Hannah Anderson UPDATE: Accused Kidnapper James Lee DiMaggio Drugged Teen, Handcuffed Hands And Zip-Tied Feet (VIDEO)
Oct 10, 2013 01:03 PM EDT
Hannah Anderson made her second appearance on the TODAY show since family friend James Lee DiMaggio kidnapped her.
In the interview on Thursday, 16-year-old Anderson revealed she wanted to speak publicly because she did not want people to continue "making up answers" to questions they have.
DiMaggio, 40, was a trusted family friend to Anderson, who gained her trust by being there to help her get through her parent's separation. She leaned on him during a rough time in her life where she was not getting along with her mother.
"I wouldn't have really anyone to talk about it with," Anderson told the TODAY show. "Me and him, instead of talking face to face, if we didn't have time or, like calling, we'd just write letters back and forth, talking about the situation and how to get through it."
DiMaggio was shot and killed during Anderson's rescue in Idaho. Authorities believed DiMaggio killed Anderson's 8-year-old brother Ethan and mother Christina.
Anderson also confirmed DiMaggio had a "weird crush" on her, which he revealed when she brought a male friend to his home.
"He'd get really upset that it was a boy. And he told me, he said, 'It's not that I don't want your friends up here. It's that I don't want to see you kissing your friends or anything like that, because I have a crush on you. Not a crush that, like, feeling a crush as in -- like family, like I care about you,'" Anderson said. "And it kind of seemed really weird."
After DiMaggio revealed his strange infatuation with her, Hannah began to keep he distance and it "agitated" him.
"He got upset about that and would always text me and say that I was rude and I was trying to stay out of his life," she said. "And basically I was, after that, but I couldn't, because he was my dad's best friend and he was always there for my mom."
Anderson also described the details of her kidnapping to the TODAY show. DiMaggio allegedly handcuffed her and zip-tied her hands and feet. He also drugged her before he took her to Idaho, and told Anderson her mother and brother were alive and well.
According to Anderson, DiMaggio asked her to play Russian Roulette with a gun.
"When it was my turn, I started crying, and was freaking out," she said. "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 thanked the horseback riders for calling in the tip and credits them for saving her life. She is struggling over her mother and brother's death.
"I miss them so much that sometimes ... I wait for them to get home and then they're not there," she said.