Controversial book written about Hannah Anderson

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SAN DIEGO – A controversial book expected to be released next month raises questions about the relationship between 16-year-old Lakeside kidnapping victim Hannah Anderson and her abductor James Lee Dimaggio.

“The River Of No Return” takes a look at the El Capitan High School junior’s behavior after she was rescued from the backcountry of Idaho.


Hannah Anderson arrives at fundraiser

A weeklong multi-state search for Anderson began on August 4 following an explosion at 40-year-old Dimaggio’s house and garage in Boulevard, where firefighters discovered the badly burned bodies later identified as her mother 44-year-old Christina Anderson and 8-year-old brother Ethan.

On Aug. 10, authorities tracked her and the suspect – whom she had known her entire life and thought of as an uncle – down in an Idaho wilderness preserve, where DiMaggio was killed in a shootout with FBI agents.

Author and criminal analyst Chelsea Hoffman said her book reveals suspicious inconsistencies that call into question what really happened during the days of the multi-state Amber Alert.

“Her mother was murdered. Her brother was murdered. Her dog was murdered. Nobody was left alive,” Hoffman told Fox5. “Up until that point all that we were left to believe was that James Lee Dimaggio was a madman, who had an unhealthy infatuation with his best friend’s daughter.”

Hoffman said the public hasn’t received the entire story and Anderson has a lot more explaining to do.

“It wasn’t until her behavior after the rescue that I became suspicious,” Hoffman said, claiming there are inconsistencies in the teen’s story.

“The four horseback riders made statements that Hannah didn’t appear to be there against her will,” she said. “She shows up to a carwash fundraiser wearing a brace on one leg and on that same exact day she’s wearing the brace on a different leg.”

San Diego County Sheriff William Gore has cleared Hannah of involvement in any crime.

The book is expected out November 2.


  • John Conners

    After viewing the Hannah Anderson interview this morning on the Today Show…..more inconsistencies have come out. The FBI stated that one agent encountered DiMaggio, DiMaggio raised a long gun and the agent shot him once. Then it was maybe twice. Anderson said this morning that there were multiple shots by a bunch of FBI agents. The coroner stated that DiMaggio had many gunshots to his head and chest, some possibly followed others. That's why he was immediately cremated. The more Anderson talks, the more she implicates herself and others. Why are people not asking the "hard questions"?

    • carrie

      Plenty of people are asking the hard questions. Unfortunately it is not our public servants doing the asking. Because Sheriff Gore goofed on this case by telling his FBI pals that it was a kidnapping and not a trip to the River for Hannah & Uncle Jim, Dimaggio got 6 bullets pumped into him. Every time Hannah Anderson opens her mouth, she digs a deeper hole. But she wanted a free trip to NYC to shop and meet Miley Cyrus so she told Daddy they would go and then had to make up some new salacious details of what happened to please the Today Show.

  • atronetti

    Very disappointed that a news story is writing about a blogger's book as authoritative. Chelsea Hoffman's writings are, basically, rehashing of news reports, with a pronounced angle. For example, for years, Hoffman wrote that the McCann's murdered their child: "I'm sorry but the known evidence in this case simply points to the likelihood that they either killed their daughter or covered up a horrible accident that ended her life. Still, let's list off some of the reasons why I've come to my own idea that Kate McCann could be England's version of Casey Anthony." Yet, Scotland Yard is now disagreeing. It is not good reporting to publicize a book further abusing a teenager, whom, at this point, is considered by authorities to be a victim.

  • Rebecca

    Something about this girl and her story is not right. Now she has a book deal only months after her "abduction".

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