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SoCal Amber Alert Suspect Killed in Idaho


James Lee DiMaggio, left, and siblings Ethan, 8, and Hannah Anderson, 16.

James DiMaggio, the man suspected of kidnapping 16-year-old Hannah Anderson, was killed in Idaho by FBI agents after a six-day manhunt.

Hannah was rescued and did not appear to have any significant physical injuries.

DiMaggio was also accused of killing Anderson’s mother and her 8-year-old brother, Ethan, before abducting the teen.

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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.


Hannah Anderson arrives for fundraiser at Boll Weevil restaurant in Lakeside on August 21.

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.

“When it was my turn, I started crying and, like, was freaking out,” Anderson said. “And he said, ‘Do you want to play?’ And I said, ‘No,’ and I started crying, and he’s like, ‘OK,’ and he stopped.”

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DiMaggio is seen in a photo taken by Andrew Spanswick, a friend of DiMaggio, in a restaurant in West Hollywood, Calif., in 2013. (credit: Andrew Spanswick)

James DiMaggio — the man accused of kidnapping San Diego County teenager Hannah Anderson after killing her mother and brother — died of multiple gunshot wounds to the head, chest and extremities, an Idaho coroner confirmed Tuesday.

DiMaggio, 40, died after he was shot six times, Valley County coroner Nathan Hess said.

Hess said the final autopsy report was not complete because the toxicology results had not come back — he said he expected them “any day” — but said the cause of death would not change.

“Even if the toxicology came back positive, it’s not going to change the fact that the cause of death was multiple gunshot wounds,” he said.

The manner of death was listed as homicide, Hess said.

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Hannah Anderson arrives for fundraiser at Boll Weevil restaurant in Lakeside on August 21.

The mother of kidnap victim Hannah Anderson was bound, gagged and beaten to death before the killer set his home ablaze and fled with the teenager to the Northwest, according to the San Diego County medical examiner.

Christina Anderson, 44, a medical assistant, died of blunt force injury to the head with a minimum of 12 blows to her face and head, an autopsy report released Monday said.  She also had a broken arm and her throat was slashed, although the latter apparently was done after she was dead, the report said.

Christina Anderson’s body was found Aug. 4 in the garage of a burned-out home in the rural San Diego County community of Boulevard owned by family friend James DiMaggio, 40.   Sheriff’s investigators have concluded that DiMaggio killed Christina Anderson, her 8-year-old son Ethan and the family dog before fleeing with 16-year-old Hannah.

DiMaggio and the teenager were located six days later, on Aug. 10, in the deep forest of southern Idaho. FBI agents sent to rescue Hannah shot and killed DiMaggio after he fired on them and refused to surrender.

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A few weeks before James DiMaggio allegedly kidnapped Hannah Anderson, his sister said she told him that the 16-year-old girl was “trouble” and that he needed to “watch out.”

In a sometimes contentious interview with CNN’s Piers Morgan on Tuesday night, Lora DiMaggio held out the possibly that her brother was a victim, saying there were “a lot of holes” in the case.

“It’s very hard to believe that someone who was just so genuine and so dependable every single solitary day just woke up one day and decided to do this,” she said.

Instead, she cast doubt on Anderson.

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SANTEE, Calif. (KTLA) — Mourners crowded the Guardian Angels Roman Catholic Church on Saturday to attend a memorial service for the mother and brother of kidnapped teenager Hannah Anderson.

Christina Anderson, 44, and Ethan Anderson, 8, were allegedly killed by family friend James DiMaggio at his rural San Diego County home on Aug. 4 before he abducted Hannah and headed north.


Mourners attended a memorial service Saturday for Christina and Ethan Anderson in Santee.

DiMaggio set fire to the house before leaving town, investigators said.

“For the death of Tina and Ethan there are no easy words,” the Rev. Kevin Casey told the memorial gathering. “We struggle with deaths like this because they are not right. They are an abomination.”

Hannah Anderson, 16, attended the memorial service Saturday with her father.

She was the subject of a massive search for six days in four states and Mexico and Canada.

DiMaggio and Hannah were spotted in the rugged Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness in southern Idaho by a group of locals on horseback.

Recognizing Hannah’s picture from an Amber Alert, one of the locals reported the teenager’s whereabouts to the FBI.

On Aug. 10, DiMaggio was shot and killed by FBI agents sent to rescue the teenager.

Hannah did not know that DiMaggio had killed her mother and brother, according to San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore .

The teen was being held under “great duress,” Gore said.

In her first television interview since she was freed following an alleged kidnapping this month, Hannah Anderson described herself as a survivor, and thanked those who have supported her.


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“In the beginning I was a victim, but now knowing everyone out there is helping me, I consider myself a survivor instead,” she told NBC News. “My mom raised me to be strong.”

The full interview is set to air Thursday morning on the network’s “Today” show.

James DiMaggio allegedly kidnapped Hannah on August 4. Police later found the bodies of her mother and brother at DiMaggio’s burned home, about an hour east of San Diego.

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SAN DIEGO (KTLA) — The family of accused killer and kidnapping suspect James DiMaggio was requesting DNA samples Tuesday from the family of Hannah Anderson.

DiMaggio, who died in a shootout with federal agents in Idaho, was accused of abducting the 16-year-old and murdering her mother and 8-year-old brother Ethan.

filephoto Ethan and Hannah Anderson

File photo: Ethan and Hannah Anderson

The 40-year-old left a $112,000 life insurance policy to the children’s maternal grandmother.

DiMaggio named Bernice Anderson the sole beneficiary of his employer-issued life insurance policy in 2011, substituting her for his sister Lora Robinson, according to family spokesman Andrew Spanswick.

Family members claimed there were no plans to contest the policy, but a spokesman said the family did want to know if DiMaggio was the biological father of the children.

“We are going to be requesting from the Anderson family that we try to get DNA samples from Hannah. And if they have anything left from Ethan — that we get a DNA sample,” Spanswick told CNN affiliate KGTV.

“There has been a lot of rumors that Jim might be the father of either or both children,” Spanswick said.

Lora Robinson was making the request, according to Spanswick.

She is the lone survivor of his immediate family.

Hannah Anderson, 16

SAN DIEGO (KTLA) -– Hannah Anderson’s mother, Christina, died of blunt force trauma to the head, the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office announced Monday.

The bodies of the 44-year-old woman and her 8-year-old son Ethan were found in a burned-out home belonging to suspected killer James Lee DiMaggio.

A series of warrants released last week showed investigators found a crowbar near Christina Anderson’s body.

A cause of death for Ethan had not been disclosed.

Also Monday, it was revealed that DiMaggio left his life insurance to Hannah and Ethan’s grandmother.

A family spokesman confirmed the 40-year-old left $112,000 to Bernice Anderson, whom he named his beneficiary in 2011.

He indicated that the money was to go to Hannah and Ethan, according to spokesman Andrew Spanswick.

Letters from Hannah Anderson were among items seized by authorities in a search of kidnap and murder suspect James DiMaggio‘s San Diego County property, warrants revealed, along with duct tape, handcuff boxes and other materials.


James DiMaggio

Also taken from DiMaggio’s property were empty boxes of camping gear and ammunition, a Yosemite camping printout, incendiary devices, “arson wire,” model rocket containers, cut electrical cords and two used condoms, the documents said.

The search warrants did not detail what the letters — or another handwritten note — said.

The documents released this week provided a glimpse into the nearly weeklong search for the 16-year-old Anderson and the slaying of her mother and brother, who were found dead Aug. 4 at DiMaggio’s burning property.

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