Hannah Anderson Explains Why She Wrote Letters to Her Abductor

Teen's emotional explanation about letters to the kidnapper who killed her mother and brother.
1:28 | 08/22/13

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To the teenager kidnapped and rescued from the woods, hannah anderson. We had learned about the dozen text messages sent back and forth with the kidnapper in the hours before it unfolded. Tonight she reveals what those text messages were about and the letter she exchanged with the kidnapper, too. Here's abc's linsey davis tonight. Reporter: She was kidnapped, her mother and brother tortured and killed. Now a little more than a week after her rescue, 16-year-old hannah anderson seen by so many as a victim, feels the need to defend herself. In an interview broadcast on nbc news, she are explained why she had written letters to jim DiMAGGIO WHO SHE HAD KNOWN AS Uncle jim. The letters were from a year ago when me and my mom weren't getting well. He helped me through it. Reporter: As for the 13 phone EXCHANGES with DiMaggio the day of her abduction, she says they weren't phone calls but text messages because he was picking her up from cheerleading camp and dependent know where to find her. As the community comes together for the funeral of her mother and brother, she expresses gratitude. I know it helped people find me. With everyone's support it can help a lot. Reporter: Her hope now, that people won't see her as a victim but as a survivor instead. Linsey davis, abc news, new york.

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