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Victim, 16, tells her Ask.fm followers about her kidnap and family’s murder

Hannah Anderson went online barely 48 hours after her rescue last Saturday following a manhunt across the United States.

Image: Hannah Anderson via Ask.fm

A CALIFORNIAN TEENAGER who was kidnapped by a close family friend suspected of killing her mother and eight-year-old brother says he threatened to kill her if she tried to escape.

Hannah Anderson, 16 went online barely 48 hours after her rescue Saturday and started answering hundreds of questions about her ordeal on her Ask.fm profile.

Many of the questions were about how she was kidnapped, how she survived captivity and how she is dealing with the deaths of her mother and brother.

A lot of people also wanted to know what singer she likes did she have a boyfriend:

Hannah’s profile on Ask.fm.

The postings appear on the ask.fm social-networking site account for “Hannahbanana722″ of Lakeside, the San Diego County community where the teen lived with her mother and brother.

She was kidnapped on August 4 by James Lee DiMaggio, 40, her father’s friend who was like an uncle to her and her brother, Ethan.

DiMaggio had invited the children and their mother, Christina Anderson, 44, to his house in Boulevard, a rural town 65 miles east of San Diego.

Followers ask Hannah what her family will do with the money they are fundraising. (Hannah Anderson/Ask.fm)

“He told us he was losing his house because of money issues so we went up there one last time to support him, and to have fun riding go karts up there but he tricked us,” Anderson wrote.

Anderson said DiMaggio tied up his mother and brother in his garage. Their bodies were found after a fire destroyed the home. She said she didn’t know they had died until an FBI agent told her at the hospital after her rescue on Saturday.

Anderson said she “basically” stayed awake for six straight days and DiMaggio ignored her requests for food. She couldn’t try to escape because DiMaggio had a gun and “threatened to kill me and anyone who tried to help.”

Anderson said she was too frightened to ask for help when four horseback riders encountered the pair in the remote wilderness last Wednesday.

The riders didn’t report the sightings to police until the next day, after returning home and learning about the massive search spanning much of the western United States and parts of Canada and Mexico.

The girl said DiMaggio threatened to kill her if she didn’t help hide his blue Nissan Versa with tree branches. Authorities discovered the car Friday, leading to her rescue the following day.

Asked if she would have preferred DiMaggio got a lifetime prison sentence instead of being killed by FBI agents, she said, “He deserved what he got.”

Hannah has since deleted her Ask.fm account.

- Additional reporting Associated Press

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