October 10th, 2013
10:00 AM ET

Hannah Anderson: DiMaggio Handcuffed Me, Wanted Me To Play Russian Roulette

Months after a nationwide manhunt helped authorities track down kidnapped California teen Hannah Anderson, she's revealing new details about her conversations with the man who allegedly held her hostage.

In an interview with NBC's "Today" show set to be broadcast Thursday morning, Anderson describes the time she spent with alleged kidnapper James DiMaggio in his house about an hour east of San Diego.

Anderson says DiMaggio sat her down on a couch, handcuffed her, zip-tied her feet and revealed his plan to kidnap her and take her to Idaho. The day quickly took an even darker turn, Anderson told "Today," describing how DiMaggio encouraged her to play Russian roulette with him, using a real gun.

Anderson says the experience doesn't seem real and Psychotherapist Robi Ludwig speaks with "New Day's" Michaela Pereira about this perception.

Ludwig says, "It's something so traumatic and so unimaginable, you're in denial. And the body breaks down in a way to deal with it psychologically, so I think we see the real 16-year-old girl here, who's struggling, understandably so, because what she went through was horrible but also her trust was betrayed."


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