SAN DIEGO — A California teen whose mother and brother were killed by a family friend said on national television Thursday she once confided in the man about troubles with her mother and explained text messages exchanged on the day of the attack.
In an interview on the NBC ‘‘Today’’ show, Hannah Anderson didn’t say how her family died, describe her interactions with James Lee DiMaggio during a massive manhunt, or offer details to explain why DiMaggio might have unleashed such violence.
In her first news interview since her dramatic rescue Aug. 10, Hannah said she wrote to DiMaggio about a year ago as he guided her through a rough patch with her mother.
‘‘Me and him would talk about how to deal with it, and I’d tell him how I felt about it, and he’d help me through it. They weren’t anything bad,’’ she said.
Hannah said she exchanged text messages with DiMaggio on Aug. 3 before she disappeared about where he should pick her up from cheerleading practice. Her statements corrected a search warrant that said the pair exchanged about 13 phone calls.