Now that Hannah Anderson is safe at home with her father, a victim of a similar crime is asking the public to let Hannah heal.
Earlier this year, Alicia Kozakiewicz came to Idaho to help pin down funding for the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Today, she’s focused on Hannah, and she talked with On Your Side Reporter Mike Sharp about what Hannah might be going through, and how the public can help her.
Alicia was kidnapped and held captive for four days in 2002 before she was rescued and returned home by police. In a Skype interview today, she says the best thing for Hannah is a chance to be left alone to cope.
“We don’t have to know what happened to her over that week,” she says. “We don’t have to know the details. In this case, it’s wonderful, because it’s never going to have to go to trial. She’s never going to have to confront that man. She’s never going to have to deal with that splashed all over the papers. She has the opportunity to move past this, as long as the media doesn’t help to cover her in it.”
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I just read another article in regards to, Hannah Anderson, the sixteen year old teenager whom Jim DiMaggio kidnapped and who also happens to be a sadistic psychopath. According to all news reports I have read, which stated DiMaggio killed Hannah’s mother and brother; set fire to his residence and then fled with Hannah. Two FBI hostage-rescue teams dropped into Idaho’s Cascade Mountains, and they hiked two miles to where DiMaggio had taken Hannah and setup a campsite. He fired at the agents and they returned fire, killing him. Hannah transported to a hospital for observation and eventually returned to California where this horrible incident began.
A significant number of individuals have been commenting on the articles. It seems they are unhappy with the way Hannah has been dealing with the deaths of her mother and brother. She made a series of comments on the social media site ask.fm, and had time out with friends and most recently attended a fundraiser. Apparently, they also feel she conspired with DiMaggio and was complicit in the murders of her mother and brother. She muttered something (cannot remember what) just prior to the rescue, and I guess with all the preceding comments combined; the consensus is Hannah assisted in the planning of this horrible incident. She is, therefore, guilty!
I will start with how individuals deal with grief. Everyone does deal with grief differently. It is that simple! We have no idea what she has been through. She is sixteen years old; her mother and brother murdered and DiMaggio kidnapped and held her captive for a week. My guess is he threatened her, and she kicked into survival mode. She did not want to die!
Please remember she is a teenager. I am not saying teenagers have not been complicit in a parent or parents’ murder before, but the percentages of those cases are low. People seem to be jumping to all sorts of conclusions. Remember this: We are not privy to all the particulars in this case.
I am sure law enforcement is looking into all angles, and investigators will go where the facts take them. If anyone conspired with DiMaggio and there is enough probable cause to affect an arrest; I am sure they will do just that.
Prior to that happening, I suggest reading up on trauma and the kidnap victim; how predators groom children and or teenagers. Also, a book pertaining to dealing with grief would be great. One more thing; please stop believing everything that is on Facebook or the Internet!