper…and what really happened?’
Hannah, then 16, was abducted by James DiMaggio, 40, in August 2013 after he bludgeoned her mother, eight-year-old brother and pet dog, in Lakeside, California and burned down his cabin with the bodies inside.
DiMaggio fled with her to the Idaho wilderness where she was rescued six days later by FBI agents who shot and killed the kidnapper, a man whom she called ‘Uncle Jim’.
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Hannah Anderson at a picture of her mother Christina Anderson, 44, and her 8-year-old brother Ethan during a memorial in Santee, California on August 24, 2013 and holding a Starbucks frappuccino. The two were murdered by James Lee DiMaggio, before kidnapping Hannah. She was rescued and DiMaggio was killed in a shoot out with FBI agents in Idaho
A made-for-TV Lifetime movie, ‘Kidnapped: The Hannah Anderson Story’, was due to air on Saturday at 8pm. It stars Jessica Amlee as Hannah (left) and Scott Patterson, of Gilmore Girls fame, as DiMaggio (right)
A still from the Lifetime movie shows Hannah pointing a gun at her abductor. A promo read: ‘As the dust settled, questions began to emerge about the nature of the relationship between Hannah and her kidnapper…and what really happened?’
Almost two years after the tragedy, a Lifetime movie, ‘Kidnapped: The Hannah Anderson Story’, was due to air on Lifetime on Saturday at 8pm,10News reported.
A furious Miss Anderson called it ‘a lie of a movie’ and, according to UTSSanDiego, posted on Instagram: ‘I never have [sic] them any form of permission to make this movie or even information to put in this movie. Even the preview alone has false facts and untrue events.’
She added: ‘When the time comes I will tell my story, but again if anyone is gonna tell my story it should be me.’
Miss Anderson’s behavior both before and after the deaths of her mom, Christina Anderson and eight-year-old brother Ethan, had some, including relatives, questioning her behavior.
The bodies of the mother and son were found covered with tarp, and a crowbar lying next to Christina on August 4, 2013.
The teenager regularly posted to her public Instagram account in the wake of her mother and brother’s tragic deaths. She called the Lifetime movie about her ‘a lie’
Some 13 calls were made between DiMaggio and Hannah on the day of her abduction before both phones were switched off simultaneously.
FBI agents shot dead Jim DiMaggio after he was discovered with Hannah in Idaho in August 2013
Despite this curious nature of this fact, it was explained by the San Diego County Sheriff’s office as the pair making arrangements for DiMaggio to pick her up from cheer-leading practice.
In relating how it was that DiMaggio overpowered her, Hannah has said that he gave her a pill she now believes to be Ambien.
She has said she was unconscious from that moment until waking in Idaho and has no recollection of even being put in his car.
But video released from security checkpoints on the route reportedly shows Hannah, apparently wide awake and seated in the passenger seat next to DiMaggio.
Several relatives, at the time of the murders, admitted to being deeply troubled by Hannah’s apparent lack of grief and string of outlandish, often sexually precocious, postings on social media.
On the day of her mother and brother’s funeral she tweeted pictures of herself and a friend, fingers posed like guns, with the hashtag ‘true-thugs’.
It was also revealed that Hannah and DiMaggio took trips together.
One eye-brow raising tweet posted just weeks before the abduction, showed Hannah on one such trip.
The picture, taken from behind, shows Hannah in cut-off denim shorts.
A tent where DiMaggio had been holding Hannah in the Idaho wilderness for six days following the murders of her brother and mom
Parents Christina Anderson and Brett were estranged at the time of her murder. The couple are pictured in happier times with their children, Hannah and Ethan
It was taken by DiMaggio and was tagged by Hannah ‘when you got the world in your hands nobody can stop you …#bye #Hollywood #bye #Malibu #hello #river’.’
According to Hannah in the weeks before her abduction, DiMaggio had admitted to having a ‘crush’ on her.
Some struggled to square the teenager’s online persona and postings with her victim status.
The 16-year-old’s great aunt, Jennifer Willis, told the author of the book ‘River of no Return: On the Trail of Hannah Anderson and Jim DiMaggio’, that the family ‘hasn’t seen her grieve at all.’
‘It’s not the Hannah we know. It’s downright disturbing,’ she said.
Authorities have been adamant in their assertion that Hannah is ‘a victim in every sense of the word’.
Many were surprised by Hannah’s decision to post this image of her posing with a friend on the day of her brother and mother’s funerals
The new TV movie stars up and coming actress Jessica Amlee and Scott Patterson, of Gilmore Girls fame.
A description of the film reads: ‘On the afternoon of August 3, 2013, 16-year-old Hannah Anderson was abducted after finishing cheerleading practice in a San Diego suburb.
‘When the bodies of her mother and brother were found in the burned home of family friend James DiMaggio later that day, an AMBER Alert was issued, and a frantic multi-state manhunt for Hannah began.
‘For a week she was kept prisoner by the increasingly unstable DiMaggio as they made their way across the state.
‘One week later, the two were found in Idaho and DiMaggio was killed in a shootout with FBI agents, leaving Hannah as the sole survivor.
‘As the dust settled, questions began to emerge about the nature of the relationship between Hannah and her kidnapper…and what really happened?’
Daily Mail Online had reached out to Lifetime for comment and was awaiting a response.
What remained: Firefighters found the bodies of Christina and Ethan Anderson covered with tarp in August 2013, showing that they were killed before the fire that burnt down Jim DiMaggio’s cabin (pictured)
A stash of weapons were found at the scene in the Idaho wilderness where Hannah Anderson was rescued in August 2013
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